Peninsula Healthy Living Partnership Limited was formed in July 2002 as a Company Limited by Guarantee, Company No. NI43640 and is recognised as a charity for tax purposes by the Inland Revenue – Charitable No. XR41051/2.
Peninsula Healthy Living developed out of a vision of health in the widest sense. Supported by the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust (formerly known as the Ulster Community & Hospitals Trust), two members of staff, Dr. Jenny Gingles and Sheila Bailie, were seconded in the autumn of 1998 to explore opportunities for applying to the National Lottery’s New Opportunities Fund under its ‘Healthy Living Centre’ Programme.
Work started in the autumn of 1998 when Dr. Jenny Gingles and Sheila Bailie organised a workshop on 16th November to start the process of engagement with local people and to find out what they felt had a positive and negative affect on their health. This initial consultation was followed by 2 further workshops, on 8th January 1999 and 12th April 2000. These, together with a large number of smaller specific meetings with professional workers and agencies helped to shape a 1st stage application to the New Opportunities Fund, submitted in November 2000.
In July 2001 the informal Partnership was invited by the Lottery to the 2nd stage and a full business plan was forwarded to the New Opportunities Fund in November 2001.
In August 2002 Peninsula Healthy Living Partnership was awarded £665,571 under the New Opportunities Fund Healthy Living Centre Programme and the first of the funded activities commenced in November 2002.
After successfully implementing all planned programmes between November 2002 and the summer of 2003, Peninsula Healthy Living Partnership Limited was formally launched on 17th December, 2003 by Jeannie Johnston, local TV celebrity/presenter.