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The Health Agency has one clear and unequivocal purpose:
The Agency will seek to enable local people to take action that makes a positive impact on their own and their community’s physical, mental and emotional well-being.
In the pursuit of this purpose, the Agency will be guided by three operating principles.
The Health Agency is a community led organisation that over the years has demonstrated a successful record in delivering Social capital Outcomes within Wester Hailes and wider South West Edinburgh. It has been making a positive impact on the lives of local residents since it was established in its current form in 1999 and is a significant valued resource.
The legal structure of the Agency is that of a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. There are ten directors from the local community and two advisory representatives on the existing Board.
The operation of the Agency is carried out by salaried staff and sessional employees. The core staff complement consists of one manager, one development worker with a generic remit, one part time support services co-ordinator, one office manager, one part time finance worker. Over the last 4 years a physical activities co-ordinator has been employed and more recently a time bank/volunteer co-ordinator, walk development worker and a co-ordinator plus clinical lead for the Wester Haven Project are now currently in post.
Healthy Living Centre
Because of the significant and valued role the Agency plays in tackling health inequalities in the community, NHS Lothian agreed to provide accommodation in the new Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre which opened in summer 2013. This has enhanced the working relations with the community health, social care and family support services which are also based in the building.
The Centre is located on the 10 Acre site as part of a comprehensive regeneration development including new social housing. Our two public sector partners, NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council are jointly responsible for the development.