tackling health inequalities in Shropshire and Staffordshire
Seven Charities receive over £240,000 funding

SEVEN charity groups in the Staffordshire area have received grants of £242,040 between them.

Using money raised by HealthFair 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 seven charities receiving the funding include:

  • CHAIN South Staffs (Cannock) - £14,965 - To deliver a range of support sessions and activities for parents and carers of children with disabilities.
  • Cohort 4 Limited (Tamworth) - £19,950 - This new one year project is set up by ex-probation officers who are also survivors of domestic abuse who have recovered and regained their self-esteem and now wish to help other women in the community through mutual support, encouragement and craft-making.
  • Engage Communities CIC (North Burslem) - £34,880 - To deliver a regular programme of sports activities and mentoring support to men aged 11-21 living in North Burslem. Activities will include weekly football and cricket sessions, as well as the opportunity for 20 volunteers to work towards obtaining coaching qualifications and going on to support delivery of sessions for the remaining participants. Volunteers will also lead on planning and organising two Community Sports Festivals.
  • House of Bread (Rising Brook) - £43,420 - To expand on the current community garden project by increasing the area to accommodate more volunteers and participants from the Rising Brook area where the garden is based, and employing a Garden Manager to develop volunteer skills. After the initial six months of developing the land, the group will run regular volunteer training sessions and open up the garden four days a week.
  • The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Bucknall - £47,675 (Abbey Hulton) - To employ a Community Development Worker who will help to coordinate volunteers to deliver a programme of activities at the St John’s Welcome Centre, in a bid to establish a new community hub for local residents of Abbey Hulton. Activities will include one day courses such as First Aid, as well as regular weekly social activities such as toddler groups and lunch clubs.
  • Stoke Baptist Church - £42,300 - To deliver a programme of activities that will enable local children and adults to design, write and publish a community magazine. Activities will include a variety of workshops such as creative writing, IT and photography to develop the creative skills required as well as regular weekly drop in sessions for editorial content and design. The free magazine will be distributed twice a year to every home in the Boothen.
  • Swan Bank (Burslem) - £38,850 - To develop a programme of sessional activities for older people in the Burslem area of Stoke on Trent who are isolated and vulnerable and who have said they want to socialise more.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFair, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthFair, 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.”


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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