Grants awarded in 2017: Healthy Futures

Our Healthy Futures funding programme focuses on supporting and empowering young adults aged 18 to 25 living with ongoing health challenges. Young adults are particularly vulnerable as they leave secondary education and move towards becoming independent. For young adults with health concerns this period can be even more difficult. Poor transitions, changing support networks and gaps in provision, along with new responsibilities all have the potential to lead to poorer outcomes and experiences. 

Projects awarded funding

Over £380,000 has been awarded in grants within the Healthy Futures funding programme, helping 16 organisations to deliver a wide range of projects that will make an impact on the health and wellbeing of young adults living with health challenges, empowering them to live life to the full. Details of these projects can be found below.

Supporting young adults living with health challenges

Asthma UK: What'sApp with Asthma
Delivering a non-emergency WhatsApp service to help 18 to 25 year olds to self-manage their asthma effectively.

CLIC Sargent: Thrive, not just survive
Developing CLIC Sargent’s Online Community - a digital platform providing peer support, advice and information to young people, helping them cope with the immediate and long-term side effects of cancer treatment.  

Lymphoma Association: Live Your Life
Developing and delivering a survivorship programme for young people with lymphatic cancer.

Muscular Dystrophy: Supporting young adults with muscle-wasting conditions
Developing a model for residential camps to improve the mental health and wellbeing of 18 to 25 year olds with muscle-wasting conditions.

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity: Sing Up!
Improving the physical and mental health of young people with cystic fibrosis through singing.

Sickle Cell Society: Sickle Cell Workshop Programme 
To support young adults in the transition to independence with advice, information, practical training, signposting and opportunities to meet others with Sickle Cell Disorder.  

Together for Short Lives: Supporting transition 
Developing resources to support young adults living with life-limiting conditions in the transition to adult services.

Association for Young People's Health: Supporting students with long-term conditions. Working with students and higher education providers to identify and share good practice in supporting students with long-term conditions.

Empowering young adults with disabilities

Bolton Wanderers Community Trust: Healthy Goals for Life!
Sports activities and workshop sessions on healthy living for young people with disabilities, including learning difficulties, autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Deafblind Scotland: Raising Expectations
Peer coaching and the development of a coping toolkit to support, encourage and empower young adults with dual sensory impairment to live a full life.

Soundabout: Sound Futures
Developing a programme of music interaction activities and resources to support young adults with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities in their transition from education back to home life.

Improving health and wellbeing within communities

Cardiff City FC Community Foundation: Active Bluebirds
Sport sessions and workshops to improve health and wellbeing of young adults experiencing mental health challenges.

Cumbria Youth Alliance: Positive Futures
Supporting marginalised young people in improving emotional resilience, fitness and physical health, and in moving towards a more positive future.

Groundwork West Midlands: Food for Thought, Coventry
A healthy eating project for young adults dealing with mental health issues.

National Union of Students: ABC - Alcohol Behaviour Change
Designing and evaluating a preventative approach to behaviour change around alcohol by identifying and providing guidance to high-risk drinkers.

The Bike Station Glasgow: Youth Wheelbeing
Supports young adults aged 18 to 25 to increase their physical activity and mental wellbeing by enabling them to introduce cycling into their everyday lives.