Local lottery HealthCourage awards health good causes money in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire

26 March 2012

Four projects in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire 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.

Four projects in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire 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 £44,069 has been awarded to the School Food Trust to set up and run Let’s Get Cooking clubs in the area. 58% of Let's Get Cooking club members report that they eat a healthier diet after learning to cook.  Cooking helps to build self esteem and confidence as well as developing social skills, teamwork and friendship. Cooking is a practical, fun and ‘hands-on’ intervention that helps people to learn and understand how to eat a healthy diet and providing them with the skills and knowledge to do so. School Food Trust's project will focus on young people aged 14-19 and their families through secondary schools and further education colleges, and children with learning disabilities through schools for pupils with special educational needs.   
  • Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to the WRVS in Hertfordshire. The WRVS provides practical support in the home; transport to enable people to go shopping or visit friends; hospital based services including shops; and emergency response services during times of crisis in communities. The funding will enable the WRVS to maximise the opportunities for people to remain independent at home and active in their local community. The organisation wants to make it possible for older people to carry on doing the things they enjoy, and recognises that the support people need varies at different times. In particular, the funding will support the development of the WRVS' Good Neighbours Scheme in Bedfordshire, through which volunteers will arrange social clubs, outings and lunches, community transport, books on wheels, collecting pensions, being around when workmen or officials visit or just stopping by and having a chat.
  • Funding of £37,500 has also been awarded to the WRVS to operate in the same way in Bedfordshire.
  • 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. HealthCourage Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Hertfordshire, Central Bedfordshire, Luton and Bedford.
  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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