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Bournemouth charities receive over £100,000 funding

Three charities in Bournemouth have shared £100,025 between them.

Using money raised by HealthFull CIC, through The Health Lottery, the grants were 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 projects that have received the funding are:
 
Faithworks Wessex, awarded £24,132, is a 24 month extension of an existing service providing befriending to elderly and isolated residents encouraging them to reconnect with the community. Activities include gardening, cooking and assisted shopping. 150 elderly people will benefit from the project, which will take place both in clients’ homes and at central venues in West Howe, Bournemouth. The programme aims to tackle issues of social and emotional isolation and age. 

Pokesdown Community Youth Centre, based in Southbourne, received a grant of £38,710 to establish activity sessions for dads and their children as well as organise a range of trips. The project will focus on the issues of low educational attainment and risk of poor attainment and community and neighborhood cohesion.  

The Townsend Youth Partnership, which was awarded £37,183 will train 20 young people from the Townsend Estate, Bournemouth 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. The scheme will see around 350 people from the local community given access to free sport. 

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFull, said: “The projects 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.

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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