Health & Wellbeing
The Health & Wellbeing movement is fundamental to Essex County Council’s strategic plan. They appreciate that for this moment to succeed, Local Councils must engage with their activities. By involving the closest level of government with the citizenry, Health & Wellbeing can have a real, positive impact on people’s lives.
The EALC therefore support enthusiastically initiatives of Local Government which encourage residents to understand the benefits of Health & Wellbeing. Town & Parish Council’s need to support their Communities by providing information on signposting, mental health issues and the advocacy of new Health & Wellbeing plans.
The Association consequently offer a communications service, which informs Local Councils of all the initiatives being run across the County of Essex. It is ambition of the EALC that Town & Parish Councils entrench Health & Wellbeing as a consistent, valued and conscious part of their decision making, activities, precepting, agendas and planning. To this end, The EALC have established a new Health & Wellbeing Board for Local Councils, with the viewpoint of promoting best practice, removing barriers and sponsoring initiatives throughout Essex.
Health & Wellbeing Conference 2020
Health & Wellbeing is dominating our lives at the moment, so the EALC have put together an online conference to help give you some context and ideas for the role you as Parish and Town Councils can play.
We have a strong set of speakers. We are very fortunate to have secured Dr Jules Pretty, who will give us a presentation on the Climate Emergency and some examples of what we can all do to make positive changes.
Health & Wellbeing Conference Agenda
Health & Wellbeing Conference Booking Form
Community Agents Essex is a countywide network of agents and volunteers who support older people and informal carers to find and develop independent living solutions from within their Local Community. Some of their objectives are as follows:
- Promoting health and independence
- Reducing social isolation
- Finding practical solutions to daily living
- Providing confidential trusted Information
- Informing choice and reducing confusion
- Increasing individual and Community resilience
You can access their services through The Essex Wellbeing Service: https://www.essexwellbeingservice.co.uk
Want to find out more? Look at this e-learning tool which provides a comprehensive introduction to Community Agents Essex, and the work they do: https://www.communityagentsessex.org.uk/e-learning.aspx
The Essex Map
Essex Map is a free hosting page which could be a useful tool for advertising your Community Organisation to both residents and the greater Essex Community. Adding a Community listing to the Essex Map is a free service and may well prove beneficial, so give it a go: https://www.essexmap.co.uk.
Healthwatch Essex are an independent voice for the people of Essex. They gather, represent and redress views about different aspects of Health & Social Care in the county. They do this with the objective of helping to shape the services.Their friendly and skilled team can be contacted in a number of ways.
United in Kind
Social isolation and loneliness can have a devastating effect on our Health & Wellbeing. Research has shown that over 60% of adults in Essex consider themselves to be lonely or socially isolated from their Communities. Through a delivery grant from Essex County Council, United in Kind is working to help Communities tackle social isolation and loneliness in adults. They are particularly interested in helping those individuals who are most at risk; the elderly and carers as well as those with mental health issues, learning disabilities/ special educational needs and Autism.
United in Kind's coachs are available to assist anyone wishing to start a local initiative to combat social isolation or loneliness. The team also support campaigns to encourage acts of kindness. The list of their coaches is as follows:
- Basildon District - Ali Perrott: 07458 300899, email@example.com
- Braintree District - Jayne Laken: 07458 300903, Jayne.laken@ceessex,org.uk
- Brentwood District - Donna Reilly: 07458 300901, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Castle Point District - Anna Wilson: 07458 300 email@example.com
- Chelmsford District - Stella Scrivener: 07458 300902, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Colchester Borough - H Goodwin: 07458 300894, email@example.com
- Epping Forest - Nick Robinson: 07849 087920, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Harlow - Sarah Ayling: email@example.com
- Maldon District - Amy Melton: 07458 300900, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rochford District - Corrina O’Donnell: Corrina.email@example.com
- Tendring District - Suzanne Howe: 07458 300898, Suzanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Uttlesford - Kim Clark: Tel: 07849 087991, email@example.com
Live Well, Link Well
Live Well, Link Well can really help your residents to get non-medical support which can improve their lifestyles and help them to lead longer, happier lives. This number will give you access to Community Agents, Learning Disability support, Blue Badges, Mental Health support and lots. There is one number to call, and then the resident will be triaged to the correct agency.
Essex County Council Residents Survey
Have you used any of the services provided by Essex County Council since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March? If so, they’d like to hear from you (a reminder of their services is detailed below). Please participate in this quick survey if you have the time. It really only takes about 5 minutes to complete. Feel free to share it with others who live or work in Essex. Your feedback can help shape better services.
Complete this questionnaire at the following survey link.
Here's a reminder of what Essex County Council services you may have accessed.
- Adult Social Care and Health services (Blue Badge, disabilities and health conditions, paying for care and support for carers).
- Child and Family services (social care, adoption, fostering and health and wellbeing).
- School and Learning services (school admissions, early years and childcare, Adult Community Learning - ACL).
- Births, Ceremonies and Deaths (weddings, Civil Partnerships, births and deaths, citizenship).
- Recycling services (recycling only, Essex County Council does not manage household waste services).
- Information and Guidance services (using our website, using our call-centres).
- Road, Street or Transport services (Reporting a highways problem, getting updates on travel, transport and roadworks, streetlighting).
- Library, Culture and Leisure (visiting an online or physical library, the historical records and archives, cultural events and activities).
- Business support (applying for a business licence, supplying the Council, trading standards, support for businesses).
Free Mental Health First Aid Training (Half Day)
These mental health training sessions last up to five hours. To attend, participants will need to download Microsoft Teams (which is free of charge). Instructions will then be sent out to their computers. All attendees need is a quiet, confidential space to undertake training. All relevant resources will be sent to them.
This training is invaluable for Councillors and Clerks. Mental health awareness was important before Covid-19, but it is now essential as the pandemic has affected everyone’s mental health in some way. This training will help you to recognise the symptoms, and give you guidance on how to support, signpost and generally help your residents with mental health problems.
The below link is for you to directly book onto the MHFA training sessions. Be aware that if the date you are requesting is unavailable, then there are lots of other dates you can book instead. Please find the following link to access this important support network: Free Mental Health First Aid Training.
J9 Domestic Abuse Training
Sessions are hosted on Zoom and last for approximately 1 hour. They take place every Tuesday at 10am and Thursday at 2pm (and will continue online on these days and times until further notice.) Prior to training, participants are asked to watch a 20-minute video made by Janine Mundy’s family, whom the J9 initiative is named after. The link for this video will be sent to you one week before your training session. Following the training, you will receive a link to download the J9 after pack which contains useful information and contact numbers. If you wish to attend, or find out more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to contact them directly, please email J9community@outlook.com and they will let you know what the next available date for appointments is.
Living with Dementia is something that many of our residents do every day, as do their families and carers. The link to the training below can help your residents to understand how they can support those living with dementia. It can also help Parish & Town Councils to understand how they can become Dementia Friends or dementia friendly communities. If you are considering becoming a dementia friend, or organising some Dementia Friends training for your Local Council then please visit Becoming a Dementia Friend.