Kincardine & Mearns Community Plan

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Priority 6 Healthy Lifestyles – 3rd review

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Intended Outcomes:

People can readily access the most appropriate care and support options for their particular needs and more local residents are supported to maintain healthier lifestyles.

Actions:

6.1 Partners and communities will be brought together to plan and deliver work projects that promote positive health and active lifestyles.

6.2 Evaluation of the health improvement activity undertaken as part of the regeneration project.

6.3 Aberdeenshire Signposting Project will work with local partners to raise awareness of their work and recruit signposters in the area.

6.4 The Alcohol & Drug Partnership Forum will develop activity in a way that is complementary with other community action

Partners

NHS, Council’s Working for Families, SW & EL&L including CLD & Active Schools and Communities Teams, Community Development Organisations, Patient Participation Groups, Aberdeenshire Signposting Project, Voluntary Sector Organisations

Progress & Results:

The Community Wellbeing Network brings together public, private and voluntary interests and activity in health and wellbeing and continues to meet regularly.  A K&M Food Skills Conference was held in September 2014 with ideas such as an ‘edible trail’ being explored.

Referrals to the Signposting Project in K&M increased in 2014: Stonehaven 4; Inverbervie 3; St. Cyrus 2; Portlethen 1; Newtonhill 4; Johnshaven 4; Laurencekirk 1; Fordoun 1. Issues dealt with were mainly social contact & relationships, debt & benefits; exercise, health & hobbies & bereavement.  The majority of clients are over 60 but some are in their 20s.

A Drug Awareness Evening held at Mackie Academy for S1 to S3 Parents in

September run by CLD, the Parent Forum and Mackie Academy.  18 Parents attended and 9 signed up for the Drug Proof Your Kids Course. A similar evening was held in Portlethen Academy with around 50 parents in attendance.

The South Aberdeenshire Alcohol & Drug Forum support a variety of financial requests to assist with positive experiences for children at risk.  Supported activities included work with young people about to leave school, a fishing project and sessions to encourage young people to achieve positive ‘natural highs’, for example Laser Tag, which were accompanied by information and Drugs Workers.

A ‘Big Blether on Alcohol & Drugs’ Conversation Café’ event in Stonehaven is planned for February 25th 2015.  This will be an opportunity for professionals and community members to hear and share ideas, experience and inspiration on recovery, prevention & challenging perceptions surrounding addiction and to raise awareness of the Forum and the opportunities it offers for involvement.

Next steps:

Work is continuing for all of these actions.

Lead Partners & Contact:

Edith Criggie & Fiona Murray, NHS

edith.criggie@nhs.net

01569 792061

f.murray@nhs.net

01569 792074

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