A stronger North Halifax launches Staying Well
‘Together we are stronger’… A strapline well suited as 55 local residents and representatives of various community organisations in North Halifax got together to launch a new project aimed at tackling loneliness and social isolation in older people.
Amongst those attending the session at Threeways on Thursday were representative from local activity groups, community organisations, churches, health, council, fire and housing services, and sports clubs.
Lonely individuals are more likely to visit their GP, have higher use of medication, are more likely to need long term care and are at a higher risk of high blood pressure, depression and falls.
The Staying Well project is all about improving the health and wellbeing of our communities, reducing demand on GP practices and hospitals, and will see older people connected to services and activities close to home.
“The statistics about older people and loneliness can be frightening but we also know that social interaction and friendships can reduce vulnerability and help people to recover when they do fall ill” Helen Enevoldson, Staying Well worker
The Staying Well project is funded by the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and is being piloted in 4 areas of Calderdale; North Halifax, Elland, Hebden Bridge and West Central Halifax. Community organisations will manage delivery of the project in each area.
North Halifax Partnership and Threeways Centre were asked to work together to build a community partnership capable of delivering the project in North Halifax, that will oversee and drive the project, and will be responsible for building on existing activities and commission new initiatives from a £50,000 community budget.
Colin Davies from Threeways said,
“We think that local people are best placed to know what is already available in our communities, where the gaps in services are, and are the people most qualified to say where we should be focusing services in the future.”
“I’m really pleased with the amount of local people that have come along to Threeways today. The Staying Well project presents a real opportunity for North Halifax to do things differently.
Vicky McGhee from North Halifax Partnership, and Ovenden and Mixenden Initiative said,
“Loneliness has a huge impact on the whole of society. We must take responsibility for the vulnerable people in our community and a whole lot more can be achieved if we work together.
“We want everyone who lives or works in North Halifax to see themselves as a member of the North Halifax Hub”
If you think you know someone who might benefit from the Staying Well project, please ring Helen Enevoldson, the Staying Well Worker in North Halifax on 01422 255402 / 07912891206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org