So far, £10.9 million has been raised through The Health Lottery in the South West.
Thanks to this money, 315 local projects have been funded by People’s Health Trust, since 2011.
Were awarded £26,188 to support beneficiaries who wish to develop skills to run their own community dance company; taking ownership of its future by working collaboratively in weekly sessions. It aims to enhance the wellbeing of local disabled people and address misconceptions of disability through performances and talks at local schools, events and conferences. The project was designed to benefit physically and/or learning disabled 9-40+ year-olds (including six wheelchair/mobility aid users) and their support workers, parents, and volunteers in Gloucester. The project addresses the issues of physical and sensory disability, learning disability and social/emotional isolation.
Helen Crocker from Gdance says: “Thanks to this funding local people are able to run their own community dance company working alongside professional dancers for performances; taking ownership of its future by working collaboratively in weekly sessions.”
Were awarded £28,713 to This two-year project aims to establish three new weekly peer support groups for adults experiencing mental health issues in three areas of Bristol: Knowle, Hartcliffe and Easton.
The groups aim to provide a safe space for participants to come together for peer support. The project will be run by trained, local volunteers with lived experience of mental health issues, who will support group members to manage the project and lead the sessions.