Local society lottery HealthCommit awards health good causes money in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire

15 March 2012

Three projects in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire 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.

Three projects in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire 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 for £11,274 has been confirmed for the Alzheimer’s Society to run its Singing for the Brain project in Cambridge. Singing for the Brain builds on the brain’s preserved memory for song and music, whilst providing social interaction, peer support and a fun and stimulating activity for people with dementia and their carers.  The project will reduce stress and anxiety for people with dementia, strengthen relationships between people with dementia, their carer and family, and enable people to make friends with group members who go on to provide support and understanding outside of the sessions.
  • Funding for £44,069 has been confirmed for the School Food Trust which uses cooking as a practical, fun and ‘hands-on’ intervention that helps people to learn and understand how to eat a healthy diet and provides them with the skills and knowledge to do so. This project will help people with mental health problems learn to cook and shop on a budget.
  • Funding for £43,357 has been confirmed for Sustrans to develop an Active Travel for Health project in Cambridge, which aims to 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. Barriers to participation in active travel can be related to gender, ethnicity, disability and access needs.

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. HealthCommit Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.
  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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