This priority area is centred around strengthening our communities and supporting people to recognise and make best use of the assets they have on their doorsteps. The ethos is one of true collaboration as services work co-productively with local people to build resilient, inclusive communities.
Its three main components are:
- ‘Our Neighbourhood Approach’ (ONA) focuses on the seamless integration of Health and Social Care services using an asset-based approach and pioneering initiatives designed to empower people and communities to manage their own health and personal well-being. This innovative approach transforms the way in which people are supported in terms of their health and social care. It focuses on maximising the assets available in communities and focusing provision on the ‘whole person’ and the ‘whole family’.
- The ‘Cluster Whole Systems Approach’ (CWSA) aims to achieve a transformed model of a cluster-led integrated Health and Social Care system for the cluster populations. The approach was initiated and informed by the Cwmtawe Transformation Programme, which systematically implemented a range of local projects and included a phased across the seven remaining Health Board clusters. The key focus is on facilitating self -care and building community resilience, as well as improving wellbeing across the age spectrum.
- One of the aims of the ‘Building Resilient Communities’ (BRC) programme is to introduce a strategic approach to volunteering across the region. The pandemic saw large numbers of individuals come forward to offer help and support, and part of the programme’s work is to harness this enthusiasm for volunteering and keep the momentum going (see www.westglamorgan.org.uk/wgvs). A Regional Volunteering Strategy is also under development.
There is a focus on communities, and a series of virtual ‘Possibilities for People’ events are being delivered to gather the views of the people of West Glamorgan to identify key priorities and shape the future of partnership working.
The third sector play a central role in this area of work, which will also seek to improve communications and formulate a plan to support people and communities to transition from the Covid-19 crisis to a ‘new normal’.