The team went to Middleton in Leeds to meet Rachel Irwin, Centre Manager and Administration & Projects Co-ordinator at the Health for All centre.
Health for All is an organisation which works alongside local government, health services and local people to improve disadvantaged communities.
They are also Community First panel partners, so read on to find out about how they help smaller projects with funding and governance.
What activities does Health for All run?
Health for All run around 16 projects and each to help with local residents’ physical and mental health.
- An after school fitness club called Active Club Experience (ACE) for primary school children, to tackle obesity which Rachel told us is a problem in the area
- Parenting programmes to help prevent children from having to go in to care. They try to help keep families with difficult backgrounds together
- Activities for young people: Cupboard Club (a youth club for 13-19 year olds) and Connexions services
- Health trainers, to help people make better choices with things like smoking, healthy eating and exercise
- A job club and training to help those out of work in to employment
- Shakti – a group for Sikh and Hindi elders which received funding from Comic Relief
- Healthy Communities, a project that runs cooking and healthy eating activities
- The Bridge, a programme for people with learning disabilities. This provides activities and transport up to three times a week for active, structured and safe activities
For more information about these projects, and to see some photographs of them in action, take a look at their website.
The history of Health for All
Health for All has an inspiring history. 23 years ago, Pat McGeaver (Chief Executive of Health for All to this day) started up the organisation on a £30,000 grant. Nowadays, they employ 140 staff with 16 managers and a £2.2m annual turnover.
How does Health for All help with Community First?
Health for All is a panel partner for 5 Community First wards across Leeds, which means they offer support to the panel to carry out its responsibilities.
Additionally, they help the projects themselves with their applications and forms. Their support of Community First projects means they can help even the smallest of groups of volunteers access the funding they need.
While Health for All does not receive payment for their role as panel partners, the project is valued and in line with what Health for All try to achieve, so they provide whatever help they can.
Interested in running a project in your community that will help people stay healthy and active?
Take a look at the Health and Wellbeing category in the Knowledge Bank for some inspiration.