Working in partnership
We work in partnership with a number of organisations to help deliver and improve health and social care services across Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
One of our key partnerships is through the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
We are also working closely with East Suffolk Council's and fund a joint Head of Communities role and staff within the East Suffolk Communities Team.
This is a key role in working alongside our local communities and local council to support work going on at community level in Waveney.
Key achievementsin the first nine months of the financial year are as follows:
- £46,000 secured through the Suffolk Public Sector Leaders (SPSL) from the Suffolk Transformation Challenge Award (TCA) towards Social Prescribing in Lowestoft and South Waveney (to supplement the funding already in place through Improved Better Care Fund and GP Transformation Funds)
- More than £600k secured through European Interreg funds for social prescribing for three locations (population up to £20,000) in East Suffolk with high concentrations of rurally isolated Over 50’s – at least one of which will be in Waveney. Three year project based around mobile outreach provision which will complement existing commissioned social prescribing projects
- Supported the SCC/CCG Dementia Support Grants process which resulted in six projects being allocating funding of more than £70,000. District Council staff developed the guidance notes and application form and scored all projects in advance of the Funding Panel
- Ongoing support for the Solutions Social Prescribing project, delivered through North East Suffolk CAB, which is now live across all 8 GP Practices in Lowestoft. Initial results for the first 100 patients seen at Kirkley Mill showed a 44% reduction in GP appointments and a 21% reduction in attendance at A and E
Other relevant project work includes:
- Loneliness Survey developed and piloted with attendees at Lowestoft Over 60’s Club – now ready to be used in other locations in the District
- Four Waveney projects funded to access the East Suffolk Business Planning support service provided by Community Action Suffolk (and funded through the District Councils/East Suffolk Partnership) – Seagull Theatre, Southgen (Southwold Hospital Group), Involve and the Honeypot Centre, Bungay.
- Embracing Difference project tendered and won by Pathways Care Farm (funded by CCGs, SCC and Districts). Face to face and online awareness package in development (including video clips of people talking about their experiences). This will be piloted with schools, businesses, Town and Parish Councils and voluntary sector organisations in 2019
- Funding of £120k (SCC and District funding) now available for projects to tackle social isolation in older people and families across East Suffolk – now open for applications
- Head of Communities is Co-Chair of the Community Enabler Project Board which guides the work of the three National Lottery funded Community Enablers focussing on Kirkley, Harbour and Kessingland wards in Lowestoft (3 year project)
- Team organised Youth Take Over Day 2018 in November which focussed on Mental Health and included presentations from Tod Sullivan, the Lowestoft Mental Health Ambassador, and a local NSFT patient advocate to students from 6 High Schools and one special school
- Summer Activities on Lowestoft Beach (Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in July and August) to keep young people active and engaged in the school holidays – more than 300 young people attended
- a Street Party in Tedder Road, Lowestoft in April 2018 to encourage 60 residents to get to know each other in an area of low income and high social isolation with the aim of building connections and encouraging them to be part of the residents association
- an Ageing Well Fayre organised in Lowestoft in November which led to a number of volunteers to sit on a Lowestoft/Waveney Ageing Well Council
- Memory Box project with SOLD (Special Objectives for Local Disabled), Ashley Academy Trust and Broadlands Greensleeves Residential Home
Kessingland, Halesworth and Southwold
- Working with DIAL and local groups in Kessingland on Men’s Shed and Befriending projects
- Big Lunch Event at Marram Green in April organised in conjunction with Access Community Trust
- Working with the Volunteer Centre in Halesworth on a ‘social pharmacy’ project, including a ‘speed networking’ workshop on ‘hidden needs’
- Supported the SouthGen group in Southwold with their project to buy and redevelop the Southwold Hospital site
Beccles and Bungay
- Three ‘Muncheon Mingle’ intergenerational events held in Beccles bringing together local schools and care homes
- Working with the Fisher Theatre in Bungay on a number of projects including dementia friendly screenings and intergenerational events such as the ‘Spectacular 60’s Dance Café in July 2018
- Working with the Men’s Shed in Beccles to try and identify a new base