tackling health inequalities in Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire
Action for Elders CIC
Action for Elders CIC,
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 healthThrive

Total amount distributed to charities to date is: £1,533,783

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/CityAmount


Arty-Folks Coventry £34,265 This is a new two-year project which will support vulnerable adults recovering from a serious mental health issue in Coventry. After discharge from hospital people recovering from a severe psychosis are highly vulnerable and despite medication can become highly isolated and at risk of suicide. The project will provide a programme of creative activities, a Friendship Group and encourage peer-to-peer support and mentoring.  The friendship group will plan its own activities and be instrumental in managing the project.
Ekta - Unity Voluntary Organisation Coventry £34,265 This is a two-year extension of an existing project and seeks to increase the range of activities specifically catering for the needs of older Asian people living in Foleshill. By bringing local people together the project aims to alleviate loneliness and improve the community’s overall wellbeing. Activities will include games, yoga, dance and talks. The project will be led by a steering group of participants and local residents.
Carers Careline Redditch £14,638 This existing two-year project will provide peer support and social activities for carers in the Redditch area with a view to reducing their social isolation and relieving the mental stress experienced as a result of their caring responsibilities. Activities will include group meetings, peer support meetings, pub lunches and trips and outings. Topics for sessions and destinations for trips will be decided by participants.
Entrust Care Partnership C.I.C. Rugby £10,276 This new 12-month project will provide weekly creative movement sessions during term time for children under five with disabilities, and their parents and carers. Participants will come from Rugby and the surrounding areas, and a core group of participants will build social connections through regular meetings. Based on a pilot project, participants will continue shape the programme on an ongoing basis.
Home-Start North East Worcestershire Redditch £38,020 This new two-year project will support participants of an existing family group in shaping the design and delivery of activities for parents with children under five. It will offer play resources and opportunities to learn through play, giving children time, space and opportunities to learn about themselves as individuals and develop their social skills. Parents will come together to build their support networks and work together to develop the project. It will benefit parents and children living in Redditch.
Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise Limited Redditch £49,304 This new two-year project will provide weekly peer support sessions for children who have communication and mental health difficulties. This project will benefit a community of interest living in Redditch, Worcestershire. The parents will set the agenda through meetings, and children will lead on the delivery and development of activities. The participants will build confidence, and the friendships with other children and parents.
The Roma Project Coventry £25,743 A new two-year project to establish a community growing initiative for young people and adults of the Roma community living in Foleshill, Coventry. It will deliver regular, intergenerational gardening sessions to grow food to then be shared at monthly workshops, aimed at maintaining cultural heritage and breaking down barriers between the Roma and the wider community. Educational sessions will also be provided to help improve English skills and support their integration into the local community. Participants will feed into decision-making for the project through the management board and a youth board will also be established.
Bell Green Silver Surfers  Coventry £12,191 This existing two-year project aims to deliver weekly two-hour IT sessions for 17 people aged over 60 at the Bell Green Community Centre, Coventry, so that they are able to keep up to date with friends, family and events online, and stay active in the local community. The project will tackle social isolation felt by many older people in the area by enabling them to socialise with others and engage with other local services outside the sessions utilising the IT skills that they learn. 
Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network (HLN)  Nuneaton £47,557 This new two-year project aims to support older people, carers, young families and people from black and minority ethnic communities to make stronger links within the community by setting up and running a community café at Newton Community Centre in an inner-city area of Nuneaton. The café will be open weekly and will offer affordable food, using the surplus from businesses. It will also offer participants the opportunity to volunteer, learn food skills, learn about food from other cultures and socialise with others. 140 people will benefit, with 100 people attending most weeks. 
Outreach and Community Action Project  Nuneaton £24,024 This new two-year project aims to set up two weekly community choirs for residents living on the boundary between Hartshill and Nuneaton in Warwickshire; a youth choir for 6-17-year-olds and a choir for adults. The idea developed from a six-month pilot of the choirs from which a group of participants wanting to lead the development of the choirs has emerged. The project aims to create new and lasting friendships through group singing sessions.
Rainbow Sunshine Drama Company  Nuneaton and Bedworth £20,550 This existing two-year project, funded by the Trust, aims to continue delivering weekly drama sessions for 49 adults in Nuneaton and Bedworth with physical and learning disabilities. The project will deliver 92 sessions at a local arts centre, which will incorporate drama, dance and music and lead to informal performances for the local community, as well as trips out for group members, and an annual fun day for all local disabled people. 
The Notables  Coventry £39,232 This two-year project is the expansion of an existing programme of weekly group sessions for musicians and singers with learning disabilities living in Coventry. Building on a pilot project, it will deliver outreach workshops, public performances, improve well-being by enabling members to strengthen their support network, and support participants in accessing information and services. Group members lead and shape the programme of activities in collaboration with professional musicians and volunteers. 
Cohort 4 Limited  Warwickshire


This new two year project aims to bring women together affected by the criminal justice system and provide a positive social network and opportunities that increase confidence, self-esteem and skills. The project will deliver weekly activities for 15 participants including craft sessions, cooking, outings, and other activities.
IDC Sewing Cafe CIC  Redditch


This new two-year project aims to engage lonely and isolated women with low-level mental health issues, in re-cycling/re-vamping clothes and soft furnishings, and to organise visits to related exhibitions and places of interest. The project will encourage the women to come to the centre and learn new skills, make new friends, be creative, express themselves, build their confidence, address their mental health issues, and find employment.
Redditch Youth and Community Enterprise Limited  Redditch


This new 15-month project will create a community cyber café for people in the Smallwood area of Redditch that will act as space for people to socialise and access computing facilities. The project will deliver twice weekly informal computer training support group led by an experienced tutor. These sessions will be supported by young people from RYCE youth club who will act as volunteers and help older people to develop everyday practical computing skills at the same time as improving their social and communication skills.
Action for Elders Belmont 


This two-year project aims to provide weekly two-hour sessions that will provide older people with activities to improve their health and well-being in Herefordshire. Sessions would include weekly physical health-related activities for elderly people and social activities.
The Asha Women's Centre  Worcester


The Chrysalis project is a new, two-year project based in Worcester that will provide wellbeing related activities including a walk and talk group, group meetings, a women-only swimming group, a lunch club and social and recreational activities, such as bingo evenings or themed cookery nights. The purpose of these sessions is to encourage service users to inform and influence the services they are accessing and to address isolation and provide peer support.
Ekta - Unity Voluntary Organisation  Coventry


This is a new project of 24 months duration. It will deliver a mix of activity sessions including yoga, crafts and music to socially isolated and vulnerable BAME residents of the Foleshill area of Coventry.
Rose Community Centre Ltd  Spon End


This new two-year project aims to deliver art and craft activities for isolated males (30 and above) in a supportive peer-led group, in a safe and encouraging environment which would help to build the confidence of the participants.
Tea Leaf Tales  Rugby


This existing two-year project aims to deliver weekly activity sessions for adults aged 18-35 with learning disabilities from Rugby, a market town in Warwickshire. The weekly sessions will include storytelling, drama, mime, musical and craft there will also be regular social outings. The group will also create a website and Facebook page to publicise and promote its work.
Working Actively to Change Hillfields  Coventry


This new 18-month project aims to develop a neighbourhood action project - identifying and tackling local issues in Hillfields, a residential suburb of Coventry. The project will deliver weekly activities such as walkabouts and coffee mornings, as well as an innovative live radio discussion show on their community radio station, HillzFM. The project will focus on hearing the voices of individuals and families from marginalised groups including people from black and minority ethnic communities, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The initiative will also provide training and opportunities for volunteers to produce and present their own shows, interview guests and encourage others to get involved and address issues relevant to their local community.
Coventry Peace House Education Trust Foleshill


This new one-year project aims to provide a platform for local people to contribute and participate in their wider community. The project aims to raise awareness, encourage friendships, and promote health and wellbeing by bringing together local residents from diverse ethnic backgrounds through knitting and weaving sessions. 
Bell Green Silver Surfers Bell Green, Coventry £7,773 This existing two-year project aims to continue delivering weekly IT support sessions for people aged over 60 in the Bell Green area of Coventry. Individuals will learn how to get online and use IT for everyday activities such as online shopping, typing emails and letters and online banking. 
Leading Players Drama Group Atherstone £22,232 This two-year project is the continuation of a scheme that is led by adults with learning difficulties. It will run weekly drama workshops which aim to engage the local community around the Owen Street Arts Centre in Atherstone. The aspiration is to break down barriers, remove misconceptions and help people understand disability. 
Rainbow Sunshine Company Nuneaton and Bedworth


This new two-year project, building on the applicant’s work with adults with physical and learning disabilities, seeks to celebrate the applicant’s 20th anniversary by devising performances incorporating drama, dance and music, and by showcasing the talents and capabilities of its members.  
Sahil Coventry £43,466 This two-year project builds on the existing work of the charity. The group will set up a new weekly peer support group for South Asian women from Coventry and plan and run a programme of mental health and wellbeing activities with the women. It will also support individual women who are in need by providing them with an assessment and one-to-one support and advocacy. 
Salle Ursa Fencing Club Tile Hill, Coventry £43,835 This new two-year project builds on the work undertaken by the applicant in a disadvantaged area and would use the sport of fencing to bring the community together. The project will be delivered by local people and will be based in the Tile Hill area of Coventry.
Stoke Heath Older Peoples Club Stoke Heath £17,256 This is a new one-year project to expand on the regular activity programme already delivered by the group to older people in the Stoke Heath area of Coventry. The group will run a chair exercise class and Tea Party session each week, as well as taking participants on a trip to a local point of interest. 
Support Sport Ltd   £28,240  
Futures Through Sport CIC Coventry £38,962 This new two-year project aims to support 20 unemployed and out-of-education young people aged 16-21 living in the South Tile Hill of Coventry to attend sports sessions, train as coaches and deliver school holiday sports activities for 7-11-year-olds living on the estate. The project will develop peer support, training opportunities, and improve the employability of participating beneficiaries.
Arty-Folks Coventry £40,000 To support adults with mental ill health to feel safe moving around Coventry city centre and to experience and enjoy the cultural activities the city has to offer.
Batchley Support Group - Redditch Communities Batchley, Redditch £23,370 To build on a previous community project delivered by the group last year in Batchley (Redditch). The group will create a volunteer community gardening task force that teaches food growing skills and brightens the Batchley estate by helping vulnerable people maintain their gardens and by planting flowers in public spaces.
Blaze Community Foundation Coventry £43,590 To use sporting activities to build links between non-disabled and disabled young people living in Whoberley (Coventry) and address local tensions between the two groups, addressing levels of low educational attainment by offering leadership roles within the project delivery team.
Dial South Worcestershire Worcester £10,195 To strengthen and expand a social club for people with disabilities living in sheltered housing east of Worcester city centre. It will seek to address issues relating to the physical and sensory needs for disabled people as well as addressing their social and emotional isolation needs and improving their mental health.
Friends of St George's Park Kidderminster £9,771 To support all community members and park users to come together during weekly sessions to tend, harvest, cook and share food grown in St George's Park and 'pocket parks' in Horsefair area of Kidderminster.
Nuneaton & Bedworth Healthy Living Network Nuneaton & Bedworth £44,466 To support local isolated older people and families to make stronger links within the community. The project will offer one session per week lasting six hours allowing participants the opportunity to learn and share experiences of growing food, nutrition and learning to cook or adapt cooking methods.
Sahara Project (Coventry) Ltd Coventry £9,590 To offer weekly IT literacy and social sessions to 30 elders of the Asian community from Foleshill (Coventry). Six participants will be trained as IT champions who will go to local mosques, temples and other community venues to share their skills with their peers.
Painting for Pleasure Leamington Spa £15,299 To engage 10 disabled, vulnerable, isolated and disadvantaged residents of Leamington Spa to come together to undertake research and learn about the services available in their area to improve their health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills.

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
Sustrans   £100,000 Sustrans will support community engagement work in seven neighbourhoods. It will work with local people to identify their concerns, issues and aspirations so that they can establish a set of priorities which they can then address. It will do this through co-creating a Plan for Change, supported by locally recruited Community Champions. The focus will be on enhancing local control of environmental issues that have an impact on people’s 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
Royal Voluntary Service   £41,264 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.
Scope   £66,791 Maintain a Face 2 Face service to support parents' of children, newly diagnosed with a disability, come to terms with the situation and build stronger networks and circles of support.
MIND   £50,237 Support activities for disabled people and families of disabled children, who experience significant barriers to inclusion, independence and participation.
Children's 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.
Royal Voluntary Service   £35,751 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.
Youth Sport Trust   £43,760 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.

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
Action for Elders CIC   £9,350 Provide weekly guidance in the prevention and reduction of falls through mobility movements, circulatory exercises, cognitive awareness, lifestyle adaptation and social interaction in a peer group setting at local venues.
People Point Limited Foleshill £9,991 Raise awareness, inspire and sustain health and wellbeing by uniting the most excluded community members through the provision of weekly sessions of activities such as fitness classes, music and dance for vulnerable and excluded members of society in Foleshill
South Warwickshire Local Food CIC Warwick & Leamington Spa £9,043 To recruit and encourage older people in deprived wards in Warwick and Leamington Spa to become active members of their local food co-op, which will provide affordable fruit and vegetables along with information on how to use them.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Dementia UK   £54,100 Enable Dementia UK to provide specialist dementia care through its Admiral Nursing programme.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making healthy choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
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