Scaling up community projects to tackle health inequalities

Social Life is working with the Centre for Health Promotion Research at Leeds Beckett University and Locality to understand how to scale up successful community projects across the UK which tackle health inequalities through arts and culture. This work is supported by UKRI.

We aim to build the tools and support needed for community organisations to grow their projects which tackle health and wellbeing, and secure future funding.

Community organisations have a long track record of working in neighbourhoods with people who experience health inequalities. They work in ways that goes with the grain of communities’ own cultures and creative interests, building strong and trusted relationships with local people. This approach is too often not understood or sufficiently supported within local health systems. This project is working with four community organisations to identify ways that this approach becomes more sustainable and scaleable. 

The team will be working with four community organisations across the UK - St Paul’s Community Development Trust, Birmingham; Halifax Opportunities Trust; Pembroke House in Southwark, London; and Agency for Culture and Change Management (ACCM), Bedford.