West Itchen Community Trust celebrates People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary at House of Commons

25 October 2016

Members of Southampton-based group West Itchen Community Trust (WICT) spent an afternoon at the House of Commons to celebrate People’s Health Trust’s fifth anniversary.

WICT secured funding of £364,496 for the Local Conversation in St Mary’s from People’s Health Trust, using money raised by HealthShape through The Health Lottery.

The investment has been awarded through the Trust’s Local Conversations programme, which involves supporting residents to develop a shared vision for their community.

Through the project, residents have identified a number of priorities including bringing the community together, a community small grants fund and improving social spaces.

During the afternoon, members of the group had the chance to chat with the event’s host, Baroness Royall, other Trust-funded projects, MPs and People’s Health Trust staff and Trustees.

Speaking at the event, WICT Community Organiser Alex Ivancevic said: “Our work with local people is about restoring and rebuilding social connections and relationships and building upon people’s renewed sense of pride in their neighbourhood. 

“It’s about building collective power and capacity to take action and take responsibility for their environment and their lives. That is how our approach differs from what we may call traditional approach and it’s working.

“None of this would happen if we did not have support from People’s Health Trust. They have been absolutely brilliant form the start and we have received fantastic support from them. They have been listening to us and supported us just like we have been listening and supporting people in the local community.”

 People’s Health Trust supports local residents to design and deliver activities that will benefit local people the most.

In the last five years, over £80million has been raised by 51 society lotteries, through The Health Lottery. Over 2,300 projects have been supported, helping more than 400,000 people across Great Britain.

The Trust funds a huge variety of projects, from community hubs where residents come together, to intergenerational projects.

These are led by local people and give residents the chance to design and deliver activities that will benefit their community the most.

The Trust believes that giving local communities greater control over what happens in their neighbourhood is key to creating new and stronger relationships, improving confidence and a greater sense of belonging.

People’s Health Trust Chief Executive John Hume said: “It has been fantastic to have so many of our funded projects together at one event. I am delighted that so many were able to come and help us celebrate our fifth anniversary.

“People’s Health Trust has achieved a significant amount to address health inequalities locally in the last five years, none of which would be in possible without the local organisations we work with.

 “They are the real driving force behind change. Through their knowledge, skills and wisdom they are identifying the issues that need to be addressed in their neighbourhood and how best to address them.”

ENDS

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Notes to editors

People's Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities. It works closely with each Community Interest Company, distributing grants. www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

People living in the poorest neighbourhoods in Britain die, on average, seven years younger than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. What’s more, they will spend 17 years more of their shortened lives with an extra disability and have a lower quality of life. We believe that where people live should not unfairly reduce the length or the quality of their lives.
 

HealthShape is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth, Isle of White. www.healthshapecic.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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