New Active Communities Funding Programme opens in Surrey to help close the health gap between rich and poor

27 November 2012

People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to work and to age.

People’s Health Trust’s new Active Communities Funding Programme aims to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to work and to age.

Using money raised by HealthSound through the Health Lottery, the Trust will work with people living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Surrey. The new programme aims to close the gap between those communities which experience the worst health in England, Scotland and Wales and the majority of the population.

The programme will focus on neighbourhoods where people living within them will, on average:

die 7 years younger than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with disability than people living in richer neighbourhoods;
have higher rates of mental health problems;
have a lower quality of life.
The Active Communities Funding Programme is suitable for projects that are: requesting between £5,000 and £25,000; last up to 18 months; are based and operate within one of the local society areas; and are run by local charities and community groups with an annual income of less than £200,000 a year.

To be eligible to apply for funding from this local society lottery your project should be delivered in Surrey.

Professor Jennie Popay, chair – People’s Health Trust, said: “Through our new Active Communities Funding Programme, we’re looking to support projects that encourage community activism. We’re interested in projects that are designed by local people, that address issues relevant to them and benefit and improve their local community. We want to support local people to use their skills and knowledge to make their communities better places in which to grow, to live, to work and to age.”

Chris Lunn, Director – HealthSound, said: “We’re delighted to see the money raised by HealthSound being used to support local people to address health inequalities at a local level.”

To find out more about the Active Communities Funding Programme, or to find out if your organisation and project is eligible for funding through this programme, please visit www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is 9am on 7 January 2013.

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Media enquiries

For media enquiries about People’s Health Trust contact Sarah Nuttall – 020 7697 4019 / [email protected].

For media enquiries about HealthSound contact Rebecca Richards – 020 3384 8309 / 07950 846 158 / [email protected]

Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity helping to address health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company supporting the distribution of grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthSound is a Community Interest Company committed to prioritising and raising money for health inequalities in Surrey. www.HealthSoundCIC.org.uk

The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses granted by the Gambling Commission. www.healthlottery.co.uk   

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