tackling health inequalities in South Yorkshire

FIVE local groups in the South Yorkshire area have received grants of £157,083 between them.

Using money raised by HeathRich CIC, through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

The five groups celebrating the funding include:

African Women's Health Group (Sheffield), £21,210 - This new two-year project will enable women from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities living in the Darnall area of Sheffield to socialise and take part in activities together including a twice weekly lunch. Women will prepare and cook national dishes to share as well as taking part in dance, craft and textile based activities. The activity will be overseen by a trained counsellor who will enable women to share cultural experiences and unravel personal stories providing support and building friendships.

Disability Sheffield Centre for Independent Living Limited, £46,791 - This two-year project will expand existing activities to enable disabled adults in Sheffield to enjoy fun and social cycling sessions year-round. Cycling improves physical and mental health and the activity breaks down social isolation and supports the integration of people with disabilities in the wider community.  The project was initiated by disabled people themselves and is now delivered by a disability user-led organisation, with participants feeding into the design and development of activities.

Manor After School Kids Klub (MASKK), £41,522 - This new two-year project replicates and adapts an existing project run in the Manor area, delivering it to a new community in the  Lowedges Estate. The project will build on recent activities supported during the summer holidays and provide two opportunities for local families to come together each week at the Lowedges Community Centre and enjoy activities and a meal together with one session for children over 5 and one for children under 5, as well as a monthly workshop for parents.

Personalisation Forum Group, £22,560 - This new 18-month project will establish a Wellness Centre and support the delivery of five community-led activity sessions per week residents of all ages from Denaby near Doncaster. The activities aim to provide a safe and supportive community space for residents to meet and socialise, which is needed as the area lacks natural meeting places, such as cafés. The initiative will be led by a steering group of local residents and the programme will be delivered by local volunteers.

Support 4 Change, £25,000 - This new two-year project will support the activities of a new organisation in Doncaster, supporting individuals who are affected by the alcohol or drug use of their friends or family. Through a weekly support group participants will be able access to professional therapeutic support, outing, complementary therapies for relaxation and wellbeing and activities to support self-esteem and wellbeing. This is a user-led project which has been set up by participants and will continue to be developed and shaped by members.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthRich, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthRich, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are supporting people to live longer healthier lives.” 

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year, for projects lasting up to two years. For more information visit www.PeoplesHealthTrust.org.uk

So far, HealthRich CIC has raised more than £1.5 million to support local good causes in South Yorkshire.

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
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