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Edinburgh Charities Celebrate over £70,000 funding

THREE charity groups in the Edinburgh area have received grants of £70,527 between them.

Using money raised by HealthShow 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 three charities celebrating the funding include:

  • Broxburn United Sports Club was given a grant, of £32,733, for a 24 month project expanding 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; The project will focus on issues of age and general community and neighbourhood work.
  • Link Up Women's Support Centre received £26,000 in funding for their new 24 month project delivering 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. Issues to be addressed include social and emotional isolation, mental ill health and gender.
  • North Edinburgh Arts were awarded £11,794 to engage 25 local residents from the Forth ward of Edinburgh in developing a theatrical production of the Penny Tenement Opera. The 11 month programme will consist of 40 weekly sessions of two hours duration culminating in two performances with an audience of 200 people. The project will address issues of general community work: social and emotional isolation and poor physical environment.

Chris Lunn, Director of HealthShow, said: “The projects, supported using money raised by HealthShow, 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.”

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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