Five projects that aim to boost the health and wellbeing of people in Wiltshire have been awarded a grant from Healthwatch Wiltshire's Community Cash Fund.
The scheme, which was launched in early March 2019, attracted 41 applications to apply for funds of up to £2,000 from the county's consumer champion for health and social care services.
As well as encouraging healthier lifestyles, the five successful projects will also provide a way for Healthwatch Wiltshire to get more feedback on local services from people it might not otherwise hear from.
SPARK Festival of Wellbeing
Pound Arts Centre and Rewired Counselling hosted SPARK, a two-day health and wellbeing event in Corsham on 12 and 13 July 2019.
The first day was aimed at Year 9 students and focuses on sleep, stress, body, food and confidence, while the second day was open to all and included a variety of speakers and a marketplace of groups and services.
Wellbeing at the Orchard
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Wellbeing at the Orchard project, which ran from July to October 2019 is aimed at people who are experiencing mental health issues. The project, based at Roundway Orchard in Devizes, featured eight weeks of outdoor activities including conservation, wild-cooking and nature-based craft. Designed to help improve mental wellbeing, the project also provides skills and knowledge on managing an orchard.
Any Body Can Cook, want to run healthy eating courses for families on a low income at children’s centres in Chippenham and Corsham. Their vision is to promote health equality across communities, with the ultimate aim being less visits to the GP and dentist, maintaining a healthy weight, better mental health and increased confidence.
Rowden Hill Surgery, are starting a choir for patients with respiratory conditions who attend the Rowden, Lodge and Hathaway surgeries in Chippenham. Singing regularly is thought to have a positive effect on the quality of life of someone with a lung condition, and sessions would be open to both patients and their carers.