Cash to improve Caribbean community’s health

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A COMMUNITY group in Sheffield which helps people lead healthier and more active lifestyles has received a grant worth thousands of pounds to help with its work.

The Caribbean Health and Wellbeing Group has been given almost £7,500 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards For All scheme, which hands out grants of up to £10,000 to worthy projects.

The organisation offers cookery lessons and fitness sessions, such as walking groups, and is designed to tackle health problems prevalent among the city’s Caribbean population.

According to statistics from Sheffield Council, coronary heart disease and schizophrenia are more common in African-Caribbean people.

Volunteer Freda Coterall said: “We’re so pleased to receive this funding – it gives us the opportunity to make a difference in Sheffield and is also a chance for volunteers to deliver something positive back to their communities.

“We have found in the past that these groups really do benefit from these types of projects, especially older people.

“It’s also about addressing their mental and emotional health too – many of these people are lonely, depressed and living in deprivation.”

Organisations with an income of £30,000 or less have the chance to apply for Awards for All funding until the end of March 2013.

n Visit Awards for All for more information.