Easthall Residents Association: 10 years of funding

08 November 2021

In the UK, 31 per cent of families with at least one disabled person are in poverty after housing costs, compared with 18 per cent of those without a disabled family member.

Disabled people face huge barriers to equality in all aspects of life. They are much more likely to be isolated and have fewer meaningful social connections compared to non-disabled people.

“Being funded by People’s Health Trust has enabled us to grow and take on more staff, most of whom started as volunteers. The funding has really changed lives and helped us support people to really engage with the project and the community.” - Andy Gilbert, Project Co-ordinator

Easthall Residents Association in Glasgow has received funding three times from People’s Health Trust using money raised through The Health Lottery over a period of eight years. An investment totalling £122,769 has been used to support people from some of the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods in Scotland through a programme of activities chosen by its members.

Andy Gilbert, Project Co-ordinator, explained:

“Having investment from the Trust over a long period of time has meant that we’ve been able to create a sustained path to participation, leading to better health outcomes for people with additional needs in our community.

“We know that having a low income can have a drastic impact on health. It is usually even harder for disabled people to find secure, well-paid work than non-disabled people. Only 47 per cent of disabled people are employed in Scotland and the disability pay gap is the highest out of the entire UK at around 24 per cent.

“Removing these barriers is so important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing. People don’t want sympathy. They want empathy, support and opportunities. Our community hub is a space where they get this.

“Tackling the barriers to participation in social and economic life is essential for achieving health equity. The activities we run, such as the cycling and cooking classes, are about much more than having fun, they help people to become more independent, take on new challenges and build confidence which can be transferred to other aspects of their life.

“We believe that community-driven initiatives are the best way to tackle local health inequalities. Through our project many disabled people have learned new skills, made social connections, become more involved with the wider community, grown in confidence, become volunteers, and moved into work.

“Community projects like ours go beyond what statutory services do. We use expertise, life experience and motivation from the community and make it a better and more inclusive place to live, work and play.”

This case study was produced as part of People's Health Trust's 2021 Annual Review. To read it in full, click here.

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