tackling health inequalities in Torbay and Devon
Devon charities receive more than £147,000

CHARITY groups in Devon are celebrating receiving a total of £147,479 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:

  • Hikmat Devon CIC, £15,936 - This existing two-year project aims to deliver the continuation of the Sweetie Ladies Group supporting isolated Black and Minority Ethnic women living in rural North Devon, providing opportunities to meet new people, reduce isolation and learn new skills.
  •  Imagine - Torbay Multicultural Group CIC, £24,409 - This new two-year project aims to deliver a programme of ESOL tuition, employability skills and other activities based on cross-cultural skills-sharing and interaction. 
  • Many Directions Theatre Company, £12,441 - This new one-year project aims to set up a dance project in tandem with the local library in Bideford, North Devon. As the participants are people with learning disabilities, traditional ideas of literacy are quite challenging and the applicant would like to create an "Our Stories" project in which they work creatively with the library to look at how they can enjoy stories in other ways, in particular through movement and dance.
  •  Princetown Pavilion Youth Club, £47,223 - This new two-year project aims to deliver music-based activities for young people and their families, leading to community events in Princetown, Devon. 
  • Seize the Moment Ltd, £47,470 - This is a development of an existing Trust funded project for a further two years. The project will support a steering group of Northam residents to deliver various activities for the community. The activities will include cookery, sewing, gardening.

 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.’’

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. It's for projects seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 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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