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Essex charities celebrate over £55,000 funding

Three charity groups in Essex have received grants of £55,385 between them.
Using money raised by HeathStrength CIC, 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 two charities celebrating the funding include:
Inclusion Ventures - £27,667– This is a 24 month project, developing work previously undertaken by the applicant, to set up a self-help centre in the Jaywick area of Clacton on Sea working with parents of the children and young people it supports. The project’s focus is: social or emotional isolation, general community and neighbourhood work, and abuse and/or at risk of abuse/personal issues. 

Loughton Youth Project - £13,524 - A new 24 month project to engage with young people aged 13-21 in the Debden and Oakwood Hill areas to explore their needs and wishes and devise a programme of outreach work and events. The project will start with a 6-8 week engagement exercise to find out about the needs and aspirations of young people in the area followed by a programme of outreach work to respond to the identified needs. After the engagement stage, twice weekly sessions would run at the applicant’s centre. 

The Ark Family Resource Centre - £14,194 - This new 24 month project aims to deliver twice-weekly support sessions for women who are survivors of domestic abuse and their children. The group will be based at the Ark Family Resource Centre in Harwich in Essex. A total of 120 people will attend with 35 women and 25 of their children taking part regularly. The project will focus on the issues of ‘social and emotional isolation’, ‘mental ill-heath’ and ‘abuse or risk of abuse’. 
Chris Lunn, Director of HealthStrength, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthStrength, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are supporting 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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