This project started as the Big Inquiry, working with the Public Health Team in Northumberland to explore important questions around the direction and focus of their work. One of the key questions that emerged was - how do we work differently and effectively with our communities?


Early conversations led to an enthusiastic invitation to come to listen to people in the North of the County. Together with the team, we facilitated the Berwick Being Well world cafe in September 2015. Light touch micro grants to energise and encourage people and groups to initiate activities to support their own health and wellbeing was an idea suggested by members of the community at the Cafe and in subsequent conversations. The Public Health team responded to this idea, and working with Seahouses Development Trust, Glendale Gateway Trust and Berwick Community Trust, the micro grant scheme was started in early 2016, and proved to be a great success.


We worked with the team to understand and learn from the success of this project, and created a learning history to make sense of why it had worked and inform a grounded theory around how to do this work.


The project has changed the way that Public Health work with their communities in Northumberland, and has been written up as a Public Health England case study.

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