Community Foundation Remains Focused On Tackling Health Inequalities

With the sustained support of NHS Hull Health and Care Partnership, Hull FC Community Foundation’s delivery of activities through the ‘Teaming Up for Health’ partnership have gone from strength to strength over the last twelve months, engaging more than 1,500 residents in activities that have empowered them to lead healthier, more resilient lives.

Having originally launched in 2018, the collaborative partnership brings together the community teams from Hull FC and Hull KR with the strategic health body to deliver targeted, prevention focused activities that aim to reduce health inequalities in the city’s most deprived neighbourhoods.

With a focus on tackling childhood obesity, improving mental and emotional resilience in young people, and reducing prevalence of loneliness and social isolation in older people, projects are delivered day and night throughout the week by experienced wellbeing instructors utilising schools and accessible community venues. Headline impact data collected over the last year includes:

  • 74% of adult participants (aged 16+) ‘Strongly Agree’ that participating in ‘Teaming Up for Health’ has made them feel happier.
  • 92% of child participants ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that engaging in the Partnership’s ‘Let’s Move’ activity has made them feel healthier.
  • 93% of older participants in the ‘Our Best Years’ partnership activity ‘agree’ or ‘strongly agree’ that their participation has supported the development of new social connections.
  • 100% adult participants (aged 16+) ‘Strongly Agree’ that taking part in the Partnership’s learning activities have helped them feel more prepared for life challenges, including those related to the cost-of-living crisis.
  • 78% of all participants report having a better understanding of what local organisations and services are available to support them.

Speaking about the partnership’s impact, the Foundation’s Health and Wellbeing Lead Rebecca Counter said: “The original ethos for ‘Teaming Up for Health’ was on delivering Rugby League inspired interventions that could have a positive impact on the physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing of residents. These needs still exist, and our provision is needed now more than ever due to cost-of-living pressures.

“It has been fantastic to see first hand the impact of the Partnership each day, bringing people together to build new friendships, develop positive attitudes towards physical activity, and work together to tackle life’s challenges.”

Chris, a participant of the programme commented: “Before attending the ‘Our Best Years’ project, I was isolated and lonely. Now I feel healthier, happier, valued, and enjoy socialising.”

One participant, who participated in weekly ‘Let’s Move’ sessions stated: “I’ve really enjoyed taking part in physical activity sessions with Hull FC. It has helped me to learn more about the importance of eating healthy. My favourite activity was wheelchair rugby.”

Commenting on the success of the Partnership at a recent ‘Let’s Move’ event which brought over 100 children together to engage in physical activity from the University of Hull, Erica Daley, NHS Place Director for Hull with the Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Board, said:

“The ‘Teaming up for Health Partnership’ continues to offer a diverse and accessible range of activities and information to support our ambition to reduce health inequalities in the city. The numbers of people they have engaged in understanding more about staying healthy and well has been fantastic and the work to inspire young people to get involved and get active will have an impact in years to come. We are proud of the partnership and what they continue to achieve.”

For more information on the ‘Teaming Up for Health’ partnership, including the weekly activity timetable, please contact Rebecca Counter on rebecca.counter@hullfc.com.

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