Newydd received almost a quarter of a million pounds in spring 2015 from the Big Lottery People and Places Fund to carry out a health and wellbeing project in South Wales.The grant was awarded to Newydd to set up and run the Healthy, Aspiring, Prosperous and Inclusive (hapi) project, a 2 year wellbeing scheme to help more than 800 people in Rhondda Cynon Taf, an area where there is a gap in healthy life expectancy between the least and most deprived areas and a total life expectancy which is below the Welsh average.
The hapi project empowers people in the Taf Ely area to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make positive health choices to improve their overall health and wellbeing. Participants from Rhydyfelin, Hawthorn and surrounding areas get support to gain more control over their lives, understand health challenges and make long term improvements to their physical and emotional wellbeing.
Lisa and Hannah, the hapi project team, are based at the Newydd Community Hub in Rhydyfelin and refer participants onto local provision and fill existing gaps in health and wellbeing services. This includes running courses in a community setting, giving advice on health living, including weight management, stress management, physical activity and reducing the risky behaviour such as from sexual health, smoking, and substance misuse.
An additional key element of the hapi project is the introduction of hapi project Champions who will volunteer within their area to learn new skills to run their own projects and classes with the ultimate aim of sustaining these once the hapi project comes to an end.
Rona Aldrich, a Committee member for the Big Lottery Fund in Wales said, “Programmes like People and Places are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales. It delivers on our promise to use National Lottery funding to regenerate and revitalise communities, tackle disadvantage head on and leave a lasting legacy.”
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd said, “In Rhondda Cynon Taf life expectancy is lower than the Welsh average and the effects of poor health on our most deprived communities is considerable. We want to support individuals and their families to improve their overall health and wellbeing. We are overjoyed that the Big Lottery Fund has invested in the hapi project and we look forward to the coming months where we will be recruiting staff and setting up this vital project.”