Who gets to live a long healthy life?

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Three people involved in the Southmead Development Trust health project meet for a cuppa and a chat
Projects across the West of England are working hard to tackle health inequalities, such as the Southmead Development Trust which run lots of health projects to benefit their local community
Two children make a radio show as one holds a microphone and wears earphones
Eastside Community Trust in East Bristol run a range of projects including an adventure playground & a community centre plus health projects
One of our largest funds, the North Somerset Community Partnership Fund (NSCP), addresses health inequalities in North Somerset. Picture: Osprey Outdoors
new gym equipment can be used outside or in the gym
In B&NES, the Bath Half Marathon Fund supports a range of healthy activities such as the recent grant to Sporting Family Change (SFC) to purchase gym equipment
Group of people play table tennis doubles in a community hall
In South Glos a recent grant is supporting the Yate Men's Shed to offer their members more opportunities for fun physical activities

A new report by Bristol’s Director of Public Health, Christina Gray, reveals the enormous health inequalities in Bristol that were evident even before Covid kicked in. 

Did you know that between 2015 and 2019, 35% of all premature deaths caused by respiratory disease occurred in the most deprived areas of Bristol, compared to 7% occurring in the least deprived wards? 

It is an indicator of inequality that so many people in Lockleaze, Hartcliffe and Southmead live shorter, less healthy lives than many of their peers just across the city in Clifton, Henleaze and Hotwells. That’s why we work with our fund holders to award grants to 100s of projects each year to positively impact local health.  

Health issues don’t stop at the Bristol border, and we make significant investment in health in North Somerset, B&NES and South Glos too. Even in the face of such shocking health inequalities that blight so many lives, we continue to be inspired by our generous fund holders and the hard-working local projects. Thanks to the work of organisations like the Southmead Development Trust, Eastside Community Trust, Osprey Outdoors, Sporting Family Change and Yate Men’s Shed all pictured here, work continues to foster good health for all. 

Grassroots action on health and wellbeing

In light of this recent report, you may like to hear how we’re working together with our fund holders and local projects to challenge local health inequalities. Last year we awarded over £1.2million to 200+ projects supporting the local community with their physical and mental health.

Click the links below to hear about the work of two local projects we fund plus one of our largest endowed funds, all committed to tackling local health inequalities.