This page reminds us how participants in the 2010 Wellbeing and Health Summit kept the commitments they made on the day. At the 2011 event, we displayed many of those pledges for everyone to read so we could all reflect on what we had done over the year to fulfill them and take further inspiration from them. 

    It was the perfect way to book end a year of wellbeing and health activity. Same sample pledges are displayed below and you can read all of the pledges showed at the 2011 Health and Wellbeing Summit here

    How Dr Fu-Meng Khaw kept his pledge

    How Pam Jobbins kept her pledge

    How Lindsey Cooper kept her pledge

    How Andrea Marshall kept her pledge


    Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Director of Public Health, Newcastle PCT and Newcastle City Council

    "I will support the development of housing stock that enhances health and wellbeing"

    I have met with colleagues in Regulatory Services and Public Protection to gain an understanding of the regulatory levers to develop healthy housing


    "I will work with screening programmes and communities to improve the uptake of screening to detect early stages of disease"


    As chair of the NHS North of Tyne Screening Programme Board, I have asked the communications team to initiate a series of media communications to raise the awareness of screening programmes to encourage people to take up opportunities for screening.  I have asked partners to contribute examples of case studies where screening has saved lives.  We have also worked with Community Action on Health to understand why people do not take up screening opportunities and have raised awareness of these barriers with the relevant screening programmes.


    "I strongly pledge support for involvement in performing arts to improve health"


    I worked with my colleague, Dawn Scott, to write the script of a play for the Core Cities Health Improvement Collaborative Healthy Weight event in May.  The script was derived from quotes given by research participants in a social marketing project to understand people's attitudes to obesity, physical activity and diet.  As part of the work on the healthy communities collaborative, I am also encouraging investment in the use of drama to raise awareness about early symptoms of cancer to encourage early presentation and early diagnosis.


    Pam Jobbins, Partnership, Policy and Projects Officer at NCVS 

    "I will be more systematic at covering different parts of the healthy and safe lifestyle agenda in newsletters and network meetings"


    Last year some of the voluntary and community sector networks supported by NCVS were re-structured and re-focused into two open forums.  There is now the CHYP IN network, for groups working with children and young people, and the Adult Wellbeing and Health Open Forum.  

    In January and March the Health and Community Care Forum heard about adult transformation, proposals for changing the Wellbeing and Health Partnership structures, and the development of the personalisation agenda.  In May the Adult Wellbeing and Health Open Forum held a wide ranging discussion to identify voluntary and community sector key issues.  

    The priorities were prevention, personalisation, equality and service accessibility, and information and communication.  Work has been ongoing in these areas since then with a Personalisation group, an Open Forum on prevention, and the development of an accessibility guide for events by Newcastle Healthy City.  

    The CHYP IN network has focused on teenage neglect, safeguarding, the priorities for the Children and Young People's Plan, the development of locality based targeted support, and services for BME families in the West End - among other things!  

    I am on the Child Poverty Board and attended the Newcastle Child Poverty Network, and the Community Hubs Project Board.  

    The two newsletters On the Hoof and CHYP IN have covered a wider range of issues from the national and local statutory sectors and highlighted more local voluntary and community sector developments.  

    "I will put an article about re-ablement into On the Hoof newsletter" 

    I have included re-ablement as part of the ongoing focus on personalisation and Putting People First in On the Hoof.

    "I will support the development of model health promoting policies for use in the voluntary and community sector"

    During the year NCVS has developed a new template for policies, and through the NCVS weekly bulletin e–inform I have highlighted health promoting employer good practice material.  Further work will be carried out to develop a model policy specifically to promote health.

    "I will proactively seek out good practice to promote and create opportunities for community life to be shared"

    Good practice locally has been highlighted in On the Hoof and CHYP IN - such as the East End community cooperative, and the research on local youth work that measures young people's progress.

    "I will promote advocacy and personalisation developments in the city and seek examples of good practice to share"

    The Review of Advocacy services and personalisation developments including publicity for events have been promoted in On the Hoof, at the Health and Community Care Forum, and the Adult Wellbeing and Heath Open Forum as appropriate.  I convened a personalisation group focused on implications for the voluntary and community sector, produced an information and resources sheet, and highlighted national good practice guidance in On the Hoof.


    The Children’s individual budget pilot has been supported with the promotion of events to relevant audiences, and case work identifying volunteer and community opportunities for individual young people with budgets carried out jointly with the Volunteer Centre Newcastle.


    Lindsey Cooper, Adult and Culture Services Programme Manager, Newcastle City Council 


    "I will sign up as a Dignity Champion"

    I have signed up as a dignity champion and would encourage everyone to do the same.  A Dignity Champion is someone who "believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that care services must be compassionate, person centred, as well as efficient, and are willing to try to do something to achieve this".  As a dignity champion its the small things that make a difference, such as challenging people who use disrespectful language, rather than keeping quiet about it.  That's the way culture is changed, one small step at a time.





    "I will look in to ways I can volunteer in my community"


    I have been volunteering in my community now for over a year and this has led to other interests, connections and  networks.  My main volunteering role has been in helping out with events organised by the Hexham Community Partnership and I have found myself doing all kinds of things from judging the pumpkin competition at "Spook night" to helping with the reindeers at the Christmas Market!  This also led to a connection with the Hexham Book Festival and I met several authors and personalities whilst helping out last year.  This year I'm hoping to help out for more days of the festival and maybe meet Shirley Williams this time (I missed her last year but apparantly her talk was brilliant).  It is well evidenced that volunteering provides all kinds of benefits, from meeting new people to improving physical or mental health and increasing confidence.  It has certainly been very interesting for me personally and I would highly recommend it!


    Andrea Marshall, Service Manager for Care Services at Newcastle City Council


     "I will respect people’s right to privacy”

    I took a lead with the Dignity networks to run a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of treating people with dignity, respect and the right to privacy. Members of the networks were encouraged to run events in their service during the week of the campaign and get involved in other events that were taken place. We had articles in the local press, stalls at the Civic Centre, City Library and the MELA Festival. We placed dignity messages on staff payslips for those working in health and social. We displayed thought provoking Dignity ‘cartoons’ on staff intranet and encouraged staff to sign up to become dignity champions. 

    I have encouraged more people to attend the monthly Dignity meetings where we can share good practice and work together on improving outcomes for people who access our service.

        "I will take my part in improving the environment”

    I bought a compost bin and placed it nicely in my back garden. Four weeks later it remained empty. After many trips to the garden centre to buy bags of what I would call dust and not compost I though it was time to get a grip.

    Eight months later, the compost and potatoes are coming on a treat, this has led me to recycle more and reduce the amount of waste I put out for refuge collection.

    All the services are working together to meet children and young peoples speech, language and communication needs.