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Bristol Groups Celebrate Over £200,000 Funding

EIGHT good causes groups in Bristol have received £200,588 between them.

Using money raised by HealthTogether 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 groups who are celebrating receiving funding are:

  • Autism Independence - £7,000 - This new one year project is a request to support Somali families with autistic children, who live in East Bristol. It will run coffee morning sessions, providing an introduction to Autism and the issues connected with it, as well as opportunities for the families to socialise and information sessions delivered by professionals to provide advice and share information. The project will tackle the issues of social or emotional isolation, learning disability and physical and sensory disability. 
  • Borderlands (South West) Limited - £43,777 – This two-year project will continue the organisation’s twice-weekly drop in sessions for asylum seekers and refugees living in Bristol inner city. Project participants from over 40 countries find themselves excluded, and in economically disadvantaged circumstances, making it difficult to meet others from similar life experiences and access both support and friendship. The drop in will provide an opportunity for social contact, alongside organised opportunities to access services and a free hot meal. Participants lead the development of the sessions and the project via a drop-in management group. 
  • Changes Bristol - £28,713 – This two-year project is an expansion of existing activities and build on learning from a pilot. It will establish three new weekly peer support groups for adults experiencing mental health issues in three areas of Bristol, which do not currently have similar support groups available to local people; Knowle, Hartcliffe and Easton. The group will be run by trained, local volunteers with lived experience of mental health issues, who will support group members to manage the project and lead the sessions. 
  • Felix Road Adventure Playground Association (FRAPA) - £27,031 – This two-year project will develop an existing pilot project delivering a Children’s Council engaging local children from Easton, an inner-city area of Bristol, in decision-making within their community. The project will provide training and support for children and young people, and involve them in the design and redevelopment of the Felix Road Adventure Playground, and in other initiatives locally and across the city. It will ensure that children and young people are able to express their views on issues which affect them. 
  • Horfield Common Community Interest Company - £30,000 – This new two-year project is the development of existing work and will create and open a repair café and workshop space, which will provide a new community ‘hub’ space for people in the local community of Horton Common to meet, engage in shared activities and experiences, share skills and form new relationships and friendships. The project will support the reduction of social isolation, which is particularly acute in the area, as well as enabling local people to develop skills and engage in community-generated volunteering opportunities. 
  • The Haven - £21,368 – This new 18-month project is the development of existing work, and aims to improve the wellbeing and mental health of adults with issues relating to alcohol, substance misuse and associative complex needs via socially-inclusive, structured, outdoor and practical activities. It aims to enable potential for greater confidence, independence and healthier lifestyle choices. Project decisions are made collectively by the group. 
  • Tribe of Doris - £34,961 – This new two-year project will provide weekly activities for women aged 18-60 from many different cultural backgrounds. Taking place in the St Paul’s, St Jude’s and Montpelier areas of Ashley, the project will bring women together to enjoy two activities each week including yoga, and then drum, dance, song or craft activities, followed by lunch. The project will enable the women to meet on a regular basis to enjoy activities together and create stronger social links. Every three months the group will meet to decide upon future activities and have their say in developing the project. 
  • Cerebral Palsy Plus - £7,738 – This one-year project will enable the continued provision of social, sports and leisure activities for people with Cerebral Palsy living in the city of Bristol and surrounding area. Members will come together to plan activities and events. A key element is the provision of accessible transport, and assistance to enable participants to take part, and have the opportunity to make friends, share experiences and enjoy stimulating and exciting activities. 

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthTogether CIC said: “We are delighted that money raised by HealthTogether is supporting such important local projects.”

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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