tackling health inequalities in Torbay and Devon
Devon charities share £250,000 funding pot

Charity groups in Devon are celebrating receiving a total of £250,857 between them.
Using money raised by HealthContact 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.
The charities celebrating the funding include:
Devon United Women (Exeter) £10,000 - A two year project that builds on previous activity by the group. The organisation wishes to run a ‘cultural cooking project’ to encourage women from diverse backgrounds to come together and enjoy one another’s company over food preparation and sharing.

Future Shores (Paignton) £38,720 - This new two year project aims to inspire and give new skills to local people in an intergenerational collaboration based around fashion. Open access sessions  in design, textiles, photography, modelling, PR and dress making led by experts will run three times a week at a space equipped with fabrics and machines where the 13-19 year olds will go as an after school/work activity and the older women will volunteer and share practical and life skills.

Neighbourworks CIC (Exeter) £22,270 - This is a new two year project to set 'Knit Stop' groups in a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Exeter, and to train and support volunteer facilitators to nurture their group.

Newton Abbot CIC £46,680 - This new two year project aims to develop and run a programme of community events and activities at the Buckland Community Centre, Buckland estate, Newton Abbot. The programme will include IT training, sports groups and cooking courses and will be run by a residents' steering group.

Olive Tree Association (Exeter) £36,000 - This new 2 year project will benefit the residents of St Sidwells and Cathedral areas of Exeter. The project will run six 14 week participatory photography courses that will enable local residents to identify and document an issue or problem that affects them and the people and communities around them. Participants who have completed the course will be able to access training to become volunteer facilitators for future sessions. The project will run exhibitions of the work produced.

St Sidwells Community Centre (Exeter )£48,392 - This new two year project builds on the work of the existing community café in Exeter to bring local people of all ages and ethnicities together to grow; source; cook; teach; learn; exchange; share; and sell nutritious and affordable produce and prepared food.

Torbay Recovery Information Project £35,605 –This new peer-led two year project aims to employ two part-time staff from the Drug and Alcohol Community in Torquay with the aim of ensuring that the group always has someone available to meet and greet new members and support them to maintain their recovery through information, opportunities to join in what’s on offer at the drop-in or take up volunteering.

Wolf and Water Arts Company (Ilfracombe) £13,190 - This new 1 year project will run a weekly ‘movement club’ for residents of Ilfracombe with and without mental health problems; this mix of involvement will promote social contact and help to build greater understanding amongst local residents about mental health.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthContact, said: ‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthContact, 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.
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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