Catalyst Stockton have secured shy of £500,000 in funding from the National Lottery to support work on the Fairer Stockton-on-Tees framework, which aims to reduce inequalities across the Borough.

The project funding will give financial support commitment over the next 3 years to address inequalities by identifying gaps in the area, working with VCSE and statutory services to address these gaps and through volunteer support to individuals not currently accessing services in deprived communities.

Our outcomes include;
* More people experiencing healthy living – eating healthier food, taking more exercise
* Increased good mental health
* Increased income and reduced poverty in the disadvantaged parts of the Borough
* Increased partnership and collaboration between partner organisations
* Increased commissioning from statutory bodies of VCSE services
* More volunteering in Stockton-on-Tees

The Lottery approved £156,000 to fund activities with existing VCSE partners, we will announce soon those who were successful and the projects that will be undertaken. This was a result of a process back in October where we asked colleagues to formally submit proposals to add to their existing services, to reduce inequalities including health inequalities.

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