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Following on from our recruitment of a North Shields Wellbeing Coordinator in the summer, VODA has continued to focus on health and wellbeing. This year’s activities culminated in our final Working With the VCS event of 2019 being focused on Population Health in North Tyneside.
The event was extremely well attended, with over 50 people from a range of organisations from the VCS and health sector. Hosted by VODA’s Robin Fry and North Tyneside Council’s Felicity Shoesmith, the day started with a Christmas themed speed networking event with a health theme.
Claire Howard from VODA introduced ‘A Picture of Health in North Tyneside’, a film where representatives from health, the public sector and North Tyneside CCG who are involved in social prescribing came together to build a picture of what population health management looks like in North Tyneside. The aim of the film is to develop confidence in the VCS around how they can become key partners.
The attendees were then encouraged to discuss in groups “What can we do to work together to improve population health in North Tyneside?” There was a diverse range of responses which included:
“Develop one stop shops in public places e.g. shopping centres etc. to include health, local authority VCS orgs, schools colleges, universities etc. to deliver health messages, provide information and signpost into services.”
“Collaboration of the sectors to enable a bigger and more comprehensive offer this may include pooling and sharing information and data and sharing resources.”
“Empower people – acknowledge that they are the experts on their own health and lifestyles. Work with trained people to navigate through issues and problems that present as barriers to resolving health issues.”
“Providing safe and supportive spaces for people to explore their health and wellbeing options, taking into account their motivations and preferences.”
Two local VCS organisations showcased their work and how they support people with their mental health and wellbeing. Paul Hillier from the North Tyneside Art Studio talked about art and the benefits to mental health and highlighted their new studio NTASii which has just opened in Wallsend. Janice Irving from the Linskill Centre talked about their recent CCG funding to develop a men’s community shed and the support they’ve received from VODA’s Sector Connector.
We then moved on to four themed discussions, where attendees were invited to choose one of the topics to find out more about.
David Fellows from North Tyneside Council hosted a discussion on Healthy Conversations training, an offer to the VCS. Rachel Martin from Diabetes UK presented on Tackling Diabetes. Collette Horner from Tyne Health provided more information on the local Primary Care Networks and Susan Meins from North Tyneside Council looked at the Dementia Friendly Community initiative.
We ended the session with what’s becoming a bit of a tradition at our December event, with a VCS networking Ceilidh, where everyone was invited to a have a 5 minute discussion with the person opposite them on “What one thing will you take away from today?”, after which, the person from one end swapped to the other, with some shameless showing off, and onto the next topic of “What can your organisation contribute to this agenda?”
Feedback from the event has been extremely positive.
“It was great to get the opportunity to network, collaborate and talk about the potential of new opportunities.”
“The event was well structured, had good variation and allowed for opportunities to meet people from different sectors.”
“Great opportunity to learn about the work of other organisations.”
VODA is planning to develop a short film showcasing the breadth and variety of important work delivered by the Voluntary and Community Sector in North Tyneside.
The film will be aimed at health professionals and will highlight how VCS organisations in North Tyneside actively contribute to and support the local health agenda.
We are looking for expressions of interest from a variety of VCS organisations, from small volunteer led projects to larger charities delivering in the borough.
We are interested in speaking to organisations that can show how they support people to:
- Improve their mental health and wellbeing
- Improve their physical health
- Decrease social isolation
- Gain new skills & confidence
We would also like to hear from organisations who work:
- Collaboratively with other organisations
- Who have identified gaps in health provision and have then created projects to meet need
- Who currently work in partnership with health
If you feel that your project or organisation fits the bill and would like express an interest in being part of the film, then please get in touch with Claire Howard by Friday 31 January email@example.com or call 0191 643 2625.
A new set of mental health leaflets offer support for mums, their families, and the teams that care for them. The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal OCD, and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They offer advice and signpost to promote better understanding and support people in making decisions about perinatal mental health issues. The leaflets have been written jointly by perinatal psychiatrists, women with lived experience of perinatal mental illness, and their partners. They have been delivered in partnership by RCPsych, NHS England and HEE. Further information is available on the NHS England website
Direct Payments are made to people who have been assessed as having social care needs and are eligible for Council-funded support. Instead of the Council arranging services for you, they will pay money into a pre-paid current account for you to buy the support you need in the way that you choose.
Aims of the Support Group
- To offer peer support and information about the benefits of Direct Payments or the process associated with it
- To provide a platform for people to share their own experiences or represent the views of the wider community
- To ensure that the service reflects the needs of the people who use them
- Enable people to share good practice and raise areas of concern
- Give ideas and suggestions on how services could be improved
Meetings are held quarterly at the Linskill Centre, Linskill Terrace, North Shields NE30 2AY between 10.30am and 12 noon.
- 13 November 2018
- 12 February 2019
- 14 May 2019
- 13 August 2019
- 12 November 2019
Please contact for further details or to book your place:
Paula Peart, Community and Health Care Forum, 205 Park Road, Wallsend NE28 7NL
Tel: 0191 2954233
A brand new service, focused on the North Shields and Wallsend areas, will see the team reaching the community via local groups and organisations.
The team want to support people in those areas to reduce their risk of getting cancer, recognise the symptoms early and know when to see a doctor.
It is aiming to raise awareness of cancer screening programmes and provide information and support to those looking to improve their health – including by stopping smoking, reducing their alcohol intake or reducing their weight. The service is free and can provide:
- Workshops to train your staff and volunteers
- One-to-one advice on healthier lifestyles
- A Stop Smoking Service
- Leaflets and display materials for venues
- Staffed information stalls at events
See the leaflet above or contact the public health team to find out more on:
Telephone: 07792 255029 or 07813 811490