When Burnham Health Promotion Trust was established in 1997 the first task for the Trustees was to identify the local needs.
Berkshire Health Promotion were commissioned to prepare a Community Profile of Burnham. Their report, completed early in 1999, identified nine main areas to be addressed:
Deprivation, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Lone Parents, Mental Health, Older People, Physical Activity, Transport and Young People
The report also made several specific recommendations for action:-
- Target areas of greatest deprivation within Church Ward and Lent Rise Ward
- Address needs of older people
- Focus on facilities for young people
- Increase opportunities for all to improve levels of physical activity
The Trust began working actively in Burnham in 1999.
Through an extensive network of local connections with individuals, community groups and voluntary and statutory organisations, the Trustees and staff continue to identify local needs and decide on appropriate responses.
The work of the Trust falls into three main areas:
1) We develop and run local projects, either on our own or in partnership with other organisations
2) We “commission” services for the benefit of local residents e.g. CAB sessions and Happy Feet toe nail cutting at Burnham Health Centre.
3) We give grants or donations or payments in kind to a variety of local organisations to assist them to provide services to the local community e.g. Burnham Lighthouse summer holiday scheme, the Well @ Lent Rise and the Oasis Partnership.