We're working to improve health and wellbeing in Somerset
We manage an online directory of free or low cost groups, services and activities in South Somerset. Somerset residents can easily search for support and information that could improve their health, wellbeing and quality of life. It’s also a great signposting resource for local GPs, Health Coaches and voluntary sector organisations. You can visit the Wellbeing South Somerset Directory here.
We are also working on the following initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in South Somerset.
Community Connector Workshops
These informal, free workshops aim to raise awareness of health and wellbeing support in our communities, so that attendees can share that information with other people. We'll help you to build upon your existing knowledge, so that you can signpost your friends, family members, neighbours, and clients to local groups, services and activities that could improve their quality of life. Our workshops are useful for anybody working in Social Prescriber or Link Worker roles, and a great opportunity to meet like-minded people with a shared interest in improving community health and wellbeing. Visit our Events Page for upcoming dates.
With increasing cuts in public services and expectations on the voluntary sector to deliver more services with limited funding, there is a need for community organisations to work more collaboratively to support their residents' health and wellbeing. In response to this, we launched the Community Partnership Project. In partnership with other voluntary sector organisations, GP practices, and housing and community organisations, we developed and continue to support Community Partnerships in Yeovil, Wincanton and South Petherton.
Social Prescribing is about connecting people with health issues to practical and emotional support in the community, and is a key part of Personalised Care, one of the foundations of the NHS Long Term Plan. We're working alongside Health Coaches in two areas of South Somerset to support the development of a strong local social prescribing system. We're doing this by supporting the existing voluntary and community groups that offer health and wellbeing support, identifying gaps in provision, and helping to develop new groups and activities where needed.