Voluntary Sector Action on the Social Determinants of Health


Good health and wellbeing can be seen as an asset. It is one of the main factors that shapes quality of life and can promote the health and wellbeing of the wider community.

Social, economic, environmental, political and cultural factors influence people’s health at every stage of life, and inequalities in these factors lead to widespread and persistent inequalities in life expectancy and time spent in good health.

Many charities pursue social and economic outcomes that impact on health outcomes, but relatively few articulate their work in terms of its relevance to health and health inequalities.

This report aims to provide the most relevant evidence to enable the voluntary sector to expand and develop its action on the social determinants of health. It has been developed with small- to medium-sized charities, who may only just be starting to engage with the issue.