An event was held last Friday to celebrated the impact our Third Sector Health Grants programme has made with a showcase event at Horizon, Leeds.
Since 2015, NHS Leeds CCGs (CCGs) in partnership with Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) have invested over £2M in a Third Sector Health Grants programme to support new and developed local charities to improve health and well-being, prevent ill health and enable local people to lead healthier lives overall.
In the UK those living in more deprived communities can have a life expectancy that is 19 years less than those in more affluent areas. With access to healthcare provision only accounting for 10% of what makes us healthy, it is social determinants—such as housing, education, friends and communities, family, employment and our surroundings— that are increasingly recognised as the most important drivers of health outcomes.
Over the past two years, grants have been distributed to a total of 77 local community projects that help to address this inequality and support Leeds’ wider health and well-being ambitions.
There has been a fantastic range of projects funded through the programme, including:
- The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) have developed their ‘Green Gyms’ project, providing fun and free outdoor activities from planting trees, sowing meadows to establishing wildlife ponds with a focus on improving health and fitness and helping those with anxiety and PTSD.
- Basis Yorkshire piloted a targeted health outreach and support programme for sex workers who live in Leeds. The programme assesses needs amongst this population, identifies care pathways within local health and drugs services and builds capacity and knowledge within those services about barriers faced by sex workers.
- Space 2 runs a weekly group to support men under the age of 50, living in deprived areas of North East Leeds. The group offers activities ranging from short walks and healthy cooking to forest skills and a photography art projects, providing a platform where conversations and learning about health and healthcare can take place.
From helping a person find suitable work, improving a family’s housing conditions, to creating opportunities for a person to make social connections, these charities are addressing social, and therefore health, inequalities in our city.
To celebrate these fantastic achievements, the CCGs and LCF joined forces with New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and The Institute of Health Equity (IHE) to celebrate the programme’s impact and welcomed over 100 people, including key stakeholders from the health, third and private sector.
Discussing the important role non-health charities play in supporting the health and well-being of our local communities, the event also emphasised the need to effectively report and evidence health outcomes.
To accompany the programme, we have put together an Executive Summary which highlights the results of the programme over the past 2 years, with a full report available in the New Year.
The event also created a platform for NPC to launch their latest report: Keeping us well: How non-health charities address the social determinants of health.
A full set of presentations from the day can be found here