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West Yorkshire communities have scooped a healthy portion of National Lottery funding for healthy living projects -...
West Yorkshire communities have scooped a healthy portion of National Lottery funding for healthy living projects - with a total of£3.2m from the New Opportunities Fund, going to four projects which aim to boost health and wellbeing in Leeds and Halifax.

The total of£2.47m will be divided amongst three projects in Leeds: the Inner East Leeds Healthy Living Initiative; A Healthy Living Project for Inner North West Leeds and the West Leeds Healthy Living Network. The schemes will address the needs of those most at risk of poor health in the community, such as the elderly, lone parents and ethnic minority communities, through a variety of health promotion activities at community venues and outreach work.

Women and young people in Halifax are also being given a springboard to better health through the West Central Halifax Healthy Living Partnership which is being awarded a£747,018 Healthy Living Centre award today.

Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund, said: 'Through good partnership with the voluntary sector and grass-roots community groups, these projects will ensure that our funding goes where it's most needed. The Leeds initiatives will also forge strong links across the healthy living network which will have long-term benefits for the health of Leeds communities.'

Inner East Leeds

The Inner East Leeds Healthy Living Initiative, which has been awarded£750,374 today, aims to improve the health of people living in Ebor Gardens, Lincoln Green, Richmond Hill and Burmandtofts areas. It will particularly benefit those who are housebound or socially isolated, young adults, families and older people.

The project has been developed in close consultation with local people and will offer schemes that will provide greater security in residents' lives and enhance general health and well-being. Examples include:

-- 'Healthy Homes' including a furniture scheme, home improvement sessions, and advice on fuel and home security

-- Money management and support on debt, developing a self-help group and activities for families will improve the mental wellbeing of local people.

-- Schemes to help people to lead a healthcare lifestyle, for example though smoking cessation, gardening schemes, developing healthy eating initiatives and skills within the community.

-- Health problems caused by unhealthy diets will be addressed through a community cafe due to open in the third year of the project and a variety of healthcare sessions.

-- Personal development and social opportunities will be offered through a range of courses including cookery classes, information technology and a local history group.

Janet Hare, corporate services manager for East Leeds Primary Care Group said: 'This New Opportunities Fund award is great news for local communities in Inner East Leeds. It will not only help people to lead a healthier lifestyle, but will also improve general well-being, by funding new social activities and support to reduce stress and anxiety. We're looking forward to working with our partners in the voluntary sector to roll out these innovative services for local communities.'

Inner West Leeds

The Inner North West Leeds Healthy Living Project has been awarded£697,694 to extend the work of the Cardigan Centre, established 12 years ago to provide a range of social and educational programmes for local communities. It will benefit people living in the University, Kirkstall and Headingley wards where unhealthy lifestyles are factors leading to high incidences of death from cancers, heart disease and low birth weight babies.

Services will be based around three themes:

-- 'Healthy Minds and Bodies' which will include activities to improve physical and mental health through diet, food co-operatives, walking for health, urban gardening clubs, dance and 'chairobics'

-- 'Family Support' will range from services to improve play provision to parenting skills and advice on welfare rights.

-- 'Information and Sign-posting' strand will provide easier access to health information including health advocates in the community, a health newsletter and a website.

Services will be offered at the Cardigan Centre and two other community buildings as well as through outreach work. Local volunteers will be recruited to encourage self-help networks and take up of health services.

Penny Bainbridge, Inner North West Leeds steering group, said: 'We are delighted that our Healthy Living Project is to be supported by the New Opportunities Fund. We believe that our plans for activity programmes and improved information and networks will make a big difference to the health of people in Burley and Hyde Park.'

West Leeds

People living in Armley, Bramley, Wortley, including Farnley and Swinnow, will benefit from the West Leeds Healthy Living Network, which has been awarded£1m today from the New Opportunities Fund to roll out a range of health schemes.

West Leeds Primary Care Group (which becomes a Trust in April) will lead the project in partnership with 51 organisations from the statutory and voluntary sectors. It will focus on mental wellbeing, healthy eating, exercise, drug rehabilitation and healthier environments, through schemes based at a range of local venues, including places of worship.

The network will tackle lack of mobility and isolation amongst the elderly, help young people to make lifestyle choices to reduce substance abuse, teenage pregnancy and depression and address the health needs of those at risk of poor health.

Potential users of the network have been involved in the development of schemes and will continue to have an input though volunteering and training opportunities.

Chris Reid, chief executive designate for Leeds West Primary Care Trust said: 'This award recognises the hard work and efforts of local people, professional and agencies over the last year who must all be congratulated. The funding will be used to develop and support a range of local initiatives identified by local people as a means of adding value and improving health and well being across a variety of age groups within the local population.

'As a Primary Care Trust we will be committed to working with the local people and communities to start substantial change that improves health and well being. Working with and through the Healthy Living Centre Initiative will be one way of making this vision a reality for local people of West Leeds.'


Projects in the region receiving awards from the New Opportunities Fund on 28 February will also be presented with plaques from Stephen Dunmore chief executive of the New Opportunities Fund.

The event aims to celebrate New Opportunities Funding for the Yorkshire and Humberside region and will include presentations by funded projects and a question and answer session chaired by chief executive, Stephen Dunmore and the regional officer for Yorkshire and Humberside, Gareth Durling.


Name of project/ Location / Description / Amount

Inner East Leeds Healthy Living Initiatives

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

This project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of local people including the housebound, families and older people. Themes include Healthy Homes, Healthy Eating and Healthy Choices.


A Healthy Living Project for Inner North West Leeds

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

The project aims to reduce health problems caused by unhealthy lifestyles and social/economic factors. It will focus on healthy minds and bodies, family support, information and signposting. Highlights include urban gardening and play schemes.


West Leeds Primary Care Group/Trust

Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber

Older people, young people, single parents and refugees will benefit form this scheme healthy eating and community food projects will promote healthier diets. Other activities will include singing and walking groups, a gardening scheme and counselling services.


Total for Leeds:£2,474,588

West Central Halifax Healthy Living Partnership (HeLP)

Calderdale, Yorkshire and Humber

The project will focus on the health needs of young people, children and women, black and ethnic minority communities. Activities will be based around education for health; resources training; arts/community engagement and fitness and leisure. Highlights include a Hallal loan scheme.

£747, 018

Total for West Yorkshire:£3,221,606

Crosby Bridge - Bridging the Inequality Gap

North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the Humber

The project will focus on the needs of young people, older people, those with mental ill health, unemployed and minority ethnic communites. Five themes are: food and health, mental health, people and open spaces, community safety and physical activities for Asian communities.


Total amount - Healthy Living projects in Yorkshire and the Humber:£4,186,882

Full details of the New Opportunities Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the fund's website.

The New Opportunities Fund distributes National Lottery money to health, education and environment projects across the UK. We intend to support sustainable projects that will:

-- Improve the quality of life of people throughout the UK

-- Address the needs of those who are most disadvantaged in society

-- Encourage community participation

-- Complement relevant local and national strategies and programmes.

Funding for programmes is divided between England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the basis of population weighted to reflect levels of deprivation.


Launched January 1999

To create a core network of healthy living centres (HLCs) across the UK to promote health in its broadest sense. 157 grants have been awarded to date (including today's awards) totalling£123,020,352. The programme is now closed for applications.

LIVING WITH CANCER - cancer prevention, detection, treatment and care -£150m

Launched September 1999

This programme included the purchase of breast screening equipment, MRI machines and Linear Accelerators as well as a major commitment to palliative care and cancer prevention projects. In England£93m has been allocated for cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment equipment; over 200 hospitals have benefited from 425 pieces of equipment;£23.25m has also been awarded for cancer information and palliative care to 92 grassroots projects. In Scotland 49 projects have been funded with almost£15.5m. In Wales almost£8.5m has been awarded to 47 projects.


Two schemes under this programme to combat combat coronary heart disease, and cancer

-- A major new investment in equipment to combat coronary heart disease and stroke. In England£65m has been set aside to buy cardiac angiography equipment and hospitals will receive MRI scanners from a£14m allocation.

-- The fund's£42m National School Fruit Scheme pilots will bring a daily dose of fruit to children aged 4 to 6 years old before the national roll-out on 2004.

--£10m for the Five-a-Day community initiative - to tackle the problem of low fruit and vegetable consumption for families on low incomes

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