Local society lottery HealthFit awards health good causes money in Merseyside

29 February 2012

Three projects in Merseyside 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 Merseyside 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 BTCV in Liverpool and Knowesly. The Growing Together Green Gym will provide residents of Merseyside with opportunities to improve both their mental and physical health whilst engaging in conservation activities and learning about the environment. This project will engage individuals from around Liverpool and Knowsley areas of Merseyside but will be open to a wider audience, both with and without disabilities, helping to bring about a change of lifestyle for participants, develop friendships and giving a positive Volunteering/learning experience.
  • Funding of £31,030 has been awarded to Mencap in the Wirral. 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 Wirral Mencap 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 £40,579 has been awarded to the Youth Sport Trust to recruit Healthy Lifestyle Coaches who will support partner schools (Primary and Secondary) to inspire children and young people who are less active to choose and enjoy new sporting activities. These children may be disadvantaged or disabled, or may just never have been offered a sport which excites them, and are thereby putting their health at risk.  The Coaches will increase the number of young people participating in school sport and help schools maximise their involvement in health focussed initiatives such as after school Change 4 Life Sports Clubs.

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. HealthFit Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of St Helens, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton Wirral. 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. There are 51 Local Society Lotteries in England, Scotland and Wales, each run to benefit the community it exists to serve, by tackling health inequalities in that community.
  4. 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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