tackling health inequalities in Greater Manchester
Greater Manchester groups share £178,000 funding

SIX local groups in Greater Manchester are celebrating receiving a total of £178,187 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 groups celebrating the grants include:

  • DIY Theatre Community Interest Company (Salford) , £19,192 - This 16-month project will expand a drama project for adults with learning disabilities that has previously been funded by People's Health Trust. The new project will help a group of adults with learning disabilities who have already been attending a weekly drama club, to set up a member-led, self-sustaining drama group of their own.
  • Gaydio (Manchester and Salford), £41,942 - This two-year project is the development of an existing idea, aiming to build confidence, strengthen social connections and increase employability skills for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) young people living in Manchester and Salford. Young people will receive training in media skills and radio broadcast production, leading to the creation of their own radio broadcasts that raise awareness of issues they face, promote community services and events, strengthen cohesion within the LGBT community and forge links with the wider community. Young people will design, develop and lead the project, determining content and managing the delivery of sessions. 
  • Lancashire Lions Visually Impaired Sports Club (Manchester),£42,960 - This new two-year project will provide two weekly sports sessions and monthly social activities such as visiting a sporting event, going bowling or visiting a local attraction with events decided by the project participants. The target group are adults experiencing sight loss (blind or partially sighted) and are predominantly living in the Blackley and Broughton area as well as North, Central and East Manchester. 
  • Rising Stars NW CIC (Heaviley and Stockport),£17,378 - This two-year project has been developed from a previous pilot scheme. Rising Stars NW will train and support a team of 30 young people from Heaviley and Central Stockport to be youth and media leaders. The young people will put together a news programme on local services and events, interviewing residents and community leaders, and reporting some of the good news that does not always get included in mainstream media. The intention is to challenge negative stigma about young people and break down barriers between generations. 
  • Star Association (Harpurhey), £37,960 - This new 18-month project aims to provide social activities for older African men aged 50 living in the inner-city area of Harpurhey, Manchester. Men only social activities will be held on a weekly basis, including a Saturday night club for informal conversation and drinks, speakers, quizzes, raffle and entertainment, Sunday tea or dinner and other occasional activities such as walks or days out. Activities will be developed and organised by participants and a steering group. 
  • Valley Community Gardens (Swinton), £18,755 - This two-year project aims to run a range of activities for the residents of Swinton, a town in Greater Manchester. The project will expand on an established curling group and launch a range of other new ideas developed by local people such as holiday events for children and families, guerrilla knitting and DIY courses. All activities will take place at a community garden. The activities will be open to those with mental ill health and physical disabilities, children and families, older people and people not currently in employment.

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.’

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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