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NHS funding for community health projects across Tayside announced

The Ninewells Community Garden.
The Ninewells Community Garden.

Funding to help community groups deliver projects benefitting the health and wellbeing of people across Tayside has been announced.

NHS Tayside’s community innovation fund offers between £500 and £18,000 each year to local groups.

The fund, which builds on the work of the former cash4communities fund, aims to help community groups develop improvement projects that will benefit the health and wellbeing of their local population.

It is financed through the Tayside Health Fund, the charity for NHS Tayside.

Richard McIntosh, community capacity building officer with NHS Tayside, said: “The fund can really go to the heart of a community to make a difference, supporting local people to make decisions about the changes they want to see to help them improve the health, wellbeing and resilience of their own communities. Often people just need a little support and funding to get started, and that’s where we come in.

“We have already helped over 100 projects right across Tayside that have benefitted children, older people and carers with things like gardens, support groups, cafes and art projects to name but a few. I would really encourage anyone with an idea for a community improvement project to get in touch and see if we can help.”

Some of the local projects to have previously received support from the fund include the Dundee Healthly Living Initiative, Ninewells Community Garden and the Maryfield Men’s Project.

Any community-led organisation can apply for funding for a project as long as it shows ongoing benefits and improvements to the community.

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