Awareness is important to us all. Yesterday marked the end of the presentations and awareness events for 2018. We are working on lots more for next year.
Your support is amazing.
This week we have had lots more support and assistance coming in, including attending another meeting organised by our MP Chris Ruane in Rhyl.
The meeting for voluntary organisations was about fundraising in The Vale of Clwyd. Denbighshire County Council, The National Lottery and DVSC were all represented and spoke about their organisations.
On Thursday we will be presenting at a major conference at Theatr Clwyd. It will be good to spread the word about our work here in Prestatyn.
Made in North Wales Social Prescribing Conference
26 October 2017
One approach to challenging avoidable health inequalities is Social Prescribing. An approach that sees us using our community and social assets collaboratively to respond to the growing demand for non-clinical help that can impact positively on our health and wellbeing.
The ‘Made in North’ Social Prescribing Conference will:
- Provide a platform and network for Social Prescribing; launch the initial model/approach across the region; becoming a catalyst for change and mechanism for capturing and evidencing the impact
- Demonstrate what is already actively being delivered across the region and learn from those approaches
- Innovatively engage and provide space for attendees to be creative with our approaches and evolve these together
- Create opportunities to collaborate across sectors, and share learning & debate
- Use our community and social assets more effectively, complementing the clinical model and supporting GP’s
- Deepen understanding of Social Prescribing and the regional and local approaches across North Wales.
This event will be of interest to
- GPs – in North Wales, nationally and wider UK
- Health professionals (physical & mental health) in North Wales, nationally and wider UK
- Patients / and Service User Groups
- Health Board Members
- Local authority staff – local, national and wider UK
- Housing association staff – in North Wales, nationally and wider UK
- Universities (Academics and students)
- Third sector /social enterprise / providers of social prescribing activities – in North Wales, nationally and wider UK
- Public Service Board Across North Wales
- Private Sector organisations with an interest in social responsibility (including emerging BCorps)
An Important change of mission. A statement from Artisans Collective CIC of Prestatyn.
Since we moved into the Old Library Building in Prestatyn in October 2014 things have changed and are evolving. We have learned and responded as we progressed. Ultimately arriving to where we are today 3rd February 2017. We feel it is very important to offer an update at this stage.
The main reason we are constantly changing is that we engage with so many people. From the citizen in the street to CEO’s of major organisations. We deal with them all with respect at a personal level.
The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act came into force on 6 April 2016. It is the new law for improving the well-being of people who need care and support, and carers who need support.
The Act changes the way people’s needs are assessed and the way services are delivered- people will have more of a say in the care and support they receive.
It also promotes a range of help available within the community to reduce the need for formal, planned support.
- Services will be available to provide the right support at the right time
- More information and advice will be available
- Assessment will be simpler and proportionate
- Carers will have an equal right to be assessed for support
- There will be stronger powers to keep people safe from abuse and neglect.
In our area we have weekly signposting events called Talking points set up by staff in Community Support Services of Denbighshire County Council. Quite a number of people are now being signposted to service providers such as ourselves for the actual activities by the other 3rd sector and/or voluntary services at the talking point sessions.
Spin-off groups that we facilitate
We have facilitated Prestatyn Mens Shed for 2 years and have helped them to also move into their own workshop facility. Whilst still holding the weekly “social” sessions in the safer environment of the old library for the less mobile or indeed less practical members of which there are now about 60.
Such a big part of our organisation now and something that has become away of our everyday life. We aim not just raise awareness but to make our organisation fully inclusive for everybody including those living with Dementia locally.
We have had the honour of speaking along with our friends at Healthy Prestatyn Iach for Wales Audit Office good practice team in Cardiff recently. Presenting “Public services working in partnership for better health and wellbeing under the principles of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act and the Social Services and Wellbeing Act”. Quite a mouthful ! We are also regular key note speakers for The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales at events in North Wales and receive lots of great motivating feedback.
We have evolved into an organisation that can react to a recognised social need and “go for it” in a very fast proactive way compared with conventional institutions with various levels of command and control. At a recent meeting the Auditor General Huw Vaughan Thomas told us: “We live our lives and learn by taking risks. We must do the same thing professionally.” That inspires us here.
The good thing is that we can organise most things quickly because of the lack of bureaucracy and red tape within our CIC. Things are risked assessed and analysed as required, but that is part of everyday life here. This enables our partnerships to develop and fast track project idea’s to trial status very quickly.
It is important to mention that our important regular activities including our original adult and juniors art and craft groups are still running almost to capacity each week. In fact so are Mens shed, Stop Smoking Wales, and the fibromyalgia support group.
During any building/restructuring work that will be carried out. We have pledged to keep these groups active each week.
We are privileged to have worked (and continue to do so) with so many people such as our MP and AM, Ministers, Commissioners, Cabinet office, CEO’s and directors of major national organisations, 3rd sector and charities, County and Prestatyn Town Council’s and some councillors.
The number of organisations we work with is so huge we could not list them all. But a special mention for supporting organisations such as DVSC who Promote, Support, and Develop Volunteers, Voluntary Organisations and the Third Sector in Denbighshire and North Wales.
Also naturally our great friends at Kew Gardens via Grow Wild who have been so supportive, inspirational, and community minded. Of course Healthy Prestatyn Iach who are increasingly becoming an important part of our community hub.
Your Support is so important to us
We will be looking for support from everybody we are involved with on a local and national basis very soon. As we progress and evolve into the next development of our Community Interest Company. Developing our place into what the needs of our community is organically designing.
Our building is being placed on the market. We would love to acquire the building and redesign it to become a community created, community run, community hub, to help the health and wellbeing of all of our community physically located alongside the brand new radical health centre, with lots of social prescribing and demedicalisation opportunities.
Facilitated by a mixture of volunteers and salaried health and wellbeing professionals this will be a unique facility in Wales with a huge amount of community input.
Please contact us for any further information Send us an e-mail here
P.S. any letters of support will be greatly appreciated 🙂
Health 4 All – Get active to promote your own physical and mental well-being!
That’s the message from the team in Healthy Prestatyn/Ruddlan Iach and Vale of Clwyd Mind.
Who are Co-Producing with Artisans Collective CIC to stage a fun Health 4 All event. Being held on Friday, 14 October. In and around Prestatyn’s Old Library on Nant Hall Road.
Whatever your age or circumstance there will be an opportunity to sample and get involved in activities with the ‘feel good’ factor.
Would you like to get involved with a choir, strum a guitar or beat some drums?
You can use some energy in a dancing, cycling, walking group or enjoy armchair aerobics.
Make use of your spare time through volunteering opportunities or growing vegetables at a local allotment.
Make friends and learn skills through Men’s Sheds or find out more about learning opportunities at local libraries or college.
Dementia Friendly Community Prestatyn will also be holding a Dementia Friends awareness session at 3pm.
This and much more will be available for you to test as part of a fun-filled activity day.
So we hope that this event will encourage local people not only to enjoy the day. But to get involved in enjoyable activity regularly.’
Phil Williams, Director of Vale of Clwyd Mind said: ‘It is well-known that physical activity can have major benefits on mental well being.
This event could be a real boon for local people – especially being held during World Mental Health Week’.
Anyone can come along and join in the fun.
If you want to find out more contact Alexis Conn on 01745 881852 or e-mail: alexis.conn@wales.NHS.uk