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Two national awards in three days for Salford health service

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A service dedicated to giving people the tools to make improvements to their health and wellbeing is celebrating a double success this week.

On Tuesday (20 October), the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) presented a Health and Wellbeing 2015 award to Being Well Salford, a borough-wide service managed by Big Life Centres – part of The Big Life group.

Just two days later (22 October), Public Health Minister Jane Ellison MP recognised the service for its outstanding contribution to the public’s health – selecting it for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award.

The service provides a team of coaches, who work with individuals for up to 12 months on a one-to-one or group basis to make positive changes in terms of mood, weight, being active and smoking or alcohol intake.

The Health and Wellbeing 2015 award, presented at a ceremony in Portland Place, London, on 20 October, recognises Being Well Salford’s effectiveness at improving health outcomes for its population.

All organisations that promote health and wellbeing are eligible to be considered for the accolade, including local authorities, health organisations, education providers, social enterprises, and voluntary, charity, and private sector organisations.

The RSPH judges said: “The approach taken by Being Well Salford is evidence based, and makes use of the strengths of the organisations involved and the communities they are seeking to empower.”

The Public Health Minister’s Award was given to the two outstanding recipients of the Health and Wellbeing award – with Being Well Salford chosen alongside Gateway Family Services CIC.

Jane Ellison MP, Minister for Public Health, said: “I am delighted to be able to award the second Public Health Minister’s Award jointly to The Big Life group for Being Well Salford and Gateway Family Services for their Making Health Work Project in Birmingham.

“They are outstanding examples of how organisations, large and small, can improve the life chances of the people in their communities, through developing local skills, knowledge and networks to target interventions to where they are needed the most.”

Being Well Salford has a track record of transforming services – moving away from old-fashioned and expensive NHS models of delivering public health, and creating services that reach communities that are traditionally hard to impact, creating effective, lasting change.

Being Well Salford is commissioned by Salford City Council and managed by Big Life Centres – part of The Big Life group – in partnership with a number of local community and third sector organisations, meaning that participants in the service have access to a wide range of programmes and activities to receive help.

Being Well Salford is for anyone who has a Salford postcode, or is registered with a Salford GP and wants to change two or more of the following things: weight, mood, being active, smoking or drinking. Coaches are based all over Salford in venues ranging from doctors surgeries, community centres and even a fire station.

Fay Selvan, Chief Executive of The Big Life group, said: “We are delighted that Being Well Salford has received two prestigious awards. Both awards are testament to the successful, innovative approach the service takes to helping people to make positive changes to their lives.”

To see an evaluation of Being Well Salford’s success, visit

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