28 November 2011
Local society lottery awards health good causes money in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire
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 HealthStrong 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.
Three projects in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire have been awarded grants by the People’s Health Trust.
- Funding of £27,932 has been awarded to the BTCV’s Green Gym programme in Milton Keynes, which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects which have a proven impact on health and wellbeing.
- Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to WRVS in Banbury, to support the delivery of their Good Neighbours scheme and the future development of their services. The funding will be used to support older people to enable them to continue living as independently as possible.
- Funding of £40,000 has been awarded to Crossroads Care Bucks and Milton Keynes to develop its work in supporting older carers. Through the provision of activities including short term respite care and day centres, the charity is able to give carers a break from their caring role.
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 Milton Keynes. Green Gyms are a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet people and get active while also helping the environment.”
Margaret Lawson, Service Delivery Manager for Oxfordshire said: “WRVS is delighted to be one of the charities benefitting from this exciting new initiative. This money will make a real difference to how WRVS delivers services in Banbury and will ensure that older people receive the services they need, helping to make Britain a great place to grow old.”
Karen Gill, Chairperson at Crossroads Care Bucks and Milton Keynes said: “Carers very often put the needs of those they care for ahead of their own, and this can have a negative impact on their own health, wealth and wellbeing. As well as benefiting from the new services we’ll be able to provide thanks to this funding, I know that carers will take great comfort from the fact they have been recognised and rewarded in this way.”
Further details about grants awarded by the People’s Health Trust are available on the Trust’s website - www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk