Funding boost for young people to get active and social

08 August 2013

Liverpool charity Deaf Active has been awarded funding of over £24,000 by People’s Health Trust – using money raised by HealthFit through The Health Lottery.

The funding will provide an opportunity for deaf children aged between 5 and 19 from the Old Swan area of Liverpool to get together, make new friends and take part in activities they may not have tried before.

Young people can get together Monday to Friday for martial arts, rock climbing, street dancing, majorettes, music and languages lessons, football coaching and acting lessons.

Delivered from The Joseph Lappin Community Centre, Deaf Active will also provide local young people with the opportunity to train and volunteer alongside the project.

Karen, a mother of four from the Old Swan area, said: “My children and I are all really excited about the Deaf Active project.  There is absolutely nothing around the Old Swan area, and I mean nothing! We have to travel out of the area to access activities and most of those are very expensive.  

“When we were first asked about the types of activities that may happen we thought, ‘we've heard this before!’  But we are so pleased that funding has been found and the activities will go ahead.  My girls wanted everything from martial arts to gymnastics, so to have this and much more running out of one place is fantastic."

John Hume – Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, said: “Projects like Deaf Active are a great way to get young people that could feel isolated connected into the community, helping build stronger ties with new friends, and ultimately creating a better place to live. We couldn’t be happier to fund the project.”

So far, over half a million pounds has been raised for health good causes in St Helen’s, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral by HealthFit through The Health Lottery.

Other organisations that have already been awarded funding in the area by People’s Health Trust include: The Conservation Volunteers, Mencap, Youth Sport Trust, Jigsaw Dance, Hughes Shorai, Porchfield Community Association and Southdene Neighbourhood Network, P.E.R.T.H Community Centre, Action for Regeneration and Community Health, PLC Activities, St Cyril’s Children and Youth Project, The Breckfield HIM Project, Brunswick Youth and Community Centre, Halewood Arts and Healing Space Liverpool Limited.  


Media enquiries

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust, please contact George Tyson on 020 7697 4017 / [email protected]

For media enquiries about Deaf Active, please contact Ian Duncan – Chief Executive on 07515 639 473 / [email protected]

Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants.

HealthFit is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and the Wirral.

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.

Deaf Active is a registered charity based in Liverpool that supports deaf children and children of deaf adults and hearing siblings and friends from all over the Merseyside region.

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