tackling health inequalities in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire
People & Animals UK C.I.C.
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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 healthCommit

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,825,613

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
Wisbech Community Development Trust Wisbech £29,524 This is a new two-year project with the aim of producing a community plan involving local partners and residents. The project will identify local Community Champions who will engage with and facilitate the community coming together to identify what is important to them and help shape local services and provision. The plan will cover the Waterlees area of Wisbech. The process will help residents form better relationships with each other reducing social isolation and other health issues.
Huntingdonshire Volunteer Centre St Neots £19,386 This new two-year project aims to deliver monthly ‘afternoon tea and chat’ sessions to 50 residents in St Neots, mainly older people who are isolated, many of whom do not have opportunities to get out and meet new people. There will also be an annual outing as chosen by participants, who will form a committee to help develop the project on an ongoing basis. Sessions will include opportunities to reminisce, exchange information and play board games, enabling friendships to develop naturally among people in similar situations.
Lifecraft Cambridge £24,996

This existing two-year project aims to develop two established groups supporting people with mental health needs living in Cambridge. Singing group members would like to develop sessions to include light/moderate exercise and craft group members would like to develop sessions further to increase the quality and quantity of the goods it produces and sells. 

Make, Do and Mend Cambridge £42,242 This existing two-year project will support people with mental health issues living in Cambridge. It will provide a permanent space for members, and provide weekly workshops chosen by members to develop skills, peer support and to re-enter employment. The project will be led by participants and they will meet regularly to build social connections.
People & Animals UK C.I.C. Wisbech £13,618 This new one-year project is based on an existing idea that brings residents together through a shared love of dogs, and aims to develop this into a community skills swap and share initiative. Residents living in Medworth ward in Wisbech will come together to build friendships, share skills and design and develop their own timetable of community activities. There will be a rolling programme of weekly activities chosen by local people, such as gardening and drama, as well as a celebratory event that includes the wider community. It will also provide community support sessions to help participants design the project, and lead on sessions where they might share their skills with other residents.
The Kite Trust Cambridge £24,573 This new 18 month project aims to run a regular drama group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender + young people aged 14 to 24 living in and around Cambridge where they will use creative drama techniques to develop and produce up to five plays which can be shown in the local community. The plays will focus on the 50 year anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Young people involved have expressed a particular interest in making an impact in the wider LGBT+ community. They will gain confidence, learn new drama techniques, develop collaborative skills, and feel empowered to make change in their communities and their own lives.
Vision4Growth Limited Cambridge £25,967 This community project is for blind and partially sighted people, who do not have access to tennis without this provision.  Included in our community are our volunteers, who support the player's needs with on court support.
Woodston Community
Peterborough £20,030 This two-year project will both continue and expand a previous People’s Health Trust funded project in Woodston, a residential area of Peterborough, enabling the provision of two youth groups. Through the groups, one for ages 9-13 years and a new group for 14-18-year-olds, the aim is to encourage improved communication between young people and the community, help young people try out new things and grow their confidence. The older group will develop enterprise and organising skills, confidence and leadership skills, including discussions about further education and employment.
Promoting African Refugee Community Association (PARCA)  Peterborough £38,924 This two-year project is to support recent migrants, refugee and asylum-seekers and long-term unemployed to build on their successes and move towards employment or personal development. Based in the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, the project will provide support with employment, training and social skills through CV development, community activity organisation and vocational tasters e.g. first aid, food hygiene, health and safety.  The project will also provide monthly sessions on Community innovator/Civic participation and information on aspects of UK life (e.g. Policing, driving) and encourage volunteering.
Open Door Trust Peterborough £10,512 This two-year project is the continuation of existing work which supports residents in debt in Orton to meet with others in the same situation, reducing social isolation and sharing experiences to enable them to find strategies that will help. The project will be based in Orton, a residential area in the city of Peterborough.
Abbey People Cambridge £43,564 This existing two-year project aims to deliver youth activities and arts/environmental workshops and extend the network of Neighbourhood Champions in the Ekin Road and Ditton Fields areas of Cambridge.
Peterborough Bangladesh
Welfare Association UK
Peterborough £30,331 This new two-year project will run a social club for people from the neighbourhood of Lincoln Road in Peterborough. The club will include cooking demonstrations, networking opportunities, and health awareness and food festivals. In the second year of the scheme, there will be sewing and embroidery sessions for local women.
Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum Cambridge £43,970 This new two-year project builds on previous work with Bangladesh women in disadvantaged areas of Cambridge. Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum will develop a grassroots community network for Asian women, particularly those from the Bangladeshi community, who are residents in the wards of Abbey, Arbury, East Chesterton and Kings Hedges in Cambridge. The network will be managed by the women. Sessions will be based on the participants’ interest and could include activities such as cooking, sewing and dressmaking as well as training in communication skills, confidence and life skills.
Cambridge Sustainable
Food (CSF)
Cambridge £23,931 This new two-year project will run weekly family cookery clubs. The project will take place in the Arbury Community Centre and will be open to all local residents from the surrounding housing estates. Each session will conclude a communal meal of the cooked food. The local area includes families from diverse backgrounds and low-income households.
East Timorese Association of Peterborough Peterborough £36,500 This existing two-year project aims to increase the frequency of a social club and a football club from monthly to weekly. Both clubs are based in Peterborough and benefit the East Timorese community living in the town. The project will address issues of social or emotional isolation, migrancy from other countries and general community and neighbourhood work.
Peterborough Association
for the Blind (PAB)
Peterborough £19,160 This new two-year project aims to deliver a series of social and physical activities for blind and partially sighted people in Peterborough. The project will be based in Peterborough, a City in Cambridgeshire, and address:  physical and sensory disability, social or emotional isolation, and poor physical environment.
Young People March Ltd March £33,458 This two-year project builds on previous work. Young People March would like to continue to run an internet café opening twice a week led by NEET young people who will prepare food and refreshments and support the local community, including older people to learn new skills /update skills in IT. The young people will be from March in Fenland.
Club '73 Peterborough £34,200 This two-year project is the development of an existing gardening group. The project is aimed at adults with learning disabilities and community members of all ages who live in a two-mile radius of the spaces where the project will work.
Gladstone District Community Association Peterborough £48,452 This two-year project expands the group’s existing work. It will appoint a part-time Women’s Development Officer (WDO) to devise a programme of events to target women from hard-to-reach groups. These will include English classes as pre-entry level together with employment-related skills workshops. T
Little Miracles Peterborough Peterborough £44,440 This two-year project is a continuation and development of the charity’s work. It will support a family support worker who ensures families are receiving their benefit entitlement and who provides them with emotional support and mentoring. It will also enable the group to recruit a child care worker to mentor the group’s childcare apprentices and provide one-to-one care plans and goals for all children receiving intensive support to enable them to reach their potential.
Promoting African Refugee Community Association (PARCA) Peterborough £40,703 This new two-year project is targeted at people aged 25-65 who are refugees, recent migrants and others facing disadvantage. It will run English classes, community innovator sessions to help beneficiaries organise community activities, and monthly information sessions explaining how different civic structures operate.
Rosmini Centre Wisbech Wisbech £50,000 This new two-year project builds on previous activities that the organisation has been delivering to relieve tension between new and established communities in the local area. The project will bring small groups together to share skills and interests with others in a safe and positive environment. 
Peterborough Kongolese
Peterborough £10,000  This new 22-month project has three strands: a football scheme with a team for young people aged 11-17 and one for those over 18; Zumba classes for women and girls; and a befriending club for isolated families and older people. It will engage BME families from the Gladstone neighbourhood in Peterborough, particularly those who are refugees/asylum-seekers, newcomers to the area and those who are the most isolated. 
Abbey People Cambridge  £45,146 To deliver four small groups working in neighbouring LSOAs in the Abbey ward of Cambridge.  Each group will run various activities and be driven by local people.  The groups will bring the community together, enabling them to enjoy each other’s company and become stronger and happier communities.
Woodston Community
 Peterborough  £21,350 To set up a Youth Club, which will run for three hours every Friday evening.  It will provide the opportunity for participants to increase their communication skills and improve their social life, and also to learn new things thereby developing new skills.  Activities will be varied week to week including sports activities, table-top games and music.  Participants will have the opportunity to gain ASDAN accreditation which will be optional.
Young People March Cambridge £35,658 To deliver an internet café for young people in March at where they can serve refreshments to the wider community and transfer IT skills to people who lack IT knowledge and help bridge the gap between the younger and older generations.
Life Church (Central England) Peterborough £50,000 To deliver a new Youth Club, Over-50s Support & Lunch Groups, Parent & Toddlers Group and Benefits & Money Clinics as well as providing web access for residents of Fletton and Stanground (Peterborough).
March, Chatteris &
Rural Youth Board
Cambridge £14,250 To set up a weekly Youth Club in the March area for young people aged 10-13, supported by young people aged 15-19 and volunteers.
Fusion Holiday Projects Huntingdon £39,897 To provide a two-year project that will focus on community engagement and raising the aspirations of young people in the area.
The Meadows Children
and Family Wing
Cambridge £47,283 To deliver bi-weekly drop-in sessions for parents with toddlers and pre-school children; sessions for older siblings during school holidays; and meetings of small groups of women who are victims of domestic violence.

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
Royal Voluntary Service  Peterborough £106,472 Over 18 months each of these projects will support and empower 100 older people who live in Peterborough to identify barriers and bring about change to improve their lives, health and wellbeing. RVS will work with local people and groups to identify what resources, skills and knowledge they already have, or which are available within their communities and networks, and what additional capacity and support they need to take collective control over coproduction and delivery of interventions they want and need.

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
SIN Cru Cambridge £9,188 Fund a series of weekly dance classes, available to all ages and abilities, and included healthy nutritional advice.
Little Miracles Peterborough £9,999 To run daily support sessions for families with disabled children in Peterborough and the surrounding villages.
Community Carts   £10,000 The funding will offer affordable, local and educational health opportunities to young people aged 5-17 during the summer school holidays.
Action for Elders UK CIC   £9,350 Provide weekly guidance in the prevention and reduction of falls through mobility movements, circulatory exercises, cognitive awareness, lifestyle adaptation and social interaction.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Royal Voluntary Service   £45,000 Establish a Good Neighbours service, which will recruit, train and support a team of volunteers to provide practical help and support to older people in their neighbourhoods.
Scope   £38,227 Maintain a Face 2 Face service to support parents' of children, newly diagnosed with a disability, come to terms with the situation and build stronger networks and circles of support.
Mind   £50,234 Support activities for disabled people and families of disabled children, who experience significant barriers to inclusion, independence and participation.
Scope   £44,190 Maintain a Face 2 Face service to support parents' of children, newly diagnosed with a disability, come to terms with the situation and build stronger networks and circles of support.
Alzheimer's Society   £6,788 Provide a 'dementia cafe' in Edinburgh to provide people with dementia, their carers, and health and social care professionals a place to meet, provide support and access services.
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.
Children's Food Trust   £44,069 Provide cooking clubs as a practical, fun and hands-on approach to helping people learn and understand how to eat and live a health lifestyle.
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