Our approach to wellbeing focuses on addressing health inequality, through health improvement, prevention and community based intervention, drawing on the commitment and support of our Community Planning Partners.
We have developed a broad range of initiatives that have been shaped through focused conversations with people who have lived experience of wellbeing issues.
This includes targeted work on:
- mental health
- suicide prevention
- social isolation and loneliness
- financial inclusion
- food poverty
- physical activity
Our Vibrant Communities Team delivers a broad range of activities, including sports and physical activity, health checks, social groups, parental play and engagement, community investment, volunteering and befriending.
We want to ensure a place based approach to organising and running community wellbeing programmes, supports and initiatives through locality groups.
We also want to make the most of opportunities for collaboration and joint working with people, families and carers to achieve their outcomes through a shared commitment to human rights based service redesign, delivery and practice.
In response to the pandemic, our recovery and renewal work has focused on helping our most disadvantaged individuals and families dealing with many challenges including social isolation, mental health and recovery from drugs and alcohol.
We have improved online access to our services. Tackling digital exclusion, making it easier for everyone to access web based platforms and information will continue to be a vital area of work as the digital landscape evolves and we support our services and communities to reap the benefits online participation, including building on opportunities presented by digital technology enabled care.
The innovative NHS Caring for Ayrshire transformational change programme sets out a framework for the redesign of our health and social care services, making sure that the right care is available in the right place, as close to home as possible.
One of the most substantial pieces of public sector reform in many years is the proposal for a National Care Service for Scotland.
This innovation could have significant implications for the Council and for our partners. We will keep taking every opportunity to promote the success and effectiveness of integration in East Ayrshire, promoting prevention, early intervention and promoting individual choice in the care that people may need.
How to have your say
Our budget engagement process will run from 18 January to 1 February 2023 inclusive.
The information set out on the budget consultation 2023/24 page will help you understand our budget and the options that we propose to take to close the gap and set a balanced budget.
We are keen to hear your views on the challenges facing the Council, where we can go to reduce our costs and on the options we need to close the 2023/24 budget gap. We will make sure that your comments are reviewed and used to inform the 2023/24 Budget that will be set on 23 February 2023.
Let us know your views on improving community wellbeing in the comments box below.
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