Eight more organisations will receive grants to launch projects designed to improve the mental and physical health of residents in Essex.

The projects will receive grants from our Public Health Accelerator Bids (PHAB) small grants programme.

The latest round will see the projects benefit from a total of £87,556.

The successful organisations are:

  • Hadleigh Park Cycles, Castle Point: to partner with NHS organisations, the Salvation Army and local schools to promote and provide activities that support healthy lifestyle choices. Other organisations will be able to signpost people with poor physical or mental health to activities.
  • Open Road, Tendring: to employ an engagement coordinator to support an open access service for those with dependency or misuse issues who are more susceptible to poor health.
  • Acorn Village, Tendring: to create a walk and talk wellbeing project, a one-year programme to help adults with learning disabilities with the management of their long-term conditions.
  • Muscle Mind Care CIC, Colchester: to offer free fitness classes for pregnant women and new dads facing mental health and health challenges. The classes focus on tackling health inequalities by targeting those with high BMI, gestational diabetes, PND, and preeclampsia.
  • The Country Trust, Harlow: to host a year of immersive food discovery sessions for three Harlow schools – including one alternative provision for children with complex needs.
  • Brighter Opportunities for Special People, Basildon: to host 140 out and about sessions in the community for children and young people with disabilities. These will provide 840 places and 4,896 hours of specialist support with fun, developmental and educational activities out in the community.
  • Enterprise East Group CIC, Uttlesford: to run a series of weekly workshops covering topics of healthy eating, diet, exercise, and nutrition. These will include practical cooking lessons, led by trained chefs, which will teach participants how to plan and cook healthier meals on a regular basis.
  • Divine Assembly Ministries (Boaz Project), Colchester: to run a project promoting positive health behaviours, focusing on improving both physical and mental health in Greenstead, particularly women and girls.

PHAB offers organisations the opportunity to bid for funding across two grant funding streams – small grants and major grants over £15,000.

Applications for the small grants scheme will be paused from Monday 15 January to Monday 12 February. Following this date, organisations will be able to bid for funding of up to £7,500 for their projects.

Find out more and apply for PHAB funding