Centre Spot awarded funding for Friar Park Project

People's Health TrustCentre Spot CIC has received funding to deliver an exciting two year project for up to 30 young people from the Friar Park area of Wednesbury age 12-16 years old. People’s Health Trust has invested £44,100 in the “Creating a better Friar Park Project”, using money raised by HealthDesire through The Health Lottery.

The two year project will deliver weekly sport and media activities, and will also include day trips, workshops led by inspirational speakers, and social action initiatives. We hope to create stronger links between 30 young people from the Friar Park estate. Within activities of shared interests 15 young people will meet and supported by Centre Spot staff, develop positive relationships.

As a highly deprived community young people locally are regularly drawn into negative behaviours and harmful friendships and relationships. Young people locally need to create positive relationships with their peers where they can talk about their future plans and aspirations and be encouraged and supported by one-another to achieve these.

“We believe the creation of positive connections and relationships will have a long-term impact on these young people through having supportive relationships with peers who also want to move their lives forward positively. We hope these connections and perception of social action work will also create more positive connections within other people locally”. Manny Abbeyquaye – Centre Spot Director

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Notes for editors:
People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives. Active Communities is a funding programme for local people with great ideas about how to help create fairer places to grow, live, work and age well.

Health Desire is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton. www.healthdesirecic.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission – www.healthlottery.co.uk

Centre Spot CIC is a creative social enterprise that uses Sports and Physical Activity to engage and build capacities of people, particularly young people. Centre Spot seeks to encourage the uptake of physical activity, and improve the physical wellbeing of disadvantaged individuals and communities through targeting sports and wellbeing activities at deprived communities where we have strong relationships.