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Changing the poor take-up of annual health checks for minority communities

28 July 2021 - 4:46pm

After the lockdown I am back at MVDA working on a project to encourage the take-up of Annual Health Checks (AHCs) by those with learning disabilities from ethnic minority communities in Middlesbrough and Stockton-On-Tees

The project’s aim of getting more people from different communities to attend their GP surgery for a check-up would seem straightforward, but this belies and points to structural and individual barriers against this happening.

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How do we build networks for change?

21 April 2021 - 1:35pm

LocalMotion is a collaboration of six major UK grant-making trusts who have chosen Middlesbrough as one of six places to work with people and organisations to create long term systemic change. I've been supporting the initiative since last year, and am keen for more people to be involved.

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Sarah's first week at MEC

19 March 2021 - 2:22pm

Guest blog from Sarah Lattaway, CommUNITY Actions project lead at Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC)

I joined MEC amid the pandemic, and frankly with some trepidation. Having had my interview via teams I never met any of the staff I would be spending more time with than my own family, so you can understand my nervousness.

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The Christmas spirit is still alive and kicking

2 December 2020 - 10:12pm

It all started with an innocent question posted on our Teams chat by Kelly Baxter who works on our We Care You Care project who had been asked by a Kinship support group if she knew of any help this year for children’s Christmas presents. That set off all the staff at MVDA who got busy looking into the support on offer and different ways of potentially helping.

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What to do with 28,000 sets of plastic cutlery?

7 October 2020 - 4:07pm

I'm usually the first point of contact when people ring MVDA, and sometimes get the most unusual offers and requests for help! This case is a great example of how we're able to step in and help others through our fantastic network. 

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