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Funding will pay for mental health, sport and lifestyle sessions

Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (PCVS), a charity aimed at supporting the city’s voluntary sector, had “huge success” with their latest Health Xchange funding round.
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The cycle was its third in what have been challenging times for PCVS and the community groups which it partners with.vThere were 16 applications for the Health Xchange fundings.

The following groups have been selected to receive funding:

  • Chinese Community in Peterborough for community resilience and wellbeing
  • Hampton Tiddlers for community mental health and wellbeing
  • Craft 4 Smiles for community arts and crafts
  • Topyard School of Boxing for community boxing
  • East Timorese Association for community football
  • High Heritage for community resilience
  • Russian Community Peterborough for community dance lessons
  • Latvian Community Group for dementia and mental health awareness
  • Peterborough Bangladesh Association for healthy lifestyle sessions

Members of the groups have shared their delight with being funded and have provided more information for anybody wanting to try out something new.

The East Timorese Association Peterborough will be running a weekly Zumba session once a week to bring people together, in a fun, fit and active, way.

The project also raises awareness of healthy lifestyles - more information can be found here.

The Russian Community Association is running a club for children from the East European community including traditional dancing, performances and other dance and physical activities - find out more information here

Fiona Adley, founder of Crafts4Smiles said: “We are delighted to receive this funding. We are already working with individuals and communities across Peterborough and will be offering more events and courses through 2022 and 2023. Come along to find out more and, maybe sign up to a second activity.

"Paper crafting is fun and great for your wellbeing. Come and join us at Peterborough Cathedral from 11am on November 8.

"We have 60 places available and anticipate that they will go fast. We would love to meet you in person, but we are able to live-stream the event if you are not able to travel.”

Email fiona@craft4smiles-cic.org.uk for more information and/or to sign up. The cost is £5.

Between these nine groups more than 750 local people will benefit from community health and wellbeing activities in the coming months.

Coordinator Stuart Haw said: "This funding round has been hugely successful and we owe this success to the incredible volunteers from each of the groups that applied, the hard-working steering group, and selection panel who made this all possible. 

"The efficient process means that we are likely to be able to fund more projects later this year.

“I would also like to thank Communities East and the National Lottery for continuing to work with us to ensure funding reaches these important community groups who are ideally placed to respond to local health and wellbeing needs.”