The pandemic has had a further devastating impact on pre-existing social, health and economic starting points for individuals, families and communities in the North East of England 1.
Children, parents and carers report a significant increase in loneliness as a result of the pandemic, with similar statistical increases in the likelihood of living in poverty compared to the rest of England.
Discover how our work continues to enhance partnerships and develop integrated solutions for recovering, healing and growing communities.
Communities in North East have experienced widening inequalities and live with an abject sense of loneliness, isolation and poverty. We believe everyone, in all communities, should be able to have access to the health, supportive friendships, training and economic opportunities that they need.
To make this a reality, we partner with local champions to identify social and health needs and then facilitate and resource on the ground solutions such as community cafes, friendship groups, choirs, youth groups leading towards infrastructure development and multi-domain service access at the heart of communities to transform and save lives.
Since August 2021, Transform North East has enabled better community access to social connection, health and relationship support, training and employment.
500 strong regional membership list
Community members connected with credible sources of help and support
Social isolation within the community dramatically reduced in combination with outreach work and referrals within the community
Secured and advocated for investments of over £250k in a community hub, facilitating over 250 contacts a week with a warm-space café to be open from October 1st 2022
Join a friendship group
Friendship Groups meet at the Top Club every Friday between 11am and 1pm – it's an open door and Angela and June would love to introduce themselves
Many people in the local community reported a sense of abject loneliness during and following the pandemic. Through our friendship group projects, we are meeting with and listening to the needs of the most isolated in the community. Here are some stories of how members within the friendship groups are helping each other.
No matter who we are or what we have to offer we can help each other and those in our local communities if we take a first step.
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