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Lottery boost for Sandycroft to tackle town's health inequalities

Ross Crawford 22nd May, 2021

THE Sandycroft Centre in Redditch has been awarded £10,000 in National Lottery funding to further tackle inequalities in physical activity, opportunity and provision for people following the impact of the pandemic.

Sandycroft, in West Avenue, Smallwood, offers a wide range of services to support the local community.

Programmes, courses, and activities are designed as first step learning in a range of subjects including confidence building, creative crafts and IT skills.

The projects aim to empower and enable individuals to further their education and raise their aspirations.

Forming part of the £210million support package for the sector, the ‘Tackling Inequalities Fund’ is provided by the National Lottery and Sport England and distributed by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Sandycroft’s grant will be used across multiple projects following the lifting of restrictions.

The projects will look to offer a safe environment where all individuals will have access to high quality physical activity provision and guidance.

The programmes will seek to engage and support individuals furthest from physical activity to recognise its role in supporting holistic wellbeing.

Stephen Brewster, chief executive at Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire said: “We are delighted to distribute £10,000 of National Lottery funding to the Sandycroft Centre.

“Beyond the well-documented physical benefits, individuals can gain so much from an active lifestyle, from improved confidence and self-esteem to building social connections.

“The Tackling Inequalities Funding will play a significant role in supporting service users at the Sandycroft Centre and within the Smallwood community.”

Lee Mckenzie, Sandycroft’s chief executive said: “Sandycroft wanted to grow awareness of how physical activity can support good mental health.

“Working together with the Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire team we can promote how being physically active and socially engaged can positively affect our wellbeing.

“Sandycroft is really looking forward to working together to benefit our local diverse communities especially after such a stressful year.”

For information around the services provided at Sandycroft visit http://sandycroft.org or email Lee Mckenzie at lee@sandycroft.org

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