Charities in North and East London awarded funding, using money raised by HealthPromote, to help people to grow, live, work and age well.

11 December 2012

Seven groups from North and East London have been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthPromote Community Interest Company through The Health Lottery. The funding is designed to address health inequalities in different communities and can apply to a wide range of issues.

Seven groups from North and East London have been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthPromote Community Interest Company through The Health Lottery. The funding is designed to address health inequalities in different communities and can apply to a wide range of issues.

These seven organisations have been able to use the funding to support activities that make a positive and lasting difference to communities.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthPromote, said: “These projects are a fabulous example of how money raised by HealthPromote lets our communities directly address their problems in different ways that will improve the lives of many people.”

The seven projects to be awarded funding through the Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:

The Growing Kitchen Resident Group (funding of £5,000) – The funding will enable them to develop a foraging garden with orchard, pond, growing beds and a wild flower and meadow area, for residents of Wenlock Barn Estate. The project aims to bring local people together and help them to feel more connected with and proud of the space around their estate, whilst also gaining new skills in gardening and teamwork. 
S.AGE (Senior Age) (funding of £9,750) – The funding will enable them to run a healthy living project for older people in Bethnal Green and the surrounding area. The project aims to provide a series of enjoyable weekly activities that bring people together, improve the health and wellbeing of participants and challenge the perception that old age has to mean failing health.
Hackney Playbus (funding of £9,736) – The funding will enable them to deliver a series of ‘stay and play’ sessions for children under five years old. It will take the Playbus to two locations in Hackney, encouraging parents/carers to bring their children to the Playbus and providing support and information to participants, as well as an opportunity to make friends and support each other.
Music for People (funding of £10,000) – The funding will enable them to deliver a programme of exercise sessions for older people, encouraging them to make friends and share a fun, regular activity that increases both their physical  and emotional wellbeing. The Music, Movement and Mobility project is aimed at older people including those with special needs.
Tower Hamlets NCT  (funding of £9,600) – The funding will enable the Tower Hamlets branch of the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) to provide a programme of weekly Pilate’s classes for post-natal women in the first six months after childbirth. The project aims to support women to strengthen their core muscles and aid their rehabilitation after child birth, particularly those who would not typically access such services.  The project encourages companionship and peer support.
Integratus Charity of the United Kingdom (funding of £10,000) – Delivered in their local community, the sessions will provide an opportunity for social interaction  through accessible physical activities sessions for people who are unlikely to access mainstream activities due to financial and cultural barriers. The project aims to improve both physical and emotional wellbeing.
Seeds for Growth (funding of £9,764) – The funding will enable them to run a food co-op from Columbia School in Bethnal Green. The project will provide a series of weekly food co-op sessions at the school, juice making workshops, healthy cooking workshops and training sessions for eight volunteers. The project is aimed at people of Bangladeshi heritage.
This new source of funding was open to small charities or groups that support people to grow, live, work and age well.

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Notes to editors

HealthPromote is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Islington, Haringey, Enfield, City of London, Tower Hamlets and Hackney. www.HealthPromoteCIC.org.uk
The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

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