In 2016, the Oglesby Charitable Trust founded the Shared Health Foundation, a new organisation with a mission to reduce the impact of poverty on health in Greater Manchester. This was a practical development of previous work on tackling health inequalities in the region.
Developed and led by practical experience of primary health care in the least well-served communities, the Foundation seeks out gaps in healthcare provision and sustainable and effective ways of meeting unmet need. It makes visible the health and socio-economic challenges faced by large numbers of individuals and communities who may be overlooked by mainstream services.
Working at both grass roots and systems levels, the Shared Health Foundation is currently working on a range of issues including the following:
- Homeless Families: the Foundation delivered a Summit in 2019 that mobilised the sector to campaign on and deliver agreed actions to improve the quality of life for families in temporary accommodation;
- Mental health and wellbeing support for young people – see the Lemonade Project;
- Community health workshops, for parents and carers and others who may otherwise seek assistance through A & E departments: Healthy Gems;
- A package of training, conferences, and a support network for GPs working in our most deprived communities, to encourage and support them in dealing with the additional challenges this brings. See the Deep End GM.
See sharedhealthfoundation.org.uk for more.