Housing for Health Network for West Yorkshire and Harrogate launched

Published 20 November 2020

 Following the publication of the Housing for Health report in October 2020, a new Housing for Health Network has been in launched. The group is made up of Housing and Health and Care partners from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and includes Sarah Roxby, Health and Wellbeing Director from WDH.  They will meet bi-monthly to share innovation, good practice, and plans.

The Housing for Health report explores the link between people’s health and housing and looks at initiatives within West Yorkshire and Harrogate that help to improve this. At the launch, Darren presented a case study about the work of WDH’s Mental Health Navigators to help improve tenant’s wellbeing and create more sustainable tenancies.

The Housing for Health Network will work in partnership to identify opportunities for housing and health to work together as a system in order to address the following priorities:

  • preventing homelessness and its associated health risks; and
  • developing healthy housing options for people with mental ill health; and
  • developing healthy, happy, and independent homes for people with learning disabilities and autism;
  • supporting older people to live well, be healthy and happy at home; and
  • supporting the health care partnership’s ambition to be global leaders in tackling climate change, particularly in light of the significant relationship to health and health inequalities.

WDH’s Sarah Roxby is the Health and Housing Strategic Lead for the Network. Her role is to facilitate the sharing of good practice whilst bringing housing partners to the table with new ideas and together with colleagues, works to harness the potential of all our housing partners across the whole of the area.

Sarah said: “Housing is a significant determinant of health, having good quality housing with support is essential for improving population health. The Housing for Health Network will work together to share best practice ensure that housing is part of the solution when looking to tackle wider health inequalities.”

As one of the biggest providers of social housing in West Yorkshire, WDH strives to create more confident communities. Its services, including Cash Wise, Mental Health Navigators and Housing Coordinators, help to support its tenants’ health and wellbeing across the district.










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