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.

The Trust funds projects addressing the circumstances that affect our life expectancy and quality of our health (the social determinants of health). Through our funding and support, we encourage resident-focused approaches as a means of addressing the underlying structural causes of health inequalities.

Neighbourhood-based projects - we support and fund resident-led projects in neighbourhoods experiencing disadvantage because they are the most affected by health inequalities.

Communities of interest - we support and fund projects which connect groups of people with shared identities, experiences, characteristics or common interests who face additional barriers to good health due to discrimination and further inequality.

We also campaign on issues contributing to health inequalities such as jobs and income. 

Find out more about health inequalities and the social determinants of health

To read more about how we are contributing to the evidence base around collective control, click here.

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 two main funding programmes:

  • Active Communities – for great local ideas of between £5,000 and £40,000 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.

Our values

  • Stay true
  • We remain true to our vision
  • We remember what we are here for
  • We know that people make change
  • We help change happen
  • Stay strong
  • We stand up for our beliefs
  • We work things out together with local people
  • We engage with our critics and our supporters
  • We tackle social injustice without fear
  • Stay together
  • We believe in strength in unity
  • We stand with local people
  • We work to ensure all voices are heard
  • We support people to create space for their ideas
  • Stay inspired
  • We are always learning. We are always listening
  • We challenge ourselves to be different, and do things differently
  • We support ideas from local residents which will bring about real change locally


Our strategic priorities

  • Investing in organisations, skills and spaces to better enable local organisations to act on the social and economic causes of health inequalities
  • To develop strong external partnerships and establish ways of working together to act on the real causes of health inequalities
  • Ensure the Trust is in good health, capable of supporting its vision and objectives.

Find out more about our current strategy.









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