tackling health inequalities in East London
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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 healthLives

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,918,078


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
Kanlungan Filipino Alliance Waltham Forest £22,375 This new two-year project will deliver workshops using photographs, videos, objects, storytelling, music and expressive movement to convey the experiences and issues that affect mental health among the Filipino community in London. The work produced will be exhibited to accompany a seminar on the community's wellbeing. The project aims to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health issues and encourage open discussion among affected parents and young people living in Waltham Forest and Newham. Participants will remain in charge of the project through a dedicated steering group. Through regularly meeting as a group, participants will be able to form stronger links locally.
East London Out Project East London £36,872 This two-year project will enable the continued provision of a weekly social, support and peer networking group for LGBT asylum seekers, alongside establishing a new volunteer support programme for LGBT asylum seekers. The project will provide a safe space to LGBT asylum seekers, most of whom are under 50, from Africa, Asia or the Middle East, all living in outer East London Boroughs. Through LGBT led support participants will have the opportunity to meet others in similar situations and form stronger social links and ties.
Somali Welfare Trust Redbridge £34,320 This new two-year project aims to deliver social, leisure and recreational activities for families from the Somali community. The idea emerged from a community consultation with families, and participants will form a Club Forum to shape the project on an ongoing basis. The project will be based in Ilford (London Borough of Redbridge) and aims to address the social isolation experienced by Somali mothers. Through the project, participants will build friendships, take part in volunteering opportunities and have greater knowledge of local services.
You and Me Counselling  Havering £27,180 This new two-year project developed on the back of previous work in schools, aims to develop a weekly parent-led support group in Havering (Romford and Rainham specifically). It aims to work with parents who need support raising children in an area where there are high levels of youth crime, gangs and violence. It aims to bring parents and carers of young people together to learn from each other with specialist support about how to create positive change within their families and communities.
Waltham Forest Race Equality Council Waltham Forest £39,310 This new two-year project aims to deliver weekly sessional activities for refugees, asylum-seekers and immigrants. The project will be based in Leyton, Waltham Forest, and aims to address the social and emotional isolation experienced by refugees and migrants by proving them with a space to meet and socialise and offering the opportunity to use IT facilities and use computers for communication and networking.
Chain Reaction Theatre Company Barking and Dagenham £33,398 This existing two-year project will continue delivering a weekly Trust-funded community youth group for 11-16 year olds living on Gascoigne Estate in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Young people will be supported to engage weekly to plan and deliver three community events per year based on issues important to them and relating to the local area.
Citizens Development Community Centre Forest Gate £31,102 This two-year project is the continuation of existing work. Citizen Development Community Centre aims to enable older Asian people from Forest Gate in Newham to make new friends and provide opportunities for social interaction. The project will provide them with regular weekly meetings which will include dance and recreational activities, talks, music and discussions. There will also be outings to places of interest chosen by the participants. The overall aim of the project is to support older Asian people to develop their social networks.
Asia Link Network Leytonstone £15,000 This new two-year project will create a range of social activities for Asian women of all ages living in Leytonstone. It will offer a range of weekly social groups (music and dance) and skills groups (IT), alongside visits to places of interest and community cultural events. The project will help to build friendships between a group of people who can often feel isolated, with a steering group set up to lead the project.
Newham Chinese Association (NCA) Newham £50,000 This two-year project will extend the range of activities offered to Chinese elders by the Newham Chinese Association. Many older people within the Chinese community find that language and cultural barriers can prevent them from developing their social networks and making friends. This project will draw Chinese elders from across Newham, Havering, Waltham Forest, Redbridge and Barking & Dagenham and help them to reconnect with the community. Activities will run twice weekly and will include a lunch group and a mix of social and cultural activities such as singing and board games. The project will be based in Newham and will help participants to build friendships.
The Daffodil Advocacy Project Waltham Forest £29,104 This new two-year project will run a People's Parliament giving adults with learning disabilities who live in Waltham Forest a voice about the issues that affect them. Participants will campaign for positive change and make local services such as health and housing more responsive to the needs of this community. The project will work with people from across the London borough of Waltham Forest.
Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre North Woolwich £32,272 This new two year project aims to set-up and deliver a community café for the benefit of the local community on Albert Road, North Woolwich. The cafe will bring the local community together to enjoy home cooked style food and to socialise, bringing people out of isolation and closer together. It will also open a kiosk in the Royal Victoria Gardens during holiday times for more local residents to have access to good food whilst improving social links and ties across the neighbourhood.
Senior Citizens Asian Group Waltham Forest Waltham Forest £37,210 This new two year project will provide outings, visits to places of interests, social and cultural events, walks, seaside visits and indoor activities like swimming and physical activities to Asian older people in Waltham Forest. This will enable beneficiaries to be more participative, develop supportive and caring peer groups, and build on their health and wellbeing.
Youth League International (Youth League UK) Dagenham £36,295 This new two year project aims to bring together young people aged 16-25 from different ethnic backgrounds from Millard Terrace in Dagenham to help reduce racial tension. There will be weekly music and dance sessions and monthly community conversation meetings. The project was identified through engagement with young people in the area following the local elections in 2014 which led to a rise in concerns about racial tension involving immigrant and local resident communities.
Barking & Dagenham Progress Project  Barking & Dagenham £35,335 This new two year project aims to develop the work it currently undertakes with young people under the age of 18, though it’s Young Peoples Development Forum (YPDF), and offer volunteering opportunities to people in the 18+ age group as the next step in their pathway to independence. A team of over 18s will join the YPDF, support the younger members and organise weekly activities proposed by the forum.
Empowering Deaf Society (RDS)  Redbridge £45,492 This new two year project will combine a weekly social club for deaf beneficiaries with two monthly workshops (20 per year). The workshops will be partly designed by beneficiaries. The project aims to reduce isolation and diminish the numerous problems that the deaf community face.
The Future Focus Network  Ilford £28,768 This new two year project is the result of pilot study carried out earlier in 2015. The Future Focus Network will set up a local youth community forum so that young people from Ilford can organise community-based activities for the benefit of local residents. Activities include arts and crafts workshops, and sports and educational activities. The project is the result of research undertaken by the applicant, which showed that local young people would like to be more involved in their community but lack the skills and have low self-esteem.
RCCG Rivers of Joy Dagenham  Dagenham £18,059 This two year project builds on existing work. It encourages people over 60 years of age living in Stour Road, Dagenham to come together every Wednesday morning for activities. These include bowling, Zumba classes, dancing, armchair exercises, storytelling and arts and crafts.
Waltham Forest Asian Seniors' Club Walthamstow £47,985 This existing two year project will deliver a friendship hub and mixture of recreational activities for the elderly residents of the Shernhall area of Walthamstow.
Artillery Waltham Forest £35,264 This new 20 month project will encourage residents in disadvantaged areas of Waltham Forest, particularly those living in high rise flats, to get involved in growing fruit and vegetables in confined urban spaces such a balconies and so on. There will be fortnightly meetings and other community activities including family events, community feasts and produce shows.
Catalyst in Communities Ltd Newham £47,000 This new two year project aims to build on the applicant’s personal development work with the residents of a hostel for homeless people (Anchor House) and will work to enable them to become local community champions who will in turn engage with and draw other vulnerable people in the local area to the project. 
The Family Information Group Romford £45,525 This new two year project aims to provide a trained worker to deliver advice to local parents in Harold Hill, Romford, and provide weekly coffee mornings or social activities.
Mobile Media Interactive Stratford £38,496 This new 20 month project aims to deliver training to young people in Stratford to make a documentary about their local area, incorporating work experience and development of a media hub and panel group.
Skills Enterprise Ltd East Ham £45,792 This new two year project will provide a number of weekly and monthly services to develop a stronger community where people look out for each other and have pride and increased involvement in their area. Activities include watching cinema together, neighbours’ community breakfasts, cultural celebrations alongside debt advice, money management courses and welfare benefits advice.
Chain Reaction Theatre Company Barking and Dagenham £36,375 This new two year project involves the set up and running of a weekly community youth group for 11-16 year olds living on Gasgoine Estate in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Each school term there will be a focus on finding new, practical ways to build a positive sense of community between generations on the estate with a community event, activity or campaign involving all the residents.
Dagenham Bangladeshi Women and Childrens Association  Dagenham £13,000 This new two year project will work with 40 disadvantaged Black and Minority Ethnic women from Fanshawe area of Dagenham. It will support them to develop gardening and cooking skills so that participants can cultivate their own vegetables and use what they grow to make their own healthy meals.
Deafroots Association  Stratford £30,042 This new 24 month project aims to deliver a twice-weekly visual arts project for people both with and without hearing loss. Participants will decide on content of the workshops, ranging from drawing and painting to video, photography and graffiti art. 
Friday Hill Community Association  Chingford £21,040 This new 24 month project aims to support vulnerable and isolated people on the Friday Hill estate, providing weekly social groups targeted at residents living alone (particularly but not exclusively older people). Activities will include half day community workshops, skill-shares sessions and informal socials (on the estate and beyond). Activities will take place both at the community hall on the estate and at the education centre at a nearby nature reserve.
Friends of Abbey Gardens  West Ham £20,965 This one year project will build on the success of an existing gardening project. It aims to provide free drop-in gardening sessions and seasonal events along with capacity building workshops and activities.
Future M.O.L.D.s Communities  Barking £21,078 The project expands on an existing idea and will run for 12 months. It aims to bring women together by providing weekly themed boxing sessions to adult women with sessions themed around healthy living, healthy minds and relationships and sexual health.
Goal Global Community Outreach  Barking £31,871 This new ten month project will provide vocal and instrumental music training for women aged 18-65 living on an estate in Barking with the aim of establishing a community choir.
Ingeenium  Custom House £10,275 This two year project is the development of the applicant’s existing work at Custom House Library, and aims to deliver family arts activities for parents and children aged 3-12 around the theme of children’s literature.
IROKO Theatre Company  Stratford £39,105 This new 24 month project aims to deliver fortnightly hands-on group music-making sessions (African drumming, songs, chants, and movement) for middle aged/elderly men from African-Caribbean backgrounds especially single and isolated men living in and around Carpenters Estate, Stratford.
Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club  Plaistow £32,750 This new two year project will provide a range of activities for families in Plaistow. There will be two new weekly athletics family sessions at the local primary school (one track and field-based; the other a community running group), a quarterly volunteer forum for the club, and quarterly social events.
Our Community Cares Solutions Ltd  Canning Town £28,982 This new eighteen month project will match a group of younger, more IT literate women to mentor an older group to improve their IT skills including the use of the internet and social media. The group will use their skills to set up a blog based on a previous project, sharing recipes and promoting the book, or will set up a social media account to reach a wider network of supporters.
Widows Care Worldwide  Canning Town £23,255 This new 15 month project aims to deliver a programme of arts and digital technology to isolated older people in Newham (Custom House) to enable them to create a DVD telling their stories and featuring their own creations.
The Mill@Copper Mill Walthamstow £24,600 To develop the talents and skills of local people by matching Community Mentors with local groups. The group hopes that the project will result in a number of locally run activities being established in the neighbourhood.
Together! 2012 Newham £11,100 To deliver poetry events for disabled adults in Newham. Activities will include weekly poetry workshops; group visits to poetry evening events across London and monthly Poetry Café to perform poems.
Waltham Forest Asian Seniors Waltham Forest  £24,460  To provide age appropriate exercise sessions with bilingual support for all older Asian people living in the deprived areas of Leyton & Leytonstone in Walthamstow.
ACWDC (African Caribbean
Womens Dev Centre)
Walthamstow  £2,500 To deliver a programme of workshops for black and minority ethnic people, with no or low income, with a view to increasing the confidence of local people so they can influence decisions through better understanding of the local democratic systems and infrastructure.
Youth Skills Network Walthamstow  £12,689  To develop a series of interactive live streamed shows for young people from disadvantaged wards in Walthamstow. The activities will include media communications workshops and live broadcasting.
Waltham Forest Arts in Education Network Waltham Forest £21,250 The funding will enable the applicant to deliver a series of creative workshops with local primary school children aimed at creating community cohesion and raising aspirations among youngsters.
Our Community Cares Solutions Ltd Newham £24,988 To bring together women who are living with domestic abuse to access services and develop a stronger support network.
Skills Enterprise Ltd Newham £22,440 To provide access to free welfare benefits, debt and career advice, build stronger communities and help local people who are facing multiple barriers in community integration and skills development.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Carers Trust   £46,855 To support carers and ensure they are making health choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
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.
Mind   £47,014 Support activities for disabled people and families of disabled children, who experience significant barriers to inclusion, independence and participation.

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
Salem Health Project Newham £9,260 Funding will enable them to provide a health and fitness after school judo club for people between the ages of 12 and 25 years old from the Black African communities in the London Borough of Newham.
Girls Development Project Dagenham £9,986 Enable them to offer physical and educational activities to young girls with mental health problems, who live in Dagenham, Essex.
Hibiscus Caribbean Elderly Association Newham £9,510 To extend their activities programme to support a further 100 Caribbean and African elders who are vulnerable, socially isolated, in poor health, and who require support to prevent further deterioration.
Newham and Essex Beagles Athletics Club Plaistow £9,770 Support people by providing activities that increase confidence, encourage a sense of companionship, reduce social isolation and help people to feel safer and more engaged with their local environment.
Latin Smile Chadwell Heath £6,050 To reduce obesity among overweight and inactive young people living in Chadwell Heath (Barking & Dagenham) through arranging different activities so that they have good health and longer lives.
Widows Care Worldwide Manor Park 39,562 Provide weekly activity sessions, which will consist of music activities, arts and crafts, a lunch and light exercise sessions.

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

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
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.
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 health 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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