Database for health and social issues
PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 February 2015
ORGANISERS behind a ground-breaking project to set up a one-stop shop for all medical and social issues in Nailsea are looking to create a new database and town centre hub.
The Patients Association is drawing up plans to provide a base for groups to improve people’s health and wellbeing as well as information on a wide range of issues including benefits, housing, caring for the elderly, exercise clubs and support groups.
Nailsea Town Council has given the group a £500 grant to prepare a funding proposal and detail what services it will provide.
A stakeholders meeting was held last week with North Somerset Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group, local medical practices, district nurses, Alliance Homes and also voluntary organisations operating in Nailsea.
The professionals want to establish a base in the town centre so it is easy to access and offer a support network to people who are cared for in their own homes.
Organisers also want to establish a brand name for the hub so it will become a one-stop shop for any advice or information needed in Nailsea.
Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said: “We want to have a community building right in the centre of town where various activities can go on and people can network and socialise.
“There’s a lot of work going on in people’s homes with district nurses, befrienders, charity organisations and carers and that’s very important, but people who are accessing this can often feel quite isolated so we also want to be able to support them.
“The third component is how we can improve the availability of internet resources for people - not just in terms of healthcare but information about the community and where people can go to get what they need.
“There’s a vast amount of material available on the internet, but people can feel swamped and quite frustrated if they can’t find what’s relevant to them.
“We are investigating whether it’s possible to develop an improved database for people to use to find out what’s available in Nailsea.”
The council is also keen to bring organisations together so they can share resources and services.
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