Community partnerships are a way of making sure health, care and wellbeing services are focused on the needs of a community. They bring together staff from GP practices, community nurses, mental health and wellbeing services, community pharmacies, care home, home care, voluntary organisations, social care and hospital staff. The aim of community partnerships is to make sure people get the care, support and wellbeing services that supports them to be Happy, Healthy at Home.
There are 15 community partnerships which cover Bradford district and Craven, each one covers a population of between 30,000 to 60,000 people.
Our CCG supports each community partnership plan to include local people in the work that they do. Each community has its own strengths. That might be great local facilities such as a leisure centre or enthusiastic people in the area. These strengths are one of the keys to developing community partnerships and making sure they work for local people. This way of working is known as Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), you can read more about ABCD on the Nurture Development website (opens in a new window).
How community partnerships are making a difference
BD4 Recovery College
The BD4 Recovery College is all about helping people get control over their mental health and wellbeing. It is based in The Gateway Community Room in Dudley Hill and Highfield Health Centre in Tong.
The local community helped to pull together the content of the courses offered by the college. The idea can from a group who were set up to look at wats of tackling social isolation, the focus is on ‘bringing recovery local’ which can lead to better social integration and as a result, better mental health and wellbeing.
BD4 Recovery College offers a timetable of courses and activities which range from life skills such as Managing My Anxiety and Stress; Budgeting Skills and Money Management; Body Confidence; and Building Confidence and Self-Esteem, to more creative sessions like Craft for Wellness; Yoga; a music group; and many more.
Find out more about the BD4 Recovery College on their Facebook page (opens in a new window).
Open space events in Airedale and Wharfedale
The community partnerships in Airedale and Wharfedale have held open space events to help them understand what local people care about and what the community wants to do to improve wellbeing. Conversations at these events included isolation and loneliness, creating a safer environment, transport and population and mental health and wellbeing.
People talked about what was important to them and what actions could be taken as a community to start to address the issues raised during these conversations. Actions included building community gardening space and raising awareness of groups that can support people with their mental health and wellbeing.
You can find out more about the conversations and actions from the ‘open space’ events by taking a look through the following presentations: