Local society lottery HealthAmaze awards health good causes money in West Yorkshire

10 April 2012

Four projects in West Yorkshire have been awarded local society lottery funding from People’s Health Trust

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 West Yorkshire have been awarded local society lottery funding from People’s Health Trust.

  • Funding of £27,932 has been awarded to BTCV to allow them set up a Green Gym that aims to reach people living in Chapeltown, Harehills, Beeston and Middleton. BTCV’s existing operations in West Leeds have a city wide catchment but it is aware that travel time does discourage some of the most vulnerable people from North East Leeds as it takes two buses to reach the project. This new site will give BTCV more capacity and a different local catchment. The Inkwell, an arts focused adult learning centre run by Leeds Mind, was formerly a pub but now hosts a thriving set of services and is accessible by a major bus route. The Green Gym 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. 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 £31,030 has been awarded to Mencap in Wakefield. 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 Leeds Mencap branch to run a Gateway Active Awards programme. 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 £46,801 has been awarded to the Carers Trust (formerly Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care) to support older carers in the area. Almost 1 million people aged 65+ provide unpaid care to a partner, family member, or other person in England. This project, hosted by Crossroads Care Mid-Yorkshire, 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.
  • Funding of £43,357 has been awarded to Sustrans’ Active travel for Health Programme in Leeds. The Active Travel for Health project will use walking and cycling as an attractive and easy way for people who need to raise their activity levels and therefore enjoy the associated health benefits. Physical activity is crucial to health and wellbeing and yet most people fail to achieve even the minimum recommended daily amount.  Active Travel Leeds will improve physical and mental health by increasing levels of everyday walking and cycling, particularly amongst young people and people living in areas of high health deprivation.

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. HealthAmaze Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Wakefield and Leeds.
  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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