tackling health inequalities in North London
Local charities celebrate over £85,000 funding

Three charity groups in North London have received grants of £85,150 between them.

 Using money raised by HealthPromote 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 three charities celebrating the funding include:

  • Holloway Neighbourhood Group were awarded £35,879 for a 24 month project based in Holloway (North London) which aims to improve the group’s existing garden spaces at its two centres and convert one (at the Stress Project which is a therapy centre attended by people suffering from stress-related illness) into a therapeutic garden. The project aims to impact on issues of mental ill health and social and emotional isolation.
  • Islington Somali Community received grant, of £40,991, for a 24 month project building on existing work to provide twice weekly four hour social sessions for older Somali people in Finsbury Park. In addition five volunteers will provide a befriending and support service to older people in their homes. The programme looks to address issues of social or emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work.
  • Music for People were awarded £8,280 for a new 12 month which will deliver 144 meditation classes engaging 75 older people. The three weekly sessions will take place in Islington and assist with sleep, pain management and general relaxation. The project will address issues of physical and sensory disability.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthPromote, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthPromote, 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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