Blackpool FC Community Trust Secures Assura Community Fund Grant

Blackpool FC Community Trust has secured a £5000 Assura Community Fund grant for a project which encourages those who attend Tuesday Walk and Talk, Walking Football and the Veteran’s Walk and Talk to stay behind for an hour afterwards to have a hot drink and a chat.

The scheme led by Blackpool FC Community Trust will fund all of the refreshments for our Wellbeing Hubs after they have finished their physical activity for example, our walking groups or walking football, thanks to a £5000 grant from the Assura Community Fund, administered by Cheshire Community Foundation. Assura is a national business, building and developing primary care health centres. The Community Fund is their way of supporting the people living near to their buildings and focuses on health and wellbeing projects delivered by the most effective local charities.

Cheshire Community Foundation raises funds to support hundreds of small charities and voluntary groups across the whole of Cheshire and Warrington. They are expert grant-makers, ensuring that the money their donors invest reaches right to the heart of the local communities that need it the most. CCF’s aim is to tackle poverty, disadvantage and inequality, helping to build stronger, happier and more resilient communities. Assura have partnered with CCF as their local Community Foundation for 3 years, and together they have awarded over a million pounds of grants to charities.

Zoe Sheppard, the Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation said:

“It is an honour to partner Assura to manage their Community Fund, and the £1 million milestone is such an exciting achievement in our longstanding collaboration. Through their generosity and commitment to their communities, Assura really are changing lives for the better. We look forward to an exciting future working in partnership with the Assura team.”

Seb Draper, Community Engagement Team Leader said:

“The wellbeing hubs are a great opportunity for participants to socialise after being active. Thanks to the Assura Community Fund we offer unlimited refreshments so participants can continue their conversations. We are inviting partner agencies down to the hubs, to offer further support to participants”.

CCF have distributed over £9 million in the ten years they have been operating. This grant is part of Assura’s £400’000 Community Fund programme; information on the other successful projects can be found here:

The project will begin in February and the hubs will immediately follow our Walk and Talks and the new Walking Football session for an hour. We intend to provide additional support to those who attend these sessions through social interaction and the opportunity to meet up with and talk to new people.