28 November 2011
Local society lottery HealthShape awards health good causes money in Southampton
Communities across England, Scotland and Wales are starting to benefit from the £50 million a year from the good causes money raised by local society lotteries through the new Health Lottery.
Through the Healthy Places Healthy People grants programme, the People’s Health Trust is working with HealthShape society lottery to fund activity to reduce isolation amongst older people, provide support for informal carers, particularly young adult carers, and support local projects that help create healthier environments and communities.
One project in Southampton has been awarded local society lottery funding from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the health good causes money is most needed and spent.
- Funding of £27,932 has been awarded to the BTCV’s Green Gym programme in Southampton, which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects which have a proven impact on health and wellbeing.
Professor Jennie Popay, Chair of the People’s Health Trust, said: “Our funding comes from local society lotteries and it’s really important for us to show people in the communities these lotteries represent how their money is being spent to tackle the social causes of ill-health and promote well being. Our funding will provide an injection of new money into the charitable sector to support local activity at a time when it is really needed. And by working with well-established partners and local groups we know that we're investing in the people and neighbourhoods that can benefit the most from this funding.”
Paul Forrest-Jameson, South East Area manager for BTCV, said : “BTCV is delighted to have received this funding from our local society lottery which will help us to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Southampton. Green Gyms are a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet people and get active while also helping the environment.”
Further details about grants awarded by the People’s Health Trust are available on the Trust’s website - www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk