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Help Yorkshire's Altogether Better programme

Altogether Better

5:52pm 6th June 2011

Staff from a well-being project working in deprived areas of York and Scarborough are appealing for public support for the National Lottery Awards 2011.

The Yorkshire and Humber Altogether Better programme is one of only ten projects out of a total of 800 to make it through to the semi-finals in the Best Health Project category of The National Lottery Awards. The Awards are an annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they recognise and celebrate the difference that Lottery-funded projects make to communities across the UK.

The Altogether Better programme helps individuals and communities to eat more healthily, be more physically active and enjoy improved mental health. It is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and has been managed locally by NHS North Yorkshire and York.

Since 2008, Altogether Better has been actively working with partners in areas of disadvantage in York and Scarborough to deliver health education to families with children, lone parents, teenage parents, care leavers (young people who have been cared for by the Local Authority) and homeless young people.  

The winning project in each category will receive national recognition on a star-studded edition of The One Show in early November and, in addition to the Lottery funding they have already received, will receive a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.

Suzanne Carr runs the Altogether Better programme in York and Scarborough. She said:

"When the project started, our focus was on community members, frontline workers and volunteers. Since September 2009, we've turned our attention directly to individuals within our targeted communities who need our help most to achieve a healthier lifestyle and improved mental well-being.  

"I'm delighted at the success of the project. Across our target areas in Scarborough and York we've provided community health education directly to over 500 people, reached out to over 2,000 people thanks to the community workers we've targeted, and set up or supported 23 community-based activities - of which 15 are run by local people.

"The community members and volunteers who've worked so hard on this project over the last three years deserve the recognition which is why I'm appealing for people to vote for Altogether Better."

The Altogether Better programme has been nominated for Best Health Project. Voting for the finals is now open to the public and ends at midday on Monday 20 June 2011.

To vote, people can:
"    Call 0844 836 9700
"    Visit the National Lottery website and click on the awards section at www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk
"    Visit the Altogether Better website at www.altogetherbetter.org.uk

Telephone voting: Each award entry has its own dedicated phone line for the public to call and cast their votes. Calls will cost no more than 5p from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Any calls made outside of the voting periods indicated above will not count and may be charged. All voting is independently adjudicated by Electoral Reform Services, and all voting is regularly monitored.

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