A charity has received a funding boost of almost £30,000 to deal with social isolation.

The £29,528 award has gone to the Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations (EPNAVCO).

Using money raised by HealthReward through The Health Lottery, the grant has been made by the People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, which makes funds available to local people and groups with ideas to make their communities even better.

In Ellesmere Port, the new 18-month project is intended to deliver twice-weekly sessions in Stanney and Westminster aimed at young mums and older women.

The sessions will deal with the isolation faced by these two groups whilst forming new friendships and building community cohesion. It will benefit 70 people with 30 attending regularly.

Chris Lunn, director of HealthReward, said: “This project, supported using money raised by HealthReward, is extremely valuable to a wide range of individuals.

“We look forward to hearing more about how this initiative supports people to live longer healthier lives.”

John Hume, chief executive of the 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.”

Elaine Dunn, chief officer of EPNAVCO, said: “We are really excited to be working on this project.

“We had a good idea and now we want to hear the ideas of people who live in Stanney and Westminster.

“If you want to find out more about what is happening in your area or if you have an idea for a group or an event please contact us.”

EPNAVCO is in the first-floor offices of the indoor market. For more information, telephone 0151 356 7358.