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Better Together

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April 2017 saw the launch of the local community health development and improvement service , now known as Better Together.

A consortium of 3 well-known local charities was formed to deliver the service to provide community-based health and well-being activities across inner South Leeds. Health for All is the lead partner, working with Asha Neighbourhood Project and Hamara Healthy Living Centre, and the Better Together service is funded by Leeds City Council Public Health.

Speaking at the project launch, Inner South Health Champion, Councillor Paul Truswell, said:

"Better Together means making our communities stronger by working with each other to develop people's confidence, skills and strengths. Many people in South Leeds face major problems and increasing inequalities. We don't believe it's acceptable to walk past on the other side. We believe our fellow citizens' welfare is our concern. Above all, we believe in community."

Toshal Bhatia, Service Manager for Health for All’s Healthy Communities team, leads and coordinates the service across South and East Leeds, ensuring a coherent, committed and motivated staff team. Each partner organisation builds on its own area of expertise to lead on specific aspects of the service:

             ASHA engages new and emerging communities, with particular focus on women and children

             Hamara leads on health campaigns (such as screening awareness, NHS health checks, etc.),community
              integration events and celebrations

             Health for All leads on driving community health development approaches across the partnership to
               establish groups in response to need and nurtures them to independence and sustainability

             Health for All also leads on engagement of, and services for, young adults – in particular young adults
               who are disenfranchised, hard to reach, leading chaotic lives, suffering extreme poverty, inequality,
               poor health and/or deprivation (such as care leavers)

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