“Unlocking the Power of Communities to Change Lives”
Altogether Better has developed an award-winning, evidence based approach in engaging and supporting individuals in communities to become Health Champions.
Their aim is to work together with champions, patients and health care practitioners to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the country.
The Practice Health Champion Project, was born out the work of Altogether Better, following the training and supporting over 17,500 volunteer Community Health Champions (CHCs) to deliver health initiatives to over 105,000 people in their communities.
Altogether Better’s evidence-based approach involves empowering individuals to have the confidence and skills to improve their health and wellbeing and that of their family, friends and wider community. Working in GP Practices and Emergency Departments, health champions, have given support to people to better manage health conditions, make positive lifestyle changes and bring about significant cost-savings.
To build on this long and successful history, Altogether Better developed the concept of ‘Practice Health Champions’ and explored how champions could work within a primary care setting. This was started at Robin Lane Medical Practice in Leeds. From here, other GP practices became rapidly involved, a large body of champions were trained and a very positive evidence base and amazing testimonials from patients and practices emerged. This secured funding from the Big Lottery for the project to be cascaded in new areas – the East Riding of Yorkshire being one!