We believe that sound physical, mental and emotional health are key components in any successful recovery programme, as well as for strong social cohesion and community resilience. That’s why we have established a Community Resilience programme.
It will provide a range of services and opportunities for local residents, and aims to expand our support network. By supporting those in need, we aim to empower our community to become more resilient and able to deal with challenges posed by changing social and economic environments.
Residents in deprived areas, like Newham, are two to three times more likely to face asthma, lung cancer, respiratory conditions and smoking-related deaths, diabetes and heart disease, alcohol-related deaths and poor mental health, epilepsy and frequent emergency hospital admissions. Causes of these devastating health issues are often deep-rooted, and can include poor diet and nutrition, and a lack of awareness or understanding of emotional, physical and mental wellbeing.
Many of those accessing our services also have support needs related to mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse.
Connecting to our current Aspirations Programme, the Community Resilience programme recognises the fundamental need to empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing through ‘social prescriptions’.
Social prescribing is a mechanism for linking individuals with non-medical sources of support within the community. Our Community Resilience programme will provide service users with structured education, social engagement and the acquisition of sustainable and easily implementable life skills.
These might include opportunities for arts and creativity, volunteering, befriending and self-help, as well as support with, for example, education and employability, benefits, housing, debt, legal advice, or parenting problems.
The services which the Community Resilience programme is currently providing are: an accredited and non-accredited training, employment support services, group conversational space sessions, connecting families and connecting elders coffee morning delivered by our Your Space team.
Caritas Anchor House will continue to provide leadership in our area. The Community Resilience programme will help to reduce homelessness and poverty, increase employability and the services it provides will result in an improved sense of wellness and both physical and mental health.
In 2017, we intend to extend our activities to reach more members of Newham Community and will deliver more activities from both Caritas Anchor House and St. Mark’s Community Centre in Beckton. Through the Community Resilience programme we are extending our collaborative working with with relevant Newham Council departments, private and public sector organisations, health agencies and community organisations.
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