Community hwb via Community First works collaboratively with partners throughout the county to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes for VCS organisations, their beneficiaries and infrastructure (support) services.

We encourage collaborative working, skill sharing and shared visions.  Some of our partnerships are formal and some informal.

Current partnership activities:

Building on our partnership with the University of Worcester resulting in the 'Student Placement Partnership' we have been working with them to develop work placement opportunities further:

The University of Worcester introduces its new 'Win-Win' scheme

Community First has been partnering the University of Worcester to develop and launch 'Win-Win'.  This scheme encourages local employers to offer University of Worcester students voluntary work experience, projects and work placements to develop their work skills and to experience organisational culture.

For full details visit:

Simply complete the online form to register your opportunity .


Student Placement Partnership

In 2012 we joined with The University of Worcester, ACT and WAVOCC to work together to find high quality and relevant health, wellbeing and social care placements for students within local VCS organisations.  This partnership is ongoing and we continue to promote opportunities within our sector for placements for Institute of Health and Society undergrads.

For further details and how to get involved contact:
Dawn Goodall on 01905 542363 or email her on
To find out more on-line:

Breda O’Hare – 1st Year Web Development (BSc Hons) Student, University of Worcester


John Taylor, Business Consultant, Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, with Breda O'Hare, University of Worcester Student.





Maximising our relationship with the University of Worcester, we turned to them for some web development expertise to help us complete a web based project.  The expertise came in the form of Breda O’Hare.  Breda came in and quickly assimilated the scope, resources and timings of our project.  She asked the right questions and ably found the right solutions.  She happily mucked in, was flexible, focused and was great fun to work with.

A first year student, this was Breda’s first experience of office work.  Asked how she would sum up her time with Community First, Breda said “It has been a great experience working with Community First. I have learnt a lot from working in a professional organisation, with the Health and Wellbeing project.  The partnership scheme has enabled me to develop my professional and personal skills.”

The University of Worcester - Association for Dementia  Studies - Updates

The Association has a rolling programme of events and activities.  The links below access this information.   You can also contact Mike Watts for details.

For news and details of events:

For seminar details and any post event recordings:

Specific information about training courses are at:

Mike Watts
Senior Departmental Administrator
Association for Dementia Studies
University of Worcester
Henwick Grove
01905 542531
Room BB 222

VCS Associate Scheme Membership

In 2013 Community First in partnership with the 3 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) established a system to make it really easy for VCS organisations and community groups to sign-up to one or all CCG Associate Schemes.

To join one or more of the schemes you simply register at:

Associate Scheme members have great opportunities to participate in local initiatives and opportunities run by their local CCGs.  Members are able to take part in a two-way flow of communication, build vibrant working relationships and be involved in commissioning of healthcare services.

On-line Mental Health Directories

In October 2013 Community First partnered with Wyre Forest and South Worcestershire CCGs to develop and maintain 2 location led on-line Mental Health Directories.

These directories contain relevant Self Help materials and Support Group details, local and NHS services and further materials and information

Worcestershire Works Well

Worcestershire Works Well promotes the business benefits of supporting good health and wellbeing in the workplace.  It’s a free accreditation scheme available to employers in the county.

Community First is partnering with Worcestershire County Council, the Worcestershire Regulatory Service, the Chamber of Commerce and the Sports Development Partnership to promote and deliver this scheme.

If you are a Worcestershire business and want to join this scheme please contact      To find out more, visit: