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06 January 2017

Launch of Carlisle Community Public Health Fund – Tuesday 10 January 2017

Cumbria County Council launches a new public health scheme offering grants of up to £5,000 to support community health initiatives and projects in the Carlisle area.

Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Colin Cox, Director of Public Health for Cumbria will host the launch taking place at Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle on Tuesday 10 January 2017 1:30 to 3pm.

The new Community Public Health Fund is a grant giving scheme that supports one of the key public health priorities for Carlisle: reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and improving the quality of life for people living in the Carlisle area through community based and community led projects.

It reflects the council’s area based approach to public health activity, with the council’s Local Committee’s being given the power to identify local priorities and take action to make a difference. This recognises that the health challenges across the county can be very different.

Evidence shows that Carlisle district has high levels of hospital admissions for coronary heart disease. Consequently community public health funding is available for projects that aim to support people to make informed healthy lifestyle choices which will have a long term positive effect on their health and wellbeing.

A fund total of £35,000 will be available for the Carlisle area. The funding is for projects that support the reduction of cardio-vascular admissions by focusing on the key risk factors: smoking, alcohol, diet and inactivity.

Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health said:

“Coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death both in the UK and worldwide but the risks can be reduced by making simple lifestyle changes.

“I’m delighted to launch this new grant scheme for Carlisle and look forward to seeing applications from those who want to help tackle this deadly disease by encouraging healthy lifestyles.”

Cllr Cyril Weber, Chair of Carlisle Local Committee, said:

“The Local Committee has looked carefully at the public health issues in Carlisle and made use of its new powers to develop this scheme which specifically targets a serious local problem. I hope people will think creatively about how they could make a difference and improve and improve the health of people in the city.  I and other Members on Local Committee are very much looking forward to considering the funding applications and I fully expect to see some excellent proposals.”

Applications will be invited up to a maximum of £5,000 for projects delivered within or across the Carlisle area. Projects will support people to make informed healthier lifestyle choices: reducing their consumption of alcohol; stopped smoking; managing weight (where previously there had been issues of obesity or overweight) or increased exercise.

The application phase opens on 10th January, running until the end of 2017 (or sooner if all funding is allocated)

The county council would like to see applications that use the fund to attract additional funding opportunities, or that supports or complements other resources from public, private and voluntary organisations in supporting community health and wellbeing aims.

For further information contact Carlisle Community Development Team on 01228 226730 or visit http://www.cumbria.gov.uk/yourcommunitysupport/areasupportteams/yourcarlisle

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