Health Inequalities

1st December 2021 - 31st March 2022
please note: this project is now closed. 

what was this project about?

Not everyone in Devon can currently expect to live a long and healthy life. There are significant differences for people living in particular areas and for specific groups of people.

Did you know ...?
  • There’s a life expectancy difference of 15+ years between the most affluent communities and our most deprived*
  • In one Devon location, 33.3% children are living in poverty compared to 0.8% in another community*
  • 8.2% people in an inner-city street in Devon have a long-term health condition compared to 0.8% in a rural location*

* source: Healthy and Happy Communities - DEVON’S JOINT HEALTH AND WELLBEING STRATEGY, 2020-25

We invited voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations and community groups in Devon to help us investigate health inequalities by joining online workshops and completing an online questionnaire. 

The sessions had the following objectives:

  • To increase understanding of health inequalities (nationally and in Devon), what things impact on health inequalities and how your work/activities link to this agenda
  • To share information about the approaches which are most helpful in tackling health inequalities and inform you on where to find relevant data, evidence and information
  • To support the use of data, evidence and information to link your work/activities to health inequalities, where this is relevant to funding opportunities
  • To agree further actions which can be taken to reduce health inequalities in Devon
Your facilitator:

The session were run by Lucie Hartley, Associate of Devon Communities Together. Lucie has over 30 years’ experience working in health and social care, working mainly in the VCSE sector, but also for the NHS and local authorities. She is passionate about social justice and challenging inequalities. Up until two and a half years ago, she was Chief Executive of EDP Drug & Alcohol services. Lucie has seen first-hand the impact which living in different areas or facing specific challenges can have on people’s health and life chances. She has also seen and been involved in some great examples of powerful ways in which these issues can be tackled.

Attended the sessions? Please click the link below to download our Information Resources

Session Information Sources

We will be sharing the results of this important research with our funders and more widely soon - thank you to all who took part. 

Funder: Devon County Council. Responsible for the Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF): Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA)