More than £42,000 handed to Norwich groups to make the city a better place to live

One of the groups which recieved the grant is Opening Doors. Photo: Steve Adams

One of the groups which recieved the grant is Opening Doors. Photo: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

More than £42,000 in grants has been given to groups which aim to make Norwich a better place to live and work.

It is the third year Healthy Norwich, the campaign to help people lead healthier lives, has given grants to local groups.

And the 11 projects awarded this year will mostly focus on promoting good mental health in the city and parts of Broadland.

The money comes from NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), one of the main partners in Healthy Norwich and is administered by Norfolk Community Foundation.

The chair of Norwich CCG, Tracy Williams, said: 'Community groups know their local residents, and know the issues people face that have a negative impact on their health and wellbeing.

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'We know from past experience that many third sector and volunteer community groups run some fantastic schemes which help people live more healthily. Our grants can support help them getting these new, innovative ideas off the ground.'

Jenny Bevan, grants manager for Norfolk Community Foundation, added: 'This fund offers a great opportunity to highlight innovative projects led by community groups and smaller charities to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of local people'

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The full list of recipients is:

• Age UK Norwich - £5,000 to build on and develop support for carers of people living with dementia.

• Henderson Trust - £4,665 to deliver three 'Outside The Box' courses on sex and relationships.

• Home-Start Norfolk - £5,000 to run the Bump Start programme to support pregnant women

• Norfolk Eating Disorders Association - £2500 to provide psychoeducational support to people referred to the service.

• Norfolk Eating Disorders Association - £2,109 to hold group workshops for people with emotion-driven overeating issues.

• Norwich International Youth Project - £2,000 to train five members of the volunteer team in youth Mental Health First Aid.

• St Martins Housing Trust - £5,000 to run two stress reduction programmes.

• Sue Lambert Trust - £5,000 to develop and expand support groups for male and female survivors of sexual abuse, and their carers/family members.

• The Prince's Trust - £1,721 to provide mental health support to unemployed and vulnerable young people aged 16 - 30 on two employability courses.

• Norfolk Community Law Service - £5,000 to enable the Norfolk Community Advice Network to pilot its referral system to effectively link health, social welfare and community resources in Norwich

• Opening Doors - £4,873 to run a 10-month diabetes prevention project for 40 adults with learning disabilities.

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