tackling health inequalities in Essex and Thurrock
Jaywick Sixty Plus Group
Jaywick Sixty Plus Group,
Jaywick
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.

Projects funded using money raised by healthStrength

Total amount distributed to charities to date is: £1,656,786

ACTIVE COMMUNITIES

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Active Essex Foundation Canvey £31,740 This new two-year project will deliver a youth programme, providing positive social and physical activities for young people aged 8-25 years from Canvey in Essex. As part of the scheme, there will be workshops in Parkour, BMX and skateboarding, outdoor adventure as well as DJ/music nights and use of a gym. In addition, there will be a leadership programme and an introduction to youth work course that will enable young people and the local community members to train as sports leaders, so that they can assist with the sports sessions being offered. A youth forum has shaped the design of the project and will meet monthly to lead its development and delivery.
Kitchen 49 Shoeburyness £17,885 This new two-year project is based on a successful pilot project that builds on the participants’ love of cooking. An existing group of adults with learning difficulties will prepare monthly lunches for residents within two social housing estates, as well as providing healthy food options at community events across Southend. It aims to reduce the social isolation of people with learning disabilities in Shoeburyness in Southend, as well as helping these individuals build stronger links with the wider local community. The group will build social connections through meetings on a weekly basis, and they will plan the delivery of structure of the sessions
Basildon Soccability Academy Basildon £24,344 This new two-year project will provide the opportunity for young women with a range of mental and physical disabilities living in Basildon to run their own sports and social programme. They will take part in a weekly football based (soccabilty) session followed by a social event with activities chosen by the young women themselves. The young women experience a high level of social isolation and lack-confidence. The women only sessions will give them a chance to work together as a team, organise their own programme and build self-esteem.
Active Life for a Healthier You CIC Southend £19,745 This new two-year project will run regular social sessions for the residents in the Balmoral Road area in Southend. The idea has come from participants and aims to build stronger connections between neighbours in the community. Beneficiaries will shape the content of the sessions and community champions will help to engage wider community members to become involved in the project.
BATIAS Independent Advocacy Service Thurrock

£20,192

 

This new two-year project will run a lunch club where people with a learning disability will cook and enjoy a meal together. Those attending will come from South Ockendon and Grays in Thurrock in Essex. The project responds to the fact that people with a learning disability are often isolated in their community and a lunch club will provide them with further opportunities to make new friends and learn cooking skills. The idea has come directly from people with a learning disability who attend the group’s social club.
CAST _ Communities and Sanctuary-seekers Together Southend £29,391 This existing two-year project aims to deliver a range of activities such as music, art and gardening to refugees and asylum seekers in Southend. The sessions will offer participants the chance to make new friendships, resulting in increased self-confidence, mental health and self-esteem. Participants from this community of interest will lead on activities where possible. The project will also offer the wider community opportunities to get to know others from a range of different countries, thus reducing social isolation and promoting community cohesion.
DIAL Basildon & South Essex Basildon £41,001 This new two-year project aims to deliver a programme of activities which will engage peer volunteers to deliver social activities for people of all ages with any disability, their carers, families and friends. The ‘Coming Together’ project will deliver sessions such as coffee mornings as well as facilitating access to advice, information, training, social networking and community support. The project will primarily target people from urban areas in the town of Basildon. Participants will be able to shape the development and delivery of the project through a user forum that will meet monthly.
Little Heroes ASD Support Southend £27,980 This two-year project is the development of existing work. It will enable the group to increase the number of sessions it organises for families of children with autism who live within Southend and the surrounding areas. Activities offered will include inflatable parties, fun days, soft play sessions and trips to leisure venues. The project is in response to increasing demand for activities from families who have children affected by autism who have requested more support and more regular sessions.
Southend on Sea Older People's Assembly  Southend £9,815 This two-year continuation and development project will extend the reach of an Older People’s Assembly in Southend to represent more over 55s. It aims to amplify the voices of older people in Southend through meetings, networks, events and the production and distribution of 8 newsletters.
Southchurch Residents Association Southend £11,780 This new two-year project aims to bring together the residents of three housing blocks adjacent within the Southchurch area of the Kursal ward of Southend, to increase community spirit. It aims to do this through a programme of events and activities designed to encourage people to make friends, support each other and be active.
Southend Carers Forum Southend £42,982 This new two-year project aims to deliver activities and support for young carers in Southend, such that they can take time away from caring responsibilities and enjoy activities they would not normally get the chance to do. A youth-club, trips and outings, along with one-to-one engagement with staff and volunteers will enable the young people to have fun, make friends and learn social skills. Participants will shape the project both via a ten-member youth forum, and through providing regular formal and informal feedback.
Southend Communities Outreach Group Southend £32,790 This new two-year project will deliver activities for residents in three estates in the centre of Southend. This will include fortnightly meetings, quarterly events and monthly activities/clubs, to be decided by the residents in each area. The aim of the project is for participants to build friendships with their neighbourhoods through regular meetings, and address local issues that are important to them through shaping the programme of activities.
Transpire - Southend Trans Network Southend £19,824 This existing two-year project aims to create space for the transgender community to meet, socialise and receive support. The participants will meet fortnightly at sessions led by a sessional worker, with support from volunteers from the transgender community. Activities will include film nights, guest speakers and other special events. Participants will be from Southend, Castle Point, Rochford and Basildon, and will shape the programme of activities. Strong social connections will be formed through regular group meetings.
2nd Witham Boys' Brigade & Girls Association  Witham £20,494 This two-year project will deliver an existing model of activity, previously funded by the Trust, in two new areas of Witham, Essex. It will deliver regular activities for young people that encourage them to meet their neighbours through engaging in cycle rides, planning and attending festivals and participating in team sports. It aims to address issues of social or emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work. 
Blind and Sight Impaired Society (BASIS) Basildon  £32,445 This new two-year project aims to deliver Braille and computer classes twice a week to 32 blind and sight impaired people who live in the Basildon area of Essex. It will improve their skills and confidence and increase access to specialised equipment and software that will support them to become more independent. The project aims to address issues of physical and sensory disability, social or emotional isolation and age.
The Ark Family Resource Centre  Harwich £17,280 This two-year project builds on an existing Trust-funded idea. It will deliver three weekly sessions for women of all ages and their children who are living in Harwich East who have experienced/are experiencing domestic violence. Weekly sessions include a drop in service, an advice and support group for new members, and a family session for women and their children to answer each other’s questions in a safe space, supported by a play therapist. 
Razed Roof Harlow  £48,400 This new one-year project aims to deliver a series of sessions that support people with severe learning difficulties (SLDD) to develop and deliver theatre workshops and performances for other people with SLDD as well as the wider community in Harlow and surrounding areas in Essex. 
We are music  Harwich £21,464 This existing 21-month project for people of all ages aims to continue the delivery of three weekly music sessions, which will include one-hour mentoring sessions for bands and groups in rehearsal rooms, breakout sessions featuring one to one support and time for people to play music together informally. A new monthly jamming session will also be delivered, which will be a social night focused on music and fun. The project takes place at the organisation base at Dover Court in Harwich, Essex. 
The Great Estate of Bocking Elm Residents Association  Tendring £12,500 This new 12-month project will deliver a Mother and Toddler Group to local mums and children living on the Bocking Elm estate in Tendring. Volunteer residents will run the project, offering local parents and carers a chance to socialise and for local toddlers to mix.
Teen Talk (Harwich)  Harwich £39,210 This new 24-month project aims to develop a volunteering programme that supports local young people in taking control of Teen Talk's community room facility to provide a programme of activities in response to community needs.
Colchester Gateway Clubs  Clacton-on-Sea £29,680 This new 24-month project aims to deliver the Gateway Award scheme for people with learning difficulties in the Clacton-on-Sea area. The scheme will largely be delivered by a group of 10 people with learning difficulties who have either already gained or are working towards their Gold award. New participants will be supported to decide on activities and work towards the bronze award over a 12 month period, with 10 progressing on to the Silver in year two.
Signpost (Colchester) Ltd  Greenstead £33,268 This two-year project is an extension of an existing idea aiming to upskill a group of volunteers, ensuring they gain experience in a wide range of different skill sets and accredited training in order to enhance their employment prospects.
Achievement through Football Southend Youth Association Football Club Southend on Sea £36,700 This new 24-month project aims to deliver free weekly football coaching sessions for young people aged 11-25 from emerging communities (Zimbabwean, Roma, Bangladeshi and Polish) across Milton and Victoria wards in Southend.
Every Baby's Special Hartwork Jaywick £12,847 This new two-year project will provide weekly arts and crafts activities for the bereaved siblings and families who have lost a child
Extra Support for Families Clacton-on-Sea £24,699 This is an extension of an existing idea, which will last 24 months and aims to support parents to set up peer support groups. This idea is for a new support group of parents who want to continue meeting following a parenting course.
Jaywick Community Resources Centre Association Jaywick £12,166 This new 24-month project aims to deliver a parent and toddler group for families and carers in Jaywick. It will offer weekly drop-in sessions will target families, parents and carers of 0-5-year-old children.
Jaywick Sixty Plus Group Jaywick £12,050 This existing 24-month project aims to continue to deliver weekly social activities for people over the age of sixty living in the Jaywick area (Golf Green Ward). In addition, it will continue to deliver four trips out each year and opportunities to share a meal together.
One Community Development Trust Tilbury £14,315 This is a new two-year project to set up a planning team made up of residents of 'the flats' – three council blocks off Leicester Road in Tilbury – who will gather ideas from their fellow residents and organise activities based on those ideas. 
The Shadyfish Xperiance (TSX) Basildon £37,749 This new two-year project is to train 18 volunteers who will set up six local support groups for people who have experienced addictions. The project will run in four areas of Basildon and will address issues of social and emotional isolation, unemployment and mental ill-health. 138 people will benefit.
Age concern Harlow (formerly
Harlow senior citizens council)
Harlow £27,214  
2nd Witham Boys' Brigade & Girls Association Templars Estate £24,904 To provide street football activities to young people on the Templars Estate so that they can meet regularly and safely engage with others, building confidence, social connections and widening friendships which in turn can encourage volunteering.
Craylands Activity Centre Basildon £25,756 This two-year project builds on the work already undertaken by the applicant to provide activities for children and young people from the Craylands area of Basildon.
St Annes Community Centre Colchester £40,595 The development of an existing pilot over 24 months to ensure the future sustainability of a recently opened community-run youth café. It will engage two qualified youth workers to co-ordinate and train community volunteers and guide young people aged 7- 16 to take ownership of the café and deliver activities during school holidays.
Trust Links Ltd Shoeburyness £12,456 This new 24-month project aims to develop a community garden engaging 65 residents of Eagle Way and the surrounding streets in Shoeburyness in gardening activities, training and volunteering and build social connections.
Inclusion Ventures Clacton on Sea £27,667 To develop work previously undertaken by the applicant, to set up a self-help centre in the Jaywick area of Clacton on Sea working with parents of the children and young people it supports. Parents will meet on a regular basis and will be supported to organise various family events. There will be four sessions per week with 100 parents benefitting from the project and that 15 people attending sessions at least twice a week. The project's focus is: social or emotional isolation, general community and neighbourhood work, and abuse and/or at risk of abuse/personal issues.
Loughton Youth Project Loughton £13,524 This is a new two-year project to engage with young people aged 13-21 in the Debden and Oakwood Hill areas to explore their needs and wishes and devise a programme of outreach work and events
The Ark Family Resource Centre Harwich £14,194 This new two-year project aims to deliver twice-weekly support sessions for women who are survivors of domestic abuse and their children. The group will be based at the Ark Family Resource Centre in Harwich in Essex
Dig 4 Jaywick Community Garden Jaywick £15,000 This part new (Outdoor Gym) and part existing (Community Garden) two-year project aims to improve access of local people to Jaywick Green Space and improve their health and wellbeing
Greenstead Community Association Colchester £39,885 An existing project on the Greenstead Estate in Colchester, to increase, over two years, the opening hours of a community café which is currently open only in the mornings.
Signpost (Colchester) Ltd Pitsea £25,000 To support local parents to organise 95 weekly Coffee mornings and workshops at a community centre based in the heart of Felmores, Pitsea. The parents will learn IT skills, First Aid, CVs and online job search.
St Stephens Community Trust Purfleet £35,917 To set up a weekly youth club provision in the area of Purfleet, Thurrock for 11-19-year-olds. 96 sessions will be delivered benefiting 50 people with 30 young people attending regularly.
Trinity Family Centre Wetscliffe on Sea £32,121 The project will employ a Community Development Officer to develop links between five ongoing projects, encourage community involvement, facilitate mutual support networks and develop systems for self-determination.
Volunteer Bureau for Tendring Clacton on Sea £11,400 To deliver weekly IT sessions for 40 vulnerable people attending a homeless drop- in based in the city centre of Clacton on Sea.
Essex Marching Corps   £19,218 Deliver a youth outreach and education project that provides opportunities for isolated young people to enjoy performance and music in a fun and rewarding environment.
Achievement Through Football Southend £10,700 Provide seven weekly one-hour football coaching sessions over 18 months to around 100 children aged 12-16yrs who live in five areas of high deprivation in Southend on Sea.
Teen Talk (Harwich) Harwich £15,340 Engage young people aged 11-25 years and their families in activities to develop team building and confidence skills while reducing the risk of social exclusion.

LOCAL PEOPLE
The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Scope  Thurrock £158,420 Over two years each of these projects will support and empower disabled people and their families who live in Thurrock to identify barriers and bring about change to improve their lives, health and wellbeing. Scope will support local disabled people to build positive relationships with each other and make a difference in their community. They will decide their own priorities, develop their ideas and propose solutions. Scope will work with them to build their capacity and confidence, enabling them to work together to create their own agenda, design activities that are relevant to their needs and aspirations and influence local policies and the design of services. A core group of 25-30 disabled people and their families will directly participate in each area, but these core groups are likely to develop networks and activities that will increase the number of regular participants.
Scope Southend £158,422 Over two years each of these projects will support and empower disabled people and their families who live in Southend on Sea to identify barriers and bring about change to improve their lives, health and wellbeing. Scope will support local disabled people to build positive relationships with each other and make a difference in their community. They will decide their own priorities, develop their ideas and propose solutions. Scope will work with them to build their capacity and confidence, enabling them to work together to create their own agenda, design activities that are relevant to their needs and aspirations and influence local policies and the design of services. A core group of 25-30 disabled people and their families will directly participate in each area, but these core groups are likely to develop networks and activities that will increase the number of regular participants.

HEALTHY PLACES, HEALTHY PEOPLE - YEAR 2
Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Mencap   £33,131 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Scope   £44,190 Scope's Face 2 Face project supports parents of disabled children at the time of diagnosis, including the pre-diagnosis stage, by providing empathetic, non-judgemental and practical support delivered by professionally trained volunteer parent befrienders, themselves parents of disabled children.
Sustrans   £90,000 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
Royal Voluntary Service   £39,832 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Shadyfish Xperiance Basildon £9,500 Support the development of volunteers to establish five arts and support groups in local areas in and around Basildon. The support groups are aimed at people who have become disconnected from the community and have experienced physical and mental ill health as a result of alcohol or substance misuse.
Young at Heart Club   £6,394 To expand and develop weekly activities for older, isolated people. The club's activities aim to support improvements in the health and well-being of members both physically and mentally.
Vange Community Gardening Group Basildon £10,000 The funding will enable Vange Community Gardening Club to provide weekly structured food growing sessions benefiting 40 people in Vange, Basildon, over 12 months.
Active Life for a Healthier You   £6,222 Provide a physical activity and health improvement programme especially designed for adults aged 50 and over, combining physical activities such as exercise to music, walking and yoga with advice around stopping smoking, eating healthily and drinking less.
Berecroft Residents Berecroft £4,641 Provide football and basketball for young people, walking for health for adults, postural stability and chair-based exercise for less mobile adults, and training to enable residents to support and deliver these activities.

HEALTHY PLACES, HEALTHY PEOPLE - YEAR 1
Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Sustrans   £43,357 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
 
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