Local society lottery HealthFair awards health good causes money in the West Midlands

10 April 2012

Five projects in the West Midlands of England 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.

Five projects in the West Midlands of England have been awarded local society lottery funding from People’s Health Trust.

  • Funding of £44,069 has been awarded to the School Food Trust. They use 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 focus on young people aged 14-19 years and their families, through mainstream schools, FE colleges and schools for children with special educational needs.
  • Funding of £43,357 has been awarded to Sustran’s Active Travel for Health Programme in Stoke on Trent. 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 Stoke on Trent 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.
  • Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to the WRVS in Hanley. The WRVS provides practical support in the home; transport to enable people to go shopping or visit friends; hospital based services including shops; and emergency response services during times of crisis in communities. The funding will enable the WRVS in Hanley 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' community transport and shopping services as well as its wider service base.
  • Funding of £37,500 has also been awarded to the WRVS in Ludlow, to help communities, as outlined above, in and around Ludlow.
  • Funding of £43,750 has been awarded to the Youth Sport Trust’s yoUR Activity Programme. Increasing and sustaining physical activity and wellbeing in young people of secondary school age is recognised as a national issue.  yoUR Activity will promote alternative sports in a network of local Secondary Schools. It is specifically designed to inspire and motivate pupils who are currently not attracted to mainstream/traditional recreational activities. The project provides schools with resources and support to establish an after school club in one of nine non-traditional sports - Parkour, Ultimate Frisbee, Street Cheer, Dodge Ball, Skipping/Jump Rope, Orienteering, Tchoukball, Softball and Indoor Rowing.

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. HealthFair Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Staffordshire, Shropshire, Stoke on Trent, Telford and Wrekin.
  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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