Health and Wellbeing

ALCESTER’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING CO-ORDINATOR

Wendy works for Alcester Town Council with people over 55 in the town. The purpose of her role is to help people remain independent, active, to reduce social isolation and loneliness, and help increase  social integration.

Background to the role

In 2013 Warwickshire County Council formed a Health and Well-being Board, as did the whole country, as directed by the government. Alcester has declared itself a Health and Well-being town and started a Board, where it not only promotes the good work of the NHS and Social Services but also seeks the help and support of our voluntary groups. The prospect of more than 180% of over 85’s in the next 20 years is daunting!

Knowing this, the Town Council obtained funding from Warwickshire County Council to employ a Health and Well-being Co-ordinator. The role involves looking at the Town Council and County Council’s aspirations to reduce loneliness, social exclusion, lack of independence and improve resilience for the older generation of Alcester.

Wendy will be researching and visiting the majority of voluntary clubs in the town, to receive feedback from the members as to where it is felt improvements can be made. Feedback will be used to either further develop existing groups or initiating new ones with your help. She will also be signposting vulnerable people, who are unaware of the fantastic opportunities already available, to improve numbers in local groups, achieving the best outcome for all, a sense of good well-being by becoming part of a social activity which, in turn, improves health.

For further information please contact:

Wendy by email: info@alcester-tc.gov.uk or by phone: 01789 766084 Mobile: 07483 149732

Join the new Alcester Community Allotment and reap the benefits of your work through sharing the harvest! Come along and find out more at the launch on Tuesday 4 September at 2pm Plot 28 Bleachfield Street North allotments.

Computer drop-in sessions. Face to face help….tailored to fit your needs!!

WCC Consultation on School Health and Well-being Service– Please have your say- open until 12 October 2018.

Defibrillators in Alcester- Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is? Speed is essential! Defibrillators are available at the following locations.

Dates for your diary!

FREE Electric Blanket Testing for over 50s….at various venues across the district.

1 October 2018- Alcester’s first Information Day– Jubilee Centre 11am- 2pm. An event celebrating United Nations International Day of Older Persons. Exhibitors also welcome. For further information please get in touch with Wendy on 01789 766084.

Barn Dance– 5 October 2018 at Great Alne Memorial Hall from 7- 10pm with the amazing Cat’s Whiskers Barn Dance Band. Tickets £10 to include a delicious Fish ‘n chips supper. The Barn Dance is part of the Engage 50+ Festival- Making the most of life from 50-100+

Computer drop-in sessions  (Bee On-line) are on Wednesdays from 10am- 12pm at Alcester Unionist Club 46 High Street Alcester B49 5AB. Contact Wendy for further information.

Elderberries Community Group is now run independently and still meets every Wednesday from 11am – 3.30pm at Jubilee Court Community Room, for over 55’s in Alcester. It offers enjoyable and varied activities, a 2 course home cooked lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Cost is £3.00 including lunch! Email elderberriesgroup55@gmail.com for further information.

Warwickshire County Council & Making Space (Health & Social Care Services) are looking for parents to Make a Difference… are you able to help?

VASA Volunteer Drivers needed in Alcester!

Other useful links:

Atrial fibrillation- find out more at NHS Choices or the British Heart Foundation.

Wellbeing Our Alcester facebook page

Stratford Time bank

Grape vine – Helping people to grow their lives