Funding boost for schemes to improve health

Community groups can bid for money to boost public health thanks to the Coalfield Regeneration Trust
Community groups can bid for money to boost public health thanks to the Coalfield Regeneration Trust

Community groups in Leigh are being given the chance to bid for thousands of pounds in funding to run schemes boosting health.

The Coalfield Regeneration Trust, which is dedicated to improving lives in former mining areas, is encouraging applications from the town to its community investment programme.

“We know that this is an ongoing problem within the communities, not least because 11.7 per cent of people living in the coalfields report long-term health problems compared to 8.6 per cent nationally.”

Andy Lock

The scheme has already provided more than £250,000 to groups in ex-colliery areas across the country and grass-roots organisations are now being given the chance to apply for the third round of funding.

Groups can secure up to £10,000 each for schemes which are sustainable, meet identified needs in the area and which will have a lasting, positive impact on people’s health in Leigh.

The Trust is particularly keen to get people in former mining communities living healthier, more active lives as rates of serious conditions are higher than the UK average.

Coalfields Regeneration Trust head of operations for England, Andy Lock, said: “All applications from July will focus on health. We know that this is an ongoing problem within the communities, not least because 11.7 per cent of people living in the coalfields report long-term health problems compared to 8.6 per cent nationally.

“We are committed to supporting coalfield communities and to meet our three strategic objectives, namely; improving skills; increasing employment rates and addressing health problems.

“The Coalfields Community Investment Programme provides community organisations with the opportunity to help us meet our objectives and to make a real difference to the lives and future prosperity of our communities.”

Since its launch in 1999 called Trust has helped more than two million people and run schemes including getting the unemployed back into work, creating and protecting jobs, improving skills and qualifications and boosting wellbeing.

Leigh community groups have until September 16 to apply for the latest funding pot. To find out more or submit an application visit www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/social-investment/coalfields-community-investment/