tackling health inequalities in Birmingham and Solihull
Kushinga Community Garden
Kushinga Community Garden,
Bournville, Handsworth and Strichley
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 healthBright

Total amount distributed to charities to date is: £1,166,326

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
Chain Reaction Theatre Company Balsall Heath £22,650 This new two year project is a seasonal garden and street maintenance project, which will involve instructing, helping to maintain gardens, installing planters in local streets and clearing leaf litter. The project will enable interaction between local people, particularly with isolated individuals, and improve the appearance and feel of the area. Further, it will develop skills as well as resources available to all local people to maintain their gardens and grow and use fresh produce and flowers.
Dawn 'Walkers' Hamstead Village £5,986 This new 18 month project aims to develop an existing urban walking project for residents of Hamstead Village, a suburban area North of Birmingham. The project will train volunteers, develop a membership pack, create a website and increase its activity into new areas. The weekly walking programme will begin in Hamstead, Great Barr and expand in year two into Kings Heath. The walks will target local people who have mobility issues or lack the stamina to tackle longer walks. The project will hold social events and create e-newsletters to connect the walkers.
Project Somali Small Heath, Birmingham £38,760 This one year project is a new idea. It is centred on women of Somali origin living in Small Heath, an inner city area of Birmingham. The project will bring together women who want to learn new job skills (eg sewing) get help with finding work and achieve a basic level of English helping them integrate into British society.
Birmingham History Theatre Company Basall Heath £15,440 This new two year project aims to start a youth theatre group for children and young people aged 8-17 from Balsall Health in Birmingham. The project is being created by Birmingham History Theatre Company in response to local demand and also because it believes drama can build self-esteem and confidence and can support community cohesion. Although there are other stage schools and drama classes in south Birmingham, these are too expensive for the local young people from Balsall Heath.
Conscious Cafe Ltd Lozells and Handsworth £33,520 This new two year project aims to promote ICT literacy in order to empower older women from different ethnic backgrounds.
The Dorcas Club Handsworth £21,432 This new two year project aims to address the lack of advice on benefits, housing, immigration, and debt.  The project will also work to improve the participants’ ICT skills so that they can find information on the internet, use government and council websites, set up an email adder, and use Microsoft Word.  There will be free on-to-one legal advice.
Entraide (Mutual Aid) Solihull £38,450 This two year project builds on an existing mentoring project, previously funded by the Trust in 2012 through the Healthy Communities Programme. It aims to provide mentoring and leisure activities to asylum seekers and refugees in North Solihull and the surrounding area, with a special focus on newly arrived unaccompanied asylum seeking young people and refugee care leavers, reducing isolation and contributing to improved wellbeing. Activities will include film nights, cultural evenings with music and food, women only sessions and day trips to the seaside.
Gospel Oak Community Centre Gospel Oak Estate £38,354 This two year project builds on existing work. It will provide five weekly groups at the Gospel Oak Community Centre in Birmingham for people living on the Gospel Oak Estate. The groups will be: coffee mornings, IT sessions, gardening club and a ‘bring and share’ lunch. Volunteers will lead the groups and they will also have their own weekly meeting. The project will target those most isolated in the local area including the elderly and the unemployed.
Kingstanding Regeneration Trust Kingstanding £42,239 This new two year project will develop inter-generational mutual support within Kingstanding Central, bringing together young people and older people with gardening knowledge. It will create three community gardens and run a resident garden regeneration scheme helping vulnerable older people with overgrown gardens.
Kushinga Community Garden

Bournville, Handsworth and Strichley

£30,401 This two-year project is the development of existing work. It is centred on a community garden in Bournville in Birmingham which involves the local community, particularly refugees and asylum seekers, in its management. The project will develop the garden further, support volunteers to develop skills both to manage the garden and to improve their job prospects, and it will provide opportunities for building connections between participants and the wider community.
Lozells Methodist Church Lozells £27,672 This new two year project will set up 3 weekly groups that will give local adults the opportunity to learn and share new skills. There will be a craft group, an arts group and an 'active' group doing activities such as dance. There will also be family sessions in school holidays. Each group will have a facilitator, but participants will all be encouraged to share something from their own culture with the group. These will start off as taster sessions, and may change depending on feedback from participants
Northern Star Community Arts Solihull £48,182 This new two year project will run a programme of arts-based sessions each week for adults with learning disabilities. A nearby day-centre where beneficiaries were previously based has recently closed, creating a local need for this work. Project sessions will involve drama, a film club, stone carving, and the creation of a newsletter. The project will take place in Birmingham within the Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church Centre.
Tyseley and District Community Association Sparkhill £41,970 This new two year project aims to empower young people to take control and seek meaningful direction by influencing decision-making structures and experiencing teamwork and contributing to their community.  The applicant wants to create a team of young people, working together to develop and deliver sustained activities at the local park for all residents.
Womens Help Centre Ltd Handsworth  £32,536 This two year project builds on existing activities and pilot projects. It will run a series of group sessions covering cooking, sewing, exercise/dance, growing organic fruit and vegetables at the allotment, computer and digital skills. It is targeting local migrant women of all ages needing bilingual support who would otherwise only interact within their own community. They will be residents within walking distance of the group’s centre which is based in Handsworth in Birmingham.
Bethel Health and Healing Network Birmingham £10,000 Appoint a health consultant to develop healthy living activities such as health advice, weight loss groups, exercise and healthy eating classes in the area.
Carers UK Birmingham £9,600 Offer carers whose responsibilities are in excess of 50 hours per free therapeutic treatments and provide long-term help and wellbeing support.
The Three Estates Women’s Health Project Birmingham £5,000 To break down barriers in communities by bringing people together to improve their health and fitness.
Birmingham Sports and
Education Foundation
Birmingham £9,817 Provide weekly basketball sessions and run open-community sessions to engage parents, siblings and friends about health awareness sessions.
The Three Trees Community Centre Birmingham £9,016 Promote active living and healthy eating amongst hard-to-reach families by making the activities attractive, imaginative and fun.
Handsworth Health and Well-being Group Handsworth £7,500 Recruit volunteers to encourage local residents to improve their health and wellbeing through home visits and a range of activity and therapy sessions.
Entraide Solihull £9,418 Improve the wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers who come to the Solihull area and help reduce their anxiety, loneliness and depression.
Castle Bromwich Community Project Bromwich £5,400 Deliver workshops to help local youngsters learn the skills to cook less expensive and healthier alternatives to ready-made meals and takeaways.

A programme which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Ashiana Community Project Birmingham £23,088 This two year investment has been awarded through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.
The Muath Trust Birmingham £19,704 This two year investment has been awarded through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.
Ashiana Community Project Birmingham £100,000 This two year investment has been awarded through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.
Aspire & Succeed Lozells, Birmingham £347,975 This two year investment has been awarded through the People’s Health Trust Local Conversation programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood.

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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   £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.
Alzheimer's Society   £9,951 Provide a full-time dementia support worker who will assess the needs of people affected and help them maintain their independence and well-being.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making health choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
Children's Food Trust   £44,069 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.
Sustrans   £43,357 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
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