We work collaboratively and innovatively with communities across Newcastle upon Tyne with the aim of supporting them to narrow the gap around health inequalities.
HealthWORKS Newcastle help our beneficiaries by 'working with local communities to tackle health inequalities through a community development approach'. We outreach to engage with local communities and people who struggle to improve their health and who do not normally attend clinics or high street gyms e. G. 36% of the members who joined our Community Gym in 2009 are black or from other ethnic minorities. We design our services around voiced need and recognise cultural sensitivities, for example, we deliver women only sessions and classes, as well as running men only cooking classes. Our objects are ‘to preserve and protect the good health of the community in Newcastle, in particular by the establishment of a Health Resource Centre in that area’. Our overall aim is ‘to pilot and evaluate new and interesting ways of reducing inequalities in health, by helping people to maintain or improve their health; whatever their age, health problems, physical or mental ability, ethnicity or background’.
Most of our work is in an area recognised as being one of the most deprived parts of Newcastle (Indices of Multiple Deprivation), where quality of life is reduced either by ill health or disability. For income, employment, health, education and child poverty the wards we serve in the west end are within the worst 3% in England. The combined wards served in the west are home to a multi ethnic mix of people living in poor housing, with high levels of unemployment, poverty, long term chronic conditions and disabilities. These factors result in greater dependence on health, social care and other services and a population often described as hard-to-reach and excluded.
HealthWORKS Newcastle aims to:
- To help communities in most need to reduce inequalities in health across Newcastle upon Tyne
Registered Charity Number: 1040370
Phone number: 0191 272 4244
Address: HealthWORKS Newcastle Adelaide Terrace Benwell Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 8BEView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website