So far, £6.7 million has been raised through The Health Lottery in the North East and Cumbria.
Thanks to this money, 165 local projects have been funded by People’s Health Trust, since 2011.
Were awarded £16,380 to enable local people from the Harraby and Upperley areas of Carlisle to come together and form a new community choir, which will involve some existing members of the current choir along with new members, including people in local residential care homes, in order to bring the joy of singing to the residents, many of whom experience memory loss.
By bringing members of the choir into the residential settings, the project will encourage social interaction. The project will be led by a steering committee of local residents and people from the care homes.
Were awarded £42,340 to further develop the Thorntree Roses group for women living on the Thorntree Estate in east Middlesbrough, Tees Valley.
Thorntree Roses is a regular arts and crafts activity group previously funded by the Trust. It has expanded to support younger women as well as the women (60+) that initially came up with the idea. The project will continue to deliver weekly arts activities, regular celebration events and cultural trips as well as build on and progress the strengths and potential of members, so that they can gain the confidence and skills to take ownership of the group in the long term.