The following update has been received from BetterCareTogether:
Barrow locals have begun training to lead activities to improve the health and happiness of local communities as part of a scheme to reduce social isolation in Barrow in Furness.
‘Furness Wellness Days’ which are based at Walney Cottage, Barrow-in-Furness were introduced to bring the community together to promote health and wellbeing through a range of different activities.
The initiative was launched following conversations with members of the public who all explained that happiness improves their ability to manage their own illness within the community. Happiness is also directly affected by social isolation, for example Age UK have suggested that feeling alone and vulnerable can lead to depression and a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing. This is an increasing concern as Age UK have reported that two fifths of older people say the television is their main source of company.
Ivan Drozdov Communications and Engagement Coordinator
bettercaretogether (Morecambe Bay Clinical Strategy)
Moor Lane Mills, Moor Lane, LANCASTER, LA1 1QD 01524 518638
Note: Dr Farhan Amin GP instigated these workshops with the support of therapists from the World Health Innovation Strategy based in Carlisle. Contact Gareth Presch at firstname.lastname@example.org
for further information