“Embracing diversity. Empowering wellbeing.”
At HWS we strive to create and improve services to meet specific needs of communities in relation to their health and social care needs and their desired outcomes.
Inequalities that exist in our society mean many people do not have the opportunities or means to have their opinions and needs heard and addressed. This often leads to them being socially excluded and without the means to obtain appropriate social and healthcare.
“Helping you to help.”
We develop individuals with the knowledge and skills to deliver diverse and wellbeing services in the community or in professional settings. We strive to develop personnel who will treat people they care for with respect, dignity, fairness and equally to achieve positive outcomes and benefits to improve their health and wellbeing.
We take the findings and recommendation from HWS research, consultations and evaluations, create courses, develop people to deliver new or improve services. In addition, we meet regularly with health and social care stakeholders to promote our services.
“Everyone needs someone.”
HWS SERVICES – One to one support
FACE, Friendship and Community Equality Befriending Service
Sadly there are many people who have become isolated from society and from accessing services within their own community. There are many reasons this has happened: ill health, disability, fear, bereavement, cultural barriers, language issues or even through just having no transport. We want to reach these people by providing companionship and helping them to be part of their community.
We have designed and developed a befriending service for people who are isolated, lonely, frail or adjusting to a lifestyle change.
FACE service works to:
• Provide companionship and reduce the isolation • Enable bilingual communication for those weak in English language • Enable people to reconnect with their local community • Help develop relationships with like-minded people • Give people a purpose and a new lease of life • Offer direction in meeting others and accessing services • Ensure that loved ones are looked after whilst friends and carers are not available to care • Keep track of befriendees’ wellbeing
By visiting people in their homes, taking them out to events, helping them with their shopping, escorting them to appointments or introducing them to like-minded people, we are enabling isolated people to access their community. The first six sessions are FREE.
To find out how you can become a Befriender [LINK TO BEFRIENDING TRAINING COURSE]
“There are unmet needs in your community.”
Use a Community Health Advocate
We have designed and developed a sensitive advocacy support program for the local community. Our Advocates offer invaluable support to those that need or want help in being heard, getting involved in their health and social wellbeing or simply accessing the available services and information.
Through advocacy, minority and disadvantaged groups are provided with the means to access the same opportunities as others, making a significant difference to individuals’ lives. Advocates offer invaluable support to those that need or want help in being heard, getting involved in their health and social wellbeing or simply accessing the available services and information. Through our conversations and consultations within minority communities in the region, we have identified many difficulties and issues for these communities; accessing vital health and social services; navigating the health and social systems; as well as language and communication problems.
Our advocacy support will:
• Empower and support those within your community • Improve communication for those with English as a second language or with strong accents • Enable groups and individuals to improve their understanding of the choices available • Help people to obtain the skills to speak and act for themselves • Provide access to forums to discuss and influence health services
To find out how you can become an Advocate [LINK TO ADVOCACY TRAINING COURSE]
HWS SERVICES – Group support
“You care, so we care.”
Join us at our monthly Wellbeing Group.
We welcome: carers, those who are cared for, and people who are isolated or lonely.
• share experiences, expertise and ideas on improving wellbeing • discuss worries and concerns, knowing you are not alone • listen to guest speakers who have words of inspiration and advice • provide a link between yourselves and support networks and services • take part in social and recreational activities and trips.
We meet once a month from 12noon to 2:00pm and warmly welcome new guests.
HWS SERVICES – Group advice
“Healthy lifestyle choices”
Community Wellbeing Champions
Our Community Wellbeing Champions (CWC) support people to make healthy lifestyle choices for themselves. Grounded in the principal of empowerment individuals are helped to improve health behaviours. CWC can either work with communities to deliver group talks and advice sessions on topics such as healthy eating, physical activities, substance misuse and health conditions, etc. Alternatively, we can provide advice and support on a 1-2-1 basis.
HWS create and improve services to meet specific needs of communities in relation to their local health and social care needs and their desired outcomes. We can be commissioned to work with agencies to design, develop, deliver or review services to ensure their amenities are perceived as accessible by all members of the community.
Call Annie Noble on: 01256 423 830