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Charity groups in Devon are celebrating receiving a total of £159,357 between them

CHARITY groups in Devon are celebrating receiving a total of £159,357 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 in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

The charities celebrating the grants include:

  • Bideford Bay Creatives, £19,034 - This new 14 month project aims to deliver a programme of creative and historical activities to the local community to celebrate its local heritage in line with the new development of Brunswick Wharf. The project aims to teach local residents about the history and importance of the Wharf and unite the two neighbourhoods living on opposite sides of the river Torridge.
  •  Exeter Community Centre Trust, £14,330 - This new 13 month project aims to create a sensory garden which will be cultivated and tiled by local volunteers and school children. It builds on a previous Trust grant by upgrading recently worked space attached to the building. Local residents will take part in monthly workshops to design and create tiles for the space, culminating in a community event to celebrate the opening of the new sensory garden.
  • Hand in Hand (Teignbridge), £17,000 - This new two year project aims to deliver a resident-led programme of community activities. The project will start with a series of small coffee mornings organised by volunteers for residents to feedback what they would like to see in their community. As a result of this engagement, appropriate groups would be set up with taster sessions run to determine if there is interest and, if sufficient, the groups would then run on a regular weekly or monthly basis based on feedback from residents. A small start-up budget would be allocated to the groups to meet costs of advertising and materials.
  • St David's Neighbourhood Partnership, £7,180 - This new nine month project will enable the development of new leaflet outlining community priorities for the neighbourhood as a result of ongoing engagement work with local residents. The project will put together words and pictures that will provide an update to the previous 10 year vision from 2003.
  • The United Community Centre (Northam), £17,184 - This two year project will provide a lead youth worker for the group’s twice-weekly youth club sessions which take place at the United Community Centre in Northam, Devon. The sessions will serve 15-20 young people from a local estate (Morwenna) and from the local village. The aspiration is that the participating young people develop confidence and team-working and get involved in the development of an allotment and other activities which take place at the Centre such as its lunch club.
  • CentrePeace (Paington), £40,280 - This 24 month project is based on a pilot carried out in 2014. It will train and support volunteer ‘Listeners’ to befriend local residents who are elderly or isolated. The ‘Listeners’ will deliver outreach sessions in people’s homes, or at wellbeing sessions where isolated people can gather for social activities such as craft and story-telling.
  • Doorstep Arts CIC (Hele), £14,430 - This new 15 month project (based on a pilot) will run a weekly drama club for 11-13 year olds from four local schools. The project will support these pupils in their transition to secondary school and will operate in Hele, Torquay.
  • Manaton & East Dartmoor Theatre, £21,569 - This new two year project will support children and volunteers to run an after-school film club at Princetown Primary School enabling children to make their own films and showcase them to the community. The project will be led by the children who will be trained in film-making skills, and will then host a community screening of their final film.
  • Townstal Community Partnership, £8,350 - This new two year project will see local residents of Townstal estate organise a series of drop-in sessions/coffee mornings with different activities and themes. The objective is to provide an environment for local residents to meet each other, share ideas and experiences and potentially form friendships and support networks in order to build community cohesion. The group will also trial some pop up conversation cafes out in the community.

So far, HealthContact CIC has raised more than £ 1.5million to support local good causes in Devon.

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.’’

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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