Belfast Telegraph

TV show could bring big changes for locals

An ambitious North Belfast community health project is hoping to win a share of the 'People's Millions' when the live TV competition airs on UTV later this month.

The Ardoyne Shankill Health Partnership's Healthy Living and Family Support Project hopes to improve the mental and physical health of the local communities.

Poverty in families will be addressed under the scheme's remit, along with work within the communities to develop local people's skills.

Around 2,500 people will be targeted through group counselling and complementary therapies, while outreach work will be done through health events, art therapy group-work, a mental health and older people's programme, an exercise referral programme, a dance exercise and therapy programme, a cook-it nutrition programme, a smoking cessation programme, and various lifestyle programmes featuring Boccia, armchair aerobics, swimming and walking.

The Ardoyne Shankill project is one of six Northern Irish projects which have been chosen to go head-to-head in the People's Millions TV show – a partnership between Big Lottery Fund and ITV, which has awarded £27.8m to community projects over the last seven years.

Representatives from the groups will put forward their case, hoping to capture the public's attention and win the funding – with the winners decided by phone vote.

One award will be made each night for three nights – November 25-27 – with a bonus award announced on November 28 for the runner up who receives the most votes.

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