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All smiles at Cranmer House

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 24/04/2014 11:07:21

Cranmer House, Canterbury, has received nearly £8,000 towards its ‘When You’re Smiling’ project.

NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) awarded £7,992 from their community fund to support the residents committee’s plans for an active living programme.

When You’re Smiling will be led by local charity, Big Fish Arts. It will provide an opportunity for the 30 residents at Cranmer House to take part in regular creative, educational and social events.

The springboard for the sessions will be based around ‘sharing childhood memories’. The project is due to launch in May.

Mrs Evelyn Simpson, Cranmer House Residents Committee project lead, said: “We are thrilled that we have some funding and dedicated support to develop a series of fun but educational events that will entertain us and inspire us to do more; not just what we might do at the events but between the sessions too.

“As a resident here, I've long felt we need to be more connected with the outside world, and welcome the chance to get involved in organising more social events where we can invite guests, other folk who would welcome the chance to meet us. And of course we'd like to get to know our local neighbours too.”

Claire Boraston, Head of Commissioning at NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, said: “We created the community fund as we were keen to support the valuable work of local voluntary and community organisations across the area.

“We are very pleased to be able to help get the When You’re Smiling project off the ground. It’s a great opportunity for the residents to get involved and we look forward to hearing how the project evolves over the coming months.”

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