Building Healthy Communities

Welcome to the Building Healthy Communities NHS website.

BHC's 'Vision' is to be a strong, dynamic partnership, which reduces health inequalities using a community development approach to promote the health and wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and organisations in Dumfries and Galloway.


Building Healthy Communities in Dumfries and Galloway is a region wide programme based on the 'Healthy Living Centre' concept and is a partnership of public, community and voluntary organisations that has been working together since 2001. The programme is designed to improve the health and wellbeing and quality of life for all individuals, particularly those who are encountering difficult circumstances and personal issues.

The programme is shaped by a Regional Partnership of strategic/local representation and four local Area Partnerhsips that currently operate across the region. Each of the Area Partnerships pool their resources and take collective action to tackle local community health issues in a co-ordinated and inclusive way which is pivotal to tackle the root causes of ill health.

Building Healthy Communities uses a co-ordinated community development approach to:

  • create a range of opportunities for local people and communities
  • encourage active local participation
  • prepare individuals for volunteering through training and one-to-one support
  • promote healthy lifestyles
  • enable individuals to be active citizens within their own community
  • outreach people through the development and implementation of a range of healthy initiatives that address local needs
  • develop effective partnership working and capacity building of individuals, organisations and communities
  • focus on 'first step' social support aimed at individuals dealing with anxiety, stress, depression, isolation, lack of self esteem and substance misuse
  • empower Volunteers and the wider community to improve their own health and social wellbeing


Health & Wellbeing Specialist/ Thomesena Lochhead

BHC Manager : Sheila Campbell

Contact Details:
Building Healthy Communities

Ryan South
Crichton Hall
Bankend Road

Telephone: 01387 272776

News and Events

Managing Long Term Conditions
Local statistics indicate that there are at least 21,816 people in Dumfries and Galloway who have a long term condition.   There is clear evidence through research that the way people manage their "long term condition" has an impact on their confidence, mental health and general wellbeing.  Link opens in new windowRead the full article...

Living Life to the Full
The Living Life to the Full programme is based on the 5 areas Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model as developed by Dr Chris Williams - an expert and trainer in CBT and Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Glasgow.  Link opens in new windowRead the full article...

Regional Area Partnerships

Detailed information on BHC Area Partnerships is maintained on our blog site.