Local society lottery HealthKind awards health good causes money in Scottish highlands

24 January 2012

Two projects in the Scottish highlands 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, 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.

Two projects in the Scottish highlands 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 £27,932 has been awarded to the BTCV’s Green Gym programme in Aberdeen (reaching Middlefield and Torry) which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects which have a proven impact on health and wellbeing.
  • Funding of £37,500 has been awarded to fund WRVS transport and shopping services in Fort Augustus, providing services and support to isolated residents.

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.”

Dominic Higgins, National Programmes Manager for BTCV, said "BTCV is delighted to be a strategic partner of the Peoples Health Trust. In these difficult economic times, the funds will help us to reach some of the most disadvantaged people in our society and enable them to turn their lives around by improving their health at the same time as their local environment."

Margaret Paterson, WRVS Head of Service for Scotland, said: “On behalf of the WRVS transport and shopping services, I would like to express our thanks. Our projects are a lifeline for many of the isolated residents in this area of Scotland and enable them to get out and about to run errands, continue shopping as they always have done, to attend important health appointments and most importantly to retain their identity.”

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. HealthForm Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Highland, Moray, Nah-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles), Shetland and the Orkney Islands. 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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