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South East London Charities Celebrate £202,000

EIGHT charity groups in South East London have received grants of £202,000 between them.

 Using money raised by HealthWisdom 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 eight charities celebrating the funding include:

The Friends of One Tower Bridge Road, (Southwark) £20,750 - This new two year project aims to establish a group of local volunteers to offer support to frail, disabled and lonely residents of a care home through regular group and one-to-one sessions.

Raw Material Music and Media Education (Lambeth) £45,520 - This new two year project has emerged from Raw Material’s current work with local young people experiencing mental ill-health. Young people will run classes for their peers, with support from staff, teaching basic skills in guitar and drums. Each session will focus on a different genre of music with the young people being taught to play in that style. The classes will be for young people transitioning back to living in the community after a period in a mental health unit in one of Lambeth’s hospitals.

Waterloo Action Centre, £37,202 - This new two year project aims to unlock the ideas of older residents about what will help them live independently for longer in the community.

Brayrads Estate Tenants & Residents Association, (Peckham) £6,300 - This one-year project is the continuation of existing work and will install a greenhouse in the Estate’s community garden and run gardening/nature focused activities for young people.

Friends of Archbishop's Park, (Waterloo) £34,985 – This new project will run for 18 months and aims to regenerate areas of neglected and disused space in and around Archbishop’s Park. The group will engage with local residents and work together to develop the areas into spaces that can be used for educational, social and recreation purposes.

Just Older Youth, (New Cross) £10,384 - This two year project builds on work previously undertaken by the applicant and will offer a range of craft activities to local older people to encourage them to share skills and experiences, and offer moral support to each other in difficult personal circumstances.

Lewisham Elders Resource Centre, (Forest Hill) £13,700 - This new one year project will deliver a programme of training and support to enable a group older people to get online.

Listening Ears, (Abbey Wood) £33,624 - Over 24 months, this existing project aims to reduce loneliness & isolation, and build confidence & personal esteem for the elderly and over 50s who live alone through a programme of regular group activities. Beneficiaries will predominantly come from the Flowers Estate (Abbey Wood, Greenwich) and surrounding areas.

So far, HealthWisdom CIC has raised more than £1,306,910 to support local good causes in South East London. 

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthWisdom  said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthWisdom CIC is supporting these important local initiatives in South East London.’

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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