"In England, people living in the poorest neighbourhoods, will, on average, die seven years earlier than people living in the richest neighbourhoods. Even more disturbing, the average difference in disability free life expectancy is 17 years."
Fair Society Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review), 2010
When you’re looking for ways to tackle long term health and wellbeing challenges, it pays to think creatively.
Our mission to build green, vibrant communities and ensuring that people reach their potential means we work most actively in the parts of the UK in the greatest need. Every day we see the human faces behind the statistics showing that living in a deprived neighbourhood has a big impact on your health and wellbeing. It’s taught us that long term solutions are not always clinical and that a broader approach leads to lasting and cost effective change.
This expertise has led us to create a diverse range of innovative approaches in partnership with GPs, Clinical Commissioning Groups, charities and other health and wellbeing professionals.
Practical, cost effective solutions
Groundwork is well known for its work improving the quality of local green space and this has alone helps to produce healthier communities with better mental health. But many of our green space projects also use these shared spaces as a catalyst to encourage people to walk, cycle and exercise, to grow their own food and adopt a healthier diet.
People with access to good quality green space are three times more likely to exercise and 40% less likely to become obese.
Loneliness and social interactions have a large but often overlooked impact on our health and sense of wellbeing. We address this through activities that bring people together, bridging gaps between individuals of different ages and backgrounds to create stronger and more resilient communities.
For community members with more specialist needs we also design tailored services that provide support with anxiety, depression or physical disabilities.
Taken together these simple and cost effective interventions have the potential to save the NHS billions of pounds a year. It’s estimated that improving access to good quality green space alone could save two billion pounds.
If you would be interested in seeing how Groundwork can help you improve the health and wellbeing of your community please contact Sarah Reece-Mills.
0121 237 5843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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