Local society lottery HealthRich awards health good causes money in South Yorkshire

15 March 2012

Five projects in South Yorkshire 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 South Yorkshire 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 confirmed for BTCV’s ‘Winning the Hearts and Minds of South Yorkshire’ project which 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 encourage participants from Doncaster, Barnsley and Sheffield who will work on a number of different project sites. Activities and locations are varied and include planting trees; making and installing bird boxes in a park; working on a community allotment, growing food for people in the neighbourhood
  • Funding of £31,030 for Mencap to run a Gateway Active Centre in Barnsley. 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 support Barnsley Society for the Mentally Handicapped to work with people with more profound disabilities
  • Funding of £46,801 has been confirmed for Crossroads Care which will enable them to put together new services which are shaped to meet the needs of older carers in Rotherham. 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 £44,069 has been confirmed for School Food Trust to roll out 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 £43,750 has been confirmed for Youth Sport Trust to promote alternative sports in a network of local Secondary Schools in South Yorkshire. The project is specifically designed to inspire and motivate pupils who are currently not attracted to 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


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. HealthRich Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, and Rotherham.
  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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