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Durham Groups Celebrate Over £60,000 Funding.

Two good causes groups in Durham are celebrating receiving £60,430 in funding between them.

Using money raised by HealthImprove 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 receiving funding are:

Alington House Community Association - £42,240 – This existing two-year project will see the continuation of a weekly activity group for visually impaired individuals 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.

RT Community Projects LTD - £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.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthImprove CIC said: “We are delighted that money raised by HealthImprove 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 £5000 and £50,000 a year for projects lasting up to two years. For more information, please 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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