tackling health inequalities in Berkshire
Local group celebrates over £99,000 funding

Four local groups in the Berkshire area have received grants of £99,235 between them. 

Using money raised by HealthConfirm 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 four charities celebrating the funding include:

  • Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA), £45,691 - This two-year project is the continuation and extension of existing Trust-funded work. It will organise regular events to increase involvement and foster friendships amongst people of all ages living in the culturally diverse local area around Baker Street in Reading. These include social activities, litter picks, activities to promote safer streets, meetings related to the conservation of the local area and garden makeover days. Local residents will be responsible for designing, planning and implementing their ideas for how to reach people and make a positive contribution to the local community.
  • Support U Ltd, £27,542 - This two-year project is based on a pilot scheme. Support U will run a community outreach programme for anyone who has concerns or issues relating to sexuality and gender reassignment who are based in Reading. It will run peer-to-peer support and social groups including transgender sessions, a bisexual group, a lesbian group, a gay group, a LGBT group and youth groups. The groups will be run by service users with input from volunteers. The project is in response to feedback from service users who identified a need for interaction and socialising with others like them.
  • involve Community Services, £11,237 - This new two-year project aims to deliver weekly two-hour ‘activity café’ sessions for older people who live in and around Bracknell town centre. The project responds to the regeneration of Bracknell town centre by providing a safe and welcoming space for older people to go. Building on Involve Community Services’ existing befriending service, a new Befriending Activities Coordinator will provide activities including arts, crafts, games, films, and general socialising in the café.
  • East West Organization Ltd, £14,765 - This new one-year project from East West Organization will provide families in Dee Road Estate and Oxford Road in Reading with mindfulness sessions from a trained tutor. The sessions are designed to bring together local families and promote cultural and social cohesion, based on requests by residents who previously participated in mindfulness courses. They are also aimed at helping some families deal with some of the issues that they face which include stress, depression and low self-esteem. Participants will shape the project as it develops through weekly planning discussions and a project management committee.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthConfirm, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthConfirm, 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.”

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

So far, HealthConfirm CIC has raised more than £1.5 million for good causes in Berkshire.

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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