Local lottery HealthThrive awards health good causes money in the West Midlands

02 April 2012

Two projects in the West Midlands 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 the West Midlands 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 Southam. 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 Royal British Legion in Southam,  to establish a new Admiral Nursing service, widening the charity's impact in the area and supporting 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 £46,801 has been awarded to the Carers Trust  to support older carers in Coventry and Warwickshire. Almost 1 million people aged 65+ provide unpaid care to a partner, family member, or other person in England. This project will improve the emotional and physical health of older carers by helping them secure the benefits they are entitled to, making available appropriate health assessment and health related activities, offering support with emergency planning and planning for the future and facilitating access to breaks from their caring responsibilities in the way that they choose.

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. HealthThrive Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcester.
  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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