Good causes across Northamptonshire celebrate funding from county council and community foundation

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Northamptonshire Community Foundation was delighted to be able to celebrate health and wellbeing projects funded by NCC Seed Funding in Northamptonshire through a project visit to several community projects including Daventry District Time Bank, Pink Rooster and Northampton Samaritans.

The fund is delivered by the Foundation on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.

Daventry District Time Bank, an award winning group, provides a volunteer skills exchange programme where people can swap skills to support each other and make new friends and reduce loneliness in the process.

Pink Rooster provides musical performances and activity for older vulnerable people enabling them to have access to recreational activity and increase wellbeing.

Northampton Samaritans is working in partnership with a local GP surgery to actively promote talk therapy services to patients that are struggling with life crisis and may be at risk of suicide.

County council cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, Councillor Robin Brown, said: ‘It’s good news that this new seed fund is starting to benefit local public health and wellbeing projects. We have invested in this fund to help community projects like these get off the ground and start making a real difference to people’s lives.’

The fund’s key aim is to support a broad range of high quality and innovative health and wellbeing projects across Northamptonshire that will enable people to live independent lives, adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles and provide services and support that reduce isolation and promote wellbeing.

Chief Executive of the foundation, Victoria Miles, said: “We are delighted that we can now support the delivery of a health and wellbeing fund that can award larger grants to organisations helping kick start some really ambitious and exciting projects and provide wider access to healthy living projects.”

The Foundation’s recent impact review demonstrates that community groups in 2013/14 across Northamptonshire funded by a range of donors enabled 22,468 people to report improved health and 28,154 people took part in sports, leisure and recreational activities evidencing the need and value of funding for small community groups.

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