tackling health inequalities in Edinburgh and the Lothians
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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.

Projects funded using money raised by healthShow

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,867,797


Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers (Midlothian) Midlothian £23,400 This two year project is continuation of existing work providing a paid Peer Support Worker to deliver activities for kinship carers and their children living in Midlothian. Activities will include group meetings, training sessions, holiday activities and promotional activities. The group was set up and is run by kinship carers.
Bridgend Inspiring Growth Castle Park £44,493 This existing two-year project aims to continue developing Bridgend Farmhouse as a hub and learning centre for the communities of Craigmillar, Inch and Morefun North which surround Craigmillar Castle Park woodlands.  It aims to create stronger links between these residents through their commonly shared resource and will run activities including landscaping, gardening, outdoor crafts and community lunches. The project will be led by residents through a monthly forum for all members. A small grants scheme, ‘Acorn fund’ will enable residents to make decisions on local projects.
Broxburn United Sports Club Trust West Lothian £36,810 This two-year project is the continuation and development of existing work delivered by the charity Broxburn United Sports Club Trust. The group will continue to provide activities and opportunities for social interaction for people who are over 50 living in Broxburn and Uphall as well as surrounding areas in West Lothian. Activities will include a walking group, a group riding adaptive bikes, and new age kurling. The intention of the programme is to reduce social isolation amongst the participants.
Craigmillar Literacy Trust Edinburgh £16,458 This two year project is an extension of an existing reading session for parents and children under three living on the Craigmillar estate in Edinburgh. The project will deliver reading and storytelling sessions which aim to improve parents’ confidence while providing a fun and stimulating activity for both parents and children. The project will be led by a Parents’ Forum.
Gorebridge Opportunities Limited Gorebridge £30,210 This existing 24 month project aims to continue to deliver a youth project with two sessions a week for up to 150 children and young people aged 11-16 in Gorebridge Parish Church to help participants gain confidence and build positive relationships. There are two young people on the organisation’s board to help shape the direction of the project.
Living Rent Edinburgh £17,709 This new one-year project will bring together vulnerable and low-income tenants in Edinburgh to equip them with the skills and confidence to campaign to improve the standard of privately rented homes. The tenants will hold monthly meetings to discuss shared issues, and develop and take part in campaigns. The aim will be to improve living conditions, resulting in positive mental health outcomes and reducing isolation.
Loganlea Miner's Welfare Charitable Society Briech Valley £11,660 This existing two-year project builds on a current pilot aiming to enable new parents to socialise and support each other.  This will be achieved through a weekly children’s and parents’ group in the Addiewell and Stoneybridge areas of the Briech Valley comprising age-appropriate play sessions, walks and nature trails, parenting skills, storytelling and healthy eating. Parents will be supported to lead the group and in time to become constituted.
Loganlea Miner's Welfare Charitable Society Briech Valley £12,232 This existing two-year project aims to deliver weekly Friday evening activities to children aged 5-12 in the Loganlea and Stoneyburn areas of the Briech Valley, in West Lothian. The project will also deliver four trips per year to places of interest such as the pantomime or the zoo. The project responds to a lack of amenities in this rural area and will be delivered by parents and volunteers, with sessional staff employed as necessary. Activities will be chosen by children and parents and may include dance, singing, sports, structured games and play and arts and crafts; they will also link to local events such as the Gala Day and annual Fun Run. The project will enable people from different areas and different schools to form links and friendships, and provide a safe and welcoming space for parents newly arrived in the area to bring their children.
Outside the Box Development Support Limited Falkirk £29,980 This new two-year project aims to deliver a weekly social meet-up group for people with learning disabilities in the Falkirk area. Participants will organise and where appropriate, deliver activities themselves, with support from a project worker and freelance tutors where necessary. The project will provide opportunities to socialise and to enjoy a range of activities of participants’ choice, which may include crafts, sports or guided walks, for example. Friendships will be formed between people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in mainstream activities, and participants will gain a sense of belonging, increase in self-confidence and in turn become more active in their local communities.
Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre Edinburgh £29,682 This two-year project will use the community garden of Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre as a back-drop for a new programme of activities. The garden will become a 'community oasis' in which a group of 20 people who face mental health issues, or social isolation will take part in a structured 3-day a week programme. The programme will combine garden tasks such as planting produce alongside personal development opportunities including Tai Chi and woodwork. A 'conversation Cafe', will provide a social aspect to the days. The project will take place in the Oxgangs area of Edinburgh. The project seeks to help form strong, positive and affirming relationships.
Volunteer Centre Midlothian Midlothian £37,195 This two-year scheme is to extend and further develop an idea previously funded by the Trust. Volunteer Centre Midlothian will train and support small groups of young people to deliver weekly activity sessions for Sheltered Housing residents in Dalkeith in Midlothian. Activities will include walking and new age kurling. The sessions are designed to reduce any social isolation, keep participants’ minds and bodies active, improve their physical fitness and break down barriers between the young and older generations.
West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network SCIO West Lothian £31,571 This two-year project will build on some pilot work that the West Lothian Financial Inclusion Network has already undertaken with ex-carers. It has found that people who used to be carers often face struggles (for many ex-carers the person cared for has died or gone into care). When a person stops being a carer, they can find there is a real impact upon their social circle and an upheaval in their household income. This project will provide social meetings for ex-carers and enable them to access advice about the changing shape of their finances. The work will take place in Whitburn, but will draw ex-carers from across West Lothian. The project seeks to safeguard ex-carers against social isolation and financial upheaval.
WHALE, The Arts Agency Edinburgh £13,638 This existing two-year project will provide support adults in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh who experience anxiety, isolation, depression and other issues of ill-health and disability. The project will provide a weekly textile workshop led by an experienced tutor that enables group members to gain new skills, participate in community initiatives and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. The group decides on the activities it undertakes, plans community projects and manages the materials budget.
Castings House Residents Organisation Falkirk £6,580 To deliver a computer club for 38 residents of a sheltered housing complex in Falkirk, including the provision of two 6-week computer class for 10 tenants at a time. It aims to provide general community and neighbourhood work and address issues of social or emotional isolation and age.
The Ripple Project Edinburgh  £34,027 This new initiative of 24 months duration will utilise the existing community cafe facility to provide training programmes in catering and associated skills to local people.
Equipmen Falkirk £37,320 To erect a men's shed in the Braes area of Falkirk and run activities focused on developing and utilising practical skills. The project is a response to concerns regarding mental health and suicide and will address the issues of social and emotional isolation, mental ill-health and unemployment.
Tranent Youth and Community Facility Tranent £12,500 This is an existing initiative which will be continued for a further 24 months to work with a new group of young people. It will deliver 100 weekly sessions enabling 12 young people to act as a youth forum and support their involvement in decision making across the locality.
Volunteer Centre Midlothian Dalkeith & Woodburn £29,088 This 18-month project aims to deliver a befriending service in two sheltered housing complexes and community venues in Dalkeith and Woodburn, Midlothian.
YMCA Edinburgh  Edinburgh  £29,576 This new two-year project has been developed out of the charity's existing holiday playscheme. It will run a play-ranger service for the local 9-storey block of flats at Cables Wynd House (known as the Banana flats) where there are 204 flats. This will be a structured and supervised outdoor play service which will make use of the flats' existing basketball court and neighbouring play park.
Broxburn United Sports Club Broxburn £32,733 To expand on the group's current programme and aims to deliver sports and social activities for older residents in the community. The project will be based in Broxburn and will increase the health and recreational opportunities for local people aged over 50.
Link Up Women's Support Centre Edinburgh £26,000 To deliver weekly lunch club sessions for a group of women from the Lochend area of Edinburgh. The project will focus specifically on mums with pre-school children.
North Edinburgh Arts Edinburgh £11,794 To build upon the success of an earlier initiative. It will engage 25 local residents from the Forth ward of Edinburgh in developing a theatrical production of the Penny Tenement Opera.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Royal Voluntary Service   £42,828 Establish a Good Neighbours service, which will recruit, train and support a team of volunteers to provide practical help and support to older people in their neighbourhoods.
The Conservation Volunteers   £60,000 The funding will bring the community together, tackle social isolation and loneliness and put local people in control of their own outdoor spaces.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Pilmeny Youth Centre Leith  £8,816 Provide out-of-school sports and fitness activities for children aged between five and eight years old.
Eczema Outreach Scotland West Lothian £10,000 Offer a free, unique, peer support service to the most vulnerable families affected by childhood eczema in the most deprived communities of West Lothian

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Alzheimer's Society   £22,548 Provide a 'dementia cafe' in Edinburgh to provide people with dementia, their carers, and health and social care professionals a place to meet, provide support and access services.
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer a free, unique, peer support service to the most vulnerable families affected by childhood eczema in the most deprived communities of West Lothian
Sustrans   £43,357 Develop an 'active travel for health project' in Edinburgh that will increase the levels of everyday walking and cycling, particularly among young people and people in areas of high health deprivation.
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