The 12 Days of Christmas Care – connect with your local community

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As part of NHS Mid Essex CCG’s 12 Days of Christmas Care campaign, today we’re highlighting how to connect with your local community through Connect Well Mid Essex.

Twelve days of Christmas care

This year a new project ‘Connect Well’ launched across Braintree, Maldon and Chelmsford aimed at helping people find support with their social, emotional and practical wellbeing.

A Citizens Advice report, published in May 2015, suggested nearly a fifth of GPs consultation time was spent dealing with non-medical issues.

Throughout the UK, social prescribing projects are transforming wellbeing in the community and helping to ease pressure on traditional health and social care services.

Connect Well is our local social prescribing project for people in the districts of Braintree and Maldon and the City of Chelmsford and can signpost people to a wide variety of support and services in their own community including:

  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Befriending and social activities
  • Support and self help groups
  • Physical activities
  • Managing your money
  • Community transport

How does Connect Well work?
Connect Well Champions (trained advisors) are located in venues like council and housing offices, leisure centres, pharmacies and GP practices.

The champions use an online referral system, called Connect Well Essex, to search and signpost you to local groups, activities or networks.

Sian Brand, Lead Programme Manager for Connect Well in mid Essex, said : ‘Christmas and the beginning of the new year is a great time to connect with your local community.

“We want everyone in mid Essex to Live Well and we know that being connected to your local community can help improve health and wellbeing.

“Connect Well can help you find local services and support or signpost you towards volunteering in 2017 if you want to give some time back to your community.”

Click here for more information and to find out how you can connect.