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Somerset charities share almost £60,000 funding pot

Two charity groups in Somerset are celebrating receiving a total of £58,370 between them.
 
Using money raised by HealthFull 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 charities celebrating the grants include:
 
Chard WATCH CIC - £24,000 – This new 24 month project will provide weekly drop-in sessions, organised activities and educational opportunities to socially excluded people living in Chard, particularly targeted at those with mental health problems, people with disabilities, recovering addicts and the elderly. It is focused at issues of mental ill health and social and emotional isolation. 

North Taunton Partnership - £34,370 – This part new and part existing project aims 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 Priorswood in Taunton. The project will reach around 575 local people. 
 
Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFull, said: ‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthFull, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region, 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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