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Cash boost for Wirral community health projects
2:11pm Thursday 28th June 2012 in News
VOLUNTARY and community health projects across Wirral have each received a share of more than £200,000 in funding.
Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group has given the £202,000 to 23 projects that improve people's health and wellbeing or improve health-related quality of life for carers.
Organisations were invited to apply for up to £10,000 for projects that meet WCCG's aims of improving people's health and wellbeing or improving health-related quality of life for carers.
Doctor Phil Jennings, Chair of Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "I was delighted to see so many applications for funding.
"It highlights how many voluntary and community organisations there are out there working hard to improve the lives and health of Wirral people and carers."
Among the organisations benefitting is Black and racial minority outreach service Wirral Change, which has received funding for two separate projects.
The first is a work club to improve employability prospects for black and minority ethnic people with mental health issues.
The club will provide weekly one-to-one support for individuals, including job coaching, help with CVs, interview practice and ICT skills, to improve confidence and self-esteem.
The second project focuses on supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of black and minority ethnic carers across Wirral through the development of a weekly peer support group where carers can share experiences and befriend others in a similar situation.
Another organisation receiving funding is Bebington Day Centre, which received £9,300 to create Highcroft Garden Café.
The café is dedicated to helping people with disabilities to make lifestyle changes and find work.
Doctor Phil Jennings, Chair of Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, continued: "The projects we awarded funding to are all extremely worthy causes and l look forward to seeing the good work in action across the borough in coming months."
The other projects awarded a share of the £202,000 funding are:
The Reader Organisation; Crass Routes; Wirral Pathfinders, for activity and Respite Therapy; Wirral Holistic Care Services; New Brighton Community Association’s Food for Thought programme; Tranmere Community Project – Young parents; Self-care at Claire House; Invisible Injuries; Wirral Society of the Blind’s Fit for Life project Stick 'n' Step, to Improve health support for people with cerebral palsy; Jigsaw Dance - Zumba and Tots; MS Society – Aquatheraphy for MS; Urban Quay – ICT4U; Wirral Change – BME carers’ support group; Wired – Carers’ counselling; Claire House – Parents’ and carers’ support group; Stick ‘n’ Step – Carers’ support pack; Bebington Day Centre – Who Cares?; Advocacy in Wirral – Family/carers’/friends’ support group; Wirral Mind – Moving Forward; Community Acupuncture – Caring for You.