tackling health inequalities in Bedford, Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
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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.

Projects funded using money raised by healthCourage

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,668,491

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose

Full House Theatre Company

Houghton Regis £39,977 This project is a two-year continuation and development of an existing creative hub project for children in Houghton Regis. The project will deliver arts activities, performances and festivals for children aged 1 – 13+ with the session for the youngest children being a new addition to the programme. The project has been led by a steering group of young people who have been involved in its development to date.

Khalsa Youth Football Academy

Letchworth £21,393 This new two-year project provides the opportunity for young people from Black and Minority Ethnic groups who live in Wilbury in Letchworth to gain and practise leadership skills through the sport of futsal. Futsal is a form of five-a-side indoor football. Those taking part will receive weekly mentoring from volunteers and then organise weekly futsal community hubs. The main aim is developing leaders and supporting them to gain qualifications.

Oakdale House Trust

Luton £40,320 This new 22-month project will provide a programme of regular meetings, workshops and exercise sessions for Muslim women in the Dallow and Biscot wards of Luton to enable them to meet other local women and strengthen their social links. It aims to take a holistic approach and tailor it to the needs of women within an environment they will feel secure and comfortable. Participants will remain in control of the development and direction of the project through a steering group.

The Gifted Organisation Limited

Waltham Cross £49,903 This new two-year project, currently funded by the Trust, will provide an engaging, creative space for young women, aged 13 – 21 living in Waltham Cross, to learn about blogging, vlogging, podcasting, creative arts, and upcycling. Young women will be trained to facilitate the project, as peer mentors to support other women in their local community. Mothers will be invited to train as peer mentors, helping build lasting relationships. It will give local young women opportunities to do something positive in their area with a tangible end-product, developing their skills, showcasing achievements whilst raising their aspirations and confidence.

Friends of Milliner House

Luton £25,860 This new two-year project will establish a group of volunteers to spend time with residents from Milliner House which is a care home in Luton. Through regular group activity and one to one support these volunteers will enable these older residents to pursue their interests inside and outside the home including those who do not receive regular visits from friends and family and who can feel lonely as a result of this. There will also be liaison with local community groups so that they can become involved in the life of the care home such as through tea parties involving local school children and social celebrations with music performances.

Bedford Creative Arts Limited     

Bedford  £21,173 This 14-month project is the development of a recent film-making pilot. The project will enable a group of residents from two streets in Bedford to create an inter-generational documentary film about a year in the life of their two roads, as they work together through active citizenship to improve their community and to create greater understanding and openness. A resident-led project team will lead the project.
Bengali Women's Project               Luton  £49,902 This two-year project is the development of an existing programme, which aims to improve the language and communication skills of local Bengali women aged 21-55 living in Bury Park, Luton, so that they may become more active citizens in their communities. The project will train women to become mentors for others, provide ESOL, IT, parenting and communication skills classes, and encourage women to create small community projects of their own. Five celebration events will also be delivered with the wider community.
Community Interest Luton CIC      Luton  £33,008 This new two-year project will provide a 'Get Fit Coffee Morning' programme for men aged 50+ in the Bury Park area of Luton. It will help those facing social isolation and provide somewhere for the group to come together, connect, create social cohesion and stay active. Local men requested the activity after witnessing the success of a weekly women’s group. A participant-led steering group will meet weekly to determine the activity programme.
Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Herts (GATE)               Hertfordshire  £37,581 This new two-year project aims to set up a participant-led steering group which will organise activities bringing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people across Hertfordshire together. Activities will include art, music, cookery, floristry, sports and gardening. The project hopes to enable beneficiaries to forge new friendships within the community.
Luton All Women's Centre               Luton  £26,350 This new two-year project aims to deliver peer-facilitated weekly support group and a weekly activity group for women from Luton experiencing mental health issues. The project will be led by a committee of five participants and will provide the women with an opportunity to form new friendships and support networks.
My Healthy Lifestyle Community Interest Company           Houghton Regis  £8,810 This new 13-month project aims to enable families from diverse cultures and social backgrounds in Houghton Regis to explore each other’s culture through music and instruments, leading to new friendships. The weekly sessions will involve learning, listening, understanding, playing and appreciating a diverse range of musical cultures and instruments including those from India, Pakistan, Africa, England and Ireland, and will culminate in a concert open to the wider public. The project was developed by the applicant’s committee made up of local residents.
The Wheelchair Dance Sport Association (UK)    Watford  £22,079 This new two-year project will see the development of regular wheelchair dance activities for residents of three local estates in Garston, Watford. Activities include a tea dance, weekly classes and local festivals to engage the whole community. The project has been developed following requests from residents for active, social activities that are not based around sport. The sessions planned will help to develop friendships and bring people on the estates together. Local residents will manage the project via a steering group, which will meet four times each year to plan activities.
Faith in Queens Park Bedford £44,334 This two-year project is the extension of an existing scheme funded by the Trust. It aims to continue to offer sporting opportunities for young people in Queens Park in Bedford including basketball, streetball, cricket and football. The intention is to enable children from different backgrounds to come together to have fun and enjoy healthier lifestyles. The project is in response to increasing fees for extra-curricular activities for young people and schools cutting back on these activities. It aims to address issues related to race and poor physical environment and to make a positive contribution to the community.
Futures Community Voice Luton £32,105 This new two-year project aims to improve the look and feel of the Marsh Farm Estate in Luton to bring back pride and a sense of community cohesion to the area. The project will use local artists and residents to repaint five of the eleven subways on the estate and to makeover local streets.
The Gifted Organisation Limited Waltham Cross £49,448 This two-year project will continue 'Real Talk' - a digital and social media project for young people aged 14-25 years old. The twice weekly sessions will enable young people from low-income households to learn new skills (including interview techniques and photography) and then put these skills to use in designing and running a community project that captures the voices and images of local people. The project will run in Waltham Cross.
Hertfordshire Asian Women Association (HAWA) St Albans £15,412 This two-year project is the development of existing work. Hertfordshire Asian Women Association wishes to expand its weekly club for elderly Asian. It will incorporate classes and activities enabling the participants to be more involved in the local community, as well as providing transport to improve accessibility. The participants are mainly from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Moroccan backgrounds.
Hope Church Luton Trust Luton £34,692 This two-year project is the extension of existing provision and will expand from two to three sessions per week. It will provide activities via a community drop-in that brings the community together so people can make friends. Participants will have the opportunity to socialise over tea, coffee, lunch, newspapers, games (table tennis, pool, table football, dominos), toys for under 5s to play with whilst parents chat, and craft activities.
Luton and District St Vincent
and The Grenadines Association
Luton £42,744 This two-year project will expand the range of group activities on offer for older people from the black and minority ethnic community in the Lewsey area of Luton. Sessions will run twice a week and will include the provision of a healthy meal, craft activities and exercise classes. Sessions will be run by both paid staff and volunteers who are retired professionals.
TOKKO Ltd Luton £49,650 This two-year project builds on a successful pilot. TOKKO wishes to run youth-led project nights offering a range of activities which young people wish to do. Activities in the pilot scheme included drama, dance, climbing, gaming and music. It will be available to young people in Luton who will be surveyed to find out what activities they would like to see.
ASCEND South Oxhey  £23,650 This new two-year project builds on work carried out by the applicant over the past five years on a community allotment and proposes to develop the allotment into a social enterprise.  It will benefit hard to reach members of the community and will be based in South Oxhey, and addresses: social or emotional isolation, learning disability, and unemployment.
Full House Theatre Ampthill £49,917 This two-year project is a development of a local community arts initiative undertaken by the applicant in Houghton Regis. The applicant wishes to expand it into neighbouring streets, so that more local young people can take part in the performances, exhibitions, live music and events. The project addresses: general community and neighbourhood work, low educational attainment or at risk of poor educational attainment, and social or emotional isolation.
The Phoenix Group for Deaf Children Stevenage £38,773 This new two-year project aims to create a space to promote social inclusion of deaf children and deaf people in both group and community activities. A community centre will install acoustic panels to remove echo and new lighting to assist lip-reading. Activities taking place at the centre will include sign language courses, deaf awareness sessions, family drop-in sessions and baby sign courses. The project intends to raise awareness of hearing loss, promote community involvement, reduce loneliness for people with hearing loss and expand their social networks.
Bedfordshire African
Community Centre
Luton £29,104 This two-year project is the development of an existing lunch club, and will provide English language tuition and a lunch club for Black, Asian and European migrants.
New Youth Foundation
Letchworth £25,000 This new two-year project aims to provide music, dance, art and drama activities for young people in the area, to address a lack of affordable, accessible and inclusive activities of this nature
Right Track Information Services CIC (HUB Community Cafe project) Houghton Regis £31,228 This two-year project is the development of a pilot scheme which has been running for a year. The group wants to extend the work of a community café so that it can support more people and provide some lunches off-site to support the local church and other local groups
The Walk to Freedom Luton £44,152 This two-year project is the expansion of an existing scheme. It will enable individuals recovering from drug and alcohol dependency to run their own activity groups and invite other recovery groups to join in these activities. These activities will include a Tai Chi class, a coffee morning, an exercise class and a nutrition class. The aim of the project is to enable participants to learn new skills, take part in activities they hadn’t tried before and make a contribution to the community.
Number One Hatfield  Hatfield £40,382 To engage local champions to work with the centre coordinator team and deliver four sessions per week; an intergenerational project, a skilling session, multi-cultural activities and a social group.
Mitalee Youth Association Luton  £20,000 To recruit people from a small part of Biscot and Dallow ward in Luton who will be trained as peer mentors and provided with life skills training to develop and deliver a range of projects for others in the community including a summer school project. 
Cheshunt Extended Services Cheshunt and Waltham Cross  £15,000 This is a Saturday club for children with disabilities and their parents from the Cheshunt and Waltham Cross area. The club will cater for their differing and complex needs giving them the opportunity to network and spend time with people in a similar situation who understand their needs.
Angels Support Group Hitchin Hitchin £35,951 To support families of children diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Bengali Women's Project Luton  £49,100 To bring together women from a range of cultures from Biscot, Dallow and Saints in Luton.
Community Action Hertsmere Hertsmere  £44,611 To offer practical, flexible assistance to older people (50+) to help them remain independent, gain confidence and new skills and build social networks.
Faith in Queens Park Queens Park  £49,640 To create regular music making and sporting opportunities for children and young people aged 5-18.
Friends of Holmesdale Tunnel Open Space Holmesdale  £20,000 To bring together the community around Holmesdale Tunnel Open Space which is on the roof of the M25 Tunnel.
Full House Theatre Company Houghton Regis  £21,140 To create a community arts hub in a neighbourhood centre in Houghton Regis.
Home from Home Community Group Luton  £13,456 This new one-year project aims to develop the community in Luton by delivering 6 hours of weekly literacy classes for 25 residents who emigrated from Bangladesh in the late 1980s and the 1990s.
My Healthy Lifestyle CIC Dunstable  £15,956 To deliver a series of workshops to support families stuck in poverty and address the impact of unhealthy eating and reduced physical and mental activity on family relationships and general community health.
The Gifted Organisation Limited  Cheshunt £36,780 To bring young people from the local community together, break down barriers, enable them to share experiences/knowledge and build relationships with the community.
Khalsa Youth Football Academy Letchworth  £17,895 To deliver age appropriate groups for adults and young people in Letchworth benefiting 200 people with 50-60 people attending regularly.
Leavesden Toy Library & Play Project Leavesden  £17,650 To deliver activities for local families so young children have quality early education and socialisation experience and parents can effectively support their children.
One Stop Advice Centre Luton  £25,000 To target Bangladeshi and Pakistani/Kashmiri women of all ages from Burypark area of Luton. It will recruit and train 10-15 women from the target group to become active volunteers, benefitting 400 people.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Cruse Bereavement Care   £5,050 The organisation will provide one to one bereavement support to children/young people who contact it or are referred, for as long as is required in their own homes, at school or other appropriate location.
Herts Coaches Association   £5,680 Provide weekly chair-based exercise for older adults who are frail and at risk of falling. Each session lasts for two hours (45 minutes exercise followed by tea/coffee and social interaction).
Sparx Theatre Leighton Buzzard £6,380 Run weekly drama workshops for people with learning disabilities, which will lead to a performance at Leighton Buzzard Theatre.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers   £60,000 The funding will bring the community together, tackle social isolation and loneliness and put local people in control of their own outdoor spaces.
Dementia UK   £60,000 Enable Dementia UK to provide specialist dementia care through its admiral nursing programme.
Children's Food Trust   £44,069 Provide cooking clubs as a practical, fun and hands-on approach to helping people learn and understand how to eat and live a health lifestyle.
Royal Voluntary Service   £75,000 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
Youth Sports Trust   £40,579 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
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