Digital support to continue at town health and wellbeing hub
PUBLISHED: 07:00 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:19 02 October 2018
A pilot project to provide digital support to people in Nailsea is undergoing an assessment after 12 months.
Nailsea Town Council opened Number 65 High Street in October last year after its Nailsea Place project was chosen as a flagship for NHS Digital’s Pathfinder project.
The scheme has enabled people to learn more about using the internet and apps to access support for a variety of health conditions and to keep in touch with friends and family.
The building was also set up to enable people to get advice on a range of issues including care, benefits and long-term health conditions and to take part in exercise classes, art therapy, support groups and clubs.
Town council clerk Ian Morrell said: “The Good Things Foundation are coming on behalf of NHS Digital for a 12-month review of the Digital Pathfinder Project.
“They want to talk to users and volunteers and anyone connected with the place.
“We got grant funding from the NHS to do this project.
“The initial idea was that it would be for 12 months, but the reality is after 12 months we’re just really getting going.
“The building is being supported financially by the town council, so what we can do is carry on with the NHS Digital project and we don’t need any more grant funding to do that because it’s being supported by volunteers anyway.”
The council is encouraging people to pop in for an informal chat with the assessors on October 8-9 to talk about their experiences of the project, and to find out more about the activities run from the building.
Ian added: “We also want to raise the profile of the building and use the opportunity to let people know what’s going on.
“Having a building which people are comfortable with, where there are lots of things happening, creates connections between people which is good from a community point of view. Having a successful building in the High Street when businesses are struggling is really important because it keeps people coming into town.”
North Somerset counselling charity, Wellspring has also begun running sessions from Number 65 and Citizens Advice North Somerset is hoping to run a support service from the building soon as well.