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Manchester Charities Receive Funding to Help Survivors of Rape and Those at Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease

26.06.12 | News

15.06.2012 – Manchester charities receive funding to help survivors of rape and those at risk of diabetes and heart disease
Three groups from Manchester have been awarded funding using money raised by HealthForm Community Interest Company through The Health Lottery. The funding is designed to address health inequalities in different communities and can apply to a wide range of issues.
These three charities have been able to use the funding to extend their services to support male survivors of rape and abuse, women living in deprived urban areas and those at risk of heart disease and diabetes.
Donald Macrae Director of HealthForm, said: “Our focus is on health problems that are specific to the Manchester region and this funding, lets our communities, and communities within communities, directly address their problems in ways that will most effectively make things better.”
Projects awarded funding through this Healthy Communities Small Grants Programme are:
• Survivors Manchester (funding of £9,948) – A self-help ‘Survivors Guide’ will be produced aimed at male survivors (adult and young males) of sexual abuse and rape, to aid understanding of the legacy effects and provide information on healthy coping mechanisms and sources of support. The project will reach approx. 2,500 primary beneficiaries (male survivors) with a further 1,000 professional supporters of survivors also benefiting. The project will run over 43 weeks in total. A spokesperson from Survivors Manchester said “We are over the moon at being awarded the money. It means we are going to be able to produce our Survivors Guide and get it out to the boys and men in Manchester that are suffering in silence. In giving us this money, HealthForm is directly helping us to break the silence and that saves lives!”
• Friendship Healthcare Women’s Association (funding of £5,000) – The project aims to improve the health and longevity of 35 women living in a deprived urban area with poor health, lifestyles and life expectancy profiles, through a programme of 32 weekly healthy living classes, workshops and activities, delivered in the community by local qualified instructors and volunteers. It is based in Longsight ward in Manchester.
• St Luke’s Treatment Room (funding of £9,985) – By setting up a community café one day a week the project will bring awareness of, and participation in, healthy living activities to individuals at risk of heart disease and diabetes. Sessions will include: planning and preparing healthy meals; introducing relaxation techniques, and practicing gentle exercise. The project will be based in a public housing estate in Ardwick ward, on the outskirts of Manchester City Centre. Over a year, the project will involve 16 volunteers; 40 participants in relaxation and exercise classes and approximately 50 people using the café.
This new source of funding is open to small charities or groups working in local communities to take action to help people live longer healthier lives.
Taken from:Health Form Website

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