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Redcar Groups Celebrate Over £94,000 In Funding

Three good causes groups in Redcar are celebrating receiving £94,282 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:

Footprints in the Community - £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 - £22,409 – This new two-year project aims to deliver 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 crats. 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.

Teeside Athletic FC LTD - £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 aged 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 men can meet others in similar situations for companionship, gain help and access resources to prepare them for further employment, training or retirement.

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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