FINANCE: Cumbria county council has launched a £300,000 grant fund to support community health and wellbeing projects in Eden and Allerdale.

The two year programme aims to tackle health and wellbeing issues in the areas by providing funding and advice to community groups, the council said in a statement.

It is funded by the county council’s adult social care department, and jointly steered by Cumbria Clinical Commissioning group.

It is inviting bids for sums ranging from £500 to £10,000 over two years, to community organisations operating in Eden district and the parishes of Above Derwent, Bassenthwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, St John’s Castlerigg and Wythburn, and Underskiddaw in Allerdale District.

It aims to assist projects which support:

  • Increased community participation and connection
  • Increased skills and understanding for health and wellbeing and resilience
  • More community-led health and wellbeing projects
  • Reduced reliance on core services and traditional providers
  • Reduced isolation and need to travel
  • Direct provision of outreach health services such as health checks and vaccinations

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