tackling health inequalities in Mid Scotland
Local groups celebrate over £61,000 between them

Three local groups in the Helensburgh and Argyll areas have received grants of £61,323 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 groups celebrating the funding include:

  • Kirkmichael Community Development Group (Helensburgh), £7,718 - This new one-year project will provide a weekly Meet and Eat social event, which will bring people together in an informal way to share a meal, get to know each other and build support networks. It is aimed at two groups of residents - older people and parents and young children - with sessions alternating between them. The Meet and Eat events will provide an opportunity for participants to start sharing ideas and aspirations and to address issues facing Kirkmichael, in Helensburgh. 
  • North Argyll Carers Centre Ltd, £29,477 - This existing project will continue for a further two years to support young carers aged eight to 15 years old from Oban and Lorn in North Argyll. They will be able to take part in support groups, enjoy social activities including day-trips and a film project and gain respite from their caring roles through residential activity. 
  • The Tower Digital Arts Centre (Argyll), £24,128 - This new two-year project will provide a Silver Screen Film Club with hot soup and bread before and a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. The social time can be used to build connections and enjoy sharing an experience together. The applicant is linking with groups already working in the target area and will form a steering group to help make decisions about the project. 

So far, HealthGift CIC has raised more than £1,421,624 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.” 

 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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