tackling health inequalities in Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire


 SEVEN charity groups in the local area have received grants of £185,956 between them.

Using money raised by HeathThrive 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 seven charities celebrating the funding include:

  • Coventry Peace House Education Trust, £28,806 - This new one-year project aims to provide a platform for local people to contribute and participate in their wider community. The project aims to raise awareness, encourage friendships, and promote health and wellbeing by bringing together local residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds through knitting and weaving sessions.
  • Bell Green Silver Surfers (Coventry), £7,773 - This existing two year project aims to continue delivering weekly IT support sessions for people aged over 60 in the Bell Green area of Coventry. Individuals will learn how to get online and use IT for everyday activities such as online shopping, typing emails and letters and online banking.
  • Leading Players Drama Group (Atherstone), £22,232 - This two year project is the continuation of a scheme that is led by adults with learning difficulties. It will run weekly drama workshops which aim to engage the local community around the Owen Street Arts Centre in Atherstone.
  • Rainbow Sunshine Company (Nuneaton & Bedworth), £22,588 - This new two year project, building on the applicant’s work with adults with physical and learning disabilities, seeks to celebrate the applicant’s 20th anniversary by devising performances incorporating drama, dance and music, and by showcasing the talents and capabilities of its members. 
  • Sahil (Coventry), £43,466 - This two year project builds on the existing work of the charity. The group will set up a new weekly peer support group for South Asian women from Coventry and plan and run a programme of mental health and wellbeing activities with the women. It will also support individual women who are in need by providing them with an assessment and one-to-one support and advocacy.
  • Salle Ursa Fencing Club (Tile Hill), £43,835 -  This new two year project builds on the work undertaken by the applicant in a disadvantaged area and would use the sport of fencing to bring the community together. The project will be delivered by local people and will be based in the Tile Hill area of Coventry.
  • Stoke Heath Older Peoples Club,  £17,256 - This is a new one year project to expand on the regular activity programme already delivered by the group to older people in the Stoke Heath area of Coventry. The group will run a chair exercise class and Tea Party session each week, as well as taking participants on a trip to a local point of interest.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthThrive, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthThrive, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are supporting people to live longer healthier lives.”

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. For more information visit www.PeoplesHealthTrust.org.uk


So far, HealthThrive CIC has raised more than £1,247,633 for good causes in Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Coventry.

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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