Welcome to Be Well, an innovative and energetic social enterprise which is trying to change the world – or at least that bit of it around Glossop. We believe that a little bit of social or physical activity does you good and we work with GP surgeries, schools, local sports clubs and community groups to find ways to help people break the habits of inactivity, isolation and loneliness.
What we do
We like to call ourselves a “wellbeing organization” and work primarily in disadvantaged communities because we want to help smooth out the “health inequalities” which currently prevail. But once we establish a session whether it be in a pub, at a school or using another community asset we don’t put up any unnecessary barriers and are happy to welcome people from across the social spectrum and from any part of town; or beyond. All of our sessions are as sociable as we can make them and our focus is always on the participants.
Who we do it for
We do what we do for the people of Glossop and beyond because that’s where we live and where we have brought up our children. We have over six years’ experience of working with older people in Glossop so we do a lot with that age group but we have worked with mothers of young children, with people in middle age, we have brought nursery children together with sheltered accommodation residents and we have done some fantastic work with teenagers living chaotic lives with our friends from social services. We just want to help really.
How we are funded
Over the six years of our existence we have been given grants and commissions by a number of agencies starting way back in 2012 when Cottage Lane Surgery commissioned us. Since then we have worked with agencies including Derbyshire County Council, High Peak Borough Council, Foundation Derbyshire, Comic Relief, the BIG Lottery, Public Health Derbyshire, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Age UK Tameside, Public Health Tameside, Sport Relief, SCOPE, local councillors, British Science Week, Canal and River Trust (which accounts for the picture of the boat trip above) and, once, the England Money-Lending Team.
Where are we heading?
Heading into the Autumn/Winter period we’re looking forward to growing our Dancercise programme with the help of an Awards for All grant and to adding to our Lipreading offer thanks to funding from Glossop Rotary Club and Derbyshire Voluntary Action. Eat Well will be working with Glossop Labour Club to provide Community Café style lunches up to Christmas and will be building their partnership with Glossop Community Allotment to ensure they can add really fresh produce to the mix. And we will continue to manage Walking for Health for High Peak Borough Council and deliver a series of intergenerational projects for Canal and River Trust.
But mostly we’ll be striving to make the lives of local people better by organizing social and physical activity close to where they live at a price they can afford and if you would like to help us make this happen we would love to hear from you. Volunteers are the life-blood of our organisation and there is always room for people who want to make a difference. Call us!