Research and Training

We offer a range of training courses, including accredited Royal Society For Public Health training.

Training Courses

Please contact us for more information about our RSPH training.


Breastfeeding Friendly Business Scheme:

Download our Breastfeeding Friendly Business brochure and covering letter to find out more about the scheme, what it involves, the benefits of joining and contact details.


We also offer Hypnobirthing training:
Our trained KG Hypnobirthing trainer delivers a complete in-depth antenatal training programme designed to release fear and build confidence during pregnancy and birth. You will learn breathing and relaxation techniques and how birth physiology works. This course is for mothers and their partners who want to experience a confident and calm birth without fear.

If you would like information or an informal chat about any of the courses above please contact [email protected]


Cancer Awareness Sessions

Learn about cancer awareness for free!
Our sessions are available to anyone in a workplace or community group that lives or is based in Newcastle or Gateshead. With information learnt through Cancer Research UK’s training programme, Talk Cancer, these session can help you have impactful cancer conversations with others. They are open to anyone who lives or works in Newcastle or Gateshead.

Please contact us for more information.


Volunteer Training

Our Amazing Start team offer a range of volunteering opportunities for people living in Newcastle. Volunteers benefit from the following free training:

Antenatal Support Training:
This course is for anyone who would like to volunteer to support families in Newcastle during their pregnancy. You will learn about how to support mothers and their families including sessions on building strong parent baby relationships, birth physiology, compassion and communication, healthy pregnancy, preparing for baby and much more.

Breastfeeding Support Training:
This course is for women with an experience of Breastfeeding who would like to offer peer to peer support to other breastfeeding women in their community. This course covers training on peer to peer support, the values of breastfeeding and the physiology of making breast milk, responsive feeding, common infant feeding problems, building loving relationships and a whole lot more.

Volunteering is really rewarding and it’s great for the soul but it also has lots of other benefits. You will gain and develop new skills and experiences, receive necessary training and regular support, have regular supervision with the Volunteer Coordinator and receive a reimbursement of expenses.

You can find out more about volunteering at Healthworks here.

Research Work:

Healthworks is a core member of Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP).

NHIP is one of eight Academic Health Science Centres in the UK and brings together world-class research, education and clinical practice for the benefits of the region.  NHIP aims to become the most integrated and innovative Academic Health Science Partnership in the world, working with innovators to discover, develop and deliver new solutions in healthcare, improving population health for North East and North Cumbria citizens. You can find out more about NHIP here: Newcastle Health Innovation Partners.

Healthworks is a key partner in developing health inequalities research with our colleagues across the region’s Universities and NHS.

We have managed to secure funding from NIHR Applied Research Collaboration and we’re delivering the interventions involved in ‘Multimodal tele-health behavioural intervention in patients with peripheral arterial disease from low socio-economic areas: a feasibility and pilot randomized controlled trial with embedded process evaluation.



Healthworks have recently supporting a long Covid research project ACCEPT- Accessible Community COVID-19 Education and Physical Therapy with Ioannis Vogiatzis Ph.D. FERS, Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences at Northumbria University. This is currently being evaluated.



We’re currently delivering interventions as part of Pre-operative uncontrolled diabetes reversal before elective and major surgery – Pre-Op DREAMS for the NHS as well as wider prehab and research interventions (with universities as part of the ARC Open Call).


In addition, we are supporting Zone West/Newcastle University research in evidencing beneficial change in the mental health and development of primary school children as a result of linkworker support and have recently completed a review of Staying Steady.

We’ll post further information on these studies when published.

If you are interested in discussing how we can support your research please contact us on: [email protected]