What is health and wellbeing?
Health and wellbeing isn’t just about the absence of an illness or disease, it incorporates physical, mental and social ‘wellness’. Social isolation, finances, safety and stress are all factors that can also impact on a person’s experience of health and wellbeing. The good news is that people can improve their health and wellbeing just by making small changes to their lifestyle and the teams in this service can support people to do this – one step at a time.
Health and wellbeing development team
Health and wellbeing development workers promote health and wellbeing in older adults and adults with a physical and/or sensory impairment. Through health promotion, education and a wide range of preventative activities the team supports members of the community to maintain their independence and to improve and maintain a healthier lifestyle in groups or on a one-to-one basis.
The health and wellbeing team have a directory of social, exercise and support groups in your area where you could meet new people. The team will discuss with you what sort of group you may be interested in, provide you with details and help you make arrangements for your first visit.
View the directories and see what is available in your own area at: www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/our-services/wakefield/health-and-wellbeing-development-team/
Health and Wellbeing Courses
The health and wellbeing education programme is a project that runs over six weeks for two hours per week in the practice meeting room, and involves education and practical participation. Each session is designed to give older people a better understanding of their general health and of how lifestyle choices such as diet and physical activity can have an impact on their overall wellbeing.
On a recent evaluation over the six weeks, participants documented an overall increase in their general heath and wellbeing . Four of the participants said they would look at the information provided on social and exercise groups to increase their physical activity. There were two referrals to health trainers for further support around weight loss and exercise. Other outcomes included:
· Improved balance, co-ordination and mobility
· Improved motivation
· Combated social isolation.
Contacting the team
You can make a self referral to the health and wellbeing development team by contacting them on telephone number: 01977 705473, or by completing a referral form available on our website and sending it to the team by fax on 01977 705473 or by post to the Health and Wellbeing Development Team, c/o Thornycroft Centre, Halfpenny Lane, Pontefract, WF8 4AY