Local society lottery HealthDiverse awards health good causes money in North and Mid Wales

18 April 2012

Four projects in North and Mid Wales have been awarded local society lottery funding from 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 North and Mid Wales have been awarded local society lottery funding from People’s Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where the health good causes money is most needed and spent.

  • Funding of £20,611 has been awarded to the Alzheimer’s Society. The funding will enable a Singing for the Brain project to run in Powys and Anglesey. 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 of £27,932 has been awarded to BTCV in Bangor.  The Blue Green Gym project 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. This project will operate from the Faenol Estate in Bangor and outreach to Gwynedd and Anglesey. Minibus transport will be provided to enable participants from different wards to participate in a variety of activities and locations. 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. The project will target referrals from across Bristol where unemployment and health inequalities are high.
  • Funding of £46,801 has been awarded to the Carers Trust in Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conway. The funding will enable Carers Outreach North Wales to put together new services which are shaped to meet the needs of older carers. This could include a range of interventions such as planning for the future, specialist support groups, exercise sessions carers or health checks.  It 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 facilitating access to breaks from their caring responsibilities.
  • Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to WRVS in Bangor. 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, serving Bangor and the rest of North Wales, through which volunteers will arrange social clubs, outings and lunches, community transport, books on wheels, collecting pensions, being around when tradespeople or officials visit or just stopping by and having a chat.

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. HealthDiverse Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Powys, Ceredigion, Flintshire, Wrexham, Gwynedd, Conway, Denbighshire, Anglesey.
  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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