£135,000 awarded to support public health projects

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The first organisations to benefit from our Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) small grants programme have been announced.

A range of organisations will benefit from a total of £136,366. This will be used to support a variety of projects aimed at improving the physical and mental health of residents across the county.  

The first successful organisations are:

  • UTurn4Support: to launch a project combining sporting activity and theoretical mentoring to achieve positive health and social outcomes for young people.
  • The Art Ministry: to run twice weekly creative sessions over two years for people with mental health issues as well as disadvantaged and disabled residents.
  • SEND the Right Message Charity (STRM): to employ a community engagement officer working with residents in Canvey, Benfleet, Hadleigh, Hockley, Ashingdon, Great Wakering, Canewdon and Hullbridge.
  • Urban Support CIC: to provide a supported learning programme in partnership with local schools, focusing on assisting children with learning difficulties by providing access to physical activities and mentoring.
  • Over 50s Black Men Forum CIC: to host a Mental Health Seminar in Chelmsford and provide five mental health workshops over a 36-week period for older black men across Essex.
  • Making It Mindful: to host “dance and dine” sessions for women and families, combined dance and cooking workshops.
  • Yoga4all Group CIC: to deliver children’s yoga classes in Basildon.
  • Let's Get Out C.I.C: to create the Every Acorn Project Forest School, which will utilise the therapeutic benefits of nature to improve mental wellbeing.
  • Barnardo's Essex Child & Family Wellbeing Service: to work with Thurstable School to offer young people suffering anxiety up to age 19 two blocks of six-week yoga sessions.
  • Ferriers Barn: to provide two fitness classes weekly at Ferriers Barn, a day centre for adults with disabilities, and a weekly sound gong session.
  • Canvey Island Youth Project (Yellow Door): to employ a sessional counsellor specialising in supporting young people who are neurodiverse or who present as younger than their years.
  • Ace Music Therapy CIC: to host two inclusive 12-week music workshops for adults and children, as well as a community performance at the end of the programme. 

Councillor John Spence, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and ICS Integration, said:

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to impactful public health interventions, and I’m really pleased to such a diverse range of projects and organisations benefit from the first PHAB small grants.

Small grants from the programme are still available, and I would urge other organisations across the county to consider submitting a bid – the money you could receive can make a real difference.

The £7.5 million Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) programme offers organisations the opportunity to bid for funding across two grant funding streams. These are: small grants under £15,000 and major grants over £15,000.   

Applications for the small grants scheme can be made on a rolling basis.

Find out more about our PHAB programme

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