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 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 for 2019– 2022

  • Creating healthier and more equal neighbourhoods by acting on the things which bring about good health and wellbeing locally
  • Working with partners to establish long term ways for working together to act on the real causes of health inequality
  • Being the best organisation we can for the organisations we fund and our staff.

Find out more about our new strategy.

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 £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.
  • 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 £9 an hour. The current London Living Wage is £10.55 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 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.


Other partners

We acknowledge and are grateful for the support of the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care North West Coast.  Its Improving Public Health Theme works with Local Authority Partners by supporting them to deliver their statutory responsibilities to improve the health of their populations and reduce inequalities in health. Read more.



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