tackling health inequalities in Somerset and Dorset
Our Way Our Say
Our Way Our Say,
Weston Super Mare
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.

Projects funded using money raised by healthFull

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,925,144

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Our Way Our Say Weston-Super-Mare £30,392 This new two-year project will provide weekly sessions requested by residents, including an arts and crafts morning, a singalong lunch club, and a community cooking activity followed by a meal. Beneficiaries will be older residents experiencing social isolation from the Coronation Estate in Weston-Super-Mare. The project aims to bring people together to make social links and improve community cohesion.
Creating Learning Opportunities in Western Somerset (CLOWNS) Minehead £34,720 This new two-year project will provide activities and support for parents who live in Minehead in Somerset. There will be group sessions combining play and learning and one-to-one support. Sessions will be co-designed and led by parents and the aim is to give those taking part greater confidence and for the programme to have a positive impact on social mobility and opportunities.
Dorset Forest School CIC Poole £33,421 This two-year project builds on a successful pilot and aims to deliver outdoor activities, such as greenwood working skills and rural crafts, for people in Poole and surrounding areas living with dementia, cognitive impairment or social isolation. The project, which will run twice weekly sessions at Holton Lee, near Wareham, aims to help people form lasting friendships and become more active. Transport will be provided if required by volunteer drivers.
SEDCAT ( South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport) Bournemouth £23,909 This new two-year project aims to provide weekly bus outings/activities to combat social isolation and loneliness by improving individuals’ sense of self-worth, and building social networks through involvement in activities and social contact. The project is aimed at the 60-70 age group or younger, particularly males with disabilities/mobility problems in the Bournemouth area.
The Any Body Can Cook Community Interest Company Glastonbury £14,450 This new two-year project is an extension of taster sessions run previously. It will deliver 80 sessions for local families with a focus on messy /sensory play and shared cooking in order to bring families with preschool children within the community together, whilst supporting children's development through fun activities. The project will work in partnership with local organisations and be based in the library hub in Glastonbury with families coming from central Glastonbury.
The Women's Community Forum Chard £28,615 This two-year project will be an expansion of a project currently supported by the Trust. The project offers a range of English language classes and courses for adult residents of Chard, a rural Somerset town, who originate from other countries. As well as receiving English language support, participants will have the opportunity to organise and take part in a range of activities and events including cultural celebrations and day trips. The extended support will enable participants to practice their English and meet others from the local community.
Time Bank Plus Ltd Bath £21,322 This new two-year project in Twerton, Bath, aims to deliver a weekly lunch club and activities afternoon for older people and others living nearby, led by a group of volunteers with physical and mental health issues. Benefiting 70 people in total, the project responds to the social isolation many experience, which is compounded by ill-health and a lack of facilities locally. Participants and volunteers will feel empowered through being involved in planning and delivering the project, including choosing activities, which may include arts and crafts, quizzes, board games, fabric skills, IT skills, bingo, baking and listening to music. They will be able to meet and form new friendships with others from a range of ages and backgrounds experiencing similar issues.
The Women's Community Forum Chard £26,000 This existing two-year project aims to establish two English language classes per week for adults aged 18-60 living in Chard, Somerset who have English as a second language. 
Fernheath Play Bournemouth £41,732 A new two-year project that will deliver a weekly programme of physical, social and sensory activities for parents and children under twelve living on the West Howe estate in Bournemouth. Activities will be developed and organised by a project management group comprised of local parents and include family learning sessions, a stay and play social group, exercise classes for parents and family events/trips throughout the year.
Keep Safe Keep Sane Bath £13,844 This existing two-year project will expand support, publicity and networks for carers of people with mental health difficulties in the Bath area and provide training, fun days and relaxation sessions for carers, as well as link with service professionals. The group aims to give carers a direct voice, allowing them to feel included and heard
People First Dorset Dorset £41,045 This existing two-year project aims to deliver friendship clubs for people with learning disabilities in three areas of Dorset: Weymouth and Portland, Dorchester, and Bridport; as well as neighbouring rural villages. The clubs will provide a space for people to make friends and get involved in social and recreational activities, including cinema trips and playing sports.
Poole Communities Trust Poole £13,294 This new one-year project will support residents of Turlin Moor in Poole to run a community consultation with local people about the need to create a new community centre; the last community centre burnt down 10 years ago and some organisations working in Turlin Moor have expressed a need for a new centre.
The Footprints Project Poole £39,500 This existing two-year project aims to provide skills courses including in construction to ex-offenders and other vulnerable people in the coastal area of Poole, with opportunities to mend community spaces. Local people will be trained to provide mentoring to the participants individually and in group settings.
Clowns (Creating Learning Opportunities in Western Somerset)  Carhampton £35,104 This new two-year project will run a programme of play and support sessions for families living in Carhampton (which is a coastal village four miles east of Minehead). The project will run a range of fun sessions for the children, whilst offering peer support and information for parents. Sessions will run weekly, as well as quarterly day events involving a range of activities and support.
Mean Feet Dance  Watchet £36,860 This new two-year project will run two creative dance groups - one for parents with children aged under 5, and one for vulnerable adults. Participants will be able to take part in training that will enable them to progress into volunteering roles within the groups, going on to plan and deliver community events and volunteer led courses/workshops in the second year.
Onion Collective CIC  Watchet £46,200 This new two-year project will develop a team of Community Makers, a group of people that will learn building, plumbing and carpentry skills to work together on community projects. 50 people of all ages will attend weekly sessions that will develop practical skills using tools and equipment, increase their confidence, start new friendships and build a spirit of collective endeavour. The project will be based in the harbour town of Watchet and will address issues relating to social or emotional isolation, general community and neighbourhood work and unemployment.
Our Way Our Say  Weston Super Mare £29,707 This new two-year project will deliver weekly family fun days and a boxercise class for the residents of South ward in Weston Super Mare, particularly those living on the Bournville Estate. 
StreetSpace South Somerset  Chard £10,911 This two-year project will be the expansion of existing youth work that takes place in the Jocelyn Park area of Chard. The project will increase the level of detached youth work so that weekly sessions can be delivered by two StreetSpace leaders who will provide opportunities for young people to meet and develop activities in their community. The project will also provide activities during school half term and summer holidays.
NAPRA Area Link (Northey and Padfield Residents Association) Southbourne £5,619 This new two-year project will engage local residents from Southbourne in Bournemouth in developing a community garden on a disused plot of land in the area. 
On Your Bike (Recycle) Ltd Taunton Deane £37,249 This new 18 month project will offer a cycle maintenance course for ten participants with the aim of increasing employability (in any sector) through building self-confidence, IT skills and team working skills. Participants will be offered a free bike on loan which they can keep on completion. 
West Howe Community Enterprises West Howe £46,442 This two-year project aims to extend the employment of the charity shop manager in order to recruit and retain more volunteers and set up more weekly groups including ones for drama, neighbourhood litter picking and a walking/running group.
Island Community Action (ICA) Portland £50,000 This new two-year project will deliver 288 training sessions covering food preparation and nutrition and edible gardening to residents of the Fortuneswell area of Portland followed by the establishment of a community market.
Feed Avalon CIC Glastonbury £34,842 This is a new 22-month project to support households in Glastonbury to learn how to grow food and offer them advice and inspiration to start and keep growing. 
African and Carribean over 50's Lunch club Bournemouth £5,940 This new two-year project aims to deliver activities to 24 older African and Caribbean people to enhance the current lunch club to include cultural and social outings and steel pan and drum workshops. The steel pan workshops will be inter- generational building links between the older people and local young people. 
St Francis of Assissi Church Weymouth £19,080 This new two-year project aims to deliver free soft play sessions for pre-school children in the Littlemoor and Broadwey areas of Weymouth. The sessions will be open for 2-hours each weekday enabling families to meet and socialise with other local people. 
Bath City Farm Twerton & Whiteway £19,974 This existing two-year project aims to deliver a series of out-of-school projects for the benefit of 180 young people in Twerton and Whiteway aged 5-19 through three distinct weekly activities aimed at different age groups. The activities aim to address general community and neighbourhood work, social or emotional isolation and unemployment.
Neroche Woodlanders Ltd Taunton £25,512 To run seasonal outdoor play, activities and learning with children, families and adults, sessions close to home for after-school exploring, family nature days in the woods, woodland learning and social days for adults, and a woodland overnight event.
Revive Youth Community Interest Company Wellington £10,179 To run seasonal outdoor play, activities and learning with children, families and adults, sessions close to home for after-school exploring, family nature days in the woods, woodland learning and social days for adults, and a woodland overnight event.
Somerset Art Works Somerset £14,840 The project consists of a programme of creative activities which encourages people to explore their neighbourhood, identify opportunities to improve the local environment for play, and in relation to attractiveness and ecological diversity.
The Training & Learning Company Bridport £24,020 The project will deliver 40 weekly cookery workshops with an additional 12 sessions of holiday time activity to parents and children of the Dr Roberts estate near Bridport in West Dorset.
Turlin Moor Money Advice
Project (known as HMAP,
Hamworthy Money Advice Project)
Turlin Moor and Hamowrthy £42,313 The project will enable the group to set up a branch of a credit union open to all residents of Turlin Moor and Hamworthy in Poole.
Vita Nova Boscombe West £22,864 The project will use music and singing to promote community cohesion within Boscombe West. There will be a series of 'no experience required' weekly sessions in music involving all members of the local community.
Chard WATCH CIC Chard £24,000 To provide weekly drop in sessions, organised activities and educational opportunities to socially excluded people living in Chard (Somerset).
Faithworks Wessex Bournemouth £24,132 An extension of an existing service providing befriending to elderly and isolated residents, getting them engaged in local activities and encouraging them to reconnect with the community through activities such as gardening, cooking and assisted shopping.
North Taunton Partnership Taunton £34,370 To deliver a weekly men's group, a computer group, a youth drop in every week and 20 one day events which will make up a school holiday youth activity programme to benefit the residents of Prioriswood in Taunton.
Pokesdown Community
Youth Centre
Boscombe East & West Southbourne £38,710 To deliver activities for dads and their children from the areas of Boscombe East and West Southbourne.
The Community Bus Bath £20,446 To take the group's play-bus once a week to a new venue - Foxhill in Bath. The initiative will enable local families to access the play equipment on the bus and have a safe area in which to play and socialise.
Townsend Youth Partnership Townsend Estate £37,183 To train up to 20 young people from the Townsend Estate to deliver sport, health and fitness activities to wider members of the community; this will give them the opportunity to undertake training and upskill for future education and employment opportunities.
Club Bournemouth and Poole Bournemouth £19,042 To run two friendship and wellbeing clubs for older people in two areas of Bournemouth. The clubs will improve the health and wellbeing of isolated older people through various activities.
Wanted not Wasted CIC Weston Super Mare £6,346 Provide a range of services for young people and parents at their community shop base on Bournville Estate in Weston Super Mare.
Voluntary Sector Training
Alliance Ltd
Yeovil £24,598 Run a neighbourhood volunteering scheme to empower and enable residents from Birchfield in Yeovil to do more for themselves and others.
Time Bank Plus Ltd Twerton £24,500 Develop a Time Bank project for residents of the Redlands Park Estate in Twerton delivering 1,200 hours over 18 months. The project aims to enhance community participation and engagement.

The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Sustrans   £171,333 Sustrans will support community engagement work in seven neighbourhoods. It will work with local people to identify their concerns, issues and aspirations, so that they can establish a set of priorities which they can then address. It will do this through co-creating a Plan for Change, supported by locally recruited Community Champions. The focus will be on enhancing local control of environmental issues that have an impact on people’s lives.
Sustrans   £228,445 Sustrans will support community engagement work in seven neighbourhoods. It will work with local people to identify their concerns, issues and aspirations, so that they can establish a set of priorities which they can then address. It will do this through co-creating a Plan for Change, supported by locally recruited Community Champions. The focus will be on enhancing local control of environmental issues that have an impact on people’s lives.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Shaftesbury Leisure Ltd   £5280  
The Bridge Project North Somerset North Somerset £9,900 Teach horticultural skills through weekly sessions on a local allotment - teaching people how to grow fruit and vegetables and prepare homegrown food.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme, and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making healthy choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
Youth Sport Trust   £43,750 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.
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