Health and well-being
We support people to live happy, healthy and fulfilled lives, with access to the care and support services they need. We are particularly interested in projects which help residents to access activities which promote healthy lifestyles, create friendships and build links to support networks to help people live more independently.
Case study: Normacot health and wellbeing sessions - Stoke-on-Trent
My Community Matters
To reduce the isolation amongst females in the Normacot area by inviting them to regular sessions around health and wellbeing.
Organised by Stoke-on-Trent community-led project My Community Matters, the sessions were aimed at two different age groups to encourage health and wellbeing awareness, and improve physical skills and mental health.
The first group was created to provide young girls from eight years upwards, and their families, with a safe environment to meet, socialise and learn new skills. Ten sessions were held weekly for two hours and offered youngsters the chance to try their hand at crafts, jewellery making and glass painting.
The second group catered for women who had expressed an interest in sewing and meeting new people in a safe environment. They received six two hour weekly sessions of sewing classes.
My Community Matters continue to support the residents who attended the sessions to build on their skills and encourage them to continue to share these with others in the community.
There is very little opportunity to socialise within Normacot and engagement is difficult due to the many different nationalities and language barriers, so these types of sessions are important. It helped to reduce the feeling of isolation by widening residents’ social circles and helping them meet new people. It also supported them in building stronger links with the community while providing an interest and challenge.
Creative sessions such as this are fantastic to bring our residents together and to build stronger links within the community.
By investing in community-led projects such as this we can ensure we address the needs of our residents and help them to play a part in recognising the ambitions they hold for themselves and their neighbourhoods.