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Published 9th Sep 2011

Photo L-R: Christopher Fielding, Dr Edward Kunonga and Cllr Brenda Thompson

Cash grants are up for grabs to help people in Middlesbrough lead healthier lifestyles.

Middlesbrough Council and NHS Middlesbrough’s health improvement partnership is investing £29,000 into its Communities for Health Small Grants Scheme.

Community and voluntary groups in Middlesbrough can apply for grants of between £250 and £2,500 to create, enhance or develop activities that will provide local people with opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Edward Kunonga, interim joint Director of Public Health for NHS Middlesbrough and Middlesbrough Council, said: “This scheme gives community groups in Middlesbrough an opportunity to develop and deliver health improvement initiatives that tackle poor health linked to obesity, diet or physical inactivity.

“Community groups that have a plan to improve health and wellbeing are invited to apply for a grant.

“In particular, we are very interested to hear from groups that are looking for funding to support new and innovative ways to increase physical activity and encourage healthy eating especially those working with at risk groups.”

Debra Thornton, manager at Fairbridge, Teesside, said: “In 2010 we were awarded a Communities for Health grant to help us give the young people we support a valuable opportunity to learn about healthy eating and healthy cooking and take part in a variety of sport and leisure activities for young people to help them stay fit and healthy.

“The scheme is a great way to invest in local communities and help people to take charge over their own health improvement.”

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “Community and voluntary groups that are helping local people to improve their health and wellbeing are a major partner in our work.

“We hope this latest small grants scheme will continue to promote Middlesbrough as a healthy town by enabling local groups to help improve the health of local residents.”

How to apply

Application forms are available from the Community Protection Service. For more details or to discuss ideas for health improvement projects, contact Wayne Flowers at Vancouver House, Gurney Street Middlesbrough TS1 1QP, call 01642 728294 or email food&safety@middlesbrough.gov.uk

 



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