Health Related Charities Tackling Inequality in Great Britain
You may not give it a second thought, but every time you purchase a Health Lottery ticket, play a scratch card game, or participate in a QuickWin draw, you are helping fund vital health related organisations in Great Britain. These organisations help underprivileged individuals, the elderly, those with various disabilities, and those needing mental health assistance. Each time you play, you help health related charities address inequalities in England, Scotland, and Wales.
What Exactly is Health Inequality?
Health inequalities are often avoidable and unjust differences in the health of individuals within a geographical area. These differences could be due to a lack of available services, learning disabilities or mobility issues, financial availability, location, and more. The most recent analysis published in 2019 showed the average life expectancy of a woman living in some of the most deprived regions of the UK was 78.7, while those living in the most affluent areas averaged a life span of 86.2 years. For men, the life span was 74 for the poorest regions, and 83.3 for the most affluent areas, and these numbers continue to grow apart. This is due in part to a lack of available resources, such as early cancer detection; assistance for dementia and other related diseases; and basic medical care. Even access to fresh, healthy, affordable food choices is not guaranteed in some areas.
This is where a society lottery can play a huge role. By working with local charity organizations, health resources and programmes can receive necessary funding to aid in the areas most lacking. A few examples of projects that receive a significant amount of funding from society lotteries that help combat isolation include the Asian Resource Centre in Croydon, which focuses on bringing Asian communities and businesses together in West London; RainbowBiz CIC which focuses on promoting equality and diversity in North Wales; and the Big Red Bus Club, which brings together new parents and kids to create lasting bonds with others. Other groups focus on mental and physical health such as Little Hearts Matter, a group aimed to support kids living with a half of a working heart, or Deaf Club SCIO which provides activities for deaf kids or hearing children of deaf parents. The Include Choir brings together those with learning disabilities and communication needs and creates a supportive and inclusive community for them to interact and engage in. Disability Pride is another programme that has received funding and helps promote awareness for those with disabilities, whether they suffer from visible or invisible conditions. Other programmes support the elderly, such as Broxburn United Sports Club, encouraging seniors to stay active and social.
Bridging that Gap
The Health Lottery, amongst other charity lottery providers, help raise necessary funds to bridge the gap. Over £112M has been raised to date through The Health Lottery, which has helped over 500,000 people through 3,000 different community projects across the country. Some of these projects even support carers who often go unpaid while they take care of their family and friends. As mentioned, these projects that receive funding span a wide range of needs that often go overlooked and under-funded. They build social connections necessary for individuals to feel less isolated from others, combat loneliness, and provide resources and assistance for those suffering from dementia, Alzheimers, learning disabilities, mental health issues, and other challenges.
To learn more about the impacts of The Health Lottery, check out our Good Causes page. You’ll find weekly articles highlighting the different programmes supported by our 12 society lotteries, and the impact they are making in their communities. You’ll see how health related charities are making a difference in the well being of residents across Great Britain.With every ticket purchase or game played, you are making a positive difference in the world, which might feel even better than winning a cash prize.