Supporting Healthy Lifestyles – 1st Review

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By working together, we aim to ensure that people can readily access the most appropriate care and support options for their particular needs. Focusing on areas and groups identified as having the greatest levels of need, we will work to support local residents to maintain healthier lifestyles.

Action 1
Partners and communities will be brought together to plan and deliver work projects that promote positive health and active lifestyles.
A range of NHS Grampian staff, Council’s Working for Families, SW & EL&L including CLD & Active Schools and Communities Teams, Community Development Groups & Trusts, Patient Participation Groups, Aberdeenshire Signposting Project; & Voluntary Sector Organisations
 November 2013 with short term outcomes sought June 2014; mid-longer term outcomes 2014-16.
Action Progress
Partners and community meet in the K&M Community Wellbeing Network. Milestones for the new community plan to be developed.Current project is to set a baseline with regards to community wellbeing and cohesion in Portlethen and Inverbervie.  See priority: Including Everyone in Our Communities, action 1.


Action 2
Evaluation of the health improvement activity undertaken as part of the regeneration project, Making the Most on the Coast, between 2011-13 will undertaken and fed into the above meeting and into decisions regarding the spend of K&M’s NHS Health Improvement Fund.
The Regeneration Area Health Improvement Worker; NHS Grampian’s Public Health Coordinator & Area Management Team
Evaluation report completed Sept 2013
Project plan completed Oct 2013
Evaluation follow up trail Mar 2014
Action Progress
First Healthy Activity project has been completed. Evaluation has been forwarded. Project is followed up with a second trail, emphasizing the working partnership ‘Working for Families’ and NHS Grampian. Project likely to complete by Dec 2013, evaluation Mar 2014.Key staff were not available during the first implementation between Jan and March 2013. The project is hence repeated between Sept and Dec 2013.


Action 3
In order that more residents are encouraged to take part in social, leisure and support activities that promote positive health and wellbeing, Aberdeenshire Signposting Project, whose trained volunteers offer information, support and advice to the clients referred to them, will work with local partners to raise awareness of their work and undertake a recruitment drive with the aim of increasing their number of signposters in the area to one in each GP surgery and community hospital by end 2014 and two in each by end 2016.
Local Alcohol, Drug & BBV Forum members such as Social Work staff, NHS Substance Misuse staff, Community Learning and Development, Voluntary sector organisations such as the Foyer and Barnardos, Service Users and people in recovery, Community Planning Officers, Schools
Volunteer recruitment drive Nov 2013
Ongoing recruitment, training & promotion of service reviewed Feb 2014
Target is for one volunteer signposter per surgery/ community hospital by the end of 2014 and two by the end of 2016.
Action Progress
Local drop in sessions for potential volunteers in all 5 GP Surgery areas (Auchenblae, Inverbervie, Laurencekirk, Portlethen, Stonehaven) to be held beginning of November.
Leaflets/ Volunteer Adverts going out to above areas & local partners alerted to upcoming training – provisionally booked to be held in Stonehaven w/c 18th November with final training session in January 2014 (minimum of 3 volunteers to run this).
Currently no volunteers in K&M, service is being delivered by project worker.
Success against Outcome
Referrals to date in K&M (July – October 2013):
– Portlethen – Care Management Team – 1, Social Work – 2, GP – 1
– Stonehaven – Care Management Team – 2
All clients referred as experiencing isolation/ loneliness that was impacting on their health. Evaluations from clients are not yet back however all clients were signposted to local community groups.


Action 4
The South Aberdeenshire Alcohol, Drug and Blood Borne Virus (BBV) Forum will develop and promote activity in a way that is complementary with other community action in Kincardine & Mearns. In particular, the Forum will act as a local hub of accessible information, guidance and funding for activity leading to prevention, protection and recovery from alcohol and drug misuse, including:
– encouraging parents, schools and communities to help establish the social norm that children and young people do not normally use alcohol or other drugs
– supporting at risk children to access the support they need from service providers
– assisting service users to tell their stories of recovery confirming to professionals, communities, families and other service users that recovery is possible
Action Progress
A recovery peer support group is meeting regularly in Stonehaven.“Make a Change” Life Coaching has been delivered.Service User and professional take exploratory trip June 2013 to Serenity Café in Edinburgh, a café and activity hub for people in and working towards abstinence based recovery from addiction. A training session on identifying and supporting alcohol problems in community settings has been arranged for Stonehaven for 31st October, promoted across a wide range of partners. Existing diversionary activities for young people throughout Aberdeenshire researched by CLD and soon be reported on. A mapping exercise of activities/support & services for children and young people affected by alcohol and drug misuse taking place across Aberdeenshire. Drug Proof Your Kids courses & taster sessions have been running through schools.
Success against Outcome
– 2 full Drug Proof Your Kids Course, 14 parents attended one. Figures for second awaited. 3 taster sessions held, 30 parents attended one, figures awaited for the other two.
– Life Coaching Sessions (5 attendees), regular peer support group and good practice visit to Serenity Café, Edinburgh recovery facility.


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