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About the portfolio

Target: Wellbeing aimed to help people live healthier and happier lives.

From 2007 to 2015, dozens of Target: Wellbeing projects worked with 205,237 people to increase physical activity, encourage healthy eating and improve mental wellbeing.

Each local community project aimed to make a difference to wellbeing in a targeted local area. A wide variety of organisations – mostly from the
voluntary sector – were involved in running projects and the portfolio as a whole was managed by Groundwork UK.

Funded by 12.8m from the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Target: Wellbeing was one of 14 similar regional portfolios established in 2007. The programme began in the North West and later expanded to both the North East and West Midlands.

Target: Wellbeing has been one of Groundwork’s longest running programmes and one of our most important.

The annual cost of health inequalities is between £25.5 to £37.5 billion through lost taxes, welfare payments and costs to the NHS. Many health conditions are preventable, and community wellbeing projects provide a friendly first step for people to start taking control of their own health and wellbeing.

This website includes details of the projects funded by the programme together with impact reports. You can also read our evaluation reports which show the impact of our eight year portfolio and recommends actions based on the insights we’ve made.

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