Local lottery HealthConfirm awards health good causes money in South East England

02 April 2012

Two projects in South East England have been awarded local society lottery funding from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the health good causes money is most needed and spent

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

Two projects in South East England have been awarded local society lottery funding from the People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the health good causes money is most needed and spent.

  • Funding of £27,932 has been awarded to BTCV’s Green Gym in Newbury and Thatcham. The project aims to reach communities and participants at most risk of poor health and will work with beneficiaries from this group and target the most deprived wards.70% of the district’s most deprived Super Output Areas are in these locations and it has a higher rate of obese adults that the England average.  Life expectancy for males varies by 7 years, between the most and least deprived areas   Activities and locations are varied: planting trees; making and installing bird boxes in a park; working on a community allotment, growing food for people in the neighbourhood.
  • Funding of £40,579 has been awarded to the Youth Sport Trust. The Trust will recruit Healthy Lifestyle Coaches who will support partner schools (Primary and Secondary) to inspire children and young people who are “less active” to choose and enjoy new sporting activities. These children may be disadvantaged or disabled, or may just never have been offered a sport which excites them, and are thereby putting their health at risk.  The Coaches will increase the number of young people participating in school sport. The activities will include sports such as badminton, boccia, fencing, handball, table tennis, volleyball and wheelchair basketball (secondary schools) and multi-sport clubs, with a focus on activities that take their influence from a range of sports skills (primary schools).

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 wellbeing. 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.”

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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Notes to editors

  1. The Health Lottery is the brand name for 51 society lotteries operating in England, Scotland and Wales which aim to tackle health inequalities. HealthConfirm Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest.
  2. The People’s Health Trust is a registered charity which funds projects addressing health inequalities across England, Scotland and Wales. The Trust is funded by 51 local society lotteries and the good causes money they raise through The Health Lottery. The Trust awards grants at a local level to develop programmes aimed at helping people live longer healthier lives. To find out more visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk
 

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