As a social enterprise East Coast Community Healthcare reinvests its surplus resources in services and in the communities we serve.
ECCH Research Award
In September 2019 ECCH was given a Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise (RISE) award for Social Value by the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Society. The award recognised our research into the impact of warm homes on people’s health and wellbeing.
ECCH’s Research and Development team had been asked to assess Suffolk County Council’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ project which involved installing insulation in the homes of vulnerable people, some with physical or mental health problems, living in fuel poverty in the county. Fuel poverty levels in some parts of Suffolk have reached 46% but evidence shows the annual cost of heating Suffolk homes could be halved by implementing energy efficiency measures.
Following the intervention, fewer individuals reported their health as poor. Improvement was most notable in those with the very poorest levels of health. All those interviewed reported a positive impact on their health and wellbeing, and some reported economic benefit.
ECCH Change Makers’ Beach Clean Ups
Staff from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in a bid to clean up some of their favourite local beaches.
Teams took part in two litter picks at North Denes Beach in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Beach after finishing a day’s work at the social enterprise which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney.
Partnership with The Prince's Trust
For the past three years we have organised Get into Healthcare programmes in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. These have seen unemployed young people from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft join us to undertake a mixture of classroom learning and practical experience which could help them get a foot on the career ladder.
All of them have successfully obtained a Care Certificate at the end of their course - a qualification all NHS health and social care support workers require to prove they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide safe, compassionate care.
Residents receive lifesaving training
Residents of Somerleyton in Suffolk received defibrillator and CPR training from ECCH so they will be better equipped to cope if someone in the village suffers a heart attack.
Claire Diggins, a member of ECCH’s Out of Hospital team in Lowestoft, felt a defibrillator would benefit the rural community and spoke to Somerleyton Parish Council about its potential benefits. As a result, the Somerleyton Award charity bought a defibrillator which has been installed outside the village hall. Claire then spoke to ECCH trainer Simon Drewett who agreed to provide training for villagers free of charge.
Defibrillator donated to Bungay running club
ECCH donated a new defibrillator to a local running club after one of their members collapsed at an event.
Bungay Black Dog Running Club had been planning to purchase one of the life-saving machines when the emergency incident highlighted their importance. Ladies captain Alice Kirk, who works for ECCH’s Health and Safety Team, asked if the organisation had any spare defibrillators the club could buy and ECCH offered to give them one instead.
Gifts to Waveney Children's Centres
We gave 250 presents to Children’s Centres in Lowestoft and Waveney after staff had a bumper Christmas collection.
They donated toys for the under-5s in special boxes posted at all ECCH’s bases in Norfolk and Suffolk. An online giving site was also set up for monetary donations and the social enterprise matched the amount raised and bought more presents to add to the pile.
The Children’s Centres made special requests for musical instruments, sensory toys, books and building blocks. Once all the gifts were gathered together, teams from ECCH’s Children’s Services Directorate wrapped every one. They were distributed at Children’s Centre Christmas parties across Lowestoft and Waveney.
Training pupils to save lives
Our specialist trainers have been working with pupils from Caister Academy to teach them how to save lives in an emergency.
The Academy is the first school in the area to take part in a free session aimed at training young people resuscitation techniques, use of a defibrilator and how to treat anaphylaxis in case they should witness someone having a heart attack or severe allergic reaction.
Free Safeguarding Training for Beccles Gym
Coaches and volunteers at the Beccles Royales gymnastics club were given free safeguarding training by our specialists so the club can ensure the best possible care and support is on offer should club members ever need it.
ECCH also supported Beccles Royales when they moved premises to their base at Ellough Industrial Estate. The social enterprise, which uses all its surplus resources to benefit local communities, provided a van and staff to move the club’s equipment. Staff also donated money towards flooring in the new gym.
Swimming Club Sponsorship
ECCH sponsored Great Yarmouth Swimming Club to enable it to stage a series of galas for young swimmers and thereby encourage children and young people to exercise.
The £450 we donated went towards staging three events at Great Yarmouth High School pool and the Phoenix Pool in Bradwell. It included paying for swim caps, medals and certificates for the competitors who are all in their Learn to Swim and Pre-Squad groups.
Supporting vulnerable people
Collection points were set up across ten ECCH sites so staff could take part in our ‘Fill a Rucksack’ campaign to help vulnerable and homeless people in the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth area.
They donated backpacks and items to fill them such as clothes, food, toiletries, torches, thermal blankets and flasks.
All the items collected were given to the charity Access Community Trust which supports homeless people with housing, health, education and employment.