tackling health inequalities in Kent and Medway
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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 healthWhole

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,860,160


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
Samphire Dover £23,525 This new project aims to improve community cohesion in Dover through developing a range of community engagement events and activities run by the group itself and smaller community organisations. The project has been initiated by local residents as a positive response to the refugee crisis and to counter negative reactions. Engaging young people as well as the general community, a group of people will develop activities with the support of the applicant.
Maidstone Town Centre Youth Cafe Maidstone £15,686 This new two-year project aims to form a youth committee to enable young people to have a bigger role in the management of the charity, based in Maidstone. The young people will develop skills from this experience, and all service users will have a greater influence on how the charity is run. The youth committee will be elected by their peers and meet on a weekly basis to build social links. The committee will also attend meetings with the board to help shape services.
Take Off Canterbury £49,996 This two-year project will develop existing weekly cooking and IT activities, currently funded by the Trust, adding a new weekly allotment group to improve community cohesion in the Northgate area of Canterbury. The activities will enable people to share cooking and eating together and enjoy three outdoor settings while enjoying the company of others and purposeful activity. Local people will form a committee to design and deliver activities and will take paid roles in facilitating the project thereby ensuring they are in control of the project.
Friends of Bybrook Nature Reserve Ashford £11,329 This new one-year project aims to create a 37 metre long path accessible for all through the Bybrook nature reserve, a tranquil site set amidst a busy housing area in Ashford, Kent. The path will provide safe access to the upper part of the estate for the local community, the elderly, people with dementia, young families and interest groups so that they can get close to nature. The project will promote understanding of the natural environment and provide a resting place to promote relaxation. The project has been started by a group of residents who will continue to shape the project going forward.
Communities Food CIC Gravesend £36,940 This existing two-year project aims to run weekly cook and eat lunches or dinners, monthly local history walks led by a historian and visits to a local Gurdwara for cross-cultural learning and Sikh food, providing an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together around food and heritage in the Gravesend area.
Community Church Ramsgate Ramsgate £29,683 A new two-year project looking to provide a monthly lunch club and a weekly friendship / community group to provide social activities for local residents in Ramsgate. It will also provide a weekly supportive playgroup for children with autism along with their parents/carers. These activities are not provided elsewhere in the area and are proposed in response to volunteer and local resident suggestions. All ages will be invited to the lunch club and friendship group and the playgroup will target children aged 0-14.
Healthy Living Centre Dartford (HLCD) Dartford £34,374 This new two-year project aims to establish two weekly cook and eat sessions within its community cafe. Local residents will learn to cook affordable meals for their family and would also like to learn and share, fun creative experiences with foods such as bread making, cake baking, decorating and icing and sweet making. Residents of all ages from Temple Hill will benefit from the project. A steering group will shape the project, and participants will build friendships through the regular meetings.
Switch Youth Cafe Maidstone £15,686 This new two-year project aims to form a youth committee to enable young people to have a bigger role in the management of the charity, based in Maidstone. The young people will develop skills from this experience, and all service users will have a greater influence on how the charity is run. The youth committee will be elected by their peers and meet on a weekly basis to build social links. The committee will also attend meetings with the board to help shape services.
Phoenix Cooperative Housing Society Limited Dartford £31,000 This new two-year project aims to deliver IT classes and computer access for residents on Phoenix Place estate. The aim is to bring the community together by offering computer groups in a relaxed coffee morning style with beginners and intermediaries IT classes and provide a social opportunity for residents. The project will take place in the new community hub built on the Phoenix Place estate.
Shepway Volunteer Centre Folkestone £28,737 This two-year project is the continuation and expansion of a ‘Shed’ which has been run for two years providing a meeting place for people who do not normally join clubs, offering them the opportunity to participate in woodwork/carpentry activities in tranquil surroundings. The majority of the participants will be men,  many with an armed forces background. The participants are experiencing mental health issues and the Shed provides an opportunity for peer support. The project will enable participants to make items for sale, e.g. upcycled furniture. 
SpeakUpCIC Cliftonville £29,286 This two-year project is the development of an existing idea and aims to build on peer support activities by improving digital skills through group and one-two-one engagement. It will be delivered by training three existing volunteers living in Cliftonville to run a digital inclusion and financial capability group for adults experiencing poor mental health living in the area. The project will meet an identified need for people who are experiencing an inability to cope with the pace of change and dealing with, for example, benefits claims, online banking or accessing healthcare advice, and will provide an opportunity to engage with those who find social interaction difficult but would access specific support.
Hands and Gillingham Volunteer Centre Medway £16,257 This 18-month project will continue and develop a previously funded People’s Health Trust project providing a friendship group and technology workshops in Twydall by introducing two new groups in Gillingham South, Medway, a parish and rural area of northern Kent. The established Twydall groups have been very positive and attendees wish to see the groups expanded to provide others with the opportunity to interact people from the local area, improving social connections, while technology workshops will also provide the opportunity to learn how to use Smartphone, tablets and other technologies.
Shepway Autism Support Group Shepway £10,060 This existing 23-month project will expand the work of a People’s Health Trust grant offering the opportunity for young people with Autism to work towards Arts Awards. Young people in the existing programme have increased in confidence, self-esteem and feel valued members of their community. The group will build on this success by offering Bronze Arts Awards as part of the continuing programme as well as the John Muir Environmental Award Scheme, helping young people to come into contact and enjoy nature. Participants are from the towns of Hythe, St. Mary in the Marsh and Lydd in the district of Shepway in South East Kent.
Council for Voluntary Services North West Kent (CVSNWK) Gravesham £50,000 This new two-year project will create a community hub at Northfleet Veterans Club for local residents of all ages living in Northfleet, Kent, to access a community café and drop in services. Activities will include benefits advice, a Sure Start Children's service, a breakfast club, a history research group, a veg bag scheme aimed at encouraging cultural recipes to be shared within the community and a clothes swap. Access for elderly and disabled people will be enabled through a minibus pick up and drop off service. A steering group led by participants will meet monthly to lead the project.
Creative Tree Arts and Crafts CIC Medway £29,965 This new 18-month project aims to deliver sessional activities using making and mending, reclamation, up-cycling, woodwork, carpentry, joining, turning, carving, whittling and furniture restoration to bring together local people and promote social inclusion.  The project will be based in Medway, Kent, in a neighbourhood which has been affected by the closure of the military dockyards. Participants will be able to take an active role in deciding on the activities they participate in, developing six community events and participate in all aspects of delivery. Through shared learning and experience participants will have the opportunity to build friendships.
Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club Swale £23,890 This one-year project is the continuation of Sevenoaks Powerchair Football Club’s activities. There will be regular training and competitions for disabled players from across Kent. The weekly sessions will provide players with fun activities and respite for their families. Those taking part will be able to play in fixtures at local, regional and national level and benefit from developing their communication skills, teamwork and tactical skills as well as having the opportunity to shape the ongoing development of the club through their feedback. Participants and their families will particularly benefit from being able to meet on a regular basis to form strong friendships.
St Paul’s Church Thanet £14,820 This two-year project will continue to run groups that have been trialled in Cliftonville Community Centre, Margate, Kent, during 2016. The project will run a fortnightly group for Muslim women and another fortnightly group welcoming people from all minority ethnic groups, although its current participants are predominantly from Eastern European countries. The groups will provide those who attend with support around issues such as housing and hate crime; they will also provide a social outlet through the provision of activities such as craft and music. Participants will co-design and plan the activity programme via two steering groups. The project will bring together isolated groups with the wider community through annual events.
Swale Action To End Domestic Abuse Swale  £47,322 This new two-year project involves Swale Action To End Domestic Abuse giving five of its experienced volunteers who are also survivors of domestic abuse the opportunity to run a programme in their local community to support other people who are affected by the issue. Each programme is for 12 weeks and those who complete the sessions will have the chance to co-facilitate future ones. Victims of domestic abuse within the villages of Kemsely, Milton, Murston, Queenborough and Minster will benefit. 
Health Action  Gillingham £27,600 This is a new two-year project that will deliver a volunteering programme for adults from African Communities in an urban district in Gillingham. There will be 48 training and group sessions supporting individuals to take on volunteer roles.
Kent Friendz Tonbridge and Malling £48,798 This two-year project is the result of a successful pilot scheme. Kent Friendz will provide activities for specialist children based in Tonbridge and Malling who can display challenging behaviour and are often forgotten because they need specialist two-to-one care tailored to their specific needs. There will be discussions with parents and children to determine their needs and interests and the project will be driven by them. 
Medway English Training CIC Medway £23,819 This two-year project is based on a nine-month pilot. METcic will enable participants from Medway in Kent to research local themes (especially maritime history) and then design, create and market their own stationery. Participants will learn practical craft skills using textiles and the work created will then be transferred to postcards and other small stationery items which will be sold in local outlets.
Pie Factory Music Ramsgate £34,195 This is a new two-year project delivering 96 sessions of intergenerational arts based activity to young people and older isolated individuals in the coastal town of Thanet in Ramsgate. The weekly session will promote skills sharing and intergenerational friendships.
Abbey Physic Community Garden Faversham £13,448 This new two-year project will deliver weekly games and sports activities for people of all ages and abilities in order to bring the neighbourhood together and unite the community. It will be based in Faversham Memorial Green Park and the Jubilee Hall during winter months.
Leysdown Village Hall Leysdown £14,480 This new two-year project will enable the applicant to make safe the floor of the village hall, install an audio loop and run regular weekly sessions for older people.  The intention is to make the hall more accessible for older people in the area, run more sessions and therefore make it more inclusive for isolated individuals.
All Saints Community Project Trust Chatham £39,539 This new two-year project will provide local residents in Chatham, who are living with mental health issues and facing isolation or disadvantage, with a daily support group, which the applicant is calling ‘Café Chat’. The support group will provide them with the opportunity to meet and talk with trained volunteers in order to get the emotional support they need to become more confident and active members of the community.
Diversity House Kemsley £15,758 This new two-year project will deliver a social walking programme which aims to build positive relationships between 35 people of different ages and cultural backgrounds who live in a cluster of streets in Kemsley and to tackle current polarisation between communities in the area.
Leysdown Short Mat Bowls Club Leysdown on Sea £10,872 This two-year project is the development of an existing bowls club based on the Isle of Sheppey. The project will purchase essential equipment and cover the running costs to enable a women’s team to be run independently from the men’s team and provide bowling opportunities three times a week for 16 isolated women in Leysdown
Music for Change Margate £23,640 This new two-year project aims to deliver a weekly music group for people of all ages and backgrounds living in Cliftonville, Margate.
Take Off Canterbury £49,147 This new two-year project aims to deliver a regular forum for people with a range of mental and physical health problems where they can discuss and act on the issues attached to their difficulties and will be encouraged to take on leadership roles within the group
Time Out Canterbury £31,906 This new two-year project will create a pop-up coffee shop in the Spring Lane neighbourhood Centre for one day a week. It aims to work with 60 people and encourage increased relationships within the community, revive an underused community resource and provide volunteering, training and employment opportunities.
Caring all together on Romney Marsh Lydd £11,037 This two-year project is the continuation of an existing initiative in Lydd, which provides a weekly coffee morning for older people, with social activities, and delivers a home befriending service for housebound elderly people. The coffee morning features talks, visits from the community warden to highlight local issues, a hearing aid clinic, trips, as well as time to chat and socialise. The befriending service visits isolated individuals who are unable to leave their homes.
IconTheatre Chatham £28,150 This new 24-month project aims to deliver weekly arts and crafts based activities for socially isolated and long-term unemployed individuals in a deprived area of Chatham. 
Shepway Autism Support Group Shepway £7,920 This 23-month project is the development of work currently undertaken by the applicant and aims to offer creative art sessions to meet the visual and sensory needs of young people living with ASC. It is hoped the young people will benefit by socialising with peers and making new friends.
Speak Up CIC Cliftonville £32,672 This two-year project is a development of existing work and will support the applicant’s members to run a social group and activities for people with mental health issues living in the Cliftonville area of Thanet.
Swale Mediation Service Swale £20,838 This new two-year project aims to set up a parents’ group to enable local people to support their children with homework, and to get help and advice around parenting and associated issues.  
Thanet Community Development Trust Thanet £12,926 This new one-year project aims to bring together vulnerable and socially isolated members of the community at the applicant’s Family and Community Centre for regular sessions enabling them to connect together and attain the ability to go online
Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre Canterbury £35,166 This new two year project aims to deliver homework sessions in a supportive and safe environment for 9–19 year olds in Thanington. The project is in response to requests from young people who do not have access to computers, printing and chaos-free space to work and will at the same time strengthen links between adult volunteers and the young participants. 
Margate Bowling Club Margate £20,160 To provide a new social club and community centre for the use of the local residents in the area where the bowling club is located.
Rushenden Community House Rushenden £34,929 To deliver seven new regular community activities for residents on the Rushenden estate that will be led by local people and address local issues such as changes to benefits, healthy diet and exercise, effects of obesity and mental and physical health.
Folkestone Migrant Support Group (FMSG) Folkestone £13,050 To bring together Roma migrants and local people living in central and eastern Folkestone to create positive stories across language and cultures by using drama, storytelling, arts and music.
Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre Gillingham £30,120 The project aims to deliver monthly lunch and activity clubs, three annual outings and one Christmas party event per year plus an ongoing befriending service that will encourage the elderly, those with disabilities or living in isolation on Twydall estate, Gillingham, to socialise and improve their self-esteem.
Home-Start Dover District Dover £27,225 To continue running a weekly group providing a stimulating safe environment for children to play and for families to be encouraged to engage in play with their children.
Joining Hands Ltd Ashford £28,740 To create more self-employment, social connections, work and volunteering opportunities by employing a community development coordinator to organise and run a series of crafts workshops for local women from Ashford, Kent.
The Church in Hope Street Sheerness £45,754 This new two-year project aims to help those who are unemployed (and financially disadvantaged); young people and older residents (specifically those with disabilities and those who are retired) to access employment opportunities through work placements and training opportunities
Tillskills Ltd Chatham £25,000 Provide unique work based training of electronic till systems (EPOS), customer service and delivery that will equip 145 disadvantaged people to work in local supermarkets, bars and restaurants.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Royal Voluntary Service   £45,000 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.
Dementia UK   £30,000 Provide Admiral Nurses - who are mental health specialists and offer practical advice, information, counselling and reassurance to support families.
The Conservation Volunteers   £56,565 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Youth Sport Trust   £43,760 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.

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 Ashford and Dover £9,932 Cruse Ashford Branch and Dover Branch will provide one-to-one and group support to eastern coastal Kent residents over 12 months to enable individuals to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Edenbridge & District
Mencap Society
Edenbridge £9,600 Following consultation with Edenbridge and District Mencap Society service users will be providing a programme of weekend activities such as days out to the coast, local attractions and cultural visits.
St Saviour's Community Centre   £7,276 To run a 'Take a Pew' community café alongside the centre's job club and indoor farmer's market, offering healthy drinks and snacks in a friendly environment. The café will be run by volunteers who will be drawn from the job club and local community.
Swale Mediation Service Swale £8,634 The project will recruit 12 local volunteers from the Isle of Sheppey and provide training and support to enable them to work as a team to hold clinics to people affected by relationship difficulties with neighbours or within families.
Yellow Trousers CIC Ashford £7,620 To improve the physical and mental wellbeing, performance and decision-making, interpersonal relationships and to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and illness of participants.
Sheppey Food Club Sheppey £9,482 Run weekly sessions to promote a healthier community; activities will include a range of cooking skills sharing workshops with an intergenerational theme, researching and developing a cook book and healthy lifestyles book and physical activity and information sessions.
Prince's Community Forum   £10,000 Deliver healthy living activities to the community including basic healthy eating courses based around the 'Eat Well Plate' and sessions of family activities to encourage physical activity each week.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Dementia UK   £56,438 Provide Admiral Nurses - who are mental health specialists and offer practical advice, information, counselling and reassurance to support families.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making health choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
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 healthy lifestyle.
Sustrans   £43,357 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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