The Live Well Centre offers a wide range of support to those looking to lead healthier and happier lives.
The Centre – which brings a broad range of services together under one roof – is a key strand of Mayor Dave Budd’s vision for a 'Fairer, Safer and Stronger' Middlesbrough.
It’s a one-stop-shop for healthy living, from help with stopping smoking and tips on planning healthy family meals to advice on welfare rights, housing and employment.
The state-of-the-art facility hosts smoking cessation clinics, mindfulness sessions, sexual health clinics and Pilates classes.
And in its first year the Dundas Arcade-based hub has welcomed more than 60,000 people through the door, seeing an increase of more than 400% in the number of people accessing stop smoking services alone.
Referral services help 40 new ‘hard-to-reach’ clients sign up to the community gym every month and the team have also helped Middlesbrough residents secure more than £220,000 in unclaimed benefits.
It is a safe space open to everyone in Middlesbrough, with staff specially trained to support those living with dementia and breastfeeding.
Its life-enhancing contribution has already won it national accolades for its inclusive ethos and collaborative approach to health.
The 2018 Management Journal Awards awarded the Live Well Centre a commendation for public health innovation and improvement.
And the centre picked up first prize in the ‘Working Together for Middlesbrough’ category at the recent Middlesbrough Council Team Awards.
The Live Well Centre works with more than 30 different providers, over 70% of which are from the voluntary community sector.
Groundwork North East’s Youth Employment Provision has seen 400% improvement in access since it began operating from the centre.
Vanella Kelly, from Groundwork North East, said: “The Live Well Centre is a successful example of effective partnership working for the benefit of local residents most in need.”
Live Well Centre Business Manager Lisa Jones said: “The Live Well Centre was created to empower the people of Middlesbrough to lead healthier and happier lives.
“We believe that with the right support and an inspiring delivery environment, people can achieve real and lasting improvement in their wellbeing and life prospects.
“We have an amazing team of staff on hand to energise people to take charge of their lives and we work collaboratively with some fantastic, like-minded services who can support a wide range of needs all under one roof.
“We’ve had a fantastic first year, and we’re looking forward to helping more people make the sort of choices that can be truly life-changing in the future.”
- The Live Well Centre is just one of the services delivered by Middlesbrough Council. To find out more, visit www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/ourstories