EMBRACING THE MOVEMENT TO TACKLE HEALTH INEQUALITIES IN GRANGETOWN

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As Community Enterprise Manager for the charity Future Regeneration of Grangetown (FROG), Lynn Pallister is embracing the You’ve Got This movement for the long-term benefits of the community.

Changing lives

The community of Grangetown is the most deprived ward in Redcar and Cleveland and the sixth most deprived ward in England. Like other communities in South Tees, the town suffers high rates of obesity and low life expectancy. Through their activities, Lynn and the team at FROG seek to sustain and enhance the regeneration of Grangetown, provide volunteering and employment opportunities and deliver community initiatives. These aims are complemented by the objectives of You’ve Got This. 

“I wanted to be involved in the You’ve Got This movement because of its vision to create real change in people’s lives. What they are doing is much bigger than simply getting active through the usual routes such as keep fit classes, swimming and playing sports. Those things are important but we need to look at health on a much wider scale. I believe You’ve Got This is building much stronger foundations for the future health of our communities and in time will begin to play a key role in addressing the underlying cause of health inequalities.”

Working for the community

You’ve Got This has supported FROG on a number of completed and ongoing projects aimed at providing the people of Grangetown with space and opportunities to be active, including: 

Making the most of facilities

In future, Lynn hopes You’ve Got This will help FROG make the most of its modern space to improve the health and wellbeing of Grangetown residents. 

“Within our new community hub, we have indoor and outdoor space that attracts up to 100 people a week. We’re also popular with families and young children and have a two-year-old nursery and café on site. We want to use our facilities to tackle obesity and health inequalities by offering a dedicated café and space for a healthy living hub. The work You’ve Got This is doing will be key in helping us achieve this.”

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