tackling health inequalities in Derbyshire
Local groups celebrate thousands of pounds funding

Three local charity groups in Derbyshire have received funding of more than £68,000.

Using money raised by HealthCalm 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. 

  • Derbyshire Friend (Derby) £26,340 - This new two year project will build on the success of a LBGT social group for young people in Chesterfield by continuing this current service, as well as providing a further two social groups in Derby; one aimed at LGBT ethnic minority individuals; and one aimed at LGBT individuals aged between 18-30 
  • Church On The Bus (Chesterfield) £19,098 - This two year project is based on work that has been piloted by the applicant. The project will run a social group for homeless and other vulnerable residents of central Chesterfield, using art as a focus of activities. The project addresses: social or emotional isolation, mental ill-health, and risk of offending. 
  • Indian Community Centre Association (Derby) £22,800 - This new two year project will deliver a lunch club for isolated elderly members of the Asian community at the Indian Community Centre in Derby. The project will allow participants to socialise, make friends, feel safe, and have healthy lunch together. The project will also match more active members of the community as peer mentors for isolated individuals and the project will help participants access other social care services. 

Chris Lunn, director of HealthCalm 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.” 

HealthCalm CIC has raised £1,384,417through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in Derby and Derbyshire. 

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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