As well as managing the national Assura Community Fund, we were honoured to administrate the Assura grants linked to the Rugby League World Cup which will take place this summer.
Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has today announced the projects to be funded by their Official Community Health Partner, Assura plc, as the first phase of this exciting project gets underway.
The Assura Community Fund launched a RLWC2021 Grants Programme, back in January of 2021, with a minimum of £100,000 available to help charitable and voluntary sector organisations deliver health and wellbeing activities.
The grants have been put in place to educate and teach skills that will contribute towards improving emotional health and wellbeing, gaining support for life challenges and providing increased activities and opportunities to improve self-confidence, self-esteem and belonging.
Grants have been given to health projects working from or with rugby league community clubs, existing recipients of the RLWC2021 CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme, and within the eighteen RLWC2021 host towns and cities.
Some of the fantastic projects to be funded by the Assura Community Fund grants include help for older people coping with loneliness and isolation, volunteering and learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people, support for young adults to get ready for work, veteran wellbeing projects and summer activity camps for children, to name but a few.
The partnership aligns with RLWC2021’s Mental Fitness Charter which is educating people to look after their own mental fitness, and of those around them, at a time when mental and physical health is such a priority.
The first grants have been awarded to the following projects
You Got This! – Warrington
Rugby Memories – Wigan & Leigh
First Step – Salford, Greater Manchester
Boulevard Revisited – West Hull, North Hull, East Ridings of Yorkshire
Social Action Leeds – Leeds
EmpowHER – Warrington
State of Mind Official Support – National Coverage
Rovers Tots – Featherstone
Thunder Fit – Newcastle Upon Tyne
Return to Activity – Rochdale
Nordic Walking with 4Wings – Merseyside
World Cup Welcome Packs & Sewing Squad! – Greenwich, London
‘Live Well’ Drop In – Hull
Different Routes Programme – Wigan
York City Knights Foundation ‘FitKnight’- York
Saints Veterans Wellbeing Project – St Helens
Jose Kenga- Diversionary and Inclusion Programme Summer-Autumn – Salford
The Great Outdoors – Wood Green, London
Being ‘Wheelie’ Engaged – Halifax
Getting Match Fit – London Borough of Ealing
Tracy Power, RLWC2021 Social Impact Director, said, “Local communities have faced significant challenges during the pandemic, so the opportunity to deliver good news and fund projects that will help make a positive difference to people’s lives is fantastic. We thank Assura for helping to make these projects happen and look forward to seeing the impact of the funded projects in the near future.
Assura CEO, Jonathan Murphy, said: “It’s been so wonderful to see the really creative ideas coming from communities right across the rugby league map. We wanted to focus on projects which could help tackle wider issues which make such a difference to health and wellbeing – from isolation to debt, employment and self-confidence – and these projects have really tapped into that.”