tackling health inequalities in Swindon and Gloucestershire
Parks Volunteer Resource Centre,
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 healthTotal

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,752,532


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
Cheltenham Coworking CIC Cheltenham £16,375 This two year project based in Create on the Square in the Churchill Square shopping centre in west Cheltenham will organise regular community activities for people from the local area. People from the area will be involved in developing and organising the activities which will be led by a group of local volunteers will grow as the project builds momentum. Activities will reduce isolation and create a sense of community identity.
Community Roots CIC Gloucester Park £27,446 This two-year project based in the area surrounding Gloucester Park will train the Friends of Gloucester Park Association as community organisers to support local residents to claim back their local park which has a reputation for being unsafe. Local residents will feel a sense of pride through involvement in creating a vibrant, green open space for all.
Hometruths Co-operative Limited Swindon £48,311 This new two-year project aims to deliver a weekly health, wellbeing and activities group for women aged 16+ in Swindon who have or are currently experiencing domestic abuse. In addition to the weekly activities there will be day trips, parties to include children and ‘pamper days’ involving wellbeing and beauty therapies. The project responds to the isolation many feel, both due to their circumstances and to the closure of many local services. Participants have shaped the idea so far and will be involved in developing the project further; they will be able to develop personal skills, form new friendships and support one another in a safe space.
Polish Parent and Toddler Community Group Gloucester £20,000 This two-year project will provide weekly group sessions for families with young children and their carers to meet, gain in confidence and learn new skills.  Day trips will be organised for the families and community events to promote the Polish culture and involve other parts of the community. The project will be supported by volunteers from the Polish community.
Reach Inclusive Arts Swindon £23,520 This two-year project will see the continuation of two weekly arts-therapy groups run by Reach Inclusive Arts. One group will use art activities to target adults with mental health problems, the other will use drama to appeal to adults with cognitive disabilities. The groups offer participants accessible activities that reduce isolation, connect them with like-minded people and enable them to reach out to the wider community through exhibitions and performances. The groups will both be located in the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon, and will reach local people who can often feel disconnected from the local community.
The Beacon Gloucester £26,000 This existing two-year project will deliver a variety of sessions for people experiencing mental ill health (whether diagnosed or not) in Gloucester (mainly from Podsmead, a district of Gloucester). It aims to help participants live a normal life and have control over their futures, tackling the isolation and lack of confidence they face. Participants will be involved in shaping the project as it progresses, and the project will be led by a team of four people – all of whom have experience of mental ill health themselves.
Volunteer Centre Swindon Swindon £15,917 This existing two-year project will deliver two groups for individuals experiencing mental health issues in Swindon, meeting weekly and aiming to build skills and confidence to volunteer. Participants will be able to shape and influence the project through quarterly steering group meetings.
Family Space in Hesters Way Cheltenham £18,055 This existing two-year project aims to continue providing respite to mothers in the Hesters Way and Springbank neighbourhoods in Cheltenham. It will continue running its Trust-funded Time Out group for mums and their young children, and establish a new drop-in befriending group for mothers wanting a place to meet whilst their children are at school or nursery.
Stroud Road Golden Years Club Barton and Tredworth £25,000 This existing two-year project, aims to provide African-Caribbean older people with a twice weekly lunch club, serving favourite foods, providing social activities, keep-fit, health education, arts, games, mini-breaks and holidays. The project also offers a local home-care volunteer service to provide breaks for carers. Activities aim to improve social connection between older people and carers and will take place in the inner-city area of Barton and Tredworth, Gloucester. Through informal discussion and occasional surveys members are regularly encouraged to provide input to the future development of club activities.  
Together in Matson Matson £44,140 This is a two-year project to continue enabling local people in Matson, to design and lead a series of community activities aimed at building stronger connections between community members. The local community will come together through a series of fun days and events to discuss how the area could be improved for everyone. This will result in five new community groups being established alongside the continuation of existing groups.
The Harbour Project for Swindon Refugees and Asylum Seekers Swindon £12,440 This existing two-year project aims to bring ethnically diverse refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon together to encourage social interaction, increase confidence and provide a foundation for people to integrate with the wider community. The project will continue delivering the existing programme of art classes, cooking sessions and recreational day trips, with a new addition of monthly hot lunches. The project is led by a steering group of participants.
Building Circles
in Gloucestershire
Gloucester  £14,558 This new two-year project will run weekly group sessions for people with disabilities in Quedgeley, a suburb of Gloucester, with the participants working on a community garden. Activities will include planting flowers, potting seeds, pruning, and weeding. The project is the result of research and consultation with over 50 people with disabilities and also has been prompted by the local Council’s closure of its gardening facilities for people with disabilities. 
The New Mechanics' Institution Preservation Trust Limited  Swindon  £47,064 This two-year project is the development of an existing initiative currently funded by the Trust and based in the Railway Village in Swindon.  The Village was constructed in the 1840s to accommodate the GWR’s early workforce.   The project will continue to deliver the current weekly activities it provides, including a weekly craft group, toddler group, gardening group and youth club, and expand these activities to new groups of people in the local community. It will also develop a weekly community café and coffee morning as well a monthly resident group and lunch club. 
C-Change Empowerment  Swindon £23,272 This new one-year project aims to deliver a weekly Into-Great Club with asylum seekers and refugees, including arts and discussion based motivational workshops, practical planning for involvement in social action, socialising and eating together.<
GDance  Gloucester £26,188 This new two-year project builds on an existing idea. Current beneficiaries wish to develop skills to run their own community dance company; taking ownership of its future by working collaboratively in weekly sessions. It aims to enhance the wellbeing of local disabled people and address misconceptions of disability through performances and talks at local schools, events and conferences. It will benefit physically and/or learning disabled 9-40+ year-olds (including six wheelchair/mobility aid users) and their support workers, parents, and volunteers in Gloucester.
Parks Volunteer Resource
& Retail Outlet
 Swindon £31,600 This new two-year project will provide three weekly sessions to support single parents and other individuals who feel isolated, who are new to The Parks area in Swindon and are facing difficulties making friends and becoming involved in the community. The project will provide opportunities to socialise with other residents, increase their confidence and skills and support them to become active members of their community.
Reach Inclusive Arts  Swindon £32,675 This existing two-year project aims to continue running a weekly art group for older people (65+) with mental health issues and disabilities and maintain an existing drama group of adults with mental health issues and disabilities.
Stroud Valley Project Limited  Stroud £42,286 This new two-year project from Stroud Valleys Project will support people with different issues to work as part of a team learning rural skills and undertaking a seasonal programme of work in green spaces in Stroud. It has developed as a result of an eco-therapy project which the group ran for people with mental health issues with the participants expressing an interest in being part of an open and inclusive group rather than a single issue one.
Volunteer Centre Swindon  Swindon £25,605 This existing two-year project aims to support people with mental health issues and on low incomes in Swindon to gain skills and confidence to enable them to take up volunteering opportunities. The project will deliver two groups per week for participants to come together and carry out volunteering activities of their choice.
Together in Matson Gloucester £44,139 Using asset-based community development, this new two-year project (based on an eight-month pilot) builds on work carried out by the applicant to transform a community centre it manages into a local hub of sustainable community activities for the residents of the Matson Estate.
Swindon Advocacy Movement Swindon £37,098 This new two-year project, developed by SAM’s members, compliments one of the group’s existing projects where people with learning disabilities befriend each other. An internet group will be set up for people with learning disabilities in Swindon to make them more connected to online services and leisure activities in the community. 
Swindon Christian Community Projects Swindon £41,503 This 24-month project is an extension of the group’s existing work. An existing café will be expanded and improved to offer affordable hot and cold meals delivered by local people, along with cookery courses. Woodwork training will also be run from the premises, where participants will make furniture to sell in the group’s shop. Local people who may be disadvantaged or feeling lonely and isolated will be encouraged to use the café or partake in the courses. 
Activeconnections Training and Development Ltd Gloucester £48,412 This two-year project is a development of existing work, it will take place in a different area in Gloucester to the previous project, with a new cohort of young people who will shape sport and physical activity in their community (aimed at families on low incomes with young children, and the elderly) through a Young Volunteer Community Sports Forum. 
The Harbour Project for Swindon Refugees and Asylum Seekers Swindon £12,440 This existing two-year project aims to provide a structured programme of leisure and educational activities for refugees and asylum seekers throughout Swindon. The group will put on 4 cultural trips over the course of the project, as well as regular lunch clubs and art classes. 
Hometruths Co-operative Swindon £39,464 This new two-year project aims to extend support services for women aged 16 plus who are experiencing domestic violence in Swindon, by providing a mix of one-to-one support and regular group sessions. 
Park South & Walcot Community Centre Park South & Walcot £29,370 This two-year project is the development of an existing idea. Through regular activities at the Community Centre, people who live on their own and in isolation, are elderly, or socially disadvantaged, can meet others, socialise, and gain confidence to influence the programme of activity.
Pinehurst Initiative Forum Pienhurst £39,968 To employ a part-time community development worker whose main purpose would be to work with Pinehurst residents to support the development of individuals and groups to enable them to achieve their full potential and coordinate activities. The worker will meet local people, generate interest and with them design a number of activities which will be open to all residents.
Vision 21 Gloucestershire Gloucestershire £37,725 To expand on the volunteer-led Priors Park Edible Garden in Tewkesbury, by bringing an adjacent piece of derelict land into good use and supporting local residents in producing and eating food from the land. The project will lead sessions for local residents on gardening, run events and provide open access to garden plots.
Community Cafes Toothill £6,420 To deliver transport for the elderly of the community to attend the lunch club that Community Cafes run on Wednesdays and for an annual trip.
Fair Shares Gloucestershire West Cheltenham £41,500 The project aims to develop a time bank in West Cheltenham and set up an IT Club to help people contact family, develop skills and find out about employment and training opportunities.
Swindon Walcot and Parks Community Project Walcot area, Swindon £9,525 This project aims to run a range of community activities twice a week for people living in 30 streets in the Parks and Walcot area in Swindon.
World Jungle Cam area, Glos £48,660 To run two projects in the Cam area of Gloucester, one providing activities for older people tackling isolation and one for young people aimed at providing skills to mediate tensions and prevent violence in their own community.
BIOS Swindon £18,560 To deliver a project for 120 young people to help them design positive activities and develop projects that will enable them to become positive contributors to their local community.
Family Space in Hesters Way Ltd Cheltenham £31,249 To provide an additional mothers' group that supports mothers and their pre-playgroup children who have been identified by a health visitor as having health concerns
Parks Volunteer Resource and Retail Outlet Swindon £30,271 To deliver weekly two-hour literacy and numeracy sessions, coffee mornings and confidence building sessions for the residents of Park South estate in Swindon.
Stroud Road Golden Years Club Gloucester £23,600 This project will offer subsidised lunches, a social club and enable volunteers to support elderly people from Black and Minority communities in the Barton and Tredworth ward in Gloucester.
The New Mechanics' Institution Preservation Trust Limited Swindon £30,000 To deliver gardening activities and a knit and natter group in the first year, with a weekly youth club added in the second year.
The Penhill Lunch Club Swindon £15,000 To run a weekly lunch club, social activities and trips for people over the age of 55 on the Penhill estate in Swindon
Swindon Children's Scrapstore Swindon £21,076 To improve access to sport for young people and build stronger communities, developing links to schools, creating a pathway from school sport into regular club engagement
Play Gloucestershire Gloucester £14,933 To recruit and train 10 local people as volunteer play activists within the Ayland Gardens area of Gloucester.
Hometruths Co-operative Swindon £21,530 To work with female victims of domestic violence, providing 1 to 1 safety planning, support, information and advocacy for women delivered in a variety of locations
Active Connections Training Tredworth & Moreland £17,590 To develop a weekly sports programme for local young people in Tredworth and Moreland. 10 young people will also undertake training and mentoring in order to become qualified sports coaches and leaders.

The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers  Cheltenham £200,000 Over two years each of these projects will support communities in Hesters Way (Cheltenham) to develop their capacity to identify and implement the solutions which are best for them. TCV will facilitate a collaborative process which will reduce isolation, promote self-direction and personal resilience. The desired outcome of the projects is a community empowered to make decisions and take action resulting in a positive difference to their lives.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Mencap   £33,131 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Childrens Food Trust   £43,255 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.
The Conservation Volunteers   £45,262 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Royal Voluntary Service   £39,832 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.

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
Hometruths Co-operative Swindon £10,000 Offers one-to-one support, crisis intervention, information and advocacy for people who have suffered from domestic violence, providing opportunities for women to disclose issues of abuse safely.
Swindon Stroke Support Club Swindon £5.600 The funding will be used towards meeting the costs of accessible transport, which the charity provides to about two-thirds of its members. These are driven by trained volunteer drivers and escorts.
Active Impact CIC Stroud £9,772 Enable 12 disabled young people to have a weekend away alongside their non-disabled peers, during which time they will have the opportunity to try out things they may have thought impossible – with a focus on the thrill of experiencing speed, either by driving or being a passenger.
StonehousePartnership Stroud £8,500 Deliver a programme that will support practical and expressive creative activities to improve wellbeing focusing on residents with the highest risk of poor health within the Park Estate, the largest social housing estate in Stroud District.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Alzheimer's Society   £40,000 Provide a full-time dementia support worker who will assess the needs of people affected by dementia and help them maintain their independence and sense of well-being.
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.
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults
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