Working alongside diverse communities we empower people and communities to live healthier lives.


Our Mission

Working alongside diverse communities we empower people and communities to live healthier lives. We exist to help create a world where health inequalities no longer exist and everyone can live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.

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Our Impact

For over 30 years Social Action for Health has worked with thousands of individuals and partnered with dozens of organisations from across London. We have seen improvements in people’s wellbeing, positive changes to the way services are delivered and witnessed marginalised and under-represented communities become empowered and have their priorities heard.



London Boroughs covered

Our work takes us into the heart of communities across East London and beyond.



Thousand Local People Impacted

Last year alone we worked with, provided advice for, conducted research with and supported over 16,000 local people.



years serving communities

Our roots date back to the 1980s and we are proud to continue serving the diverse communities of London.


Our Projects

We all have strengths to give to create a healthier world, at Social Action for Health we bring people together to empower and support each other.

Our way of working is to build capacity in people and communities – particularly those most affected by health inequalities. We are expert at engaging participation and then facilitating ways that people can develop their own solutions, share their expertise and see the world and opportunities in a different way. 

We deliver a range of projects with and for communities across East London and beyond.


Community Research   

Good research can leave communities stronger, more empowered and with the information they need to address inequalities. We use a range of different research and consultation techniques including surveys, one to one interviews, group discussions, direct and participant observation, asset mapping, desk based research and community conversations.


We currently offer help, support and guidance to those affected by health and social issues through one to one advice services, group self-management courses, befriending and matching people to trained peer supporters.

Capacity building 

We help individuals, organisations and communities to grow and develop. We believe that people learn best by doing and take a hands on ‘action learning’ approach to developing skills, confidence and understanding. We run consortia, build networks and deliver all of our projects in partnerships with other organisations.


We present the voices of the community to the decision makers and influence future strategy, direction and policies. Through active engagement and convening we ensure that our community’s priorities are heard.

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I am so glad that I came to know about this course. It has changed so many aspects of my life and also the lives of my children. My family, relatives and friends have also benefited…people die because they are not informed.

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Get Involved


If you are as passionate as we are about changing the world then there are many ways we would love you to get involved! Each of us has a part to play; changing the world to a society where health inequalities are a thing of the past and everyone can live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Give your time

From volunteering your time and expertise through to leading campaigns in your community, there are many different ways you can make a difference. Your contribution is invaluable to us. Developing our internal business capability, building our team’s skills, working with our team in the communities – all will make a difference. Help us fight health and social inequalities by volunteering with us.

Participate in research

Share your experiences of maternity to help improve services for local mothers or be part of one of the world’s largest community-based genetic studies 

Support your community

Become a befriender to help someone with their chronic condition or join our peer support project to improve parent and infant wellbeing


Join IN

Are you in need advice or support? Do you live with a chronic condition? Could you become a befriender? Find the project for you.


We have a number of volunteering positions across the organisation either based at one of our offices or out in the community.

Make a Donation

Your generosity helps improve the lives of local people. Make a regular or one-off donation your gift helps us shape a fairer society.