PM’s date with project

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A COMMUNITY health project working to improve residents’ lives in Sheffield is set to receive national praise when two volunteers visit Prime Minister David Cameron tomorrow to tell him all about it.

Lisa Cox and Mashud Haque will represent the 12,000 Altogether Better Community Health Champions working across Yorkshire and the Humber when they receive the PM’s Big Society Award, handed out in recognition of the scheme’s contribution to improving the health and well-being of communities across the area.

In Sheffield, the project has led to the creation of a ‘swimming bus’ – transporting people to pools across the city – the setting up of a mental health support group, and the introduction of chairobics sessions. Lisa, who started as a volunteer, has now secured a job with the Gleadless Valley Community Forum. It is not the first time the pair have represented the Altogether Better project at events, although the Downing Street visit will be the most high profile.