The Community Health Development Award is one of the categories of the Health & Wellbeing Awards.

This Award celebrates the work of successful place-based initiatives that improve the health of residents and community environments in a way that contributes to long-lasting change.

2017 shortlist

Actes Trust – Trending

Actes Trust – Trending
Photo: Actes Trust

Trending is a new concept clothing bank, providing good quality clothing to people in Middlesbrough so that they can be better equipped for employment, education and training.

People bid for items through a Facebook page and collect clothing from the boutique-inspired Trending shop, enabling people to accept clothing donations with dignity.


Mytime Active – Active Local Links

Mytime Active – Active Local Links
Photo: Mytime Active

Active Local Links is a project based on the Isle of Dogs that sets out to address heath inequalities through asset-based community development.

Run by Mytime Active, the project acts as a catalyst to release the potential of residents and local partners and ultimately develop Active Local Linkers who champion health and wellbeing in their community.


The Friends of Hednesford Park – The Signal Box Community Educational Hub

The Friends of Hednesford Park – The Signal Box Community Educational Hub
Photo: The Friends of
Hednesford Park

Through the Signal Box Community Educational Hub, The Friends of Hednesford Park holistically targets health issues through free weekly activities for vulnerable adults and young people.

Supported volunteers then provide community events in the park and the local community.


Category winners will have the opportunity to be selected for the prestigious Public Health Minister’s Award, while all finalists will be considered for two special commendations to be given by Public Health England (PHE).

The winners will be announced at the RSPH Awards 2017 ceremony which will take place on Thursday 19 October at the East Wintergarden in London.


Award criteria

Entered projects and programmes should demonstrate:

  • Utilisation of theory-based community development approaches

  • Communities and local organisations working together to analyse local health needs and prioritise actions to improve health and wellbeing, build resilience and reduce inequalities

  • Community structures that are capable of delivering services, representing communities, influencing local/national public services and policy makers

  • Comprehensive and integrated place-based approach that demonstrates community engagement and governance

2016 winner


Project: Youth and Schools Programme

FORWARD is a third sector organisation making an important contribution to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK. This programme is related to its work with young people which seeks to deliver an early intervention to mitigate health problems sooner and lessen the cumulative effect of long-term health more.

Find out more about previous winners.