tackling health inequalities in Sussex

EIGHT charity groups in Brighton, Hove and East and West Sussex have received grants of £196,205 between them.

Using money raised by HealthWish 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 eight charities celebrating the funding include:

Bevendean Community Garden – was given a grant, of £8,030, for a new two year project to run two after school workshops for 150 local children from Bevendean in Brighton. One of the workshops will be a project food growing club in the local primary school garden and the other a storytelling session in the community garden. Both workshops would encourage outdoor play and aim to benefit children socially and physically.

Bootcamp Theatre - received £18,452 in funding for a new two year project which aims to give young people who are not in employment, education or training in the Devonshire Ward of Eastbourne the opportunity to run their own local arts and drop-in centre. Advice will be given by trained volunteers. Young people will have the opportunity to learn about lighting, sound direction, set design and theatre administration.

Brighton Permaculture Trust - were awarded £29,549 to deliver a new two year project enabling people living in the Whitehawk area of Brighton to participate in a ‘green gym’ linked to a community orchard which is currently being established. The project would offer local people the opportunity to participate in a range of activities, connect to other local people, improve a community space and their own health and wellbeing.

Coastal West Sussex Mind – was given £15,500 for a two year project to benefit new mothers diagnosed with postnatal depression and their families. It will provide a weekly peer support group together with outreach services to improve the effects of postnatal depression, reduce isolation and provide opportunities for positive influences on their babies’ development.

Creative Future – received £38,917 for a two year project to help 75 formerly homeless people living in supported living accommodation in the North Laines area of Brighton to live independently by supporting them in developing independent living skills using creative arts as a vehicle for engagement. The project also involves mentoring so that participants can progress to other activities such as training or employment.

Hove Luncheon Club – received £27,882 for a two year project which provides a weekly luncheon club for older and isolated residents of Hove. The project aims to engage with new older isolated people who live in the local neighbourhood around the club but who currently do not access its service

Millwood Kicks Club – received £7,410 for a two year project that aims to provide two weekly coached sessions (one beginners level and the other for intermediates) of karate and self-defence to the local community in the Tarner area of Brighton and Hove, particularly the residents of the Millner and Kingswood flats. 60 children will benefit.

Moulsecoomb Forest Garden and Wildlife Project – received £49,825 for a new two year project to create a community garden and outdoor cooking space on a disused primary school playground in Moulsecoomb, Brighton, delivering construction training and opportunities to learn how to grow and cook food.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthWish, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthWish, 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.”

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust, said: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

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


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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