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Leicester charities share £69,000 funding

Published on January 13, 2014 by Chris Lunn

Charity groups in Leicester are celebrating receiving a total of £69,154 between them.

Using money raised by HealthBelief 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.

Identity connexions and networks received £19,154. This is a new 18 month project for 20 African men living in the Coleman and Spinney Hills areas of Leicester. The activities aim to support these men to be able to express themselves and gain new skills.

This will be an opportunity for African men with mental health problems to explore the meaning of their culture through various educational and entertaining activities. This will enable them to acquire skills as well as sharing life experiences and empower each other without fear of being criticised or labelled.

The New Futures Project received £50,000. This new 2 year project aims to develop an overnight drop-in centre to support vulnerable women who are homeless or work on the street. Most of the targeted beneficiaries will be women that are alcohol and drug dependent and at risk of violence.

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

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.

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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