A COMMUNITY group promoting health and wellbeing across West Cumbria has received funding from a local housing association, to support the delivery of wellbeing sessions, across communities.
Community Interest Company (CIC) Healthy Hopes Cumbria, is one of the first organisations to secure funding from Castles & Coasts Housing Association’s (CCHA) Community Fund.
Healthy Hopes Cumbria was established in 2015 and is the brainchild of Viv Nichols and Kerry Manson, both of whom have a background in mental health. It aims to promote health and wellbeing amongst local people, by running weekly health and wellbeing sessions and drop-in sessions in communities, across Carlisle and West Cumbria.
The weekly sessions explore a range of health and wellbeing topics in depth and encourage discussion, to promote self-confidence and peer support. Each session is two hours long; however, the group allows 15 minutes before and after the sessions, for any individuals seeking further support, to speak in private.
Kerry Manson, Director at Healthy Hopes Cumbria, said: “The grant will go a long way to helping us out, by contributing to the rental fees for our weekly sessions and we are extremely grateful for the support of CCHA. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them, on behalf of all at Healthy Hopes.
“The nature of our work focuses, primarily, on emotional wellbeing, whether the person is experiencing mental health issues or is simply lonely, due to social isolation. We have no specific set time on how long a person will attend our group.
“Some people access it when going through a particularly bad period in their life and may only attend for 6-8 weeks. On the other hand, some people may come every week, for the duration of the project, and continue to do so.
“We also provide volunteering opportunities, which help promote personal growth and self-esteem. By volunteering with Healthy Hopes, people not only gain professional experience, but also learn new skills which equip them for future employment. This support will go a long way to helping us continue to deliver this much needed service.”
CCHA’s Community Fund was launched in July, with the aim of providing much needed financial support to vital community groups, that provide opportunities for residents living in its communities.
The Fund issues grants from £100, from a total annual amount of £10,000, to support an array of projects and activities that create a sense of community, reduce anti-social behaviour and support residents to gain employment or develop their skills, engage in health and wellbeing activities and gain access to digital and financial inclusion services.
Adam Gould, CCHA’s Head of Customer Service & Engagement, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support Healthy Hopes, through our Community Fund.
“The fund was set up to identify and provide funding to organisations that go above and beyond, to make our communities healthier, safer places to live. The work undertaken by Healthy Hopes over the past six years, is a perfect example of the type of activity we want to support.
“Not only are they providing a lifeline to people in need, they are also providing work experience to many, who may otherwise struggle to gain the experience necessary, to get a foot on the career ladder. We’d like to wish Healthy Hopes all the best for the future.”
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