About us

We are proud to work with the community in Darnall, Tinsley, Attercliffe and Handsworth, and we have a long history in the area – Darnall Well Being celebrated our 20th birthday in 2020!

Darnall Well Being (DWB) is an established, local anchor organisation, providing health and wellbeing services in one of the most deprived areas of Sheffield – Darnall electoral ward. Our core remit is to address health inequalities. We work with local people to help them achieve their goals and build resilience by focusing on what matters to them.

DWB team standing in a group and smiling to camera
The DWB team – December 2023

Our organisation was established over 20 years ago by a local GP, Dr Jack Czauderna, who was inspired by the Peckham Experiment, a pioneering model of community and health development. There’s more information in this video about the Peckham Experiment:

From a small start in a local shop, we have grown into a charity offering a combination of services including group activity, 1 to 1 and peer support, volunteering opportunities, Social Prescribing (a signposting service that we have run within a primary care setting for over twenty years), as well as local health campaigns, events and talks. Through our integrated programme, we help people to manage their own health and wellbeing, and in 2022-23 we gave 1-1 support to over 600 locals referred to us, as well as seeing almost 1000 attendances at our activity and group support sessions.

Our team are experienced, dedicated and multilingual. Most of our staff and volunteers are local residents, with first-hand knowledge of the area and there is a diversity of experience, age, culture and skills.

Our services help to remove barriers through being local, free or low cost, consistent, culturally sensitive where appropriate and help build trust, because we listen and respond to local need.  Through increasing access to services, we can help mitigate risks such as loneliness and isolation.

We have specialist expertise, thanks to our unique, long-standing relationship with primary care, and over many years have developed a genuinely integrated and person-centred approach to supporting vulnerable groups. 

DWB team members at Darnall Allotment Project
DWB team members at Darnall Allotment Project

Our relationships

Darnall Well Being are also part of wider city initiatives within Sheffield, and we have a close and longstanding relationship with Darnall Primary Care Centre and the local Primary Care Network. We are proud runners up in the GSK IMPACT Awards 2024, being awarded £4,000 in recognition of our efforts

In addition, we are members of the Centre for Social Justice Alliance, a nationwide group of excellent, small, local charities, who are experts in supporting the most vulnerable people and communities, and shape the CSJ’s national policy work. The CSJ Foundation connects us, along with other members, to researchers and decision-makers to bring our expertise into UK policymaking.

None of our work would be possible without the support of our funders.

Finding us

Darnall Well Being is situated in Darnall Primary Care Centre. The address is 290 Main Road, Sheffield, S9 4QH.

Parking is situated on site at the side of the building; this parking is also used for patients and staff. If the car park is full there are side streets across from the building which can be used. Please be aware though as there may be parking regulations in force i.e. length of stay.

If you are travelling by bus, there is a bus stop opposite the Primary Care Centre and directly outside the building.  The no. 52 from City Centre stops outside the building, and the no. 18 from Meadowhall or Manor Top stops not far away, so you can then reach the centre via two pedestrian crossings.

Once you have found the building and have made your way into the reception area, you now need to inform us of your arrival. Please do this by using your mobile phone, dialling 0114 249 6315 and a team member will come and get you. Please note that the Primary Care Centre reception staff are for GP patients only, and they are usually not aware of any additional events in the building.