Information from the Adur & Worthing Community Wellbeing Team. - Adur & Worthing Liberal Democrats
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Information from the Adur & Worthing Community Wellbeing Team.

Adur and Worthing Wellbeing Hubs
The Hubs promotional materials are being distributed across Adur and Worthing. Each Member will shortly receive a pack with posters, a badge and pen to help to promote the service to residents. If you need more, then please get in touch. Anyone can use the service, but we are particularly aiming it at people from our less well off neighbourhoods as that is where the most difference to our health and wellbeing inequalities can be made.

Core Service:

The Wellbeing Advisors are working from their locations out in the community and are developing good links with other services and organisations who can refer or signpost clients to the Hubs. They are fully equipped for remote working and have laptops, display stands and mobile phones.

We are recruiting a new Wellbeing Advisor this month as unfortunately, due to personal reasons, the previous post holder has had to leave. The two advisors are therefore now: Nicole Coleman and Pauline Bird and they are covering the whole area between them until the new Advisor starts.

Commissioning:

Tender returns for the Older People’s services contract are due to be assessed by a panel; we should know who the Provider from 01 April 2012 will be, by the end of this month.

We are offering free workshops in Social Marketing to Voluntary and Community Sector organisations. Social Marketing is an approach used to develop activities aimed at changing or maintaining people’s behaviour. We know this is a cost effective approach and want to see it used to deliver the services the Hubs commission.

Much of the additional funding will be used to commission projects in the Voluntary and Community Sector, including a project to increase the awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer and another to support and encourage adults with low confidence and low self esteem, who need to get more active. Both of these, and others in the programme should start by 01 April 2012.

Projects that will be delivered internally, include a Family Weight project which we hope to start before April and a Work Place Health project delivered in partnership with Environmental Health which is also due to start before April and.

Contact Officer: Janice Hoiles  É01273 263402   * janice.hoiles@adur-worthing.gov.uk

For more information about the work of the Wellbeing Hubs contact:

Community Wellbeing

Summer Close Lunch Club, Fishersgate

The lunch club closed due to lack of volunteers. The Wellbeing team have reopened this for the benefit of this small but ageing community. The residents are unable to go far and so this is a lifeline and much needed club to combat loneliness and isolation.

Five ladies attended the first event and thoroughly enjoyed the 2 course lunch provided from Colemans.  They meet fortnightly in the lounge of Summer Close.  An additional Christmas lunch was provided by City Coast Church. From this outing – a first for some for a very long time – proved a success. The ladies met and melted the hearts of the volunteers there and we now – hopefully – have 4 volunteers who will take over this important project from the wellbeing team making this project a success.

The cost is £3.75 for a 2 course lunch provided by Colemans a local home meals company. The lunch is not restricted to Summer Close residents and any over 60s are welcome to join this lively – but elderly group.

The club – reduces isolation, gives exercise – walking / riding in their buggy from their own front doors to the lounge, friendships – 1 lady who would have been on her own for Christmas has been invited to share the day with another lady and her husband. A trip out to the City Coast Church – more trips are planned. More importantly this is a reason to get up and organised, something to look forward to.

Active Communities

Worthing Creative Dance Group

The development of an independent self supporting group continues apace with the committee making successful bids to the Co-op (£500), Community Chest (£720) and Sussex Community Foundation £866.50 which will enable the weekly dance programme for older people to continue at the Cornerstone Church adjacent to Steyne Gardens on Wednesdays from 10.30 to 12 noon without financial support from the Councils. The next 10-week programme begins on 4th January 2012.

Sportative Gymnastics and Trampolining Course

With funding obtained from Active Sussex an 8 week course was held in partnership with Wickers Gymnastics Club from 17th October to on 5th December to 12 young people from 16 – 19. (10 female and 2 males). Three of the participants have subsequently decided to enrol on gymnastics coaching courses with financial assistance from Worthing’s Sports Coaches Scholarship Scheme and Active Sussex’s Coaches Bursary Grant initiative.