Local society lottery HealthRespect awards health good causes money in North East England

29 February 2012

Five projects in North East England 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.

Five projects in North East England 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 £20,611 has been awarded to the Alzheimer’s Society. The funding will enable a Singing for the Brain project to run in Newcastle upon Tyne. Singing for the Brain builds on the brain’s preserved memory for song and music, whilst providing social interaction, peer support and a fun and stimulating activity for people with dementia and their carers.  The project will reduce stress and anxiety for people with dementia, strengthen relationships between people with dementia, their carer and family, and enable people to make friends with group members who go on to provide support and understanding outside of the sessions.   
  • Funding of £27,932 has been awarded to BTCV in Newcastle upon Tyne. Healthy Life, Healthy Newcastle aims to reach communities and participants at most risk of poor health and will work with beneficiaries from this group and target the most deprived wards. This project will particularly outreach to people living in Benwell, Elswick, Scotswood, Walker and Newburn. Activities and locations are varied: planting trees in woodlands; making and installing bird boxes in a park; working on a community allotment, growing food for people in the neighbourhood.
  • Funding of £31,030 has been awarded to Mencap. The funding will enable Mencap to run a Gateway Active Centre in Sunderland. 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 the local group to work with people with more profound disabilities.
  • Funding of £46,801 has been awarded to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers’ Newcastle Carers Centre. The funding will enable Newcastle Carers Centre to design new services which are shaped to meet the needs of older carers. This could include a range of interventions such as planning for the future, specialist support groups, exercise sessions carers or health checks.  It will improve the emotional and physical health of older carers by helping them secure the benefits they are entitled to, making available appropriate health assessment and health related activities, offering support with emergency planning and facilitating access to breaks from their caring responsibilities.
  • Funding of £43,578 has been awarded to Sustrans in Newcastle upon Tyne. Physical activity promotes wellbeing, good physical and mental health. Around two thirds of adults fail to meet even the minimum recommended activity levels. This inactivity costs the NHS over £1bn per year. Sustrans has developed a range of projects which encourage people to increase cycling, walking and use of public transport. Active Travel for Health will target community groups, students and adults working in the most deprived areas of Newcastle upon Tyne.  Sustrans expects levels of walking cycling to increase over the year as a result of the project. 

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


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. HealthRespect Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Newcastle upon Tyne, North and South Tyneside, Gateshead, Sunderland. 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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