Charities in Kent and Medway awarded local society lottery funding

26 October 2011

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 recently launched Healthy Places Healthy People grants programme, the People’s Health Trust – the independent charity responsible for deciding where the good causes money raised by local lottery societies is spent - will 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.

Four projects in Kent and Medway have became some of the first to be awarded local society lottery funding from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the money is most needed and spent.

  • A grant of £60,000 to Dementia UK to fund an Admiral Nurse to provide specialist dementia care to people affected by dementia and their families. This specialist face-to-face support will, over the coming year, support around 100 family carers and the people with dementia for whom they care.
  • Funding of £44,069 has been awarded to the School Food Trust to work with young people aged 14-19 and their families, and young people with special educational needs to set up their own community-based healthy cooking club, working with up to 1,000 people in the area over the next year. Cooking clubs will be set up in secondary schools with high numbers of pupils eligible for free school meals, and FE colleges and schools for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities across Kent and Medway.
  • Funding of £46,801 to Carers FIRST in Kent, supported by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers to support carers in Tonbridge & Malling, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Edenbridge and the surrounding areas.  Carers FIRST supports local carers through information and resources, discussion, advocacy, one-to-one support and groups where carers can meet others in a similar situations. The charity provides young carers support groups and activities, a support group for parent carers of children with autism and aspergers, respite breaks for carers, support for older carers and a befriending scheme.  
  • Funding of £43,357 to Sustrans’ Active Travel Champions which will work to empower local people in Kent and Medway to be champions of walking and cycling in workplaces, educational settings and communities to increase levels of physical activity.

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.”

Eamonn Holmes, National Ambassador for the Health Lottery said: “Maintaining good health in our communities is of paramount importance. The Health Lottery is a chance to address some of the health issues that are on all of our doorsteps.  A huge amount of wonderful work is already undertaken every day to help people live longer healthier lives and in these difficult economic times The Health Lottery will inject a sizeable amount of new money into that local network.”

Jacqui Wharrad, Dementia UK Pioneer for the South East said: “As well as the distress felt by the person with dementia – which can affect anyone from any background and of any age – the impact on family carers and loved ones is immense. Admiral Nurses provide a lifeline to all those affected by this complex and distressing condition. They are specially trained dementia nurses who provide essential support and practical advice to family carers.  We are delighted to be awarded this grant from the People’s Health Trust as we are now able to establish a new Admiral Nurse post in Kent in partnership with Avante Partnership.” 

Pete Turner, of Carers First said: “ I am delighted that Carers First has been chosen to deliver the older carers project in Kent from the Health Lottery. As the report from the Princess Royal Trust for Carers earlier in the year has identified, this is a group that has historically been under-represented in terms of support and we are very excited by the opportunity to provide services that we know from evidence will impact positively on older carers and their families.”

Simon Pratt, Sustrans’ South East Regional Director said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to inspire and motivate the people around them, at work, at school or in their neighbourhoods, to be more active in their everyday lives. Our Champions will be giving others the confidence, skills and information to walk or cycle for more of their daily journeys, and helping them make a positive difference to their health in ways that don't mean finding extra time or money.” 

Rob Rees, School Food Trust Chairman, said: “Inspiring people to learn to cook is a fun and simple way to help them live more healthily. More than half of the people already taking part in our existing cooking clubs at thousands of locations all over the country say they eat a better diet as a result, so we know this works. This grant is a wonderful opportunity to help even more people reap the benefits of being able to make a decent meal from scratch, and we can’t wait to get started on setting up our new clubs and cooking activities.”   

Further details about grants awarded by the People’s Health Trust are available on the Trust’s website  –


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