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PHA Provides £272,000 in Grants for Health and Well-being
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THE Public Health Agency (PHA) recently issued over £272,000 in small grants to 64 statutory, community and voluntary organisations in the South Eastern area for projects which promote health and well-being and reduce health inequalities.

Some 64 voluntary and community sector organisations shared funding of £272,756 to deliver a range of activities which support the Agency’s efforts to ensuring a decent standard of living for all and making healthier choices easier. 

A variety of factors can affect our health and wellbeing, including the choices we make, along with housing, education, transport, employment and sense of community. The scheme is designed to encourage and support the development of local community based projects and initiatives that will help improve the health and wellbeing of local communities. Each of the projects that have been awarded a grant will focus on one or more of the following themes: increase access to benefits, reduce the impact of fuel poverty, prevent the uptake of smoking in children and young people, increase physical activity levels and improve nutrition and promote healthy eating, improve mental health and wellbeing and reduce the risk of suicide, improve sexual health, and reduce drug and alcohol related harm.

Chris Totten,  Head of Health & Social Wellbeing Improvement (South Eastern), PHA said: “The PHA is pleased to offer funding, through the Small Grants Scheme, to local organisations that are delivering projects to tackle a range of health improvement needs across the South Eastern area.”

“The organisations that have been awarded a grant will have a positive impact on the identified themes; they will demonstrate innovation, community involvement, creativity such as through the use of community arts projects to further health and social wellbeing in the area.”

The South Eastern area is made up of the following local authorities: Down, Lisburn, North Down, Ards and the organisations that were awarded funding are:

Action for Children
AGE North Down and Ards
Action Mental Health
Ardglass Residents Group
Ards Community Network
Ards Family Group Disability Support
Ards Leisure Centre
Atlas Womens Centre
Aware Defeat Depression
Ballymacricket Primary School
Ballynahinch Primary School
Bangor Amateur Swimming Club
Barnardos Safe Choices NI
Bees Nees Early Years Centre
Boys Brigade – Ganaway Training & Act Centre
Breezemount Community Association
Bridge of Hope
Camphill Communities Trust (NI)
Canal Boxing Acadamy
Carr Primary School
Castle Juniors
Celtic Bhoys Football Club
Community Direct
Crossroads Caring for Carers
Down Clubmark Sports Association
Down Community Arts
Down District Citizens Advice Bureau
East Down Athletic Club
East Down Rural Community Network
Feumore Friendship Group
Fight Academy Ireland
Glen Ward Community Development Association
Glenavy Youth Project
Glendowan Football Club
Greenhill YMCA
Hillsborough Boys Football Club
Holy Trinity Nursery School
Holywood Youth Football Club
Home-Start Down District
Largymore Primary School
Lisburn City Council Sports Services Unit
Lisburn Downtown Centre
Lisburn Rugby Football Club
Lisburn YMCA
Lisburn Youth Football Club
Moira Friendship Group
North Down Community Network
Peninsula Healthy Living Centre
Redburn Loughview Community Forum
Rowendale Integrated Primary School
Russell Gaelic Union
SAIL Support Acceptance Information & Learning
South Eastern Trust Trust – Brian Injury Team
The Kairos Centre
The Link Family & Community Centre
The Net Youth Project (Comber Youth for Christ)
The Welcome Project
Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC)
Whitehill Community Association
Youth Matters