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09.06.23 – £4.8million for Community Projects in NUL, Stephen Gunther appointed Director of Public Health

Written by on 8 June 2023

Community projects in Newcastle under Lyme will benefit from £4.8 million over the next two years, thanks to funding from the Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

From business enterprise coaching to a homeless hub, the scheme will deliver a range of benefits within three key themes of community and place, people and skills and supporting local businesses.

The network of projects will include community hubs at community managed libraries, nature recovery in urban spaces and enhancements at amenity spaces including Brampton Park, Clough Hall Park and the Trent and Mersey Canal.

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A vastly experienced public service professional has been appointed to the most senior public health role in Stoke-on-Trent.

Stephen Gunther has been announced as the new director of public health at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Stephen will join the authority from 4 September and has more than 20 years’ experience in delivering services to reduce health inequalities and improve wellbeing in residents. He joins the city council from Walsall Council, where for four years he has been director of public health, policy and strategy, business insights and commissioning, including through the coronavirus pandemic.