Stay Connected Pledge – Tackling Loneliness in Worcestershire
Tackling loneliness has always been a priority in Worcestershire and now more than ever, we recognise there are people of all ages who are feeling lonely.
That is why we have signed the ‘Stay Connected’ pledge. This initiative by Worcestershire County Council Public Health shows residents that as a council we are committed to tackling loneliness and supporting people to stay connected.
By signing up to the pledge, we want to ensure our activities are inclusive, welcoming and provide an opportunity for people to connect with others. As well as this, we will encourage other organisations to do the same.
If you are feeling lonely, there is support available. Worcestershire County Council’s Loneliness and Isolation page provides help and information for all ages.
We are all being asked to stay home at the moment to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, protect our NHS and save lives. You can find out more about the symptoms of coronavirus and what you should do if you feel unwell on the NHS website.
It is okay to feel worried, anxious or stressed at the moment but it is important to look after both your physical and mental health.
A range of video workouts, advice and other information is available online to help you.
- NHS Every Mind Matters - Tips on how to take care of your mental health.
- Sport England Stay in, Work out- Advice on how to keep active around the home.
- Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Facebook (@wychavon) and Twitter (@Wychavon).
- World Health Organisation - For advice and myth busters about the virus.
- pdf Coping with stress document (51 KB)
- pdf Anxiety Self Help information sheet (574 KB)
- pdf Helping children cope with stress document (49 KB)
Health and wellbeing plan
We, along with Worcestershire County Council, have developed a pdf Health and Wellbeing Partnership Plan for Wychavon. (4.54 MB)
The plan runs until 2020 and sets out areas we will focus on to help improve the health and wellbeing of residents.
- Reducing smoking in pregnancy
- Achieving a healthy weight
- Mental and emotional Health
- Access to services in rural areas
You can find out how healthy people in Wychavon are by reading the latest Health Profile for Wychavon. These are produced every year the Government for each council area.
Help to improve your health
Health and wellbeing information and advice is available on the Worcestershire County Council website. Topics covered include alcohol, being active, dementia, diabetes, healthy eating, loneliness, mental health, smoking and more.
The Your Life, Your Choice website is also full of information and advice to help you stay well and independent. There is also information about support available in the community, as well as care services for older people and adults with disabilities.
Being active is really good for your body, mind and health.
Being physically active every day can help to maintain a healthy weight and improve sleep. It can also prevent a range of physical and mental illnesses and diseases including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression and anxiety and reduce or delay physical limitations in later life.
The Chief Medical Officer recommends the following guidelines for how much physical activity you should be doing:
- under five-year-olds: at least 180 minutes per day
- 15-18-year-olds: at least 60 minutes per day
- 19-64-year-olds: at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes
- 65-year-olds and older: 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity physical activity per week in bouts of 10 minutes
The Government has produced a guide to what physical activities meet the guidelines on its website.
You can use the Change 4 Life A to Z of sports and activities to find a sport or activity that is right for you.
You can also use the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire Activity Finder to find a session near to you.
Health Walks are a great way of keeping fit and socialising.
Cycling is a fantastic way to keep active. Find out more information on our Cycling page.
This is a 12 week programme aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people with certain conditions. This includes asthma, diabetes, mild depression, mild to moderate arthritis, obesity, osteoporosis, poor mobility, stable hypertension and stress.
You must be referred for these sessions by a GP, practice nurse or community health professional.
Read more about Wychavon Wellbeing.
Falls are a major issue in Worcestershire, particularly for those aged 65 and over. Falls often result in fractures and stays in hospital.
Simple changes to your lifestyle can reduce the risk factors associated with falling. This includes eating healthily, drinking plenty and moving more.
Read more about Falls Prevention.
If you are looking for funding for a health and wellbeing project then you may be able to apply for money from one of the organisations below:
- Music Grants for Older people – Concertina
- Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
- Peter Harrison Foundation
- The Steel Charitable Trust
- Football Foundation's Grow The Game Scheme
- Allen Lane Foundation
- Pilgrim Trust - Social Welfare Grants
- The Yapp Charitable Trust
- Will Charitable Trust
- Wakeham Trust Grant
- Barchester Healthcare Foundation