Communities are being urged to come forward with projects which improve the health or well-being of their residents as a two year grant programme comes to a close in March. Over £212,000 has been awarded to projects so far but there is still time to apply for a grant to support activity in your local area.
The Community Health and Wellbeing programme offers development support and grants for community-led health and wellbeing projects across Eden and in the Keswick area, and is delivered by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria, in partnership with Cumbria Community Foundation.
One of the first projects to be funded by the programme is Alston Moor Fitness Club who used their funding to increase opening hours and run after school sessions for young people as well as replace gym equipment.
The Club manager Kirsten Pennington said “The community gym is the only facility of this type in a very isolated area and we were keen to open for longer so that more people could use it. “We’ve had some great feedback since we’ve been able to increase our opening times, with our users telling us they’re a lot fitter than they were and with some saying it’s also helped their mental health. We know that many people can’t get to other exercise facilities and the community gym makes a real difference to them.”
With over £212,000 distributed from the Community Health and Wellbeing fund so far, the programme’s funders, Cumbria County Council Adult Social Care and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, are still looking for more innovative ways to improve people’s health and help them to feel supported in their communities.
Cumbria County Council Adult Social Care District Lead, Adrienne Halliwell said “We’re delighted that the funding has been used to support a wide variety of projects including community cafes, walking groups and arts groups. The final deadline for applications to the fund is 11th March 2014 and we would urge anyone in the Eden or Keswick area with an idea for a health or well-being project to get in touch and see if they might be eligible.”
Julia Wilson from ACTion with Communities in Cumbria said “We want to encourage any groups with ideas for projects which are community-led, sustainable, bring people together and improve their health and wellbeing, to contact us as soon as possible, in time to submit their applications by the 11 March 2014 deadline.
For more information about the Health and Wellbeing programme contact Julia Wilson, ACTion with Communities in Cumbria on Tel: 01768 869524 or Email: email@example.com