Did you know?
A report by Public Health Wales identified that people living in the Llynfi Valley have 20 years less healthy life expectancy compared to the rest of Bridgend County Borough. We want to change that, and we need your help to succeed.
So who are we and what are we doing?
We are a partnership of community groups, businesses, Councillors, local authority, ABMU health board, GP practices, Public Health, NRW, Police, social landlords and residents.
The Public Health report identified eight key areas of concern and at a recent Maesteg fayre, local residents generally agreed these were the right things for us to focus on. By working together with residents, businesses and the local community we want to promote and improve local people’s health and wellbeing.
We want to raise awareness of how people can improve their own wellbeing and health and make better use of, and improve access to local services and resources, as well as developing new initiatives where possible.
Our eight areas of concern are:
Weight and nutrition
We will be working with the community, schools, restaurants, businesses, leisure services, allotments and market gardens amongst others to promote health and fitness activities, weight management programmes, leisure, outdoor gyms, recreation and play activities.
Jobs and skills
The Volunteer Centre in Commercial Street, Maesteg can offer you the opportunity to do something worthwhile, match you to something you are interested in, for as little or as much time as you want to give. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, develop employment skills and experience – whether it’s volunteer driving, working in a charity shop, befriending older people or supporting youth clubs – it can help build up your CV too.
We will be looking to gain more volunteers, but we will also work with businesses and have achieved funding for the valley to set up a Job Club in Maesteg in the New Year to help you gain employment. We also want to understand what are your training needs so that we can help with that too.
The physical environment
We want to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing through the use and protection of green and open spaces. Evidence shows contact with green spaces and natural environments can reduce symptoms of anxiety and stress and improve mental wellbeing as well as physical health. We are therefore continuing to work with the National Resources Wales Woodlands Creation Project and we will be working with others to open up safe outdoor environments for all our community to enjoy.
We want to set up new activities and/or do more to connect people to existing opportunities such as social walking and running clubs so people can enjoy the outdoors more. Tell us what you think.
Dementia friendly communities
We want Llynfi Valley to be the first dementia friendly community in the county borough. Dementia is a growing issue. A dementia friendly community is one where residents and businesses have raised awareness of, and understand more about dementia. It’s a community that is able to recognise, be patient and care better for people with dementia. It is also a place where people with dementia can continue to have aspirations and feel confident, knowing they can still contribute and participate in activities that are meaningful to them.
In these communities, people living with dementia will still feel included in community life, be more independent and have more choice and control over their lives and their carers will be encouraged to seek help and support.
We will be promoting early interventions and prevention aimed at children and young people within your communities. We will also be working with your local GPs to help them better understand the needs of people with both mental health and substance issues so that they will be able to ensure that they receive the help they so need to get back on the road to recovery.
We will be improving access to sexual health information and advice for young people through working with your local youth organisations, schools, community groups and health clinics. We aim to reduce the levels of teenage pregnancies and a condom distribution service will also be re-established.
We will be working towards increasing awareness of domestic violence by asking you to sign up to the White Ribbon Campaign which promotes the ending of men’s violence towards women. We will work with local schools to educate young people about healthy relationships and we will work with healthcare and police professionals to find ways of making it easier to report suspected domestic violence cases.
We are also working with support agencies to help victims, and looking at perpetrator programmes to reduce violence and level of incidents. We need you to go online and sign the pledge too. Visit www.whiteribboncampaign.co.uk/makepledge
There are huge health benefits of stopping smoking, but we know people need help, they think they can’t do it. They can!
To help, we will be increasing the number of free stop smoking services within the Llynfi Valley. Local pharmacies are involved and tackling the use of e-cigs amongst young people too.
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