The cover of People's Health Trust's annual review 2023

People’s Health Trust’s annual review for 2022/23 is now available, with stories showing the significant work our funded partners are doing to reduce health inequalities in communities across Great Britain.

Since 2011, we have supported over 3,500 projects and reached more than 653,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales through £129 million of funding. This has been made possible by players of The Health Lottery.

What all these projects have in common is working towards our ultimate goal of improving the building blocks of health which include social connections, jobs and income, our homes and our environment. Our funded partners are tackling the injustices which lead to worsening health and lives being cut short.

John Hume, Chief Executive, and Jenny Edwards, Chair, said:

“The past twelve months has been challenging for many of us. The cost of living reached beyond the headlines and into our homes and families as costs rose rapidly. People living in disadvantaged communities experienced the impact of this on their health more than most and more than ever.

The sharp increase in the cost of essential everyday items, such as food, fuel and rent, is tough for anyone, but can be particularly brutal for people who are isolated and alone, without the emotional and practical support that can help us through difficult times. Working with others helps to share the load, to share thinking and enables the creation of local practical solutions. So many of the local groups we work with are doing just that - bringing people together to overcome isolation, work on some practical things and helping to lift people’s wellbeing and health in tough circumstances.

For the Trust, our main partnerships over the year have, as always, been with the people and communities we fund across England, Scotland and Wales. It has been so important at this critical time to be able to support them to tackle the injustices which lead to worsening health. The community initiatives to address social isolation, to support people into good work, to create stronger local connections, and to address food poverty and sustainability – all these help protect people’s health and wellbeing.”

Read the annual review