tackling health inequalities in South West Scotland
Local groups share £148,000 funding

FIVE local groups have received grants of £148,827 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 five groups celebrating the funding include:

  •  Eildon West Youth Hub (Galashiels), £29,234 – This new 24-month project will support young parents or those about to become parents through the delivery of sessions designed to improve the social connections they have with others. The project aims to counteract the often abrupt halt to a young person's social life that can occur when they become a parent, coupled with the additional responsibilities and expectations. 
  • Lightburn Elderly Association Projects, £49,684 - This two-year project is an expansion and development of recreational classes and activities which have run in Cambuslang and Rutherglen for many years, extending to deliver lifelong learning opportunities for older people in Burnbank, Fairhill, Hillhouse and Whitehill in Hamilton. There will be a series of taster events such as new age kurling, art, computer classes, walking, and tea dances, to help people decide what they would like to participate in longer term. 
  • Nifty Fifty's, £20,730 - This two-year project will enable the applicant to continue and develop a programme of community-based learning activities for older people living in the Kirkwood neighbourhood of Coatbridge. 
  • The Advisory Group (North Lanarkshire) £24,929 - This new two-year project aims to benefit 50 people with learning disabilities in three areas of North Lanarkshire (Coatbridge, Bellshill and Cumbernauld/Kilsyth) by encouraging them to get out and try new things, increasing their social connections and improving their general wellbeing. There will be groups in three local areas with activities such as football, badminton, basketball and boccia, dance and music, yoga and cooking. All groups will work with local clubs to identify gaps/ interests for people with a disability and work with them to be more inclusive and supportive and to break down barriers for people with a disability to become a part of the local community. 
  • Input SCIO (North Ayrshire) £24,250 - This two-year project aims to continue to provide preparation for work training one day a week to enhance employability of 60 people with learning difficulties and disabilities in areas of North Ayrshire. As part of the project trainees recycle donated used computers which are then distributed free to members of the local community who would benefit from them e.g. unemployed, housebound and socially isolated local people. 

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.” 

Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 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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