Two charities in Bideford and Northam have received funding to embark on new community projects.

Charity groups in North Devon are celebrating receiving more than £36,000 from The Health Lottery.

Bideford Bay Creatives and The United Community Centre in Northam have both been awarded funding from People’s Health Trust through HealthContact.

Bideford Bay Creatives was awarded £19,034 for a 14-month project titled Brunswick Wharf Project.

This will aim to celebrate the heritage of the historical site in Bideford, as well as the new development of the wharf.

The United Community Centre in Northam also received £17,184 to provide a lead youth worker for two years for the group’s twice-weekly youth club sessions.

The sessions will serve 15-20 people from the Morwenna estate and help them to develop confidence and team-working skills.

In total HealthContact has dished out £159,357 to charity groups across Devon.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthContact, said: ‘The projects, supported using money raised by HealthContact, are extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals across this region, we look forward to hearing more about how these initiatives are enabling people to live longer healthier lives.’’

John Hume, chief executive of People’s Health Trust, added: “We are delighted to be investing in these local organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to grow, live, work and age.”

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations with an income of less than £350,000 a year that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year, for projects lasting up to two years.

For more information visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk