tackling health inequalities in Berkshire
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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 healthConfirm

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,824,588

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

Alliance for Cohesion and Racial Equality

Reading £40,812 This new two-year project aims to deliver support to survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM), safeguard young girls at risk of FGM and facilitate practising communities to lead the campaign to reject FGM through education, awareness and peer leadership. The main activities will be women’s drop-in workshops; men’s sessions and an advocate’s upskilling and support group and all will take place at the Rose Centre based at Oxford Road Community Centre in Reading. The project will provide awareness, education and support on all areas of FGM, including health, challenging cultural taboo, misconceptions of safeguarding and legislation.

Mapis Project CIC

Reading £19,635 This new one-year project will provide vocational training to a group of women from Northumberland Avenue in Reading. These women have previously benefited from Mapis CIC’s employability programme. It is designed by and for local people with a view to be self-sustaining and can be adapted and changed to suit the needs of the cohort. Mapis will facilitate the weekly sessions which will be based around topics such as self-image, barriers to employment and will offer a series of vocational training and qualifications identified by the community leaders with a view to increasing participant’s resilience and confidence and to developing leadership and community group management skills.

Milan Arts Group

Slough £47,722 This two-year project is the continuation of existing work, funded by the Trust, it will provide musical events, coffee mornings, community lunches, singing sessions, yoga, chair-based exercises and group walks to older people predominantly from the south Asian community in Slough. It will also invite dancers, singers and poets to entertain its members and the group will celebrate cultural festivals such as Diwali/Eid, Christmas and Vaisakhi. The project’s main aim is to create a sense of community amongst participants.

Apna Virsa

Slough £49,840 This existing two-year project currently funded by the Trust aims to develop over 100 older people from the South Asian community as community ambassadors in Slough through a series of activities. There will be weekly groups with activities related to health, confidence building and employability skills as well as walking and drama/music sessions. There will be monthly events called 'opening doors' focusing on health and sharing and celebrating different cultures. The areas of Elliman, Baylis, Stoke & Langley will be targeted. The hope is that the project will be a great way of creating and building stronger communities, bringing people together and investing in people to build and strengthen good health & wellbeing.

Reading Refugee Support Group

Reading £49,053 This two-year project is the continuation of an existing project. Reading Refugee Support Group will continue to run its drop-in services for refugees and asylum seekers from Reading and surrounding areas. It aims to help them integrate, develop their confidence and skills, signpost them to other services and when necessary provide casework. During the drop-in there will be English lessons, job club sessions and activities to promote wellbeing. There will also be a new activity; a weekly lunch. The project will also provide casework and advice.

Baker Street Area Neighbourhood Association (BSANA)

 Reading  £45,691 This two-year project is the continuation and extension of existing Trust-funded work. It will organise regular events to increase involvement and foster friendships amongst people of all ages living in the culturally diverse local area around Baker Street in Reading. These include social activities, litter picks, activities to promote safer streets, meetings related to the conservation of the local area and garden makeover days. Local residents will be responsible for designing, planning and implementing their ideas for how to reach people and make a positive contribution to the local community.
 Support U Ltd  Reading £27,542  This two-year project is based on a pilot scheme. Support U will run a community outreach programme for anyone who has concerns or issues relating to sexuality and gender reassignment who are based in Reading. It will run peer-to-peer support and social groups including transgender sessions, a bisexual group, a lesbian group, a gay group, a LGBT group and youth groups. The groups will be run by service users with input from volunteers. The project is in response to feedback from service users who identified a need for interaction and socialising with others like them.
involve Community Services Bracknell £11,237 This new two-year project aims to deliver weekly two-hour ‘activity café’ sessions for older people who live in and around Bracknell town centre. The project responds to the regeneration of Bracknell town centre by providing a safe and welcoming space for older people to go. Building on Involve Community Services’ existing befriending service, a new Befriending Activities Coordinator will provide activities including arts, crafts, games, films, and general socialising in the café.
East West Organization Ltd Reading £14,765 This new one-year project from East West Organization will provide families in Dee Road Estate and Oxford Road in Reading with mindfulness sessions from a trained tutor. The sessions are designed to bring together local families and promote cultural and social cohesion, based on requests by residents who previously participated in mindfulness courses. They are also aimed at helping some families deal with some of the issues that they face which include stress, depression and low self-esteem. Participants will shape the project as it develops through weekly planning discussions and a project management committee.

ASD Family Help

Newbury & Thatcham £31,930 This two-year project is a geographic extension of an existing scheme. Currently, ASD Family Help operates social evenings and day trips in Wokingham Borough but because of transport and cost restrictions is unable to offer this to families in West Berkshire. The programme is for adults with autism from Newbury and Thatcham areas in West Berkshire and will provide them and their families with evenings out, day trips and residentials.

ACASIA Voluntary Organisation

Slough £20,000 This is a new project of 13 months duration delivering 100 sessions of Tea and Technology for older, isolated, residents of the Colnbrook area of Slough, a town in Berkshire. The project will address issues of social and emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work.

Amersham Road Estate Neighbourhood Association

Caversham £21,984 This existing two-year project aims to continue to produce a local quarterly free paper for the community, the Caversham Compass. It is delivered by hand to over 1,000 homes, to local shops, children's centres and churches and is available at the local Library in Caversham and aims to generate interest in local groups such as Brownies, homework group, Over 50s club and the local community garden. The project is based in the Amersham Road area of Caversham, a suburb in the Borough of Reading.

Britwell Drama Group

Slough £8,618 This is a new project of 12 months duration which will deliver 48 sessions of drama based activity developing a performance based on the history of the Britwell Estate in Slough, a town in Berkshire. The project will involve young people from the estate working with older relatives.

Family Community Cafe

Reading £23,313 This two-year project is based on a pilot and will provide a meal for disadvantaged families in the Newtown/east Reading area to share twice weekly, along with play sessions for children, trips out and 'special days' involving greater numbers of families in the community. It aims to bring different nationalities in the community together and will address the issues of social or emotional isolation and general community and neighbourhood work.

The Friends of Castle School Newbury

Newbury £26,220 This new two-year project aims to provide both social and training opportunities for parents and carers of children with complex needs at Castle School in Newbury, Berkshire. There will be coffee morning and training and information sessions, as well as activity sessions such as swimming and yoga. Activities will include outings with the children during school holidays.

Indian Community Association

Reading £41,902 This new two-year project will offer a range of weekly activity sessions for people in Reading, particularly women from the BME community. Courses will include arts, crafts, singing, music, gardening as well as social get togethers. The intention is for the programme to develop participants’ skills and increase their social interaction as well as their self-esteem and confidence.

Milan Arts Group

Slough £35,270 This is an extension of an existing programme for a further two years. This will consist of three sessions per week of cultural and exercise activities for older residents from the South Asian community of the Milan Estate in Slough. Activities will include coffee mornings, yoga, chair exercises and visits from local artists and musicians.

Whitley Amateur Boxing and Fitness Club

Reading £23,080 This is a new two-year project which will deliver 576 sessions of community based activity mainly focused on fitness training for residents of the Callington Road area of Reading. The activities will cater for a wide age range and the project aims to enable local people to spend time together.

Meet & Mingle

 Chalvey £22,600 This two year extension of existing activities, will provide local women with regular, health related and recreational activities including yoga, dance, information sharing, cooking poetry, discussion groups and monthly trips. The project which will take place in Chalvey. 

Apna Virsa

 Slough £34,660 This 18 month based in Slough will be the continuation of a project will see the expansion of existing activities, and provide activities for older south Asian people. 

Destiny Support CIC

 Chalvey £49,066 This existing two year project, is a weekly social club for adults with additional needs and their carers that specialises in physical activities, IT sessions, arts and crafts and other activities. It will take place in, and benefit people from, Chalvey.
Nature Nurture CIC Reading £41,136 This ten-month project develops the applicant’s existing work and will deliver a range of outdoor play activities for children aged up to 11 and their siblings and carers in three local green spaces. The project will be based in three local wild spaces in Reading and aims to enable families to get outdoors together and take pride in their green spaces.
Oxford Road Time Bank Reading £37,360 This existing two-year project aims to increase the level of social activities it offers in order to attract new members and build social connections between existing members. Activities may include board games socials, gardening groups and play streets (resident supervised street play) depending on what members want.
Chinese Cultural Society (at Reading) Reading  £6,045 This new 24-month project aims set up a reading group for Chinese mums living at Whitley and organised social events.
Reading Refugee Support Group Reading £25,280 This new two-year project will expand the current Monday drop-in service and offer a wider range of activities such as peer to peer support, children's activities and educational opportunities for asylum seekers and refugees in Reading.
The Zap Magazine Reading £26,970 This existing 12-month project will create the sixth edition of The Zap Magazine which will be created by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities and their carers and families. For the first time the magazine will also be published online and include video content to increase accessibility. All work to create the magazine will be done by people with learning disabilities supported by experienced media workers.
Baker Street Area
Neighbourhood Association (BSANA)
Reading £24,194 This 24-month project is a development of existing activities - adding more specialised activities (such as Zumba, cooking) with the aim of reaching more members of the local community. BSANA's sub-committees "Fun Streets", "Green Streets", "Clean Streets", "Safe Streets" and "Conservation Streets" will plan and host activities in a variety of venues around the neighbourhood. 
Beat Routes Slough £49,789 This 24-month project will build on previous project funding and aims to deliver regular creative activities for young people building towards live events, to develop life skills and help prepare them to take the next step into employment. 
Caversham Childrens Fund Reading £19,057 This two-year project develops and expands existing work and will provide a range of events for primary-aged children (5 to 11 years-old) and their families who live on the Amersham Road Estate. Activities include a weekly youth club, family events in the school holidays and excursions.
The CommuniCare Trust
Reading £19,403 This two-year project is the extension of existing work and aims to help the Greater Reading Nepalese Association to recruit and train volunteers and to provide support and assistance to the Nepalese community. The project will benefit vulnerable members of the Nepalese community with little or no English, will be based in Reading
Slough Senior Citizens Group Slough £15,700 This 24-month project is an expansion of existing activity and aims to deliver healthy living activities and prevent social isolation for the elderly in Chalvey, Slough.
Meet & Mingle   £5,000 To deliver two sessions per week for women from Asian and BME communities. The sessions will include physical and social activities.
Destiny Support CIC Slough £33,431 To deliver a social club at the Destiny Café in Chalvey Community Centre. The club will provide training and social outings for people with disabilities and mental health issues.
Slough West Indian People's Enterprise Slough £49,264 To work with young people in the Britwell area of Slough. The project will work with the youngsters to improve community cohesion and reduce the risk of offending.
Apna Virsa Slough £49,700 To deliver weekly daytime activity and education sessions with older people to reduce social isolation and build confidence among participants.
Slough Senior Citizens Group Slough £6,300 Help towards fitness exercise classes for people aged over 55 to improve health and reduce isolation.
Beat Routes Slough £24,999 Support the personal and social development of youngsters through information education outside school hours.
The Ark Trust Limited Bracknell £24,958 To fund a project working with people not in employment, education or training to deliver art activities and share skills and knowledge.

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
Sport in Mind Reading & Newbury £10,000 Run a year-long programme of seven one hour sports sessions per week (football, yoga, tai-chi and a multi-sport session) plus a one-off football tournament, for 97 people experiencing mental health problems in Reading and Newbury.
United Somali Youth of Slough Slough £9,300 The funding will enable the group to target Somali youth (aged 9-18) to support them to engage in physical activity and make positive decisions about their well-being.
Rockets Sport & Educational Foundation Reading £9,825 Suppot a basketball programme which will increase access to physical activity, reducing poor health outcomes in the community.
Parenting Special Children Reading  £9,790 Offer parents who have children and young people with a learning difficulty, disability or developmental delay the opportunity to meet with one of the organisation's trained Peer Supporters who can offer one to one emotional support and information at challenging times.

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   £43,997 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.
The Conservation Volunteers   £60,000 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   £37,500 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.
Dementia UK   £60,000 The funding will enable Dementia UK to provide its admiral nursing service. An Admiral Nurse will support 70-100 younger people living with dementia and their carers in Berkshire.
Sustrans   £84,957 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
Youth Sports Trust   £42,467 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.
Youth Sports Trust   £40,579 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.
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
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