tackling health inequalities in North Scotland
Highland charities receives thousands of pounds funding

Two charities in the Scottish Highlands have received £39,530 funding between them.
 
Using money raised by HealthKind Community Interest Company (CIC), through The Health Lottery, grants have been awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.
 
The two charities which received the funding include:
 
West Alness Residents’ Association received £15,000 and will use the money to deliver a two-year community art project that will create a series of mosaics, designed by local people, depicting the local area and its heritage.

Merkinch Partnership Ltd received £24,530 to deliver two, 26-week courses aimed at improving the employment skills of residents in Merkinch. The sessions will include ICT skills, CV writing tips and interview advice.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthKind CIC, said: “The projects are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region; we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer, healthier lives.”
 
HealthKind CIC has raised £792,627, through The Health Lottery, for health-related good causes in The Scottish Highlands and Islands.
 
John Hume, chief executive of People’s Health Trust, said: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”
 
Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations’ with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year, for projects lasting up to two years.

Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.
 
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