A CELEBRATORY event to mark the success of a project aimed at improving population health by promoting health and well-being in primary care settings has been held in Carmarthen.
Hywel Dda University Health Board’s Public Health team marked the success of the ‘Lifestyle Advocates: Promoting Health in Practice’ project with a special ceremony at St Peter’s Civic Hall, Notts Square.
The Lifestyle Advocates project is a development programme, carried out in conjunction between public health and primary care, and aims to enable enthusiastic individuals to become skilled advocates for healthier lives and promote well-being and prevention in their settings.
Over 30 primary care staff have taken part in this new, innovative programme; gaining confidence in how to raise and discuss health promoting life changes and linking with local support groups and services. They have reported changing their own health behaviour as well as supporting patients to live healthier lives.
The Cluster areas that were involved last year were Amman Gwendraeth, North Ceredigion, South Pembrokeshire, North Pembrokeshire and Llanelli.
During the event, the advocates were presented with their certificates to recognise their participation in the programme.
Teresa Owen, Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board, congratulated her team on the success of the programme by saying: “If we are to reduce inequalities in our communities, then we must act through Primary Care where so much of our service contact with vulnerable and hard pressed individuals takes place.
“Increasing the programme to include community pharmacy, dental and community services will enhance the integration of support closer to home.”
Ian Scale, Consultant in Public Health, who spoke at the event, said: “Closer working between GP Practices and other primary and community services gives us a new opportunity to promote good health as well as providing services for sickness and disease.
“All members of the Practice teams can play a part in supporting individuals and communities to find ways of living well, engaging with local activities and in voluntary groups and getting the right support to make positive changes to their lifestyle.”
New Children’s Book based on local fisherman
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR Natalie L Davies has written a story based on local man, Mickey Beechey, of Llangrannog.
Natalie said: “I’ve written a series of children’s books with the central character, the lovely ‘Mickey the Fisherman’. The first book is called ‘Pollution’, and is a bright colourful and fun book with a valuable message.”
The book is available to buy on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, and can be found at: mybook.to/mickeythefisherman.
Council supports the Learning Disabilities ‘My Charter’
CABINET members and senior officers in Ceredigion have signed ‘My Charter’. In doing so, Ceredigion County Council have become the first council to sign up to the charter. My Charter was written by people who have learning disabilities in West Wales.
The charter says that people who have learning disabilities want to have more chances in life, more choice and to be listened to. It also says that people who have learning disabilities want to be treated as adults, to be given dignity and respect and that their information is kept private.
Councillor Alun Williams is the Cabinet member responsible for Adult Services. He said: “People with learning disabilities have the same aspirations, hopes and feelings as everyone else. They deserve the same services and to be treated equally in a way that’s appropriate to their needs. I’m delighted that Ceredigion has become the first council to sign the charter, and I’m looking forward to seeing how this can positively influence the way our population of people with learning disabilities are treated in the future.”
The charter was developed by people who have learning disabilities from across Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire.
Ceredigion Leisure Centres Summer holiday programme
A BUSY TIMETABLE of inclusive summer holiday activities for children has been organised across all Ceredigion County Council-run leisure centres in the county.
From football to bouncy castle sessions, from cycling skills to archery, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from over the course of the summer.
There will also be day camps and multi-skills activity days available at some of the leisure centres, for children to attend for the whole day. There’s even a day trip to the beach with Teifi Leisure Centre!
A range of learning to swim programmes are available at Lampeter Swimming Pool and Plascrug Leisure Centre across the summer holidays. A week of swimming lessons will be delivered solely through the medium of Welsh in Plascrug Leisure Centre starting on 5 August.
Councillor Catrin Miles is the council’s Cabinet member with responsibility for Leisure Services. She said: “Ceredigion Actif is once again providing a busy timetable of fun activities during the summer. It’s a healthy and worthwhile way for children to spend their time during the summer.”
Booking for sessions is essential and staff at leisure centres reserve the right to cancel any session if attendance is too low.
For further information on the summer holiday activities planned, visit the Ceredigion Actif website.
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