Joint Healthy South Warwickshire funding awarded to improve health and wellbeing

A total of £40,000 has been awarded to community and voluntary sector organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of people in south Warwickshire. Warwickshire County Council, Public Health and South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group are pleased to announce the successful bids for the Joint Healthy South Warwickshire funding opportunity.

This one year, seed funding opportunity was made available for projects which do at least one of the following:

  • Reduce unhealthy lifestyle behaviours including smoking and excessive alcohol consumption,
  • Promote activities that reduce obesity and obesity related long term conditions,
  • Avoid admission to hospital and support early discharge,
  • Address rural and social isolation,
  • Maximise income and/or reduce debt,
  • Promote mental health and wellbeing – including dementia.

Cllr Les Caborn, WCC’s Portfolio Holder for Health said: “We welcome the opportunity to work with South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group to jointly fund these pilot projects across South Warwickshire. There are many different, complex factors which can impact on a person’s health and wellbeing; improving public health outcomes for our population requires partnership working. These organisations are well placed to make a real difference to people’s lives at a grass root level and I look forward to seeing these projects develop.”

Gillian Entwistle, Chief Officer of NHS South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The CCG is delighted to be able to continue to support the Joint Healthy South Warwickshire fund this year. The four successful projects have the potential to transform outcomes for people living in south Warwickshire. We look forward to supporting the projects over the coming year.”

Passport to Health Project

The Project supports the extension of the successful Health Passport pilot programmes from Nuneaton, Bedworth and Sutton Coldfield. This is a tool which aims to Help Everyone Achieve Long Term Health through, for example, helping beneficiaries better understand what health risk factors are and why they are important to them personally.

South Leamington Social Prescribing Service – Sydenham Social Prescribing project expansion

Social prescribing allows primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services. The project is an expansion of the existing social prescribing scheme which started in January 2016, and aims to develop a cohesive and scalable plan for social prescribing in South Leamington.

Green therapy with the Garden Gym and Grow Creative

Working in Honey Bee Wood at the Forest of Hearts in collaboration with the South Warwickshire GP Federation and Warwickshire Community & Voluntary Action (WCAVA) the project has two main aims:

· Provide a training/teambuilding event for up to 20 trained health and social care professionals and/or Age UK Navigators to experience the Garden Gym and Grow Creative activities in order to help to promote the service and provide feedback;

· Co-ordinate the network of outdoor activities and run weekly Garden Gym and Grow Creative sessions, enabling up to 40 people to be referred/be offered opportunities to carry out gardening tasks and do creative activities which provide regular gentle outdoor exercise.

Being Healthy (Heart of England MENCAP)

Following on from the ‘Feeling Healthy Project’ in 2016 this project aims to introduce changes in behaviour which will reduce weight, and increase health and well- being to keep customers active and well, with active input from their support workers.

The project will focus on around 20 individuals who have been identified by their carers as being obese or at risk of becoming obese because of their lifestyle.