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Making Every Contact Count - Voluntary and Community Sector Grant


What is MECC?

Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach that uses day-to-day contact, organisations and individuals have with Gateshead residents, as an opportunity to enhance health and wellbeing.

MECC training provides staff and volunteers with the skills to engage with people and tell them about the benefits of behaviour change to boost physical and mental health and wellbeing.

For organisations MECC means providing staff with the leadership, environment, training and information they need to deliver the MECC approach.

For staff MECC means having the competence and confidence to:

  • deliver healthy lifestyle messages,
  • encourage people to change their behaviour,
  • direct people to local services that can support them.

For individuals MECC means seeking support and taking action to improve their own lifestyle behaviour by

  • eating well, maintaining a healthy weight,
  • drinking alcohol sensibly,
  • exercising regularly,
  • not smoking,
  • looking after their mental health and wellbeing.

Who can apply for a grant?

Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations (VCS) who work with Gateshead residents who could benefit from improving their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

The grant for Community and Voluntary Sector organisation is to

  • enable the further development of staff in providing consistent health and wellbeing messages
  • build capacity for the MECC approach. 


How to apply

The fund is now open. We will deal with applications on a first come first served basis. To apply for MECC training and associated costs, organisations must meet certain conditions. These conditions are in the guidance document (690Kb).

There are two pots of funding that Community and Voluntary Sector Organisations can apply for:

Pot one (239Kb) £100k, for grants up to £10k,

Pot two (244Kb) £200k, for grants £10k - £50K.

Complete and return the application form to us by email or post to the address details below. The closing date is 15 December 2017, or until all funding has been allocated.

If your organisation would like more information or have any queries about the MECC grant please contact:


subject: MECC Applications

Contact us


Please submit MECC applications to:

MECC Application
Public Health Team
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre


CWLBusinessSupportTeam@Gateshead.Gov.UK please put ‘MECC Applications’ in the subject header for all emails.