Local society lottery HealthHeal awards health good causes money in Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen

07 February 2012

Three projects in Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen have been awarded funding by the People’s Health Trust

Communities across England, Scotland and Wales are starting to benefit from the £50 million a year 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 is working with local society lotteries to fund 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 HealthHeal have been awarded funding by the People’s Health Trust:

  • Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care have been awarded a grant of £46,801 to enable Blackpool Carers Centre to run a Young Adult Carers project, which will improve the self-esteem, well-being and life chances of young adult carers aged 16-24, at a crucial transition stage of their life, helping them to make informed choices about every aspect of their own health (physical and mental) and supporting them to move from appropriate children’s services to adult services.  
  • The School Food Trust has been awarded a grant of £44,069 to focus on working with men aged between 20-40 years in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation, through partnerships with professional sports clubs, workplace cooking sessions support networks for fathers and agencies which help unemployed men back into work. Existing school-based cooking clubs will be expanded to run ‘Dads and Lads’ clubs or run through community or workplace based cooking clubs. Cooking is an important life skill that helps tackle health inequalities and helps build people’s self-esteem and confidence, as well as developing team work, social skills and friendship.
  • Youth Sport Trust has been awarded £43,750 to increase and sustain physical activity and wellbeing in young people of secondary school age. Your Activity will promote alternative sports in a network of local secondary schools in Lancashire. 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 - ultimate frisbee, street cheer, dodge ball, skipping, orienteering, touchball, 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 well-being. 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


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. HealthHeal Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Lancashire, Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen. 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. 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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