MP Sir Henry Bellingham welcomed at family social group Trading Links

24 June 2016

Families shared stories of new friendships with North Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham when he visited chat and play group Trading Links on Thursday.

People’s Health Trust has invested £13,720 in Norfolk-based organisation Hanseatic Union, using money raised by HealthSuccess through The Health Lottery.

The funding has been used to support Trading Links – a project delivering family-focused social activities for children and parents in North Norfolk.

By talking about their children and issues around parenting, members are able to make better social links with each other in a fun social setting.

The group holds two-hour chat and play sessions every week and activities are developed by members.

They also hold bi-monthly family social events such as day trips, fun days, taking part in sports and arts chosen by the group.

During his visit, Sir Henry Bellingham MP met with parents and spoke about how the project had benefitted them.

He also met with Hanseatic Union committee members to learn more about the project and the impact it’s having.

Julie Chaplin, Hanseatic Union committee member, said: “The group really enjoyed having their local MP at one of their sessions.

“It was great for the parents to have an opportunity to talk to Henry Bellingham and tell him about their experiences of being involved in Trading Links.

“We’re really grateful for this funding, without it our project wouldn’t be possible.”

Sir Henry Bellingham MP said: “It was fantastic to have to have the opportunity to visit Hanseatic Union and see Trading Links in action.‚Äč

“Giving parents and children a social space to build stronger ties within the North Norfolk community is hugely valuable.”



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Notes to editors:

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.

Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

HealthSuccess is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Norfolk.

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission.

Hanseatic Union aims to promote community cohesion – bringing people of all nationalities together to take part in social and training activities. It runs a range of projects to help those experiencing language barriers to access English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) classes, online training with translation support, work placements, information and advice and employability skills.

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