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More than £500,000 in grant funding to help improve the health of Hampshire residents

Monday, 24 March 2014

Hampshire County Council is to use £513,461 of its Public Health allocation, through grants, to support district councils deliver their role in improving the health of local people across the county.

The grants will help to meet the county's health and wellbeing priorities as set out in Hampshire's Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy  Download Adobe Reader to view this PDF 10MB - Working together for a healthier Hampshire. The priorities focus on:

  • Starting well - supporting every child to thrive and do well
  • Living well - so people choose to live healthier lives
  • Ageing well - so people remain independent, have choice and control and timely accessto high quality services
  • Healthy communities - so people live in strong and supportive communities

The grants, all relevant to supporting delivery of health improvement aspects of District Health and Wellbeing Plans, were approved by Cllr Liz Fairhurst, Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, at her Decision Day on Friday, 21 March.

Cllr Fairhurst said: "Improving the health outcomes and wellbeing of Hampshire residents is a key priority for the County Council, one with far reaching consequences to all of us. Through the development of our Joint Heath and Wellbeing Strategy, we have some very clear priorities which ensure these limited resources are used where they will have the most impact on protecting and improving health.

"These grants will help to make a real difference within communities, ensuring district councils can support local projects that target some of the key issues that result in less good health and wellbeing for the people of Hampshire. Each project has had to demonstrate not only the difference it will make, but how the benefits will be sustained in the longer term."

The distribution of grants is broken down as follows:

  • A total of £558,271 will be given to 10 districts to support 30 projects.
  • Over £167,000 will be given to projects that help improve the health and wellbeing of older people through dementia friendly initiatives, helping to reduce falls and strokes, and supporting increased independence and active lifestyles.
  • More than £107,000 will be given to local healthy eating initiatives including workshops in schools, family learning days, community cooking classes for men over 55 years old and support for Night Shelter clients.
  • Nearly £58,000 will be given to help support parents to give their children the best possible start in life through grants for a number of breast feeding schemes and support for young parents on a range of issues.
  • £23,500 will be given to Hart District Council to introduce a countywide Hampshire Healthy Eating Award scheme to recognise those commercial catering establishments who meet a number of rigorous standards in relation to the quality of ingredients and cooking practices.
  • Grants will also support a range of other initiatives including providing support for the mental health of young people, research into the health needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in 'bricks and mortar' accommodation and the barriers to accessing local services, and a project to help prevent delayed hospital discharge.

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