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Get £1,000 to run a healthy activity for primary age children

Bristol community groups who want to run activities to improve children’s wellbeing could receive a grant of up to £1,000.

Community Access Support Service (CASS) and Bristol City Council are offering the grants from the Emotional Wellbeing Fund for groups to run a health activity – which must improve the wellbeing of children of primary school age and their families.

Activities could include art, music, drama or exercise  or an alternative of the group’s choice.

A recent Bristol City Council and NHS Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group survey showed  the top emotional health and wellbeing issues  in schools were sexuality, eating disorders/body image and mental illness within the family.

A Government study (2005) into the mental health of children and young people in Great Britain showed  one in ten children between five and 16 had a mental health problem.*

Rules for the grant are that a maximum of £1,000 per activity can be applied for and only voluntary or community groups are eligible.  All activities must be completed by 31 July 2017.

Applications will be considered on a bi-monthly basis with the following deadlines in 2017: 10 January, 10 March, 10 May  and 10  July  (if funds allow).

Visit for an application form and guidelines or collect printed copies from Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, Beam Street, Barton Hill, Bristol, BS5 9QY.

For more information, contact Anna Balcerek on or 0740 012 8052.

*Green, H., McGinnity, A., Meltzer, H., et al. (2005). Mental health of children and young people in Great Britain*