Voluntary and community sector programme shown to improve health and wellbeing of communities in Liverpool

NHS Liverpool CCG has published a report entitled ‘Turning Tides: Creating Healthy Communities in Liverpool’ on the impact of its asset-based community health development programme, which ran between 2015 – 2018.

This innovative programme invested into a wide range of voluntary and community sector organisations to explore how commissioners and communities can work together to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequalities in some of the city’s most vulnerable groups.

The approach involved the CCG partnering with a total of 88 different community, voluntary, faith based and social enterprise organisations to creatively involve over 50,000 local people (10% of Liverpool’s total population) in projects that supported better health and wellbeing.

The report features numerous case studies of the projects that were piloted, with examples of schemes as diverse and varied as: an arts therapy project for people with mental health distress from BME and disadvantaged backgrounds, a community gardening project with Irish traveller communities, a theatre group for individuals facing severe disadvantage, a physical activity, wellbeing and healthy weight programmes for children and young people with deafness, and a support project for refugee and assylum seeker families.

Fiona Lemmens, a local GP and Chair of NHS Liverpool CCG said:

“This report summarises how asking communities for their ideas for addressing health inequalities, enabled truly community-led approaches to take place and highlights the significant, measurable impact on health outcomes that can be achieved when commissioners, service providers and community organisations really work together to empower our communities.”

These impacts include: reducing inequalities, addressing the social determinants of health, improving wellbeing, focusing on asset-based approaches to fostering healthy communities, and delivering social value.

For more details about the programme, you can read the report here.

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