New service to help people stay fit and well
A new service to help people stay well and live independently was launched on the 1st of September.
The Lancashire Wellbeing Service will be run by a consortium made up of N-Compass, Age Concern Central Lancashire and the Richmond Fellowship on behalf of Lancashire County Council.
The Lancashire Wellbeing Service will in part replace Help Direct and other related services such as Connect 4 Life, Social Prescribing and Health Trainers.
The service will help people to stay well and maintain their independence, it will particularly support people to have improved mental wellbeing and be better able to look after their health and the things that might affect it. People will be referred by their doctor, health worker or professionals from other agencies that might come into contact with those who would benefit from the service.
County Councillor Azhar Ali, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’ll be investing more money in the new service than the ones it is replacing. Many people are in a situation where one incident could lead to them needing long-term health or social care. At this stage, the more intensive one-to-one support we’ve invested in through the Lancashire Wellbeing Service will make a huge difference to them”.
In a joint statement, the consortium said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract to deliver the Lancashire Wellbeing Service. Our consortium was forged through a collective desire to offer something truly unique to the people of Lancashire.”
People who need more general advice about how to stay well and live independently will be able to contact the county council’s advice line. The existing Help Direct number, 0303 333 111 will continue to be used to limit disruption.
From the autumn, improved information about what is available for local people in their area will be available on the county council’s website.
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