Local society lottery HealthTogether awards health good causes money in South West England

16 March 2012

Four projects in South West 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.

Four projects in South West 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 £27,932 has been awarded to BTCV’s Green Gym Project in Bristol. The project 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 operate from the CREATE Environment Centre, encouraging participants to engage from the wider Bristol area working on a number of different project sites. Minibus transport will be provided to enable participants from different wards to participate in a variety of activities and locations. Activities and locations are varied: planting trees; making and installing bird boxes in a park; working on a community allotment, growing food for people in the neighbourhood. The project will target referrals from across Bristol where unemployment and health inequalities are high.
  • Funding of £60,000 has been awarded to Dementia UK for the recruitment of an Admiral Nurse in Bristol. There is no cure for dementia but Dementia UK can provide a solution for supporting carers and improving the quality of life of everyone affected. Where the Admiral Nursing scheme operates, there is a specialist mental health nurse available to support each member of the family – adults and children - to ensure that their needs are met. This might involve practical advice and information, or counselling and reassurance. The Admiral Nurse will support a family throughout the whole ‘dementia journey’ – which can last years – stepping up their support at times of most need (e.g. at diagnosis, deterioration, transition to residential care). This project is being run in partnership with BrunelCare.
  • Funding of £31,030 has been awarded to Mencap to enable them to run a Gateway Active Centre in Bristol. 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 Avon North Mencap to work with people with more profound disabilities.
  • Funding of £46,801 has been awarded to the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The funding will enable Wiltshire Carers Support to put together 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.

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

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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. HealthTogether Community Interest Company operates a society lottery for the benefit of Wiltshire, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
  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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