tackling health inequalities in Durham and Teesside
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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.

Projects funded using money raised by healthImprove

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,848,496


Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Justice Football Club United Stockton-on-Tees £20,170 This existing two-year project, currently funded by the Trust, aims to continue delivering the activities of Justice United Football Club which plays in an FA-affiliated Sunday league in Stockton-on-Tees. The team, made up predominantly participants from refugee communities, trains twice a week and plays games once a week. The project will build on the team’s successful track record so far, which has resulted in many participants making lasting friendships and socialising outside of team activities, as well as joining the organisation’s management committee.
Alington House Community Association Durham £42,240 This existing two year project will see the continuation of a weekly activity group for visually impaired people living in Durham city and the surrounding semi-rural and rural villages. The Monday activity group is currently funded by the Trust and this is successfully being led by a visually impaired steering committee, with the assistance of a sighted facilitator and volunteers. Existing participants have expressed a need to strengthen their IT skills, as well as focus on volunteer and employment skills development. As a result, they have developed a new weekly drop in session that will offer peer led IT support sessions, a focus on volunteering skills, and a chance to gain accredited Volunteer training. Both weekly sessions will offer regular opportunities to socialise and strengthen skills and will be shaped by participants.
Footprints in the Community Redcar £36,633 This two-year existing project looks to continue the running of a Men's Shed in the Redcar area, for men who are out of work through retirement or redundancy, and who are at risk of becoming isolated. The project aims to reduce social and emotional isolation, work with older people and tackle mental ill health.
In Harmony Food Revolution CIC Redcar  £22,409 This new two-year project aims to deliver a lunch club and social group for homeless people and those who used to be homeless. Participants will cook a meal to eat together, followed by activities of their choice including board games and crafts. The project has been requested by members of the homeless community, and its ethos is to provide a safe and friendly setting to bond together over a meal. The project will also act as a signposting service, enabling people experiencing homelessness and/or new to the area to find out about other services available and to make links with other people from the wider community.
RT Community Projects Ltd County Durham £18,190 This new two-year project involves supporting a group of women experiencing mental health problems from County Durham to establish a support group which will eventually become independent and self-sustainable. There will be weekly workshops making use of creative activities to improve mental health as well as sessions on how to establish an independent organisation. The intention is that the group will reduce the women’s social isolation by increasing their social interaction and wellbeing which, in turn, will enable them to feel happier and safer.
Teesside Athletic FC Ltd Redcar £35,240 This existing two-year project, developing from a 10-week pilot, aims to continue the development of a drop-in meeting space for unemployed men in Redcar ages 45 and over, who have been impacted heavily by the collapse of the town’s steel industry, Redcar’s major employer for more than 170 years. The project will provide a place where the men can meet others in similar situations for companionship, gain help and access resources to prepare them for further employment, training or retirement.
Blackhall Community Association Blackhall Colliery £5,885 This new 15-month project aims to promote community cohesion in the area of Blackhall Colliery, by joining the traditionally separated groups of ex-miners, care home residents and new families together through monthly community activity days. It aims to promote social connections between new residents and established groups through activities decided by participants.  
Hart Gables Middlesbrough £42,803 This two-project seeks to extend the core work of the organisation, previously funded by the Trust, into Middlesbrough. It will provide Transgender support and raise awareness of gender identity issues within the local community. The project aims reduce stigma and discrimination across Middlesbrough and strengthen community connections. Activities are chosen by beneficiaries and will aim to build the confidence of people from the Transgender community so they feel more comfortable going out into the wider community.
Home On The Range Ltd Spennymoor £47,995 This is new two-year project has been developed from existing activities. It will provide three-weekday activity sessions on a community farm for people living around Spennymoor in County Durham, to address issues of mental and physical health, substance abuse, dementia, unemployment and social isolation. Participants requested sessions that were sustained over longer periods of time so that they can develop social connections and work together to determine the programme. Participants will form a management group and oversee decision-making for the project, supported by staff and volunteers. 
Jack Drum Arts Crook £37,978 This new two-year project will set up an Arts for Wellbeing group for young people aged 13-19 in the historic market town of Crook. Young people will attend weekly sessions and seasonal trips/weekends away. The young people will also put on community events and will be supported to take responsibility and ownership of the group through the establishment of a Youth Steering Group.
Shotton Partnership 2000 Ltd. Shotton £9,188 This one-year project will build on a successful pilot of an older person's group. The new project will run a weekly activity session in Shotton Community Centre for local residents - this will enable older people to socialise and take part in engaging activities such as singing and skittles. To help foster intergenerational bonds, the project will also hold monthly fun days and trips, in which younger members of the community will be able to join together with the older participants from the weekly club. Shotton has large numbers of older and younger people and this project will help to rekindle a shared community spirit between these groups.   
Stockton Hope Stockton-on-Tees £15,603 This two-year project will extend the range of activities offered by Stockton Hope at its weekly community drop-in. The drop-in has been running for four years to help improve the mental health of people living on the Hardwick housing estate. During the drop-in people can meet for conversation and a cuppa, bring food for a shared lunch and take part in craft and volunteering activities. The new phase of the project will continue the weekly drop-in activities, but with the addition of monthly trips. The project will help to build friendships between a group of people who often feel isolated. 
Stockton Residents & Community Groups Association Limited Stockton-on-Tees £25,279 This is a new two-year project is based on a pilot. It will enable residents of all ages in the Thornaby neighbourhood of Stockton-on-Tees to develop a community garden on an unused allotment. Community members will meet weekly to plan activities and develop the project, build social connections and acquire new skills. Family activities and events will be organised three times a year in the garden to bring local people together. It responds to community requests for a communal space where people can grow their own fresh food and flowers, to be made into hanging baskets to brighten up the local area. 
Tees Valley Arts Middlesbrough £42,340 This existing two-year project will further develop the Thorntree Roses group for women living on the Thorntree Estate in east Middlesbrough, Tees Valley. Thorntree Roses is a regular arts and crafts activity group previously funded by the Trust. It has expanded to support younger women as well as the women (60+) that initially came up with the idea. The project will continue to deliver weekly arts activities, regular celebration events and cultural trips as well as build on and progress the strengths and potential of members so that they can gain the confidence and skills to take ownership of the group in the long term. 
The South Stanley Partnership Stanley £31,020 This new two-year project looks to set up a weekly lunch club for elderly and disabled people in south Stanley. Through a community consultation day, residents requested a lunch club with social activities to develop closer connections in the neighbourhood. Activities will be decided by participants and will include bingo, beetle drive, seated exercises or a sing-along. 
Durham Deafened Support County Durham and Darlington £50,000 This new two project aims to build on an existing model of activities and roll this out into new areas in the County Durham and Darlington area. The programmes will develop, support and run a series of self-help based projects/activities throughout for adults with hearing loss (late-deafened) and their families. The idea is to help them 'Out of the Comfort Zone' of their own homes and re-integrate.
Our Version of Events Stockton on Tees  £11,521 This two-year project is the continuation of existing work and aims to provide social outlets for adults with disabilities and to expand access to cultural experiences to those living in financial hardship. Through the proposed project, the applicant would like to improve health and fitness by offering a running group, Zumba Fitness and Zumba Plate and to take part in team building and confidence building exercises on a short residential.
St Anns Partnership Ltd  Stockton on Tees £23,089 This is a new two-year project is based on a previous initiative in the area. The project will deliver 136 sessions of activities including bingo, knit and natter sessions, tea dances and cookery for adults living in the deprived Tilery and Portrack estates in the centre of Stockton on Tees.
The Healthy Wellbeing Refugee Organisation Hartlepool £49,950 This 23-month project builds on existing work funded by the Trust. The project aims to help refugees and asylum seekers in Hartlepool to develop their skills for life and their functional skills (literacy, numeracy, ESOL and IT) through training, courses and activities which will help to improve their self-worth and get them into paid jobs. It will also help bring people together, create friendships, reduce isolation and improve their mental health.
Justice Football Club United Stockton and Middlesbrough £21,000 This two-year project is the continuation of existing work. It will enable Justice Football Club United to continue to train twice a week and play football in a Sunday league. There are also monthly meetings which bring together team members for mutual support and problem-solving. Participants are mostly from the refugee community living in the Stockton and Middlesbrough area.
Alington House Community Association County Durham £17,640 This new two-year project aims to provide a social group for visually impaired people from across County Durham. The project will deliver a fortnightly group session with relevant activities supported by tutors, guest speakers and other activity based organisations.
Ferryhill Lakes and District Development Education Resource Centre County Durham £37,136 This new two-year project aims to develop a programme of weekly activities led by local volunteers.  Local residents from the Ferryhill area of County Durham will deliver 4 weekly groups, directed those in recovery from substance misuse, men only, women only and parents/carers of babies and toddlers.
Hardwick in Partnership Ltd Stockton-on-Tees £43,213 This new two-year project is a result of Hardwick in Partnership having recently taken over the running of Hardwick Community Centre and, after engagement with local residents; it now wants to run a programme of activities to improve the quality of life, health and wellbeing amongst residents of the Hardwick Estate. Activities will include Zumba, Table tennis, Healthy cooking on a budget and IT courses.
small world Big Drums (swBD) Teesside and Hartlepool £32,140 This is a continuation of an existing project for a further 24 months, expanding into two areas.  It will deliver 80 music workshop sessions to each of two groups of disabled adults in Teesside and Hartlepool respectively.
Wheatley Hill Community Association Wheatley Hill £14,150 This new two-year project aims to set up a sustainable women’s group at Greenhills Centre. The intention is that local women from Wheatley Hill and the immediate surrounding villages can come together in a safe and friendly environment to socialise, meet, make friends and support one another.
Hartlepool Chinese Association  Hartlepool £15,224 This existing twenty-month project aims to continue delivering the group's current range of activities for children and adults in the local area. Weekly activities will include children and adult dance classes, Tai Chi, and acupressure techniques. The group will also organise annual Chinese New Year celebrations. The project will address issues relating to physical and sensory disability, mental ill-health and social or emotional isolation.
Pelton Fell Community Partnerhship Pelton  £15,045 This existing thirteen-month project aims to re-establish the current Go Girls Group with more control and responsibility given to the young female participants. Girls aged 13-19 will be responsible for the budget and resources for running the group and will plan and organise the weekly sessions and trips during school holidays. There will also be a focus on building partnerships with local health organisations and encouraging discussions about health issues that are relevant to the young women involved. The project will address issues relating to age, gender and general community and neighbourhood work.
Bullion Community Resource Centre Chester-le-Street  £28,376 This new one-year project aims to deliver pilot programmes of activities, that have been chosen based on feedback and consultation within the local community. Activities will include training that is relevant to potential employment, an informal job club offering peer support, DIY classes and support to live on small household budgets. The project will address issues relating to unemployment, social or emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work.
Tees Valley Arts Middlesbrough  £32,040 This new two-year project will provide a programme of creative activity for women from the Thorntree estate in Middlesbrough to enable them to form a group which will make positive changes in their own lives and for others on the estate.
Teesside Athletic Football Club Ltd Redcar  £39,776 This new two-year project will establish turn up and play sports sessions in the Edenhall Grove area of Redcar and these will be offered to local young people three evenings a week. Young people in the area, according to the applicant, do not have the resources to engage in healthy and positive activities.
Thrive  Stockton £16,976 This 18-month project will build on the existing work of the charity. The group will provide tailored mentor support to 15 unemployed women living in the Newtown area of Stockton, as well as, setting up a female workers support group that will meet on a monthly basis. Activities will be structured to include peer support, 'knowing your rights' and community organising training, as well as addressing job centre concerns.
Trinity Youth and Children's Project  North Ormseby £21,454 This two-year project builds on a weekly club which provides sport, games and healthy eating activities. The scheme will provide a programme of activities designed to encourage children, young people and families to be more active and have fun with indoor and outdoor play, sports and recreation.
Hart Gables Hart Gables  £36,922 To enable Hart Gables to continue the work of its Trans support group which aims to raise awareness of transgender issues and tackle transphobia in the local community.
The Healthy Wellbeing Hartlepool  £47,969 To deliver a range of training and activities for refugees and asylum seekers in Hartlepool.
Owton Fens Community Association Hartlepool  £37,080 To support the transition and establishment of a locally based community centre in Jutland Road, Hartlepool from a local authority facility to a community run and managed hub.
PLANT, People Linking at Newtown Together Newham Grange  £17,950 The project will deliver a weekly 'Teabreak' group for older (70 plus) people who live on Newham Grange Estate, offering an opportunity for them to socialise.
RT Community Projects Ltd County Durham £34,367 This existing two-year project addresses isolation for local men. It provides opportunities for social interaction, community cohesion and learning.
Salaam Community Centre CIC  Hartlepool £17,819 To set up a youth club to create a voice and opportunities for local children from central Hartlepool.
The Willows Centre Stockton-on-Tees  £27,140 To tackle unemployment, poverty and isolation issues through community work on the Portrack and Tilery estates of Stockton-on-Tees.
Cornfourth in Bloom Cornforth  £25,527 To develop a plan to bring to life some of the overgrown areas in the village of Cornforth; creating beds with edible plants, making community growing spaces and involving local people in all elements from design to cooking the results.
Kidz Konnekt South Bank and Grangetown  £24,890 A project providing activities to improve the health of youngsters aged between 8 and 16-years-old in South Bank and Grangetown.
Hemlington Community Partnership Ltd Hemlington  £24,402 Tackling digital exclusion among vulnerable residents, carers, older and disabled people, unemployed, and those on low incomes.
Iron Guidance Teeside  £20,461 Provides an environment where adults and children can learn new skills to create items and sell them at an enterprise event, organised by participants.
Sunshine Project Middlesbrough  £15,000 Provides a drop-in 'tea morning' for single mothers and an activities club for elderly residents in Gresham, Middlesbrough.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Small World Big Drums Teesside and Hartlepool £8,260 Develop a music-for-health project which aims to improve the health and well-being of disabled people by increasing mobility and social interaction through a range of energetic musical activities such as drumming.
The Healthy Wellbeing Hartlepool
£5,000 The project will provide a programme of health improving activities to 200 refugees and asylum seekers in Hartlepool over 12 months.
Hart Gables Middlesbrough £8,565 Provide a safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people and for people who are unsure of their sexuality.
People's Relief of Pressure Hartlepool £7,384 Provides a daily drop-in service for people with mental ill-health. It offers counselling, advice and information, buddying, representation, meals and a gym.
County Durham Stroke Club County Durham £10,000 Help people who have had a stroke and their carers to build up their strength and confidence, chat about problems and to do social and therapeutic activities.
Brandon Carside Youth and Community Project Durham £6,960 Provide education and practical advice and workshops on health and hygiene direct to young people in need, by offering space to wash clothes and gain knowledge understanding and self-worth around direct links between health, hygiene and happiness.
Seeham Unit 299 of the Sea Cadet Core Sunderland £10,000 Purchase a building on the sea front of Seaham and refurbish it in order to create a safe working environment, expand the number of young people who can access facilities, open up the branch to the broader community and train more adults in the local community to act as training staff to young people.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Mind   £47,014 Support activities for disabled people and families of disabled children, who experience significant barriers to inclusion, independence and participation.
Children's Food Trust   £43,255 Provide cooking clubs as a practical, fun and hands-on approach to helping people learn and understand how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle.
Youth Sports Trust   £42,467 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.
Mencap   £33,131 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Youth Sports Trust   £40,579 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.
Children's Food Trust   £44,069 Provide cooking clubs as a practical, fun and hands-on approach to helping people learn and understand how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle.
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Alzheimer's Society   £10,263 Provide a full-time dementia support worker who will assess the needs of people affected by dementia and help them maintain their independence and sense of well-being.
Royal Voluntary Service   £37,500 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
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