Local lottery HealthSustain awards health good causes money in Greater Manchester

26 March 2012

Four projects in Greater Manchester 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 Greater Manchester 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 £60,000 has been awarded to Dementia UK in Bolton. Dementia affects 1 in 4 people. Symptoms include profound memory loss, problems with reasoning and communication and eventual inability to look after oneself. The funding will enable Dementia UK, in partnership with the Making Space charity in Bolton,  to establish a new Admiral Nursing service, widening the charity's impact in the area and supporting approximately 70-100 families affected by dementia in year one. Additionally, the funding will enable Dementia UK to share learning and promote best practice to local health and social care staff as well as showing how improved dementia care can bring about life changing support.
  • Funding of £31,030 has been awarded to Mencap in Ashton Under Lyne. There are around 1.5m people with a learning disability in the UK.  They are much less likely to participate in leisure and community activities that provide opportunities for healthier living. The funding will enable the Mencap to run a Gateway Active Awards programme in collaboration with Ashton -under-Lyne and District Mencap. The purpose of the programme is to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults to support their transition to adulthood. National Mencap will work closely to support local groups to work with people with more profound disabilities.
  • 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 £43,357 has been awarded to Sustrans in Bury. Physical activity promotes wellbeing, good physical and mental health. Around two thirds of adults fail to meet even the minimum recommended activity levels. This inactivity costs the NHS over £1bn per year. Sustrans has developed a range of projects which encourage people to increase cycling, walking and use of public transport. Active Travel for Health will target community groups, students and adults working in Bury. Activities will include bike maintenance training, a bike loan scheme, cycle skills training and accompanied walks. Sustrans expects levels of walking cycling to increase over the year as a  result of the project.  

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


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. HealthSustain Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Tameside, Wigan, Bolton, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham.
  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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