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Essex & Southend Good Causes Groups Celebrate Receiving Over £306,125 In Funding.

Twelve Good Causes groups are celebrating receiving £306,125 in funding between them.

Using money raised by HealthStrength 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:

Active Life for a Healthier You CIC - £19,745 – This new two-year project will run regular social sessions for the residents in the Balmoral Road area in Southend. The idea has come from participants and aims to build stronger connections between neighbours in the community. Beneficiaries will shape the content of the sessions, and community champions will help to engage wider community members to become involved in the project.

CAST Communities and Sanctuary Seekers Together - £29,391 – This existing two-year project aims to deliver a range of activities such as music, art and gardening to refugees and asylum seekers in Southend. The sessions will offer participants the change to make new friendships, resulting in increased self-confidence, mental health and self-esteem. Participants from this community of interest will lead on activities where possible. The project will also offer the wider community opportunities to get to know others from a range of different countries, thus reducing social isolation and promoting community cohesion.

Little Heroes ASD Support - £27,980 – This two-year project is the development of existing work. It will enable the group to increase the number of sessions it organises for families of children with autism who live within Southend and the surrounding areas. Activities offered will include inflatable parties, fun days, soft play sessions and trips to leisure venues. The project is in response to an increasing demand for activities from families who have children affected by autism, who have requested more support and more regular sessions.

Southend on Sea Older People’s Assembly - £9,815 – This two-year continuation and development project will extend the reach of an Older People’s Assembly in Southend to represent more over 55s. it aims to amplify the voices of older people in Southend through meetings, networks, events and the production and distribution of 8 newsletters.

Southchurch Residents Association - £11,780 – This new two-year project aims to bring together residents of three housing blocks adjacent within the Southchurch area of the Kursal ward of Southend, to increase community spirit. It aims to do this through a programme of events and activities designed to encourage people to make friends, support each other and be active.

Southend Carer’s Forum - £43,982 – This new two-year project aims to deliver activities and support for young carers in Southend, such that they can take time away from caring responsibilities and enjoy activities they would not normally get the chance to do. A youth club, trips and outings, along with one-to-one engagement with staff and volunteers will enable the young people to have fun, make friends and learn social skills. Participants will shape the project both via a ten-member youth forum, and through providing regular formal and informal feedback.

Southend Communities Outreach Group - £32,790 – This new two-year project will deliver activities for residents in three estates in the centre of Southend. This will include fortnightly meetings, quarterly events and monthly activities/clubs, to be decided by the residents in each area. The aim of the project is for participants to build friendships with their neighbourhoods through regular meetings, and address local issues that are important to them through shaping the programme of activities.

Transpire Southend Trans Network - £19,824 – This existing two-year project aims to create space for the transgender community to meet, socialise and receive support. The participants will meet fortnightly at sessions led by a sessional worker, with support from volunteers from the transgender community. Activities will include film nights, guest speakers and other special events. Participants will be from Southend, Castle Point, Rochford and Basildon, and will shape the programme of activities. Strong social connections will be formed through regular group meetings.

BATIAS Independent Advocacy Service - £20,192 – This new two-year project will run a lunch club where people with a learning disability will cook and enjoy a meal together. Those attending will come from South Ockendon and Grays in Thurrock, Essex. The project responds to the fact that people with learning disabilities are often isolated in their community, and a lunch club will provide them with further opportunities to make new friends and learn cooking skills. The idea has come directly from people with a learning disability, who attend the group’s social club.

DIAL Basildon and South Essex - £41,001 – This new two-year project aims to deliver a programme of activities, which will engage peer volunteers to deliver social activities for people of all ages with any disability, their carers, families and friends. The ‘Coming Together’ project will deliver sessions such as coffee morning, as well as facilitating access to advice, information, training, social networking and community support. The project will primarily target people from urban areas in the town of Basildon. Participants will be able to shape the development and delivery of the project through a user forum that will meet monthly.

Active Essex Foundation - £31,740 – This new two-year project will deliver a youth programme, providing positive social and physical activities for young people aged between 8-25 years from Canvey in Essex. As part of the scheme, there will be workshops in Parkour, BMX, Skateboarding and outdoor adventure. As well we DJ/music nights and the use of a gym. In addition, there will be a leadership programme and an introduction to youth work course that will enable young people and the local community members to train as sports leaders, so that they can assist with the sports sessions being offered. A youth forum has shaped the design of the project and will meet monthly to lead its development and delivery.

Kitchen 49 - £17,885 – This new two-year project is based on a successful pilot project that builds on the participants’ love of cooking. An existing group of adults with learning difficulties will prepare monthly lunches for residents within two social housing estates, as well as providing healthy food options at community events across Southend. It aims to reduce the social isolation of people with learning disabilities in Shoeburyness in Southend, as well as helping these individuals build stronger links with the wider local community. The group will build social connections through meetings on a weekly basis, and they will plan the delivery of structure of the sessions.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthStrength CIC said: “We are delighted that money raised by HealthStrength 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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