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Ealing charities receives thousands of pounds funding

Four charities in Ealing have received £74,595 funding between them.

Using money raised by HealthEquality Community Interest Company (CIC), throughThe 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 four charities which received the funding include:

• Fashion and Development Centre, based in Southall, received £22,448 to continue delivering and developing a sewing and craft club that offers weekly activities for women to learn and improve skills while reducing social isolation

• Helplink received £13,301 to provide English lessons, basic computer skills and healthy living advice to help women from the Tamil community integrate into Southall.

• South Action Skills & Arts Collaborative received £22,476 to continue delivering weekly courses offering English lessons, ICT skills and sewing lessons for disadvantaged women on the South Acton Estate.

• Southall Community Alliance received £16,370 to develop a community hub in Southall Green offering learning opportunities and helping participants’ access local services and interact socially to improve integration among residents.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthEquality CIC, said: “The projects 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.”

HealthEquality CIC has raised £731,356, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in west London.

The next HealthEquality CIC society lottery draw will be held on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 and Saturday, 22 Feburary 2014, when once again funds raised will help charities and not-for-profit organisations in the local area.

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.”

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.

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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