Well Newcastle Gateshead

Well Newcastle Gateshead is one of the pathfinders of Well North, a Public Health England funded initiative across 10 areas in the North of England to improve the health of the poorest people fastest and transform local communities into places where people can live, work and thrive.

Well Newcastle Gateshead is funded by Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council together with Public Health England. Our agreed focus is on improving engagement and health outcomes in disadvantaged communities through participation in the arts and the growth of community assets.

We work with a range of partners, including arts organisations, schools, universities, voluntary sector organisations and elected representatives from the two local authorities.

Our Vision

  • Create – exploring the connection between health and the arts in the most challenged local communities.
  • Connect – working creatively with children 2-7 years old, their parents and grandparents to improve school readiness.
  • Aspire – looking at mental health, low self-esteem and social isolation in estates; connecting central cultural venues, local community arts organisations, place based voluntary organisations and local people to existing community assets in order to enhance cohesion, skills, employment opportunities and aspirations.

We want to explore how we can use all of these assets to improve the health and well being of people across four of our communities.

In Felling and Inner West Newcastle, we are focusing on working with children aged two to seven, along with their parents and grandparents, with the aim of improving school readiness. In Byker and Chopwell we aim to tackle social isolation, mental ill-health, and low self-esteem in adults.

Everything we do is grounded in local communities and we aim to build on the good work already taking place in our selected areas.

Participation and Funding

We have secured £1 million from Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council, and Public Health England over three years to deliver an exciting programme to meet our vision.

The Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund was established in 2018 to support projects and initiatives that improve the health and wellbeing of people in our target communities by using engagement in arts and cultural activities as a catalyst for positive change.

Please find more information on how to apply here: Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund


Well Newcastle Gateshead is managed by the Well Newcastle Gateshead Committee, comprised of the Blue Stone Consortium Board of Trustees and Directors of Public Health from Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council. The Committee meet every two months.

Community Engagement

We regularly hold Community Conversations in our target communities with the participation of artists, community groups and local authority representatives to discuss ideas for potential projects and promote the Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund.

To date, we have held 8 events which have facilitated fruitful partnerships and sown the seeds for the development of a number of local projects. 

Please email mark@bluestone.org.uk if you’d like to take part in our next event.

Our Projects

The Well Newcastle Gateshead Arts Fund has supported 34 projects to date across our target communities, with more in the pipeline.

The Curious Beasts project worked with children in schools in the West End of Newcastle, using interactive puppetry to identify emotional wellbeing issues and develop effective interventions for building resilience. Please see a short video about their work below.


You can read more about our current projects and developments in our newsletter and email mark@bluestone.org.uk if you’d like to join our mailing list.

Our Impact


For more information, please contact Mark Mulqueen, Programme Director of Well Newcastle Gateshead:


07519 568551

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