What is a community of interest

A community of interest is a group of people who have a shared identity or experiences. and wish to come together to address issues that are important to them.

These communities may be:

  • Protected under the Equality Act 2010 because of age, disability, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender reassignment or religion or belief.
  • People who share a particular identity of common experience, for example ex-offenders, D/deaf people, young carers tenants, care leavers, and people who have experienced homelessness.

Why do we fund communities of interest

We know that treatment of particular groups of people can mean that they are disadvantaged and this can contribute to significant differences in mental and physical health. There are some stark inequalities in the average life expectancy across different population groups. For example, Communities experiencing racial inequity. People with learning disabilities also have shorter lives than the average, Communities experiencing racial inequity

Find out more about Communities experiencing racial inequity

Find out more about health inequalities and specific communities of interest:

Communities experiencing racial inequity




To ensure it is as inclusive as possible, we have reviewed the language we use to talk about different groups in discussion with funded partners. If you have any questions or feedback about the language we use or this process, please contact us at communications@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk