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Somerset charities share £158,782 funding pot

Five CHARITY groups in Somerset are celebrating receiving a total of £158,782 between them.

Using money raised by HealthFull 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 charities celebrating the grants include:

• Clowns (Creating Learning Opportunities in Western Somerset)£35,104 - This new two year project will run a programme of play and support sessions for families living in Carhampton . The project will run a range of fun sessions for the children, whilst offering peer-support and information for parents. Sessions will run weekly, as well as quarterly day events involving a range of activities and support.

• Mean Feet Dance (Glastonbury), £36,860 - This new two year project will run two creative dance groups - one for parents with children aged under 5, and one for vulnerable adults. Participants will be able to take part in training that will enable them to progress into volunteering roles within the groups, going on to plan and deliver community events and volunteer led courses/workshops in the second year.

• Onion Collective CIC (Watchet), £46,200 - This new two year project will develop a team of Community Makers, a group of people that will learn building, plumbing and carpentry skills to work together on community projects. 50 people of all ages will attend weekly sessions that will develop practical skills using tools and equipment, increase their confidence, start new friendships and build a spirit of collective endeavour.

• Our Way Our Say (Weston Super Mare), £29,707 - This new two year project will deliver weekly family fun days and a boxercise class for the residents of South ward in Weston Super Mare, particularly those living on the Bournville Estate.

• StreetSpace South Somerset (Chard), £10,911 – This two year project will be the expansion of existing youth work that takes place in the Jocelyn Park area of Chard. The project will increase the level of detached youth work so that weekly sessions can be delivered by two StreetSpace leaders who will provide opportunities for young people to meet and develop activities in their community. The project will also provide activities during school half term and summer holidays.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthFull, said: '‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthFull, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region, we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling 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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