Local society lottery HealthExpect awards health good causes money in South West Wales

24 January 2012

Three projects in South West Wales 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, the 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  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 £27,932 has been awarded to the BTCV’s Blue Green Gym Project (reaching Swansea, Neath & Port Talbot) which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects which have a proven impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Funding of £46,801 has been awarded to PRTC’s Older Carers project at North Argyll Carers Centre that supports older carers to look after their own health and wellbeing, and better cope in their caring role. 
  • Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to WRVS to support the delivery of their Pembrokeshire Befriending Service, which supports older people to enable them to continue living as independently as possible.

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.”

Peter Hill, Green Gym project officer said: "BTCV is delighted to have received funding from our local society lottery - HealthExpect which will help us to improve the health & wellbeing of people in the Swansea & Neath, Port Talbot area who have work limiting health conditions. The opportunity is also open to the long term unemployed & young people who are not in education or training (NEETS). 

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. HealthExpect Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of South West Wales (Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Bridgend, Neath and Port Talbot.). The lottery is an independent body.
  2. These new grants will be made possible through the good causes money raised through The Health Lottery, a new draw-based lottery game which launched on Saturday, October 8th and which is available to play online and across 40,000 retail outlets in England, Wales and Scotland.   Twenty pence out of every one pound lottery ticket bought will be used to fund projects in every society lottery area.
  3. 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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