Cash to help improve mental health in Cookstown

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A COOKSTOWN project is hoping to boost the mental and physical health of older people in the local area thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

040 Cookstown Ltd has been awarded a grant of £6,050 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Healthy Minds NI programme which supports activities to improve the mental health and well-being of people across Northern Ireland.

The group works to improve the lives of older people in the local area by organising and promoting training courses, conferences, lectures, trips and a range of services.

They will use the grant to run a range of weekly activities to boost the mental and physical health and well being of older people by encouraging them to get out of the house, learn new skills and socialise with people in similar situations.

Activities will include armchair aerobics, light exercise dancing classes, painting, knitting, card making and arts and crafts, and there will also be day trips organised so that people can visit different places and gain new experiences.

Frank Hewitt, the Big Lottery Fund’s NI Chair said: “The Healthy Minds programme supports activities at the heart of local communities. Improving people’s mental health and well-being can have a positive impact on family life, work and social life – the community as a whole.

“I am delighted to be announcing these grants which will make a major difference to the lives of many people.”

The Healthy Minds programme has now closed for applications. To find out more about the Big Lottery’s other open programmes visit: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/northernireland