Local society lottery HealthShow awards health good causes money in Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Falkirk and Midlothian

07 February 2012

Two projects in the HealthShow local society lottery have been awarded funding by 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, 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.

Two projects in the HealthShow local society lottery have been awarded funding by People’s Health Trust.                                                                                                                                               

  • BTCV has been awarded a grant of £27,932 to develop its North Edinburgh Green Gym which offers outdoor physical activity through participation in community-based environmental projects that have a proven positive impact on participants’ health and wellbeing. As part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks, beneficiaries gain mental and physical health benefits from purposeful work in a convivial setting.  Completion of real-life projects, with visible benefits for people and nature, helps build self confidence and a sense of self-worth. The project will target the north of Edinburgh, but focus on the areas with the highest levels of needs, including Pilton, Granton and Muirhouse
  • Sustrans has been awarded a grant of £43,357 to develop the Active Travel for Health project, which aims to  improve physical and mental health by increasing levels of everyday walking and cycling, particularly amongst young people and people living in areas of high health deprivation. Barriers to participation in active travel can be related to gender, ethnicity, disability and access needs. Active Travel Champions, will empower people to advocate walking and cycling in their schools, workplaces or communities through providing them with information, tools, training and support, leaving a legacy of increased community capacity.                                                                                                               

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

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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. HealthShow Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Edinburgh, West Lothian, East Lothian, Falkirk and Midlothian. 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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