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We want to help people gain confidence and skills in managing their own health and wellbeing.
There are many health conditions that could be prevented and actions we can all take to stay healthy.

A new project is being set up in Erewash looking to create wellbeing through connecting people with others and helping increase physical activity levels.

The project in the Petersham area of Long Eaton has been inspired by the Move More Sheffield initiative which has increased physical activity overall in the population.

We are working with several partners, including the Community Sports Trust, on a community-wide asset based approach to connect people within communities through activity. It aims to reduce social isolation and increase activity.

We have pulled together all interested parties in Erewash and Derbyshire including people and groups in the local area to co-produce and co-deliver a tailored, local approach.

Erewash has more alcohol-related admissions than the national average, with the biggest increase being seen in women aged over 45.

Wellbeing Erewash is one of a number of partners tackling the issue and has commissioned the University of Derby to research local women’s drinking habits and how to help them consider healthier choices. Through using the university to explore culture and habits rather than health staff, we are seeing more honest and open responses, which is improving our understanding of the real underlying issues.

We have also been able to involve healthcare assistants by holding person-centred conversations with individuals during healthchecks, encouraging women to think about their own wellbeing in an empowered way.

Brilliant Erewash is an ‘Art of Brilliance’ programme co-commissioned by public health and Wellbeing Erewash to work with all year seven pupils across our six secondary schools. The Art of Brilliance is a nationally-recognised programme supporting young people to develop resilience in themselves and others.

It aims to transform the way young people think about themselves by inspiring them to make the most of what they have been given. It shares simple principles that raise aspirations, self-esteem, confidence and resilience and promote good mental health.

It enables young people to share in the delivery of positive messages to others in their school, home and community. The programme supports young people to recognise the difference that their approach and attitude has on others within their school, home and community. Brilliant Erewash encourages young people to lead workshops for school staff, other young people and people within local communities to improve their positivity and energy levels.

Students and staff from Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton have spoken about their views on the Brilliant Erewash programme in this video.

The aim of this project is to ensure that people’s conversations with local services become more person-centred, to enable people to think and act on their own wellbeing. As well as training for staff we have identified other elements of work that will support person-centred approaches:

  • Personal health budgets
  • Patient activation measures – these are a measure of a person’s skills, confidence and knowledge to manage their own health.
  • Wellbeing planning - our goal is to enable people to manage their own wellbeing by supporting and encouraging them to write their own plans for care.

We want to help people to gain confidence and skills in managing their own health and wellbeing. There are many health conditions that could be prevented and actions we can all take to stay healthy.

Whether a person has a long term condition to manage or just wants to keep themselves and their families well, we want to make sure people know where they can get help and advice if needed. We want people to feel in control of decisions being made about their health and this means working with people in a different way. The first question a service asks should not be ‘what is the matter with you?’ but ‘what matters to you?’ In Wellbeing Erewash we are therefore supporting care services to become more ‘person centred’ and looking at how we can use Wellbeing Plans can help people to stay well.

We are also looking at how we can support children and young people to grow up with skills that equip them for life, helping them to live life as well as possible.

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Did you know there is a Community Directory which provides information all in one place about a wide range of services available from community and voluntary groups across Derby and Derbyshire?

With over 4000 Community groups at your fingertips, you can search for services by area, interest of type of support. Visit www.communitydirectoryderbyshire.org.uk , email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01332 227719.

Self care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

The Self care Forum has a useful Patient Portal page with tips and advice on self care.

You can also get lots of good health advice from www.nhs.uk 

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