Non-profitmaking groups in Whitehill & Bordon can now apply for grants of between £500 and £1500 towards projects that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Earlier this year, Whitehill & Bordon was delighted to be awarded NHS England Healthy New Town Status. The new community grants are part of this initiative. They aim to encourage non-profitmaking groups to increase and improve activities promoting all aspects of healthy living. The grants can support a wide range of projects – using open spaces, delivering a healthy food environment, helping people to stay in their own homes safely for as long as possible, support for people with long term conditions, walking and cycling initiatives, reducing unhealthy weights for children & families and much more.

Claire Coxwell, Community Development Worker, from the charity Community First said, “This is a real opportunity for the voluntary sector to contribute to the NHS Healthy New Towns initiative. Charities and community groups with their volunteers play a vital role in adding value to the NHS and other statutory services.  In Whitehill & Bordon, there is a vibrant voluntary sector supporting health & wellbeing. Hospice Services from Home (TLC) offers support to families and carers of people with life-limiting illnesses.  Walking for Health organises a programme of volunteer-led weekly walks in the countryside promoting fitness and wellbeing. The Deadwater Valley Trust runs regular conservation groups and encourages people with mental health issues to develop new skills, regain confidence and move forward on their path of recovery.  There are many others”

Ingrid Thomas, EHDC Councillor and portfolio holder for Welfare said, “The regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon offers us all as a community many superb opportunities to work together to create a healthy and long lasting life. By offering grants to active groups and charities the money can be directed to where it is most needed. We look forward to seeing and taking part in many of the projects funded in this way. Whitehill and Bordon should become a very sought after place to live and work in a healthy environment.”

There is a total of £5000 available to community and voluntary groups.  The deadline for applications is Wednesday 7 December and projects must be delivered by the end of March 2017.

For further information about the new grants contact Gemma Booty at East Hampshire District Council on 01730 234329 or e-mail gemma.booty@easthants.gov.uk. If you have never applied for a community grant before Claire Coxwell, Community Development Worker from the charity Community First, is there to support you.  Call 07467 941003 or e-mail claire.coxwell@cfheh.org.uk