First Welsh funding awarded thanks to local society lottery

09 November 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 Lotte

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.

Five projects in South Wales 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.

  • Funding of £43,375 for Sustrans to empower local people to be champions of walking and cycling in workplaces, educational settings and communities to increase levels of physical activity.
  • A grant of £27,932 has been awarded to the BTCV’s Green Gym programme, which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects which have a proven impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Funding of £31,030 has been awarded for a new Mencap Gateway Active Centre to be set up in Rhondda Cynon Taf, to run an award scheme designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people with a learning disability, supporting them to develop new skills and live a more enriched and active life.
  • Funding of £46,801 has been awarded to Crossroads Care South East Wales to develop its work in supporting older carers. Through the provision of activities including short term respite care and social centres, the charity is able to give carers a break from their caring role.
  • Funding of £43,750 is going to the Youth Sport Trust to deliver Matalan YoURActivity, alternative sports in secondary schools, that inspires and motivate young people to adopt healthy and active lifestyles, that they will sustain into their 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."

Wendy Johnson of Sustrans 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."

Wayne Crocker, Director of Mencap Cymru said: "This money will be a massive boost for people with a learning disability in South Wales. The new centres and Gateway award will offer them much-needed opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing."

Steve Harford, Chairperson of Crossroads Care South East Wales said: "Carers very often put the needs of those they care for ahead of their own, and this can have a negative impact on their own health, wealth and wellbeing. As well as benefiting from the new services we’ll be able to provide thanks to this funding. I know that carers will take great comfort from the fact they have been recognised and rewarded in this way."

Ioan Jenkins, BTCV Operational Director said: "BTCV in South Wales is delighted to be receiving funding through the Peoples Health Trust, which will enable us to help people improve their health at the same time as making a difference to their local environment."

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."

Further details about grants awarded by the People’s Health Trust are available on the Trust’s website – www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

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