Four Leeds charities each awarded a share of £129,000 grant

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Four deserving Leeds charities have been granted a total of £129,000 to support work in their communities.

Groups including People Matters (Leeds), Saheli Women’s Group, Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust and Hyde Park Source have been collectively awarded the funds.

The funds raised by HealthAmaze CIC, through the Health Lottery, have been awarded by the People’s Health Trust in a bid to invest in people and community groups with ideas to intended to improve their local areas.

People Matters (Leeds) has pledged to support some of the 15,500 city residents who have learning disabilities through three weekly groups that will meet over two years thanks to their near £50,000 grant.

Tina Turnbull, the organisation’s chief executive, said: “We know that the project’s focus on health and wellbeing for the body and mind is warranted as people with learning disabilities have higher than average health needs.

“The funds will be really helpful to our work and make a big impact on people in the city.”

Hyde Park Source was granted more than £9,000 to expand existing work on activities centred around community green space in the Hyde Park area, while the Saheli Women’s Group’s £30,000 grant will fund a two-year story sharing project to help older people, disable people and carers, particularly those from Sikh and Hindu communities, out of isolation in Chapeltown.

The Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust’s £40,000 grant will help set up a gardening club to teach residents the technical and business skills needed to develop a social enterprise in Chapeltown.

Chris Lunn, HealthAmaze director, said: “It’s great that money raised by HealthAmaze CIC is supporting such important local initiatives.”

John Hume, chief executive of the People’s Health Trust, added: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations.”

For details visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

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