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Health and Wellbeing Fund 2017-18 Now Open

Argyll and Bute Community Health Partnership has allocated  £115000 from its Public Health budget this year to support community led health improvement activities.

This budget is devolved to local networks to distribute as they see fit using agreed selection criteria. This year we now have the following 4 themes for grant funding:

Theme 1 – Getting the best start in life
Giving children a good start in life enables them to go on to be healthy adults. Ways of giving children a good start in life include: pre and during pregnancy support; breastfeeding and healthy weaning; active lifestyles; and alleviation of poverty.

Theme 2 – Working to ensure fairness
Health inequalities continues to be a priority. One of the best ways to improve health is to increase income levels. Other areas of fairness include: race, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and pregnancy. Our rural geography can also be a barrier to fairness here.

Theme 3 – Connecting people with support in their community
Health problems can be caused or made worse by social issues like loneliness, relationship breakdown, debt or homelessness. Enabling people to access community and support is called social prescribing.

Theme 4 – Focusing on Wellness not illness
Enabling people to be as healthy as possible and focus on wellness instead of illness. Doing this by building capacity in communities for healthy living and continuing to focus on assets for health i.e. what keeps us healthy.

Hundreds of initiatives have received funding over the years in Argyll and Bute. Recipients range from one off events such as a cookery class or an information resource for carers to supporting ongoing activities such as a befrienders group for older people or swimming lessons for disabled adults. Potential applicants can find out more about how to access the grant fund by joining their local network.

In order to be effective, health improvement activities must balance the needs and aspirations of communities with what the evidence and experience shows can make a difference. The geography of Argyll and Bute means that local communities can have distinct needs and this has resulted in a very diverse range of services across the area. Just because something has been shown to work in one area does not mean it will work in another area. However, strategically those responsible for planning and commissioning services have a duty to ensure equity of services and funding allocations across Argyll and Bute.

To get an application please see our funding page

 

 

Launch of the new Joint Health Improvement Plan

We are very excited to be launching our new Joint Health Improvement Plan.  The strategy will cover the period of 2017 – 2022 and features our 4 new working priorities and can be found here: JHIP 2017-22

Theme 1 – Getting the best start in life
Giving children a good start in life enables them to go on to be healthy adults. Ways of giving children a good start in life include: pre and during pregnancy support; breastfeeding and healthy weaning; active lifestyles; and alleviation of poverty.

Theme 2 – Working to ensure fairness
Health inequalities continues to be a priority. One of the best ways to improve health is to increase income levels. Other areas of fairness include: race, religion, disability, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status and pregnancy. Our rural geography can also be a barrier to fairness here.

Theme 3 – Connecting people with support in their community
Health problems can be caused or made worse by social issues like loneliness, relationship breakdown, debt or homelessness. Enabling people to access community and support is called social prescribing.

Theme 4 – Focusing on Wellness not illness
Enabling people to be as healthy as possible and focus on wellness instead of illness. Doing this by building capacity in communities for healthy living and continuing to focus on assets for health i.e. what keeps us healthy.

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Job Opportunity – Cool2talk Support Worker

Argyll and Bute Council on behalf of Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership are seeking to appoint 4 workers to meet the following:

  • To respond to young people’s health queries posted on the cool2talk website enabling easy access to personalised information or onward referral to appropriate services.
  • Maintain and develop a robust network of partners to contact for advice regarding the questions asked by young people.
  • Work as part of a team of four Cool2Talk Support Workers who will provide this service and supply relevant information and support to colleagues who are on the rota about services in your nominated locality.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of services for support and support pathways which young people can access in Argyll and Bute and Nationally.
  • To consult young people in order to develop the service and to evaluate the provision appropriately.
  • To work with colleagues in NHS, Local Authority Education and other statutory and voluntary agencies to promote and develop the service
  • Contribute to the promotion of the One2One on line counselling service.

Closing date 10/04/2017 @ 12:00

For further information and to apply go to:

http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/show/search_view.aspx?ID=MAR278217

Development Day – November 2016

Improving the health of the people in Argyll and Bute in changing times

On the 4th of November 2016 the Health Improvement Team held a Health Development Day on Improving the health of the people in Argyll and Bute in changing times.
The day was held in the Inveraray Inn and had a good attendance of 32 people.
The evaluation and presentations of the day can be found here.

Report and Evaluation: HDD Nov 16, Survey – Questions asked

Presentations: Technology Enabled Care, Shopper Aide, HSCS, Emotional Touch Point

 

New Report on Loneliness Published

The Director of Public Health for NHS Highland has just published his annual report for this year on the topic of loneliness. Loneliness is a significant health issue which causes premature death on par with smoking 15 cigarettes a day and is worse for you than being overweight or inactive. It also causes ill-health like depression, dementia and heart disease.
The report presents local research showing that a significant proportion of older people experience loneliness. A survey of 3,000 people across all Highland and Argyll & Bute found 67% of respondents feel some degree of loneliness with 8% classing their loneliness as intense.
The report is a call to action to partners to consider what they can do to reduce loneliness and includes examples of good practice including the community resilience workers in Argyll and Bute and Shopper Aide in Kintyre.

Loneliness report 2016

HEALTH FUND UPDATE

We are thrilled to announce that the Argyll & Bute CHP has been given an extra £50000 from the Integrated Care Fund for local health and wellbeing initiatives.
For more information, applications and your local networks coordinators contact details visit
http://healthyargyllandbute.co.uk/healthy-wellbeing-fund-2…/

A total of £50000 will be distributed as follows:
Bute: £4423, Cowal: £8662, Helensburgh: £12305,
Islay & Jura: £2366, Kintyre: £4874, Mid Argyll: £5556,
Mull, Coll & Tiree: £2627, Oban Lorn and Inner Isles: £9188

This funding is for activities to improve the health of the population such as increasing participation in physical activity opportunities, creating opportunities for older people to socialise with each and health fairs in local communities. Priority will be given to initiatives that can demonstrate they are reducing health inequalities, that means focusing on the people who are most in need, for example deprived communities likely to experience poor health.

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Mental Health Awareness Week in Argyll and Bute

Good mental health helps us flourish and positive relationships can play a part in this with research highlighting that positive relationships can help us to stay well and recover from illness. With mental health problems being one of the main causes of the overall disease burden worldwide it suggests we should be taking steps to improve our mental wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness week this year is focusing upon relationships. Good relationships help us live longer and happier lives with fewer physical and mental health problems. Fewer relationships can contribute to loneliness. Research suggests that 31% of people feel lonely sometimes and the negative effect of loneliness has health consequences such as higher blood pressure, depression and higher rates of mortality.

The Mental Health Foundation believes that we cannot flourish as individuals or communities without strong relationships. Action we can take is to invest in our relationships – make time to spend with family and friends, really listen and engage with things they talk about. Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers produced a short video for Scotlands Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015 which highlights the importance of talking and listening. The film, Talking is Power can be viewed along with two other films developed by young people and the Choose Life Project, on NHS Highlands Facebook page.

Notes to Editors: Mental Health Awareness Week runs from the 16th May to the 22nd May and focuses on relationships. The Mental Health Foundation leads on this event: for more information about the event go to: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week.

There will be various awareness raising activities happening around Argyll and Bute such as promotion of some recent work developed by Choose Life (the suicide prevention project in Argyll and Bute), and young people in Oban and Tarbet High Schools. These short films discuss feelings which can precede common mental health issues, http://www.tigershark.tv/tarbert and talking about self harm http://www.tigershark.tv/selfharming or on the NHS Highland Facebook page. In addition, the Helensburgh and Lomond Young Carers have also developed a short film which promotes the value of talking in building and maintaining relationships. It can be viewed at: http://www.tigershark.tv/talking.