The Cornwall Healthy Living Centre (CHLC) was a merger of Kerrier Healthy Living Centre (KHLC) and Penwith Healthy Living Network (PHLN). Both the KHLC and the PHLN were Lottery funded organisations

working to reduce health inequalities across West Cornwall and both were highly successful in reaching the most vulnerable members of society.  The CHLC website had not been updated for a number of years but after receiving Big Lottery funding PCDT has updated it and the website is now referred to as the Cornwall Healthy Living Community website.

The Big Lottery has funded a range of projects aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people across the South West, from Bristol to Penzance. The £1,799,498 injection of Lottery funding in the South West will help over 6,900 people across the region to tackle health issues including heart disease, dementia and diabetes. The award to Westbank from the Big Lottery Fund’s Well-being programme is supporting nine projects including Diabetes for Devon, Active Choices, and Upstream Healthy Futures Programme.  The South West grants are part of a £40m investment from the Big Lottery Fund’s £200m Well-being programme, which began in 2007. The programme is aimed at improving the health of people across England, including interventions that will improve the wellbeing of some of the country’s most marginalised groups. 

Helen Bullough, Big Lottery Fund spokesperson, said: “Research shows that community-based projects like this can have a significant impact on people’s health and wellbeing: reducing depression, increasing self-esteem and improving levels of healthy eating and physical activity. In addition, new projects targeting health issues affecting the region specifically, such as diabetes, are set to have an enormous positive impact on thousands of people.”

For PCDT this funding has meant that they have been able to do the following:

  • update the CHLC website (see above)
  • extend the hours of  PEaT (Plant, Eat and Teach) a community allotment/gardening scheme – supporting people with mild to moderate mental health and/or learning difficulties to develop confidence, self-esteem, reduce anxiety, engage in social interaction and have supported access to training that helps achieve employment. Participants are supported and encouraged to be active in the governance and development of the site and its activities. For more information visit http://www.pcdt.org/index.php/the-p-e-a-t-project
  • Continue to offer 1-2-1 support at Stennack Surgery in St Ives to access health and wellbeing activities that enable people with non-medical problems to engage with VCS provided physical and mental health activities to help improve mental and physical health, greater confidence and self-esteem