Local Community Wellbeing Hubs Unveiled
Three pioneering community wellbeing hubs have been unveiled in the Borough of Scarborough.Located at the Base in Scarborough’s old town, Spring Café in Hunmanby and Whitby’s Eastside Community Centre, each hub was granted £10,000 from a funding pot established by Scarborough Borough Council, North Yorkshire County Council Stronger Communities and the Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group.
The pilot scheme, which will see the money used to set up preventative health and wellbeing services in the heart of the three communities and improve residents’ digital skills, is also supported by Coast and Vale Community Action (CaVCA) and Yorkshire Coast Homes.
It is hoped the scheme will demonstrate how preventative services, such as those whichstop residents visiting accident and emergency or a GP with illnesses that could have been avoided through earlier intervention, can be provided in a different way, through existing local organisations that are already used and trusted by their communities.
The services on offer are set to include:
- bespoke IT training sessions for over 50s to enable them to take advantage of the social and economic benefits of being online
- free NHS health checks for eligible residents and blood pressure monitoring
- health information sessions around common medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, cardio-vascular disease
- social wellbeing activities that bring the community together such as coffee mornings, book clubs and knit and natter sessions
Cllr David Chance, North Yorkshire County Council’s Executive Member for Stronger Communities and Public Health, said:
“This scheme gives community organisations the ability to make decisions that will help shape the health and wellbeing agenda that’s unique to their area. They know their communities better than anyone and have a deep understanding of the issues that need to be addressed. I’m delighted we have the opportunity to work with them in such an innovative way.”
Cllr Michelle Donohue-Moncrieff, Scarborough Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Democracy, Neighbourhoods and Stronger and Safer Communities, and chair of the Digital Inclusion Partnership, said:
“This is a fantastic example of the public sector putting power and influence in the hands of trusted community organisations, which already do so much to improve and enrich the lives of local residents.”
Gaye Hanson from Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group added:
“We’re delighted to see the opening of the community wellbeing hubs. Working in partnership with community organisations there is huge potential to tackle some of the big health issues, which affect the lives of our residents.”
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