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In partnership with Huntingdonshire District Council (HDC), CARESCO, a charity based in Sawtry, has launched their Health Inequalities Project, funded through Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Integrated Care System.

CARESCO, one of the 15 groups working on the Health Inequalities Project, has been awarded a further £7,500, after completing a consultation within the village, asking residents what they would like to see in their local area to address health needs. CARESCO has committed to increase the health and wellbeing of its local community by targeting new activities through existing projects. Areas of focus will be mental health, physical fitness classes and healthy eating.

The project began this month, with a Strength and Balance taster class at CARESCO delivered by the One Leisure Active Lifestyles Team, ahead of a weekly class launching on 7 February 2023. The Active Lifestyles Team will be attending CARESCO again next month to deliver a Healthy Eating workshop, demonstrating the understanding of a balanced diet and the adoption of healthy eating habits.

General Manager of CARESCO, Emma Flanz, said: "The support from HDC to help steer this project forward has been really great. This funding will make a big difference to help strengthen our existing services and allow CARESCO to develop and grow our provision in line with our health and wellbeing aims. We are excited to make a start!

"Over the next 12 months we will be planning a range of activities, such as fitness classes, beginning in early February. We have also lined up a series of workshops and training around the topic of health.

"The first workshop is planned for Friday 17 February and features a talk on Healthy Eating from the One Leisure Active Lifestyles Team. We encourage as many people in our local community to attend these, everyone is welcome.

"For more information about the plans we have for the Health Inequalities Project, please contact our office at or call 01487 832105 and speak to our team. Or read all about it in our Sawtry Eye magazine."

Executive Councillor for Community and Health, Cllr Ben Pitt, said: "CARESCO's project launching as part of the district-wide Health Inequalities Project shows just how important community groups and charities are when supporting their local communities.

"There are some exciting workshops and sessions planned and I encourage local residents of Sawtry to get in touch with CARESCO to sign up. They will be providing valuable support and information around staying active, independent and healthy."

Find out more about the Health Inequalities Project.

Strength and Balance class
Strength and Balance class