£769,000 lottery funding awarded to RCT health project
Newydd Housing Association has received more than three quarters of a million pounds from the Big Lottery People and Places Fund to extend their health and wellbeing project across Rhondda Cynon Taff.
The hapi (healthy, aspiring, prosperous and inclusive) project began as a pilot in 2015 when £238,000 was received from the same fund to help more than 800 people improve their health and wellbeing in Rhydyfelin and Hawthorn.
Now, two years later and after exceeding their targets by working with over 1400 individuals, the hapi project will provide a holistic service for participants by filling gaps in existing health and wellbeing services, and referring participants onto local provision where necessary.
Following the successful Big Lottery Fund bid, the team will continue to be based at Newydd’s Community Hub in Rhydyfelin and additional support will now also be offered to residents in Tonteg, Beddau, Llantrisant and the Cynon Valley over the next 5 years. Activities to be delivered include healthy eating initiatives, physical activities, employment training, volunteering opportunities and emotional wellbeing workshops on stress management and confidence building.
Highlighting the importance of the People and Places programme, Rona Aldrich, Wales Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund, 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, “I am ecstatic that this project has been extended, many people have told us that hapi has made a huge difference to their lives, so the fact that we can now offer support to 5,500 people over the next five years is brilliant. We will be recruiting for more staff in the coming months and look forward to hitting the ground running once more.”