tackling health inequalities in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
Bristol charities receive £126,000 funding

Charity groups in Bristol receive funding of £126,309.

Using money raised by HealthTogether 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:

• Avonmouth Community Centre Association £20,678 – This is an existing project providing a weekly lunch club for 50 elderly and vulnerable people living in Avonmouth over 24 months. 50 people will benefit in total with 30 attending regularly. The club aims to reduce isolation, bring together neighbours, and to support service users to retain their independence and their dignity. The trustees, staff and volunteers are all local to the organisation and the project itself was set up by local people originally. 

• Compass Project 2012 (Staple Hill) £42,564 - This new 24 month project will support Compass Project 2012 to build a new woodwork and furniture restoration workshop at its premises in Staple Hill, South Gloucestershire. The workshop will be open four days per week enabling members in recovery from substance misuse to learn new skills. The recycled and restored furniture will be sold to the local community helping to challenge negative perceptions of people who have had problems with substance misuse. 

• The Hartcliffe & Withywood Teenage Parents Project  £23,264 - This new 24 month project aims to offer young parents living in the Hartcliffe and Withywood area of Bristol the opportunity to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM will provide young parents with a simple technique to help them to manage their emotions and stress levels. The project will help young parents to improve relationships with their children, families and neighbours in the community. The project will support 24 people on a regular basis. A Consciousness Raising Group will be established delivering 110 weekly two-hour sessions. Young parents have a key role in the management of the organisation and in shaping the project. 

• Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust £39,803 - This existing 24 month project will build on a pilot to deliver a family film night to residents of Lockleaze in Bristol. Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust will support families to come together for a meal and film night every six weeks. Three 10 week ‘Cooking on a budget’ courses will also be delivered culminating in participants cooking the family film night meal. The project will strengthen local networks and relationships responding to residents request for opportunities to spend more quality time together as families and interact with new people. 

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthTogether, said: ‘These projects, supported using money raised by HealthTogether, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across Bristol, we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer healthier lives."

John Hume, Chief Executive, 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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