Health & Wellbeing

SALC has been commissioned by Somerset County Council to deliver a 3-year project to work with parish and town councils so they can improve health and wellbeing in their communities.

This innovative programme supports councils to build their capacity and skills to identify and tackle health inequalities for Somerset residents through dedicated support, training, and grant funding.

On this page you will find information and updates about the programme and useful links to health and wellbeing related training and support available to town and parish councils in Somerset.

Why are we running this project?

A lot of change is happening in Somerset. Local government reorganisation (LGR) has put in place a new unitary council with more changes for parishes. There is a new Integrated Care System (ICS) managing health and care policy and services, with a requirement to include partnership working with a network of organisations.

As the membership organisation working to support local councils across the county, SALC knows that town and parish councils are well placed to understand their local community’s health needs, assets, and development opportunities. With this project SALC will be building on the networks and resources already in place to strengthen and grow them.

We want to empower our local councils to be able to take an active lead in their communities, learning from each other, and strengthening connections with the wider council sector, health and social services and the voluntary sector.

What are we doing?

  1. Sector and partnership development:
    • Coordinating development of programmes and mechanisms for local councils to deliver against, and demonstrate impact on, local health and wellbeing priorities.
    • Develop collaboration and partnerships to address local and strategic health and wellbeing priorities.
  2. Funding: Develop and deliver a grant programme to improve the capacity of local councils and their communities to respond to health and wellbeing need.
  3. Training: Develop and deliver a training programme for local council members and staff to improve the understanding and expertise in health and wellbeing activity.
  4. Needs assessment and engagement:
    • Improve understanding across local and county councils of the opportunities, needs and challenges in improving health and wellbeing.
    • Improve and support communication and collaboration within and between the principal council and local councils.

How will we do it?

The programme will run for 3 years from July 2022 and our new Health and Wellbeing Officer, Ann Diment, is here to support, connect and engage with all local councils across Somerset.

If you would like to suggest content or request support for a health or wellbeing related matter, please email ann@somerset-alc.org.uk

  • SALC has developed a survey that is being used to inform the development of the wider engagement, training, and grants programme. (see below)
  • The project is being evaluated by The Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health and will provide a valuable evidence base and learning opportunity for ways to support health and wellbeing in rural communities. To support this, we have set up an evaluation and learning group and a wider project steering group.
  • Ann is running weekly ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ online connect sessions for council staff, volunteers and councillors register
  • We are organising networking and training events on a range of health and wellbeing topics – to keep up to date please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.
  • A grants programme is available (from June 2023) to support local councils to develop activities that support health and wellbeing in partnership with their communities.

Survey Results

Thank you for all who responded to the SALC health and wellbeing survey. We are busy crunching the data, which will be available here soon. We will be running networking and engagement events over the next year to enable sharing of the results, along with partnership building.

Your responses will inform the development of a wider engagement, training, and grants programme for 2023-2025.

Please contact Ann, our Health and Wellbeing Officer, for more information: ann@somerset-alc.org.uk

Resources

Local councils have a big part to play in the way they allocate resources and organise services to support the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.

Towards the bottom of the Resources page, you can find a list of resources and training for councils that will help you access a range of health and wellbeing topics.

Sharing the Good Stuff!

This is the space to shout about what your council is doing to support the health and wellbeing of your community. Have you got examples of projects or groups you have supported that are making a real difference to people’s lives? We’ll be featuring a new story each month so to get involved please contact Ann, SALC’s Health and Wellbeing Officer at ann@somerset-alc.org.uk

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