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AnnuAl RepoRt 2009/10

                                                               How we make a difference.

             There are two major challenges: to improve health          Carers Centre Newcastle > pAGe 5
             for everybody and to reduce inequalities. In Britain,      Citizens Assembly > pAGe 6
             we have done well on the first; not on the second.”        Community Food Initiative > pAGe 4
             Professor Sir Michael Marmot July 2010                     Deaflink > pAGe 3
02 NEWCASTLE HEALTH CITY                                                                                                                                                                                                                  WORKING TOWARDS A FAIRER AND HEALTHIER CITY 03

CHAIR’S WELCOME                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RESPONSIVE SERVICES

Newcastle Healthy City                                                                                                                                              E                 Q                    u              a                  l                  i                  T                Y

rises to the challenge                                                                                                                What is
                                                                                                                                      meant by
tim Hibbert, Chair of         and the City Council         groups from across the          responsibility for this
newcastle Healthy City,       for their continued          city have responded             new area of work. this
                                                                                                                                  the World Health
said that 2009/10 saw         financial support across     to the invitation from          small team have already
                                                                                                                                  organization, the
the organisation take         all our areas of work.”      newcastle Citizens              worked with hundreds of
                                                                                                                                  international body
giant steps forward and           newcastle Healthy        Assembly to bring               citizens to bring forward
                                                                                                                                  that sets standards
rise to the challenges it     City has embarked on the     forward their ideas for         and support a wide
                                                                                                                                  and provides global
faced and grown through       Governance Review to         city-wide improvements.         variety of improvements
                                                                                                                                  surveillance of disease,
the process. He said “I       make it an organisation                                      and together with key
                                                                                                                                  defines health as:
am pleased that we have       that is able to respond to                                   decision makers find
                                                                                                                                  “A state of complete
re-asserted the values        the pressures it faces in                                    ways to progress them.
                                                                                                                                  physical, mental and
and principles which          today’s world as well as                                     two large events were
                                                                                                                                  social well-being and                                      • is part of a city wide,  ways to communicate       • Health Forums              with significant support
underpin our work and         meeting its requirements                                     held during the year
                                                                                                                                  not merely the absence                Deaflink
begun a wide-ranging          under the latest                WE havE RECEivEd             as part of the first                                                                              regional and national      such as the:              • Deaf Chef Cookery          from the citizens of
                                                                                                                                  of disease or infirmity.”                                  specialist network.        • Deafblind Pop In.         School and Road show       newcastle. As a result of
Governance Review. We         Companies and Charities         RECoGNiTioN FRom             cycle of the Assembly                                                • is a team of both paid
                                                                                                                                  public health experts                                                                 • Healthy Deaf Minds      • D/deaf Lesbian, Gay,       feedback we have
have received recognition     legislation. It is almost          FuNdERS aNd               with two more cycles                                                 and non paid staff – Deaf
                                                                                                                                  agree that nutritional,                                    our response is to           Forum                     Bi-sexual group            developed a DVD and
from funders and              20 years since nHC was          CommuNiTiES alikE            planned for 2010/11.                                                 and Hearing
                                                                                                                                  spiritual, and intellectual                                empower those who feel     • D/deaf mental health    • Quarterly newsletter       information pack for the
communities alike for         set up and the demands                                           In thanking the                                                  • is supported by an
                                                               FoR ThE WoRk WE                                                    aspects also affect an
the work we are doing to      on charities have                                            staff and the Board                                                  Advisory group made up       invisible and marginalised, user group                                            Deaf, Deafblind
tackle health inequalities    changed a lot in that
                                                                  aRE doiNG                of Directors for their
                                                                                                                                  individual’s health.
                                                                                                                                                                of D/deaf service users      to have a voice and        • University of           We have encouraged           community that promotes
and move towards greater      time. the process will                                       continued support during                                             • is a membership            challenge those that         northumbria Deaf        participation from our       accessible healthy eating
                                                                                                                                  For further information,
health equity in the          conclude with revised        newcastle partnership           the year, tim referred                                               organisation of over 350     deprive them of their right Mental Health Courses    users in the Citizens        and exercise.
                                                                                                                                  see http://www.euro.
city. We are delighted to     Articles of Association      and the City Council            to Shamshad Iqbal, who                                               Deaf, Deafblind and Hard     to access to information   • Deaf Women’s Health     Assembly and were proud Rhona Stanbury:
have received funding         being presented to the       commissioned nHC to             has stepped down from                                                of Hearing people who        and better services          Group                   to see the support for their rhona.deaflink
for the first time from       AGM in october 2010.         develop and deliver the         the Board, and thanked                                               live, work or socialise in     We have developed        • D/deaf Service User     suggestion on signage on
newcastle pCt for the             Referring to a           Assembly and in April           her for the contribution                                             newcastle.                   support networks and         group                   the Metro taken forward
important work that           new area of work for         2009 lucy thomson               she has made to nHC
HAReF and Deaflink            nHC during the year,         joined nHC as its               over the years.
are doing and we are          tim pointed to the           Community engagement
grateful to the pCt           enthusiasm with which        Manager to take

                                                                                                                                                                Carers UK research shows:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unpaid carers are the largest
New Strategic Framework to tackle the pandemic
of health inequalities in Newcastle
                                                                                                                                            Framework                            of carers are worse                      source of care and support
                                                                                               We collate,
                                                                                               monitor &
                                                                                                                   We employ a range
                                                                                                                    of skilled staff &
                                                                                                                                                                                 off financially as a result
newcastle Healthy City has     to combat widespread and                                    disseminate local      provide a clear, open
                                                                                                                                                                                 of becoming carers                       Many carers face            and opportunities to         in newcastle or who
                                                                                              information            & accountable
set out a new Strategic        entrenched inequalities.                                                                 structure                                                                                         emotional and financial     take a break can help        cares for someone
Framework to help it tackle    newcastle Healthy City has                                                                                                                                                                 difficulties. Many have     manage the impact of         living in newcastle.
health inequalities and        used this concept to                                                                                                                                                                       given up their income,      caring on their lives.       We provide information,
                                                                       We create &

contribute to achieving
greater health equity in
                               describe what it does across
                               all its areas of work. Based
                                                                    increase dialogue
                                                                   with public bodies to
                                                                     ensure services
                                                                                                                                                We tackle
                                                                                                                                             existing health
                                                                                                                                                                                 of carers are in                         employment prospects
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          or pension rights to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           national research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      shows that 80%
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   one-to-one support,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   opportunities to join
                                                                    meet communities
newcastle. the new
Framework has arisen from
                               on the eight core elements
                               for tackling a pandemic

                                                                                                     Addressing the
                                                                                                                                                                                 debt as a result                         care for someone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          others attempt to juggle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of carers say that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      their caring role has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   carers groups or take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   part in events and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jobs and their caring       damaged their health.        activities, as well as
the long involvement nHC       laid down by the Health                                                 pandemic of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          responsibilities. taking         national studies        sessions with counsellors
has had with the WHo           Service Executive,                                                   health inequalities                                                                                                   on a caring role can lead   have shown carers are        and complementary
european Healthy City          newcastle Healthy City has
network. Agis tsouros,         interpreted these into a             We raise awarness                                                                                            have cut back on food                    to feelings of isolation,   less likely to suffer from   therapists.
                                                                     of wellbeing &
                                                                                                                                                                                 to make ends meet
                                                                                                                                             We take action
european Chair of the          Strategic Framework.                  health issues &                                                         to stop health                                                               frustration, depression     ill health if they receive   Katie Dodd:
                                                                       strenghten                                                             inequalities
WHo Healthy City                    this Annual Report                 community                                                             getting worse
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and result in ill health.   support, information and     katie@carerscentre
network, described the         gives examples of how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Many carers struggle on     a break from the caring
task of tackling health        each of NHC’s areas of                                                                                                                                                                     alone, not knowing that     role. Carers Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          there is help available     newcastle works with
inequalities in cities as
                                                                                                                                                                                 struggle to pay
                                                                                            We use a variety
                               work contributes to                                            of different
                                                                                                                       We help
                                                                                                                     individuals &
being akin to tackling a       tackling the pandemic of                                    methods to share         communities to                                                                                        for them. Access to         to provide dedicated
                                                                                           information, ideas       deal with helth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          information, emotional      support and information.
pandemic, requiring action     health inequalities in
                                                                                                                                                                                 essential bills
                                                                                                & issues                issues

simultaneously on a            newcastle.                                                                                                                                                                                 support, advocacy,          our services are available
number of different fronts                                                                                                                                                                                                financial support           for any carer who lives
04 NEWCASTLE HEALTH CITY                                                                                                                                                                                                           WORKING TOWARDS A FAIRER AND HEALTHIER CITY 05

PREVENTATIVE WORK                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SUPPORT

Information!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   listening with our eyes,
Information!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   our ears and our hearts
Information!                 the Community Food           average. If the current        working in partnership       the scheme funds                                                                                                         one Deaflink service user     often displays.
                             Initiative aims to stop      trend continues, this          with regional and            small initiatives across                                                                                                 said “they think you are      Facts
‘If only I’d known …’        food related health                                                                                                                                                                                               stupid – that’s one thing
                                                          generation of children         national bodies. The CFI     the city to deliver at a
I never knew that            inequalities in newcastle    may be the first in many       also acts as a ‘bridge’ of   grassroots level from                                                                                                    I’m not”                      Deaf and hard of hearing
…’ are phrases we            from getting worse. In       centuries to have a            information from grass       cooking skills sessions                                                                                                      there is a high level     people are less likely
frequently hear when         newcastle, the ‘Health       shorter life expectancy        roots to the decision        to food growing in                                                                                                       of ignorance regarding        to be in employment,
older people come            Profiles 2010’ indicate      than their parents.            makers or providing          community allotments.                                                                                                    the issues affecting Deaf,    RNID research showed
together. Information        that the levels of obese         It is essential that the   information the other            last year the                                                                                                        Deafblind and Hard of         an unemployment rate of
is essential to enabling     children, healthy eating     CFI continues to tackle        way from decision            Community Food                                                                                                           Hearing communities,          19%, which is four times
older people to access       adults and early deaths      food issues. The CFI           makers to the grassroots,    Initiative allocated grants                                                                                              they have had years of        the national average for
preventive services          from heart disease,          does this by supporting        demonstrated in our role                                                                                                                              being overlooked and          people who are not deaf
                                                                                                                      to the value of £1900,
and the networks                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ignored and let down.         or hard of hearing.
                             stroke, and cancers is       local community food           on the newcastle obesity     one of the beneficiaries
which are so vital to                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Deaflink have built a         15% of the population
                             significantly worse than     initiatives on varying         Delivery Group and           was First Step who
staying independent                                                                                                                                                                                                                            strong platform of trust      have some degree of
                             the national average. the    levels. promoting the key      newcastle partnership        received funding from
and interconnected.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            with the communities          deafness. 70,000 people
                             percentage of children in    health messages through        eatwell Group.               the Community Food
Building on the success                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and individuals to            in the uK use British
                             reception year classified    information sharing,               The CFI also             Initiative for food
of Information NOW                                                                                                                                                                                                                             identify real issues and      Sign Language (BSL) as
                             as obese is higher than      outreach, workshops,           encourages the               growing equipment for
(www.informationnow.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to make a difference in       their first or preferred
                             the england average,         linking projects,              development of local         ‘The Sabji Garden’.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               newcastle.                    language., Newcastle’s         but the percentage of        signposting, working           projects with local          nicola Cowell:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   through our face to           Deaflink Research
Older People’s Website,      physically active children   with statutory bodies          people by providing          nicola.cfi
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               face work with D/deaf,        sent out to nearly 2,000
the Quality of Life          is similar to the england    (including schools) and        a small grant scheme.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Deafblind people we are       people who are hard of
partnership has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               able to listen with our       hearing. only 19% of
developing ways for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               eyes to those who use

                                                                                                                                                    The rock that
older people to find                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         respondents were aware of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               British Sign Language         DSS benefits available to
out about services
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               (BSL), listen with our ears   them only 49% of eligible
and activities.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to those who use speech       respondents were aware of
     these range from

                                                                                                                                                    carers depend on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and listen with our hearts    Concessionary Bus passes.
the Elders Council’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to those who have needs       Rhona Stanbury:
regular newsletter and                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and face the barriers of      rhona.deaflink
monthly radio show                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ignorance our society
uk) ; a programme of
talks and exhibitions                                                                                                                               Carers Centre newcastle           One carer said “I am     address it, they have a        to meet other carers,          far has been amazing
at older people’s events                                                                                                                            works with carers based       so pleased we came into      wonderful gift of letting      enabling them to access        one newcastle carer
delivered jointly by the                                                                                                                            on their individual           contact with you, our        you unburden. your             peer support. one such         who recently took part
elders Council and Age                                                                                                                              needs, by providing them      family have benefited        service has been a rock        opportunity is Caring          said....“ It gave me the
Concern newcastle;                                                                                                                                  with, and assisting them      from the experience more     and I would love to share      with Confidence a              knowledge to be able
the ‘Just What I Need’                                                                                                                              to access, timely and         that you realise. I don’t    your service with others, it   Department of Health           to confront most of the
campaign which draws                                                                                                                                relevant information and      need to meet other carers    was like seeing a good film    programme giving carers        situations that I will
together information                                                                                                                                support. the outcome of       because I can’t take their   - you want to tell everyone    the chance to make a           come across as a carer
about a range of services                                                                                                                           this responsive service is    problems on board and        how good it was!”              positive difference to         and I met other carers
into one handy leaflet;                                                                                                                             carers are supported to       I don’t want to burden           As well as individual      their life and of the          who understand”.
and extensive work                                                                                                                                  continue to care, lessening   them with mine, but your     support, Carers Centre         person they care for.          Katie Dodd:
with front line staff                                                                                                                               the burden on the NHS         staff have helped me to      newcastle is able to offer     the feedback from carers       katie@carerscentre
who may be the key to                                                                                                                               and social services.          identify my stress and       carers opportunities           in the north east so 
opening doors for older
people. Quality of Life
partnership is working
with Newcastle’s
                                                                                                                                                    COMMUNICATION STRATEGY
Adult and Culture
Services to test out First
Contact, a multiagency
referral scheme
which is proving very
successful in reaching
out to older people.                        The number of adults eating five or more daily portions of
Barbara Douglas:                            fruit and vegetables in Newcastle upon Tyne is approximately
barbara.douglas@                            17% (national rate is 24%).
06 NEWCASTLE HEALTH CITY                                                                                                                                                                                                       WORKING TOWARDS A FAIRER AND HEALTHIER CITY 07

eMpoWeRMent                                                                                                                                                                                                                              STRATEGIC INFLUENCE

                 78% of people in England said it was
                 important to feel able to influence local
                                                                                                                                                    Joined up                                                                                           On average, Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        and Bangladeshi
                 decisions (2008/09 Citizenship Survey).                                                                                            services                                                                                            women earn only
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        56 per cent of the
                                                                                                                                                    for joined                                                                                          average hourly wage
                                                                                                                                                    up people                                                                                           of White men.

                                                                                       During the swine flu         easy to understand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Telling a story
                                                                                       epidemic myths started       about:
                                                                                       to circulate within some     • typical swine flu
                                                                                       communities about the        symptoms
                                                                                       illness, the swine flu       • how to get in touch

newcastle Citizens
Assembly gives every
                                and giving their ideas
                                and comments.
                                                            now progressing from
                                                            ideas developed by
                                                                                       vaccine etc, making
                                                                                       people anxious and
                                                                                       hesitant about asking
                                                                                                                    with the dedicated
                                                                                                                    website and phone line
                                                                                                                    • when to contact a GP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         .... of health
citizen the chance to get       At events held in           schoolchildren to          for help.                        Accurate and up to
involved in improving           november 2009 and           encourage the use of           the Health and Race      date information was
their city. It is an exciting   March 2010, groups          litter bins to a women’s   equality Forum worked        shared regularly via
new way for anyone who          from across the city        group participating        with spiritual leaders and   mosques and other
lives, works or studies in      came together to present    in informal health         the NHS North of Tyne        places of worship. people
the city to ‘be the change’.    their ideas for city-wide                                                                                       older age can be             makes it hard for people       and commissioners to
                                                            information sessions                                                                                                                                                         newcastle university         Students who took
                                                                                       Communications and           knew what to do and         characterised in four        to know where to go for        developing these proposals
Hundreds of people from         improvements and to         which they designed                                                                                                                                                          Medical School, the          part in the pilot said:
                                                                                       Public Involvement           panic was avoided.          stages: preparing for        vital support. Quality of      which now form part
across newcastle have           discuss with key decision   to meet their needs.                                                                                                                                                         Medical Foundation and
                                                                                       team to prepare              Ann Mcnulty: ann.haref      old age; active old age;     Life Partnership’s Joining     of Newcastle’s Strategy
influenced change in the        makers how they could       lucy thomson:                                                                                                                                                                the Health and Race
                                                                                       information that was         vulnerable old age and       the Dots project, which is     for prevention and low
city by showing their           be taken forward.           lucy.thomson@                                                                                                                                                                equality Forum worked
support for a range of          A wide variety of                                                                                               dependent old age. When      part of Newcastle’s Adult      Level Intervention. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                             on a pilot training
proposed improvements           improvements are                                                                                                people become vulnerable     Services Transformation        project has also delivered
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         session for medical
                                                                                                                                                through changing health      programme, has set out         hidden benefits as those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         students, to give them

                                                                                       Action for Health put
                                                                                                                                                or significant events such   to address this by ‘joining    involved in the work
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         an opportunity to hear
                                                                                                                                                as bereavement, they         the dots’ between existing     have developed a better                                   “thought-provoking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the personal stories of
                                                                                                                                                often need a network of      services, sustaining and       understanding of the                                      insight into a personal
                                                                                       older people first                                       health and care services
                                                                                                                                                and social contacts to
                                                                                                                                                                             building on existing
                                                                                                                                                                             services and identifying
                                                                                                                                                                                                            needs of vulnerable adults
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and stronger links with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         people in groups that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         professionals tend to talk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      experience – something
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a textbook could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         about as ‘hard to reach’.
                                                                                                                                                keep them going and          and filling gaps in            other services.                                           never provide.
                                                                                       Action for Health put        peoples views on issues                                                                                                  the title of the
                                                                                                                                                prevent or delay becoming    provision. Adults in need      Barbara Douglas:
                                                                                       older people first !         important to them.                                                                                                   session became ‘Care
                                                                                                                                                dependent. our complex       of support have worked         barbara.douglas@                                          “It is important for us
                                                                                            A major issue for       An example is ‘Mind                                                                                                  for hard to reach out to
                                                                                                                                                and fragmented system        with front line staff                                      medical students to
                                                                                       Action for Health –          the Gaps’, a sketch                                                                                                  groups’, highlighting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      go through learning
                                                                                       Senior Citizens In           devised by AFH-SCIN                                                                                                  that health professionals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      experiences like
                                                                                       Newcastle (AFH-SCIN)         and performed by old                                                                                                 sometimes find it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      these, no matter how
                                                                                       over the past year is the    Spice Drama Group as                                                                                                 difficult to know
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      uncomfortable they are.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         how to reach people
                                                                                       putting people First.        a way of stimulating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in communities
                                                                                       together with topics         discussion about the                                                                                                                              “this is a crucial part
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that are particularly
                                                                                       such as health services,     future of social care.                                                                                                                            of our curriculum and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         disadvantaged and
                                                                                       patients rights, dignity     originally performed to                                                                                                                           should be mandatory
                                                                                                                                                BAn Waste (Byker &           newcastle about newcastle      its files documenting        marginalised.
                                                                                       in care and end of           groups of older people,                                                                                                                           for all medical schools”.
                                                                                                                                                newcastle Waste) was         City Council’s proposal        BAN Waste’s rich history         Following a pilot
                                                                                       life care, it has been       a presentation using
                                                                                                                                                established in 2000 to       to replace the existing        of community-based           session with a whole
                                                                                       a source of constant         this sketch has also
                                                                                                                                                stimulate public interest    incinerator with a new         action were archived         year group of medical
                                                                                       concern at all meetings.     proved an effective way                                                                                              students the training
                                                                                                                                                and debate on waste          plant. In the intervening      with tyne & Wear
                                                                                            AFH-SCIN share          of provoking debate                                                                                                  became part of the
                                                                                                                                                issues and to find ways      years it has campaigned        Archives Services to
                                                                                       these concerns with          with the providers of                                                                                                mainstream medical
                                                                                                                                                to involve the public in     strongly on waste issues       provide a lasting legacy
                                                                                       members of the elders        services, notably at        decision-making. It grew     and piloted many local         of its contribution          curriculum in 2009.
                                                                                       Council through its          ‘Putting People First’      from the concerns of         projects. After it’s funding   to environmental             this means that every        the session has been
                                                                                       newsletter, and also         events, reminding them      residents of Byker and       ended in March 2009, all       debate in newcastle.         doctor training at           showcased by newcastle
                                                                                       participates regularly       about the effects of                                                                                                 newcastle university         university nationally
                Effective local delivery requires participatory
                                                                                       in patient and public        policies – and gaps in                                                                                               has an opportunity           and internationally to
                decision-making at local level. This can only                          consultations with other     services – on the real                                                                                               to hear directly from        contribute to discussion
                happen by empowering individuals and                                   bodies. But the year has     lives of older people.                   28% of dependent children aged under 16 living in Newcastle                 people whose stories of      about the development
                communities.                                                           also seen developments       Vera Bolter:                             live in an income deprived family – ranging from 1% in North                inequalities in health are   of medical education.
                Marmot Review,     2010.
                                                                                       in methods of                         Gosforth to 99% in parts of Cowgate and Benwell.                            a powerful and effective     Ann Mcnulty: ann.haref
                                                                                       communicating older                                                                                                                               resource for learning.


Citizens actively involved in                                                          In the world of food additives,
                                                                                       the CFI is an emulsifier…
improving Newcastle through                                                            Some food initiatives
                                                                                       may only be during the
                                                                                                                    area of our work is
                                                                                                                    signposting people to

their assembly                                                                         summer, some may last
                                                                                       only a few weeks, and
                                                                                       then at the other end of
                                                                                                                    local health services or
                                                                                                                    appropriate resources.
                                                                                                                        In August 2009,
                                                                                       the spectrum are large       the Community Food
newcastle Citizens          present their improvement     improvement they would
                                                                                       statutory funded well        Initiative carried out
Assembly engages with       at a newcastle Citizens       most like to see happen.
                                                                                       established initiatives      an audit of community
a variety of community      Assembly event. these             A follow-up event
                                                                                       that provide standard        food and health related
groups and starts by        events raise awareness        enables community
                                                                                       quality services year        activity across newcastle.
asking “what would          of various city-wide          groups and key decision                                   the resulting report
                                                                                       in year out. newcastle
improve your city?”         issues and promote            makers to agree on           Community Food               highlighted the wide
Groups will frequently      discussion between            actions to move them         Initiative works with        variety of community
offer many ideas and        community groups              forward. these actions       all initiatives providing    food and health activities
the Assembly works          and decision makers.          are monitored over the       support, information         happening across the
with them to agree              All the information       following months and         and opportunities to         city. It clearly identified
on one proposed             is then collated and          information is continually   work together. We gather     that people and agencies
improvement and             disseminated to               updated and distributed.     information from a           are working together to
explore a range of ways     participants, agencies and    lucy thomson:                variety of sources – word    tackle health inequalities.
that this improvement       organisations and citizens    lucy.thomson@                of mouth, networking,        It gave a unique insight
could happen.               of newcastle are invited to           meetings, forums             into the communities
    Groups are invited to   show their support for the                                 and events. The CFI          accessing the services,
                                                                                       facilitates a citywide       how these services are
                                                                                       food network and is a        sustained and what the
                                                                                       significant partner in the   main food related issues

RESOURCES                                                                              regional food forum.
                                                                                            The CFI has a
                                                                                                                    of their service users are.
                                                                                                                    the report demonstrates
What resources enable nHC to thrive...                                                 directory of local           the value of community
                                                                                       community food               based food and health
                                                                                       initiatives, holding         activity in newcastle
                                                                                       information on               and how this work
                                                                                       local initiatives            impacts on the health
                                                                                       and organisations            of local communities.
                                 Our relationship with communities
         People                                                                        that we share with               As partners in the

                                                 Systems                               other initiatives and
                                                                                       statutory bodies. this
                                                                                                                    obesity Delivery Group,
                                                                                                                    we were asked to provide
                                                                        ICT            directory promotes           baseline data on local
                                                                                       the achievements             food initiatives. We have
                                 Governance                                            and demonstrates             done so and continue
        - Project staff                                                                the collective impact        to collate, monitor
        - Core staff                                                                   of community food            and disseminate this

        - advisory Groups                                                              initiatives in tackling      crucial information to
                                                                                       health inequalities.         enable the measurement
        - Board of trustees                                                            The CFI is often the         of progress..

                                                  Support                              first contact for local
                                                                                       workers and a key
                                                                                                                    nicola Cowell: nicola.

                                  Policies &                       Buidling
                                                                  & meeting            Financial statement
                                 Procedures                                            for 2009/10
                                                                                       income £983,809
                                                                                       Expenditure £1,033,613
           Management Support
                                                                                       deficit was met from         Working towards a fairer
                                                                                       restricted reserves.         and healthier city.

                                                                                       a copy of the audited        Newcastle healthy City,
                                                                                       accounts can be obtained     14 Great North Road,
                                                                                       from Chris kennedy at        Jesmond, Newcastle,
                                                                                       Newcastle healthy City       NE2 4PS
            A fifth of Newcastle’s residents are
            amongst the 5% most deprived in England.                                                                Tel: 0191 232 3357

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