- Yorkshire and the Humber
- Awards for All England
- Release date:
- 21 1 2013
Groups and charities across Yorkshire and the Humber are celebrating today after sharing in awards totalling £331,139 from the Big Lottery Fund for community projects.
The forty awards come from BIG’s most popular grants scheme - Awards for All, which gives small grants of up to £10,000 to projects that can make a big difference to people’s lives.
The Caribbean Health and Well Being Group in Sheffield receives £7,489 to support people in the community to get active and lead healthier lifestyles through taking part in community fitness activities.
Freda Coterall, a volunteer said: “We are so pleased to receive this funding; it gives us the opportunity to make a difference for our BME communities in Sheffield but also a chance for volunteers to deliver something positive back to the community. Caribbean Health and Well Being group is formed and run by volunteers who wanted to address the health issues which were becoming apparent in the Sheffield area. BME communities have the poorest health endemic compared to the rest of the country.”
According to statistics from Sheffield City Council* there are three key areas where BME communities experience relatively poor health:
- Coronary Heart Disease: Stroke is 70% more common among African Caribbean and South Asian populations, and deaths from coronary heart disease are 50% more common among first generation South Asian males
- Diabetes: Type 2 diabetes is six times more common in South Asian communities - three times more common in African and African Caribbean communities
- Mental Health: The diagnosis of schizophrenia is up to six times more common among African Caribbean groups, and the suicide rate is more than twice as high among young Asian women.
Freda continued: “With this information coming to our volunteers attention we decided to offer fitness activities to encourage all people from different backgrounds and ages to look after their health. Alongside this we offer cookery lessons so families are eating healthier, more nutritious foods, with less salt and sugar. We want to help people to prevent themselves from these illnesses.
“We have found in the past that these groups really do benefit from these types of projects, especially older people. It’s fantastic as younger volunteers offer to drive elderly members so they can be a part of these activities and they have told us that they feel better when they are taking part in fitness regimes and walking groups. It’s also about addressing their mental and emotional health too; many of these people are lonely, depressed and living in deprivation. There have been times when we have thrown birthday parties for people in the community, making them feel really special.”
Meanwhile All Hallows Community Project in Leeds has been awarded £3,977 to deliver yoga classes to people from deprived communities, designed to relieve stress, anxiety and physical health issues.
And a community group, Cowlersley Tenants and Residents Association in Kirklees is using £9,800 of their funds to run activities for 13 to 16 year olds to give them a positive focus, a chance to learn new skills and participate in new experiences. The project aims to alleviate anti-social behaviour in the local area.
Vanessa White, Big Lottery Fund’s Head of the Yorkshire and Humber region, said: “This time of year can be hard, especially for vulnerable communities who may be feeling isolated. These projects will make a significant difference to people’s health and well being, and benefit people from all backgrounds, cultures and ages.”
Organisations throughout England with an income of £30,000 or less now have the opportunity to apply for repeat and ongoing activities under Awards for All until the end of March 2013.
Through this, BIG aims to respond to the many pressures small organisations face with cuts to funding and rising running costs. For more information, visit www.awardsforall.org.uk
See a full list of awards announced in the Yorkshire and the Humber today
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Notes to Editors
- Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme aims to help improve local communities and the lives of people most in need. You can apply to Awards for All only if you are a community group, not for profit group, Parish or Town Council, health body, or school.
- Grants ranging from £300 to £10,000 are available to fund a specific project or activity.
- The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
- BIG is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 BIG has awarded close to £6bn.
- The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
- Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £29 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
- *Data from Sheffield City Council, Sheffield First, Black and Minority, Ethnic communities, https://www.sheffieldfirst.com/the-partnership/health-and-well-being-partnership/jsna/neighbourhoods/bme-communities.html