Communities are becoming an equal partner in the design, delivery and commissioning of care services, as we transform the way we work.
With the Social Services and Wellbeing Act also placing an emphasis on the wellbeing of communities, we’re working to ensure they play a prominent role in how we deliver social care.
Our Adult Services have already been active in the Seiriol ward with more than 500 people involved in planning and consultation meetings. The Seiriol Alliance is a local collaboration of community representatives , voluntary and statutory bodies who work towards safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the community.
Local Asset Coordination is an example of local solutions developed to meet local need. Local Asset Coordinator, Gwyneth Rowlands, meets with individuals, families and groups to form relationships built on equality. She encourages people to take the lead in developing their own support systems, focusing on their strengths and abilities. Gwyneth explained, "One of our objectives is to reduce loneliness and isolation, create dementia friendly communities and develop mutually supportive relationships to build stronger communities where everyone, whatever age or ability, can contribute and be included. This is a preventative model to ensure people can stay well for as long as possible, within the community where they choose to be.” She is pleased with the feedback so far.
Di Smith has been living with depression for 30 years and now regularly attends her local community Hub. Di said, “Being involved in the Hub gets me out of the house – I find it is uplifting and feel much better for it. My anxiety is more manageable in unfamiliar settings now and I’m feeling more positive about life. The mutual support at the Hub is invaluable.”
Sarah Schofield said, “The project has given me the confidence to get out of my home and meet people again. I’ve been helping another young lady who lost her ability to speak after a stroke. My own situation has been improved by helping someone else and this is the first time since my own stroke that I feel there is still a purpose to my life."
Liz Jones said, “This project has made me more aware of other people’s needs as well as my own. I live with a degenerative neurological condition and can no longer drive. Gwyneth gave me the confidence to get involved in my local Hub. Now I’m helping others to learn computer skills in a friendly environment and interacting with others puts a smile on my face.”
Gwyneth added, “We know that we must keep in regular contact with others to maintain our wellbeing. This is now happening as our new methods of working develop and strengthen. Developing new community services is a challenge for us all – together we’re looking to ensure that the input of Seiriol residents remains a driving force to help them achieve their goals.”
ACTIVITIES IN THE COMMUNITY HUBS
1. Something for Everyone - Maes Gwyn Llanddona Hub every Tuesday afternoon 1:30-3:30pm. Come and enjoy friendly company with fellow members and get involved with a range of enjoyable activities - arts and crafts, painting, computers, ipads/tablets, board games - we are always open to new suggestions ! £1 per session.
2. Music and Movement – alternate Monday afternoons 1:30-3:30pm Maes Gwyn Llanddona and Pont y Brenin Llangoed. Enjoy light exercise to music, cognitive exercise, cuppa and chat in a fun and friendly atmosphere.
4. Dementia Drop-In – first Friday of every month 1:30-3:30pm at Bryn Tirion Community Hub,Beaumaris. Welcome to those who are living with Dementia, and their carers. Various activities undertaken designed for stimulation and a chance to chat and provide mutual support . Please contact Gwyneth if you wish to attend on 812170.
5. Men's Shed- Meeting at Pont Y Brenin Commnity Hub every Thursday morning 10am-12pm. Contact telephone for the Shed is 07856331471.
For more information on the above please contact Gwyneth on 01248 812170.
For other community activities and meetings at the Hubs, please see the Booking Diary in the foyers.
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