More money to help Hampshire schemes identify people’s health needs

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THOUSANDS of pounds have been given to community projects to improve people’s health.

Hampshire County Council has approved proposals recommended by the District Health and Wellbeing Forum to use £103,000 of its public health grant allocation to support a number projects.

The Area Wellbeing scheme in Gosport has been given £22,887.

This is to pay for the extension of a pilot project for community engagement to find out what the health needs of people, with regard to physical activity and healthy eating and what can be done to address these problems.

The Being Independent in Later Life project, which runs in Fareham and Gosport, has been given an extra £25,000.

This is to focus on the health issues in those areas and improve access 
to information and services for older people.

The county council’s executive member for adult social care and public health Councillor Liz Fairhurst said: ‘Improving the health and wellbeing of Hampshire residents is a priority for the county council.

‘The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy lays out clear objectives and these grants will target some of the key issues that have the potential to hamper good health and wellbeing.

‘All of the projects that were awarded funding had to demonstrate impact on improving wellbeing as well as sustainability for the future.’