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Applications are now open for Sedgemoor District Council's Community Health Fund, which has monies available to spend on health-focussed projects across the district. Community groups, registered charities, leisure centres, housing providers, activity clubs, children's centres and workplaces amongst others are all being encouraged to come up with their own project ideas based on local health and wellbeing needs and then bid for up to £1,000 to support their project. 10/10/17

Projects must be focussed around one or more of the following themes and must be sustainable and measureable

        * Physical Activity - increasing opportunities for, and levels of, physical activity within Sedgemoor communities

  • Healthy Eating - promotion of food growing, healthy eating, cooking skills, access to healthy foods

  • Weight Management- reducing levels of overweight/obesity within Sedgemoor communities

  • Promoting emotional and physical wellbeing through projects which address loneliness and isolation by engaging new people

Funding could be used to support a whole raft of projects for example new activity classes, clubs which support weight loss or reducing social isolation, teaching how to prepare healthy meals on a budget or general cookery skills. Whilst match-funding is not strictly required projects that have some percentage of match funding in place will be favoured.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 1st December 2017. For more details visit www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/healthyliving or to download the application form.

If you would like to receive an application form in the post please contact Emma Whitehead - Housing, Health and Wellbeing on 0300 3037800 or email customer.services@sedgemoor.gov.uk.  

If you would like to discuss your project idea before applying please contact Jacqui Strong Health and Wellbeing Project Officer via email jacqueline.strong@sedgemoor.gov.uk or contact 01278 435328.

The Sedgemoor Health Profile (2016) and Sport England Active People data (2016) show that Sedgemoor's adult obesity and diabetes levels are significantly higher than the national average with healthy eating and physical activity levels some of the lowest in the South West of England. Sedgemoor has pockets of deprivation where the overall health of the community is worse than in more affluent areas.  In these areas there is a need for more focussed project work around health and wellbeing to provide people with more opportunities to improve their health.  This year we are extending our criteria to support projects that address loneliness across all age groups.