tackling health inequalities in Somerset and Dorset
Local charities celebrate over £162,000 funding

Six charity groups in the Somerset and Dorset area have received grants of £162,053 between them.
 
Using money raised by HeathFull 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 six charities celebrating the funding include:
  
Neroche Woodlanders Ltd - £25,512 – This new one year project  is based on the Halcon Estate in Taunton Deane and will offer 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. There will be monthly family nature days, monthly family evening sessions and fortnightly social days for adults 

Revive Youth Community Interest Company - £29,880 - This is a new 19 month intergenerational project to bring people together to explore shared history, make a film and show it at the local cinema and in schools and venues for older people. The project will benefit the Howard Road area of Wellington and addresses the issues of: age, social or emotional isolation, and low educational attainment or risk of poor educational attainment.

Somerset Art Works - £14,840 - This new 18 month 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 project will take place in Taunton and addresses issues of: poor physical environment, general community and neighbourhood work, and social or emotional isolation. 

The Training & Learning Company - £24,020 - This new two year 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. The project will address issues of general community and neighbourhood work, low educational attainment and social and emotional isolation.
 
Turlin Moor Money Advice Project (known as HMAP, Hamworthy Money Advice Project)- £44,937 - This new 18 month 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. The credit union will be open on three days each week. 

Vita Nova - £22,864 - This new two year 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. The project will culminate in a celebration event and it will focus on issues of unemployment, social / emotional isolation, and homelessness / poor housing. 

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 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. 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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