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Essex charities receive thousands of pounds funding

Five charity groups in Essex have received a share of £144,323 funding.
 
Using money raised by HealthStrength Community Interest Company (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.
 
The five charities that received the funding include: 

Greenstead Community Association, based in Colchester, received £39,885 to extend the opening hours of a community café and provide activities for local residents, young and old, in a bid to tackle social isolation and unemployment.

Signpost Ltd received £25,000 investment to deliver weekly coffee mornings and workshops – including ICT, first aid, and CV advice – at a community centre in Felmores, Pitsea. The project will address unemployment and isolation among residents’.

St Stephen’s Community Trust, in Purfleet, received £35,917 to set up a weekly youth club offering young people aged 11-19 the opportunity to take part in a range of activities – offering a safe place for them to socialise.

Trinity Family Centre received £32,121 to develop links between on-going projects in the region and improve community cohesion in Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend.

Volunteer Bureau for Tendring, based in Clacton-on-Sea, received £11,400 to deliver weekly ICT sessions for vulnerable people attending a homeless drop-in centre. The project aims to address mental ill health and tackle social and emotional isolation.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthStrength CIC, said: “The projects are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer healthier lives.”
 
HealthStrength CIC has raised £987,580, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in Essex.
 
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.

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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