Cumbria and Northumberland benefit from Health Lottery funding

20 October 2011

Communities across Cumbria and Northumberland are set to be some of the first to benefit from grants awarded by the People’s Health Trust from the good causes money raised by the new Health Lottery on behalf of local society lotteries across Great Britain

Through its inaugural grants programme, Healthy Places Healthy People, the People’s Health Trust 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.

Three projects in Cumbria and Northumberland are early recipients of this new local society lottery funding:

  • Funding of £46,801 has been granted to Carers Northumberland, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of carers. The centre provides a range of carer support services tailored to meet identified carer needs across the county including one-to-one support, groups and social activities as well as offering a comprehensive, centralised information and signposting service including a dedicated carer telephone information service.
  • Funding of £43,357 to Active Travel Ashington where the charity Sustrans will encourage inactive people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday lives to improve both physical and mental well-being.
  • Funding of £43,750 is going to the Youth Sport Trust to promote alternative sports in secondary schools, organised by young people for young people, encouraging them to adopt a healthier lifestyle into adult life.

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.”

Adam Bell, from Sustrans Ashington, said: “This new funding will see us working with residents of Ashington in Northumberland and encouraging them to travel in more active ways - by walking and cycling for instance - with the aim of improving their physical health and mental well-being.”

Sandi Downing, Chief Executive of Carers Northumberland, said: “Carers Northumberland are delighted to receive this contribution that will help to develop and improve support for older carers in the county. The funding through this grant will be used for targeted activities with older carers in the county to allow them to focus on their own health and well-being alongside their caring role.”

Lisa McHendry, Head of Participation at the Youth Sport Trust, said: “At the Youth Sport Trust we are passionate about working with schools to create opportunities upon which young people’s  lifestyle choices can be built.  We are delighted that through this funding we will be able to provide even greater provision for young people to become more active and healthy which will hopefully provide a stepping stone into lifelong participation."


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