Community anchors play a unique and important role in fostering healthy communities and tackling health inequalities, often in the country’s most deprived neighbourhoods”
This research was conducted with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID), as part of our work on the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We worked with 20 community anchor organisations across England to understand their impact on the wider determinants of health in their communities.
We found that their holistic, whole-person approach to support plays a vital role, allowing them to:
- Reach a wide range of population groups
- Impact a broad range of wider determinants
- Improve the quality of life of their broader communities
- Improve the quality of life of those most affected by health inequalities
The paper contains case studies, testimony, examples, and statistics on the important role community anchors play in supporting community health.