So far, £8.6 million has been raised through The Health Lottery in the West Midlands.
Thanks to this money, 220 local projects have been funded by People’s Health Trust, since 2011.
Were awarded £30,401 in 2015 to develop an existing community garden project in Bournville, Birmingham. The community garden involves the local community, particularly refugees and asylum seekers, in its management. The project aimed to develop the garden further, support volunteers to develop skills both to manage the garden and to improve their job prospects, and provide opportunities for building connections between participants and the wider community. The project also aimed to develop self-reliance amongst the participants and community cohesion.
Commenting on the progress of the project, Sarah Taal says: “Our community garden enables refugees and local people to get involved and develop our garden further. We support volunteers to develop skills to manage the garden in a sustainable way, improve their skills and employment prospects as well as providing opportunities for building connections between participants and the wider community.”
Were awarded £10,000 to support the “Keep taking the tablets” project. This new two-year project will allow the group to purchase replacement tablets and fund tutor costs to continue its IT classes for elderly people living in the Lichfield area.
The group successfully addresses the fears many of their members have had towards learning about IT and has developed into a fun and supportive community group with members forming friendships and helping each other outside of the set meetings.