Eight more innovative projects to improve residents’ health benefit from funding

Health / Wed 27th Dec 2023 at 09:48am

EIGHT more organisations will receive more than £85,000 to launch projects designed to improve the mental and physical health of residents in Essex.

The projects will receive grants from Essex County Council’s Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) small grants programme.

Benefitting from a total of £87,556, the latest successful projects include walk and talk wellbeing schemes for adults with learning disabilities, fitness classes for pregnant women and new dads, and an open access service for people with substance misuse issues.

The successful organisations are:

Hadleigh Park Cycles, Castle Point: to partner with NHS organisations, the Salvation Army and local schools to promote and provide activities that support healthy lifestyle choices. Other organisations will be able to signpost people with poor physical or mental health to activities.

Open Road, Tendring: to employ an engagement coordinator to support an open access service for those with dependency or misuse issues who are more susceptible to poor health.

Acorn Village, Tendring: to create a walk and talk wellbeing project, a one-year programme to help adults with learning disabilities with the management of their long-term conditions.

Muscle Mind Care CIC, Colchester: to offer free fitness classes for pregnant women and new dads facing mental health and health challenges. The classes focus on tackling health inequalities by targeting those with high BMI, gestational diabetes, PND, and preeclampsia.

The Country Trust, Harlow: to host a year of immersive food discovery sessions for three Harlow schools – including one alternative provision for children with complex needs.

Brighter Opportunities for Special People, Basildon: to host 140 out and about sessions in the community for children and young people with disabilities. These will provide 840 places and 4,896 hours of specialist support with fun, developmental and educational activities out in the community.
Enterprise East Group CIC, Uttlesford: to run a series of weekly workshops covering topics of healthy eating, diet, exercise, and nutrition. These will include practical cooking lessons, led by trained chefs, which will teach participants how to plan and cook healthier meals on a regular basis.

Divine Assembly Ministries (Boaz Project), Colchester: to run a project promoting positive health behaviours, focusing on improving both physical and mental health in Greenstead, particularly women and girls.

Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and ICS Integration, said: “Improving people’s health and reducing health inequalities are vital to our plans to Level Up Essex and our PHAB programme focuses on supporting communities in Essex with the most concerning health outcomes.

“This latest list of successful applicants shows the kind of innovation in public health interventions we want PHAB to support.”

Lucy Wightman, Director of Wellbeing, Public Health and Communities at Essex County Council, said: “We’ve seen huge interest in our PHAB programme so far from a diverse range of organisations and it is really exciting to be distributing the funding for these projects to get underway. We look forward to seeing the real difference the funding makes in our communities.”

The Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme offers organisations the opportunity to bid for funding across two grant funding streams – small grants and major grants over £15,000.

Applications for the small grants scheme will be paused from Monday 15 January to Monday 12 February. Following this date, organisations will be able to bid for funding of up to £7,500 for their projects.

Find out more and apply at www.essex.gov.uk/phab.

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