It is known that people who are active and involved in communities, and who feel able to access informal and formal support, are both happier and healthier. This programme has been created to provide resources and support to local communities in Eden and part of Allerdale to create activities which improve the health and wellbeing of local people. The two year Community Health and Wellbeing Project intends to tackle health and wellbeing issues by providing grants and advice to local community-led projects with one or more of the following outcomes:
Allotments and Community Gardens: ‘Grow your own’ and community growing schemes can mean food is produced and sold locally. It can lead to a better understanding of the ‘Farm Gate to Plate’ journey and create opportunities for discussion on healthy eating and lifestyles. Once running these projects are often sustainable and self financing.
Exercise, Health check and Physiotherapy sessions: Community buildings are ideal venues for local sessions. Support with marketing and set up costs can be the difference between longer term success and short term failure. The involvement of a Health professional, initially at subsidised cost can be useful.
Community Exchanges: Regular community-led events that bring people together, provide services and information and reduce social isolation. Exchanges can be an opportunity to provide basic services and should be relatively easy to sustain and make self financing.
Volunteer expenses to support local transport solutions: Building on Volunteer Car Schemes and Rural Wheels, organising your own local car share or lifts scheme reduces isolation and aids wellbeing.
The programme supports community-led projects operating in Eden District and the Civil Parishes of; Above Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, St John’s Castlerigg & Wythburn, and Underskiddaw in Allerdale District.
ACT can offer you advice and support to plan, deliver and evaluate your project, helping you to develop activity which is sustainable in the future. For more information please contact Julia Wilson at ACTion with Communities in Cumbria on Tel: 01768 869524 or Email: email@example.com
Cumbria Community Foundation are managing the £300,000 fund, offering grants of usually between £500 and £10,000. For fund criteria and how to apply please visit: www.cumbriafoundation.org
The Community Health and Wellbeing Project is delivered by ACT in partnership with Cumbria Community Foundation and is funded by Cumbria County Council Adult Social Care and Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group. The Project was officially launched on Thursday 26th July at Cliburn Village Hall. Please see the project flyer for more information.
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