Jon Cruddas MP was recently contacted by the People’s Health Trust delivering the news that £18,595 in grant funding has been awarded to Young Stars Football First and their ‘Beam Park Walking Football’ project. The project engages with older people living in the Beam Park area of Dagenham and gets them involved in slow paced recreational exercise and social activities.

Young Stars Football First organise weekly activities that are delivered in Dagenham Park Leisure Centre, after exercise such as walking football the group run a social wind down which includes things such as board games, group discussion and refreshments are provided.

This is one of the only projects of its kind and aims to help older residents, often facing social isolation, to form new friendships with like-minded neighbours.

The People’s Health Trust support local organisations using the funding available through the Health Lottery London East, which is a society lottery within the constituency of Dagenham and Rainham. The money is utilised to address the most complex health inequalities, supporting ideas which are designed and led by local people and organisations.

Jon Cruddas MP commented: “this is excellent news. I’m sure the money will be a welcome boost and will ensure that Young Stars Football First can continue to deliver this health conscious initiative which I have no doubt helps to tackle social isolation among older residents in Dagenham.”