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Local charities celebrate almost £70,000 funding

Three charity groups in Caldercruix, Cumbernauld and Coatbridge have received grants of £69,941 between them.
 
Using money raised by HealthEngage 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 three charities celebrating the funding include:
 
Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project was awarded £10,232 to improve upon an existing 20 month project to deliver community based activities that encourage community participation in the town of Caldercruix. A weekly two hour long activity will provide social opportunities and offer learning activities for participants to improve their knowledge, gain new skills, update existing skills and meet friends. The programme aims to address neighborhood cohesion and social and emotional isolation. 

I Am Bikes Limited received a grant, of £39,300, which they will use to establish a new 24 month project delivering five weekly cycling activities in the Greenrigg Road area of Cumbernauld. The aim is to support local people to learn skills associated with bicycle maintenance and run focused cycle groups in order to foster confidence, build self-belief and encourage community involvement. The project will address issues of low educational attainment and general community work. 

Nifty Fifty’s welcomed £20,409 of funding to start a new 24 month programme aiming to deliver weekly leaning opportunities for socially disadvantaged people in the 50 plus age group living in the Kirkwood area of Coatbridge. Through the project they will improve skills, confidence, self-esteem and prevent social isolation. Over 250 sessions will be run in history, IT, art, language and drama. The scheme will tackle issues such as age, isolation and poor physical environment. 
 
Chris Lunn, Director of HealthEngage, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthEngage, 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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