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Change4Life in West Newcastle

Change4Life West Newcastle is a partnership of providers linking up existing services and projects to encourage families in the inner-west of Newcastle to ‘Eat Well, Move More and Live Longer’.
The objectives of the Change4Life West Newcastle Partnership are to:

  • Increase physical activity, specifically in inactive groups
  • Improve nutritional and/or cooking skills of families and specific children’s groups
  •  Help participants set realistic goals to achieve behaviour change
  •  Encourage children, young people and parents to develop skills to help others (e.g.peer support / young sports leaders / young cooks/health champions)
  • Build capacity of front line staff to deliver key consistent messages through the Partnership
  • Focus on improving the health of children 0-11 (early & primary years) to ensure early intervention and prevention
  • Provide mentorship, volunteering and peer support opportunities specifically for teenagers and adults
  • Provide a family focus

The objectives of the Partnership has been achieved by focusing on children, young people and their families to help reduce and prevent obesity. The partnership works in the areas around the ten feeder schools for Excelsior Academy and the four Roman Catholic Schools in the area as well as in Children’s Centres and Community settings in the West end.

The wider Partnership is brought together by Kath English, the Change4Life West Newcastle Co-ordinator based with HealthWORKS Newcastle, who aims to link all organisations and projects in the area working on healthy eating and physical activity into the programme. This work is funded by Newcastle City Council.


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Change4Life West Newcastle wider partnership meets three times per year. At the partnership meetings, there are updates from the funded and non-funded projects and information sharing. The objective of the partnership is to bring service providers together who focus on children, young people and their families to help reduce and prevent obesity working with the three key Change4Life messages; Eat Well, Move More, Live Longer.

To find out more about these events click here where you’ll see examples of previous agenda items, participants feedback and photos.

There are currently 91  Change4Life partners and you can find out more about them by clicking on their website link here.

If you’d like to know more or attend an event contact Kath English

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What is a Change4life champion?

A Change4life champion is a local resident, volunteer or worker from east and west Newcastle who volunteers their time to attend a Change4Life Champion workshop.  at the workshop, they learn about health, both on a family and on a community level.

Anyone can become a Champion as long as they have somewhere to spread the Change4life key messages. This could be a parent from a school, a volunteer at community project or a paid worker.

All Champions are different and they can do a variety of things from simply registering their setting as a Change4Life supporter, putting up a display or making sure Change4life information is available to people.

Some Champions run their own packed lunch sessions, ‘swapathons’, activity groups. It’s up to the individual Champion and their setting to decide what they’d like to do.
Our Change4Life Champion Support worker will offer initial support with any ideas and keep in touch on a regular basis.

We also off our Champions other activities that become available and link into any relevant free training. Examples of past courses include; Microwave and Halogen cookery, Food Hygiene, Cooking on a Budget, Love Food Hate Waste, Money Matters and much more.

If you’d like any more information or would like to become a champion please contact the Change4Life Champion Support worker Lisa Conroy on 0191 272 4244 or or contact us on Facebook; Change4life Champions Newcastle.

Gallery of Champions activities

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