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Our History

Empowering the future, through the stories of our past

2006

Start

We were founded in 2006 and aimed to reduce health inequality; while we believe we have played a key role, we look around and see there is still much to do, so we are more relevant now than ever.

We began work recruiting and training female community workers at start.

2007

Development

Led to the development of paraprofessional roles.

2007-08

Achievement

We gained two of our largest and longest contract-running POWS and Healthy health worker

2009

Development

Launched skills escalator and west midland PCT apprentice programme

2012

Development

Lighten up pilot we’ve been running got commissioned citywide.

2014

Development

 Founding CEO, Vicki Fitzgerald, left.

2015

Achievement

We won a Three Year Health and Wellbeing award from the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH)and the prestigious Health Ministers Award.

2016

Development

Branched into Social Prescribing (although we called them Navigators)

2016-17

Development

The first commission work in Solihull

2016-18

Development

Wide-Scale decommissioning of all our Birmingham Public Health Service.

2019

Development

For the first time, we focused on our own well-being to thrive at work

2019

Achievement

Appointed as one of Birmingham NNS area facilitators.

2020

Development

Welcomed our first NHS-funded Social Prescriber.

2022

Development

Our MVP work bordered. We are the facilitator of MVPs for Birmingham, Solihull and in 2022 our role in Sandwell and West Birmingham was expanded to the whole BlackCountry.