Case studies - how RBH funding helps our communities

Local communities have reaped the benefits of RBH community funding. Could this be you?

Getting into shape with Zumba!

Zumba at Syke Methodist Church

The "dance to health" initiative, funded by an RBH Our Choice grant, delivered 10 sessions of healthy living activities at Syke Methodist Church, providing local women with an opportunity to access doorstep health and wellbeing activity through a fun and upbeat approach.

In addition, the project has brought women together from a range of cultural backgrounds, helping to combat exclusion and isolation. With expert leadership, attendance at each session topped 20 attendees who each worked out energetically to Latin-Bollywood infused choreography.

RBH Community Partnership Worker, Nasreen Akhtar, said:

“As a mutual society we are committed to empowering residents to make decisions about their communities. The Zumba classes are a great example of how people are putting our values into practice to bring real benefits for themselves and others.”

Lower Falinge Community Activity Group

Lower Falinge Activity Group members

Lower Falinge Community Activity Group aims to improve the quality of life for residents in the neighbourhood. Lower Falinge attracts residents from many walks of life and the group has run a number of ground-breaking projects and provides advice, signposting and befriendly through activities tailored to attract newcomers.

The Activity Group has run a homework club for children aged 5-16, with support from RBH "Our Choice" funding, and a separate arts and crafts group. RBH funding has also supported the "meet and greet" group and the gardening group. Other activities include a luncheon club for the over 50s and the BME Women's Voice organisation, who meet regularly to plan and carry out upskilling and life-enhancing projects.

The Activity Group organises and runs the annual "Falinge Fun Festival" in the summer. This flagship event attracts many residents from Lower Falinge as well as nearby areas, and is organised in partnership with a number of partners including the Council, RBH, the Fire Service and Link4Life.