Warwickshire Council Council, Public Health offered community and voluntary sector organisations the opportunity to bid for funding, with the aim to kick-start small projects across all of Warwickshire that pilot new ideas focussing on:
- Using and improving green spaces for exercise and/or health
- Reducing Loneliness & Social Isolation
- Reducing the harm caused by drugs & alcohol
- Mental health and wellbeing
A total of £60,000 was awarded to 10 projects throughout Warwickshire, the projects include:
Age UK – ‘Dementia Movement & Music’ in Leamington Spa and Rugby. The project will be a Music Café for people with dementia to drop in once a month, offering social support and friendships and focussing on live music and walking.
Bidford on Avon Parish Council has been awarded funding for outdoor gym equipment to be installed on the Big Meadow in Bidford on Avon.
Harbury Parish Council will encourage and facilitate exercise among the elderly of the Parish with the funding. To achieve this they plan to make walking a set distance easier at Harbury Playing Fields.
Coleshill Town Council will use the Wider Determinants fund to contribute to a new ‘Green Gym’ in the Memorial Park with 6 pieces of fitness equipment.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Network will link volunteers and people who love cooking, to share their food with other people in their local area within Nuneaton. The project will support a large number of people living with dementia and their Carers.
Outreach and Community Action Project will use the funding for two activities in Nuneaton – an adult exercise class and a community choir. The main focus of the project is to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the rural area.
Parkinsons UK Rugby will pay for trainers from ‘Shape it up Pilates’ for sessions to run twice monthly.
Warwickshire Reminiscence will enable two programmes to run in Stratford upon Avon District (Looking After A Loved One), providing information on a variety of dementia related issues that carers will face and encourage networking and peer support.
WREP will provide a project titled ‘Physical and Emotional Wellbeing in the Black Minority and Ethnic Community’ within Leamington Spa, Nuneaton and Rugby.
Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will provide a project which will encourage the local community in and around Rugby to be more active and to increase the community’s use of green spaces for outdoor exercise, volunteering and enjoyment.
The funding is for projects running from 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017, with the potential for additional funding for a further 12 months.
Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “We look forward to being involved in a variety of projects which we are certain will have such a positive impact on the overall health of the Warwickshire population”.
Cllr Maggie O’Rourke, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of Adults, Health and Social Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “Over the years the scheme has funded a variety of health and wellbeing projects ranging from healthy eating projects, to gardening skills. All of the projects which come through are extremely beneficial to improving our lifestyles.”
To find out more about the range of Public Health services available within Warwickshire visit: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/health