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£238,000 lottery funded health and wellbeing project launched in RCT

Newydd Housing Association has launched an innovative health and wellbeing project in Rhondda Cynon Taf after receiving almost a quarter of a million pounds from the Big Lottery People and Places Fund.
With over 50 attendees, the Healthy, Aspiring, Prosperous and Inclusive (hapi) project was officially launched on 4th August in Rhydyfelin with an event sponsored by contractors Jehu Project Services. Attendees signed a pledge to support the project after the team introduced their plans for the next two years. 
Nicola John, Director of Public Health at Cwm Taf University Health Board said, “Cwm Taf Public Health Team has been involved with the development of the hapi project delivery model. We feel that this project will be of great benefit to health of local people, and it will encourage and support individuals and families towards a range of positive health outcomes.”
Engaging with a range of local partners and complementing existing services, the hapi project is a wellbeing scheme which aims to work with over 800 individuals and families in the Rhydyfelin and Hawthorn areas.
Based at the Newydd Community Hub in Rhydyfelin the hapi project signposts participants to local provision already in place and will fill gaps in health and wellbeing services by delivering appropriate physical and emotional wellbeing interventions, based on local need.
Paul Roberts, Chief Executive of Newydd said, “The team have spent the past few months meeting with partners to find out what services are available in the local area, developing materials and looking at the needs of local people. We now look forward to welcoming participants onto the project and seeing the many positive outcomes in the near future.”
Local volunteers will also be trained to become hapi champions where they will run their own projects and classes with the aim of sustaining these themselves once the hapi project comes to an end in two years time.
Highlighting the importance of the People and Places programme, Rona Aldrich, Wales Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund, said, "Programmes like People and Places are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across Wales. It delivers on our promise to use National Lottery funding to regenerate and revitalise communities, tackle disadvantage head on and leave a lasting legacy."
If you are interested in finding out more about the hapi project, whether this is to take part in courses, become a hapi champion or to offer services alongside the team please get in touch with them by calling 07899 665807, or by searching for hapiRCT on Facebook and @hapi_RCT on Twitter.