The Health Lottery Scheme manages 51 separate society lotteries which operate in rotation and together represent each geographical region of Great Britain.
Your money makes a difference. 20p of every £1 played on The Health Lottery goes directly to local health-related good causes across Great Britain. Here's how it works.
The Health Lottery offers a new fixed prize draw based community game. The Health Lottery is not a national lottery but 51 local society lotteries each representing one or more local authority areas. Each one is licensed by the Gambling Commission and will raise money for health related good causes within their respective local authority areas.
Money raised will not go towards services that are covered by existing NHS funding. Instead, through the local society lotteries’ partner charity, the Peoples Health Trust, the monies are distributed across Great Britain to health related good causes important to local communities within each local society lottery area. This means that every single part of Great Britain gets a share of the pot. To view the rotation of society lotteries by week please click here.
To find out more about the local society lotteries and some of the recent grants which have been made, see below or click here to visit the Peoples Health Trust website
Health Lottery helps fund more nurses for dementia support in Norfolk
Patients living with dementia and their carers are receiving more support following the recruitment of Norfolk’s first Admiral Nurses.
The county’s first specialist dementia nurses have begun working in the mid-Norfolk area to help dementia patients after Dementia UK and Age UK Norfolk joined forces for a two year pilot scheme. Zena Aldridge became the county’s first Admiral Nurse in April after the two charities received £60,000 from the People’s Health Trust.
Officials hope the Admiral Nurse scheme will be rolled out across the county with predictions that the number of people with dementia in Norfolk is set to rise from 12,900 to 17,000 by 2021.
The specialist nurses give advice and information, psychological support, assessments of the needs of family carers and people with dementia and offer referral to treatment and support services.
Mrs Aldridge, who has worked as a mental health nurse for more than ten years, said the Admiral Nurses has already received more than 50 referrals.
She said: “I feel really privileged to have this Admiral Nurse role. There are some that work for charitable organisations and others work in care homes or for mental health services. This is the first time it has worked corroboratively in this way. We want to encourage people to live well with dementia and people can live really positively with dementia if they get the right support.”
Friendly faces on the road to freedom
Gloria Hunniford visits new community transport scheme:
Health Lottery Ambassador Gloria Hunniford dropped in at the Royal Voluntary Service's Community Transport Scheme in Bromley, Greater London, last Tuesday to see at first-hand the difference it helps makes to older people in the community.
The scheme based at Crown Meadow Court, an extra care housing development run by Hanover Housing Association, has been funded using money raised through The Health Lottery by local Community Interest Company (CIC) HealthWisdom.
Cheryl Pullar, who manages the Royal Voluntary Service scheme, explained: "This funding has enabled us to provide vital support for isolated older people in the area. It allows older people to get out and about - to go shopping, to the GP or hospital appointments or simply to meet up with friends. It is a real lifeline as it allows people to retain their independence."
The service's first regular user Donald Plummer, 88, and his son Mark met Gloria to explain the difference that it has made to their lives. Donald has been using the Royal Voluntary Service Community Transport service since mid-April.
Mark said: "The funding makes a huge difference to people like my Dad who are living with dementia, but are capable of semi-independent living. It is an invaluable service for him and it gives the whole family peace of mind. He is a lot calmer and happier since he started using the service and it has meant that he has been able to remain independent for longer, which is good for everyone."
Broadcaster Gloria Hunniford, said: "As a Health Lottery Ambassador it is great to have the chance to visit vital projects such as this and meet people like Donald and Mark. I was truly impressed on many different levels by the service and the way in which it helps people get out and about. The biggest problem I see, as a broadcaster, is loneliness amongst older people and this is a great way for them to keep their freedom. Well done to The Health Lottery as every ticket sold helps raise money for projects like these."
Gloria also met retired police officer Roger Somerville, 68, one of the Royal Voluntary Service's dedicated volunteers who not only takes Donald and other people on trips several times a week, but also provides vital company and a bit of a chat.
So far, more than £34 million has been raised through The Health Lottery - vital funds that have been used to support more than 500 community projects and over 50,000 people across England, Scotland and Wales including 25 local Royal Voluntary Service projects which have been awarded funding totalling £1,075,652.
All aboard to have some fabulous fun!
Hackney Playbus celebrates Health Lottery funding:
Hackney Playbus, which is more than 40 years old, is celebrating after receiving a grant of almost £10,000 raised by HealthPromote CIC through The Health Lottery.
The Playbus is an old double-decker which has been converted into a mobile play area. The bus tours the parks in Hackney, East London, offering Stay And Play sessions which allow children to have fun. A wide range of toys and activities are provided so that youngsters can explore and have adventures in a stimulating environment.
Sarah Wilson, Hackney Play and Communications Lead speaking from the Playbus at Well Street Common, explained : "The funding means we can get out in parks like this. Here young children get the chance, whatever the weather, to play both inside and outside. With the grant we have been able to be here, and in North Hackney, for 16 weeks, reaching over 100 families."
Local residents are delighted with the grant as it gives their children a chance to come and make new friends while getting out in the park.
Grandmother Caroline, who brought along her young grandson Jago said: "I think it is terrific to have a place where little children can come out and meet and play together. The park playgrounds have relatively few things for really tiny children, so this is great."
Not only does the scheme provide great opportunities for children to socialise, it also enables the adults who look after them to come along and meet one another.
Monica, who brings her son to the Playbus every week, said: "There are always familiar faces that come each week and it is a great chance for us parents to socialise."