The People's Health Trust, the independent charity responsible for deciding where and how £50 million of good causes money raised through the new Health Lottery is spent, has announced that projects will be funded in every local lottery area in England, Scotland and Wales, funding activity where local people take action to improve the health and well-being of their communities.
The Trust's inaugural grants programme, Healthy Places Healthy People, has been designed to support activities across England, Wales and Scotland that tackle the social causes of ill-health and promote well being. Each of the 51 local society lottery areas that make up the new Health Lottery will have projects delivered by charities and local groups with experience of delivering services aimed at tackling the social causes of ill-health. It was designed in consultation with charities and groups with extensive first hand experience of tackling health inequalities and has been welcomed by charities and health sector leaders.
The grants programme will fund activity to reduce isolation amongst older people, provide support for informal carers, particularly young carers, and support local projects that help create healthier environments and communities.
John Hume, Chief Executive of the People's Health Trust, said: "Our funding comes from 51 local society lotteries and it's really important for us to show people in each of the communities these lotteries represent how their money is being spent to help people live longer healthier lives.
"The local activity we fund will provide an injection of new money into the sector at a time when it really needs it. 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."
Tom Flood, Chief Executive of BTCV, some of whose local groups will help deliver activity to improve healthy living and local environments, through the Healthy Places Healthy People programme said: "BTCV is delighted to be a strategic partner of the People's Health Trust. In these difficult economic times, these funds from the Health Lottery will help us reach some of the most disadvantaged people in our society and enable them to turn their lives around by improving their health at the same time as their local environments."
Liz Fenton, Chief Executive of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, another partner of this new programme said: "The Princess Royal Trust for Carers welcomes this new source of funding from the Health Lottery, particularly in these straitened times. We know that supporting carers is not only crucial for society but also makes economic sense, and it's wonderful to have this extra funding to boost the work of Carers' Centres in supporting carers."
Baroness Sue Campbell, Chief Executive of the Youth Sport Trust, which will work with children and young people as part of the programme said: "The Youth Sport Trust firmly believes that sport has the power to transform the lives of all young people. The Health Lottery funding awarded from the People's Health Trust will help us ensure that sport will play a crucial role in their development through school life, as well as improve their physical well-being. We are keen to reach out to as many young people as possible, and offer them an early introduction to an active lifestyle. This funding will help realise this, as well as ensure they receive the very best school sport experience."
Professor David Oliver, National Clinical Director for Older People at the Department of Health, said: "This is a really exciting opportunity to help fund services for often neglected groups and tackle inequalities using innovative approaches for the kind of projects that are unlikely to be funded from conventional statutory sources. I was very pleased to be involved in initial discussions with the trust on new approaches to helping older people, including the most old and vulnerable and those suffering multiple disadvantages. I will be fascinated to see how the work unfolds and will remain fully supportive of the Trust as its programme of work is taken forward."
Details of all grants awarded by the People's Health Trust will be published on its website, www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk