tackling health inequalities in Mid Scotland
Local charities celebrate over £129,000 funding

Four charity groups in Stirling, Fife and Dundee have received grants of £129,307 between them. 

Using money raised by HealthGift 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 four charities celebrating the funding include:

Stirling Family Support Services (SFSS) - received £42,066 for their 10 month project in order to deliver children’s clubs comprising positive play and swimming for disadvantaged children aged 5-12 looked after by kinship carers, in the Top of Town, Raploch and Hillpark Bannockburn areas of Stirling.

Valleyfield Heritage Project– were given a grant, of £15,248, for a new nine month project aiming to engage marginalised young people in High Valleyfield to transform an area of ancient woods which is blighted by graffiti. The intention is to organise a public art project alongside community clean-ups and to plant a wildflower meadow making the woodland a safer and visually more attractive area.

The Attic SCIO – received £28,702, in order to run a new 24 month project that will employ a part-time support worker to help people build a stronger community in Kirkton through establishing a befriending service with disabled, lonely and isolated people being visited in their homes. They will also promote a community drop-in session in the Attic Lounge and Community Garden to help local, especially disadvantaged, isolated people become connected through coffee, cake and chat. Additionally there will be a skills exchange with IT support with help from the local youth group who will, in turn, receive knitting, crocheting, cooking, and 'life experience' stories at 'Clanz' Youth Group meetings.

Hearing Voices Network Dundee – were given a grant, of £43,291, for a new 24 month project aiming to deliver an arts programme incorporating film, photography, story-telling and other creative mediums to enable people who experience serious mental illness to develop their ability to express themselves.

So far, HealthGift CIC has raised more than £1,266,508 to support local good causes in Mid Scotland.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthGift, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthGift CIC is supporting such important local initiatives.” 

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 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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