Published on: 19th July 2019

YOUTH-LED projects have received grants in a bid to enhance the health and wellbeing of people living in Salford.

NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has provided £25,000 to the Youth Wellbeing Fund, which is ran by Salford CVS, to support projects that have been inspired and developed by groups of eight to 21 year olds.

10 projects pitched to a panel last Saturday (July 13), who decided that all 10 will receive up to £2,500 each to run their initiatives and improve the physical and mental health of people living in the city. Running the project will also help young people improve skills such as budgeting, team work and project management.

Training to sign, a project developed by children at Irlam Primary School, received a grant to teach the pupils sign language. With several pupils at the school have hearing impairments and difficulty communicating, the money will really benefit all the children to develop, both socially and academically.

Mrs Darwin, Head Teacher at Irlam Primary School, said: “This is a wonderful project for our school.  We are an inclusive school and we like to involve every child in everything we do.  Communication is vital and sign language will be of great help to so many of our pupils!”

Another project with received money through the Youth Wellbeing Fund is Foyer Food Stories by the Health Action team. This initiative will provide 39 residents at Salford Foyer with access to 12 months affordable food through the FareShare scheme.

Chair of NHS Salford CCG, Dr Tom Tasker, said: “It’s fantastic that the CCG is providing money to help deliver these innovative projects that we hope will benefit the Salford community.

“It’s important that young people are involved in making these decisions to shape health and care for their future. I look forward to seeing the results of each project.”