South Lancing's Village Action Shop brings community closer

26 June 2013

Adur Voluntary Action has received investment of £22,400 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthWish through The Health Lottery.The funding will enable them to set up a community co-operative – a local group that encourages everyone in the community to come together through local issues, services and activities. The aim of the project is to encourage people to make friends and support each other and help people feel more connected and engaged with their local community.

The funding will enable them to set up a community co-operative – a local group that encourages everyone in the community to come together through local issues, services and activities. The aim of the project is to encourage people to make friends and support each other and help people feel more connected and engaged with their local community.

People are invited to get together at the Village Action Shop to learn new skills, catch up on the local news and share information over a cup of tea with the aim of improving community cohesion and reducing isolation and loneliness.  

Adrian Barritt, Chief Officer – Adur Voluntary Action, said: “We are delighted to receive funding from People’s Health Trust, which is enabling us to reach more people in the local community.”

John Hume, Chief Executive – People’s Health Trust, said:  “The Village Action Shop is a great idea that has come from local people wanting to make change in their community. We’re delighted to be investing in it and helping them make the change happen. ”

So far, £665,294 has been raised for health good causes in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove by HealthWish through The Health Lottery. Other organisations that have already been awarded funding in the county include: TCV, Dementia UK, Crossroads Care West Sussex, Alzheimer’s Society, Selsey and District Carers West Sussex, Headway West Sussex, Singing for Better Health, Lunch Positive, Pathways to Health, The Organic Cookery School, Parent and Family Care Association, Petworth Community Garden, Children’s Food Trust and Scope.

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthWish, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthWish is being used to support local charities like Adur Voluntary Action.”

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about HealthWish contact Tom Embury – [email protected] or telephone 020 3384 8309 / 07743 444 107.

For media enquiries about Adur Voluntary Action contact Adrian Barritt – [email protected] / 01903 854980.

 

Editors notes

HealthWish is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove. www.HealthWishCIC.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

Adur Voluntary Action is a local community organisation supporting volunteering and voluntary action in the local community. Their aim is to develop their Village Action shop alongside their Time Exchange, Community Forum and Access & Mobility Group to improve their local environment. www.adurva.org

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