What we do
People’s Health Trust believes in a world without health inequalities. We work to ensure that where you live does not unfairly reduce the length of your life, or the quality of your health.
The Trust was set up to address health inequalities in Great Britain and create fairer places in which to grow, live, work and age. Through our funding and support, we encourage resident-focused approaches as a means of addressing the underlying structural causes of health inequalities.
Our approach to addressing health inequalities
The Trust believes that supporting local communities to take greater control over what happens in their neighbourhood is key to creating new and stronger relationships, improving confidence and encouraging a greater sense of belonging.
Common to all aspects of the Trust’s work is the desire to ensure that control is in the hands of residents and that local wisdom and assets possessed by each neighbourhood drive what happens on the ground.
It is already known that the level of control that a person has over their life is associated with their health. There is also some emerging evidence that health outcomes are affected by the amount of control that residents have over decisions that affect them collectively.
Initiatives that aim to promote collective control, for example through co-production and community engagement, have been shown to increase sense of control, self-esteem and self-confidence among individuals, and to increase social capital, social cohesion and social connectedness in communities. All of these outcomes have been shown to have a positive influence on health.
To read more about how we are contributing to the evidence base around collective control, click here.
These principles are at the heart of our new strategy.
Our strategic priorities for 2016 – 2019
- Supporting local people to take action on the wider social determinants of health at a local level
- Improving what we do and how we do it, to maximise our resources and knowledge for the benefit of local neighbourhoods, other funders and commissioners
- Building successful relationships locally and nationally, and support for local empowerment models which in turn benefit the health of local people
- Communicating evidence and learning to local people, policy makers, academics and practitioners, locally and nationally, and contributing to the evidence base for local control as a way to reduce health inequalities
Our funding programmes
We invest in people with great ideas to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age. We believe in funding ideas which are small and local and are genuinely designed and led by local people. We target our funds at the neighbourhoods which are the most affected by health inequalities.
We run three main funding programmes:
- Active Communities – for great local ideas of between £5,000 and £25,000 each year for up to two years. The programme is open in different parts of the country at different times.
- Local Conversations – an approach which involves working together with the residents of a neighbourhood to determine how they would like to use the money raised through their local society lottery.
- Local People – a programme through which we fund several larger charities, all of whom work very locally with residents to co-produce projects.
Campaigns we support
We also support the following initiatives:
The Living Wage
This is an hourly rate of pay calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. The current UK Living wage is £7.85 an hour. The current London Living Wage is £9.15 an hour. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. Paying the Living Wage is good for business, good for the individual and good for society. Read more.
The Living Wage Friendly Funders Scheme - this was launched by The Living Wage Foundation, supported by People's Health Trust, to help end low pay in the Voluntary and Community Sector. Funding organisations to support applicant charities to pay the Living Wage to any grant-funded staff posts. The scheme was developed in collaboration with a range of other established funders including Trust for London; Barrow Cadbury Trust; Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Comic Relief. Read more.