Understanding Community Health & Wellbeing 

 

Ashfield Voluntary Action (AVA) is working in partnership with Ashfield District Council (ADC) and with local community and voluntary groups to improve people's health and wellbeing.

 

We have been asked by the NHS to support people in Coxmoor, Butler's Hill and Broomhill. Our role is to make sure that your voice is heard. We feel that it is really important that any decisions that are made about you, or about your community, should be made with you.

 

How can we do this? By working with people like you who understand your community and want the best for it. We want to make sure that local people get a say when it comes to making decisions and that wherever possible, that their 'say' will make a difference. 

 

We will be working directly in these areas, talking to you and the groups and community projects that work with you to find out what you think. But we are also sharing information on our website and social media to make sure that as many people know about what we are doing and why, and have the chance to have their say.

 

Do you live on Coxmoor? Perhaps you live in Butler's Hill or Broomhill? Do you have the support you need to make the best choices for you and your family? Do you worry about the health and wellbeing of your community, especially as we all feel the pinch of the cost-of-living crisis? 

 

So what do we want to hear about? We want to understand how it feels to live in your community: the good and the not-so-good. Sometimes, small practical changes can have a massive impact. We are asking you because this is your community, you live and you know what makes it tick. Whilst some changes are easier to put in place than others, sometimes it really is the little stuff that can make all the difference.

 

One thing that we all know that it's important to make healthy choices with diet and exercise, but it's not always that easy. Feeding fussy toddlers, or teens who eat you out of house and home can be a real challenge. If you are relying on a food bank to support your family, making healthy choices can be even harder. Even if you are just about managing to keep your head above water, it can be a real struggle to make healthy, affordable meals that the family will actually eat.

 

Whilst that is one example, there are many more. You might worry about anti-social behaviour, but maybe you think that providing activities for children and young people locally would make a real change in your community.

 

And it's not just about physical health. The one thing we have learned through COVID, is how much the challenges in life can affect our mental wellbeing. Chances are, that you or someone you care about has struggled through these difficult times. The one positive is that we seem to have got much better talking about these things and realising that there are different ways to support people back into good mental health. Ashfield Voluntary Action runs all sorts of activities and many have a really positive impact on people's mental health and wellbeing. We want you to be involved in this and have a say in what activities are provided and where.

 

Ashfield Voluntary Action wants to make sure no-one is left out when it comes to finding out about what the community needs. Sometimes people have a lot going on in their lives and may feel that their opinion doesn't matter - it does. We want to know what the whole community thinks, so that any changes that are made down the line, take everyone's views on board. To make this easier, Ashfield Voluntary Action has been going to the same places that you do, to make sure that everyone gets the chance to have a say. 

 

Maybe you have a great idea for something that could improve people's lives locally? Not only do we want to hear about your ideas, we can also provide practical support. This could be linking you up with others in the community, helping you to set up a group or activity, the opportunities are endless.

 

So whether you are interested in setting up a community allotment, activities for kids, a food share project, motorbike club, a lunch club for older people, boxing, a walk and talk group, we want to hear from you. Not only can we tell you what is already out there, we may be able to help you set up something in your community and apply for funding. 

 

What do you think are the issues in Coxmoor, Butler's Hill and Broomhill and more importantly, what do you think are the solutions?

 

We are interested in hearing your thoughts about what makes Coxmoor, Butler's Hill and Broomhill a good place to live and what could be done to make it even better. So if you are 'Champion' in the community, or just someone who has a good idea about what can make your space a great place to live then we want to hear from you - we are listening. We also want to know what you think would improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

 

If you would like to talk to us then please contact:

 

Teresa Jackson

Manager

Ashfield Voluntary Action

Ashfield Health & Wellbeing Centre

Portland Street

Kirkby-in-Ashfield

Nottinghamshire

NG17 7AE

01623 555 551

Email: t.jackson@ashfieldvoluntaryaction.org.uk

 

 

 

   

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