tackling health inequalities in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester charities share £247,000 funding

Greater Manchester charities share £247,000 funding 

TEN Charity groups in Greater Manchester are celebrating receiving a total of £247,723 between them.

Using money raised by HealthForm 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 charities celebrating the grants include:

• Friends of Burnage Library, £17,550 - This new two-year project aims to connect groups and generations in Burnage through collecting and sharing the diversity of memories and experiences of local communities. It proposes to bring more than 600 local people together to participate in activities exploring various themes, developing their skills and enabling them to be more in control of telling their own stories about their roots and aspirations.

 • Care Ladies Organisation (Salford), £27,500 - This new 18 month project aims to deliver weekly youth club sessions for young people from Salford aged 10-16 targeting those from non-English speaking, refugee backgrounds especially unaccompanied minors. The project will be based in the Adigm Community Centre in Salford and focus on issues related to social or emotional isolation, migrancy from other countries, and low educational attainment or at risk of poor educational attainment.

• Creative Curve (Longsight), £17,705 - This new one year project, based on a ten week pilot the applicant ran in 2014, will provide a sewing course for local women to enable them to develop their own businesses.

 • Healthy Me Healthy Communities Ltd (Rusholme), £18,860 - This one year project is the development of an existing idea. The project aims to provide a regular community café benefiting older, isolated and vulnerable people (e.g. people living with dementia, or coping with bereavement) living in Rusholme. The project will provide healthy-living activities including crafts, cooking, health walks and quarterly trips to a local attraction supported by volunteers. It will provide a supportive local space for people to connect, make friends and feel supported in an inner-city fragmented and isolating ward for older and vulnerable residents. This will build peer support; improve health & well-being improving early detection and prevention.

 • Involved (Salford), £9,320 - This one year project by Involved (Salford) is the development and expansion of an existing scheme aimed at members of the local Sudanese community living in Broughton. The existing weekly men’s session to facilitate learning and employment will continue, along with a new session for Sudanese women and girls to understand more about the culture they are living in; and a gym session for 18-25 year olds for both Sudanese and Salford teenagers.

• Positive Moves CIC (Cadishead), £37,980 - This two year project partly builds on a transport service project for older people which ceased when funding came to an end. It now aims to provide transport for isolated and vulnerable older people from the Cadishead area of Greater Manchester one day a week, alongside a weekly social health and wellbeing activities group. Activities will include games, gentle exercise, healthy food, arts and crafts and recreational activities.

 • Warm Hut UK (Salford), £41,842 - This new 18 month project aims to deliver a weekly arts project for older people aged 60-77 from francophone/lusophone refugee backgrounds living in Salford

 • Bright Road Youth and Community Centre (Eccles), £15,486 - This new two year project aims to set up two new groups at the local community centre, one targeting children and families, and the other targeting older people. Activities will be designed to meet the needs and aspirations of the local residents. The group proposes to liaise with local partners in delivering the project, including the Salford City Council, GP surgeries and other services in the area to promote the new sessions. The applicant also proposes to offer free training to the volunteers in health and safety, risk assessments, safeguarding, food hygiene, and leadership management awareness courses. The project will be based in Eccles and address: social or emotional isolation, general community and neighbourhood work, and unemployment.

 • North Manchester Black Health Forum (Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill),  £46,680 - This new two year project aims to deliver a programme of weekly activities directed at reaching marginalised vulnerable adults living in Crumpsall and Cheetham Hill, two inner city areas in Manchester. Activities offered will include a health and wellbeing group, a community café to learn simple cooking and budgeting, a social drop-in, a games group, and information and sign-posting. Weekly activities will also include outreach at local retirement housing complexes. The project aims to increase health and wellbeing, reduce isolation, and increase participants’ network of support so they can live healthy independent lives.

 • Westwood and Alder Park Tenants and Residents Association (Eccles),  £14,800 -  This new two year project aims to establish free local activities for all generations living in the Westwood and Alder Park neighbourhood in Eccles, Salford. Westwood and Alder Park Tenants and Residents Association will set up a weekly gardening group, run seasonal family sessions including a summer playgroup and job club for parents/carers, and deliver training opportunities. The group will also produce and distribute a quarterly newsletter. The intention is to address issues related to unemployment and social/emotional isolation and improve the health and wellbeing of participants, increase their employability and create a stronger community.

 

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthForm, said: ‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthForm, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across Greater Manchester, we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling 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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