IWNs & COMMUNITY WELLBEING - BLAENAU GWENT
Integrated Wellbeing Networks are about working together better, and more effectively, to support community wellbeing to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities now and in the future. You can find more by clicking here.
We are currently working with statutory, third sector and community partners on how together we will best support and strengthen wellbeing in our communities as the situation evolves and we adjust to post COVID-19 life.
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The Blaenau Gwent Wellbeing Network covers the areas of Tredegar and Brynmawr.
We’re proud to involve a number of local organisations, people, local business and local government in our collaborative work. Thank you for your support, we are excited to continue working on the shared aim of improving wellbeing in our communities.
A large network was built up prior to the pandemic and has this grown over the past 18 months. We’ve developed an online network ,which includes a Facebook page involving over 620 community members from Blaenau Gwent, and a team of over 100 dedicated Blaenau Gwent Wellbeing Friends.
Gwent wide weekly coffee mornings were held during lockdown that became a Blaenau Gwent coffee morning in the autumn of 2020.
The events present an opportunity for Wellbeing Friends to come together, and a chance for guest speakers from local organisations to give updates about their services and opportunities nearby.
After consultation with local people and local organisations, these priority areas are being addressed by the Well-being Network in Blaenau Gwent:
Mental Health pathway
Identified by both professionals and communities, there is a need for easy access to mental health support. In response, a task and finish group was formed to map current provision and write a mental health pathway that is easy to follow and illustrates local provision and referral mechanisms.
Digital inclusion was a focus of our work during the pandemic and remains so. There are groups and individuals without internet access, or not ‘tuned in’ to conventional channels. This is where our community networks come into play, organisations and individuals ‘on the ground’ have access to spread messages to people who are often harder to reach.
A pilot project is being planned to train volunteers in residential settings and library staff to support residents and community members to use digital devices.
A further priority for the Blaenau Gwent Well-being Network is to ensure local people know ‘What’s On’ locally. We plan to make use of digital channels to engage people across our borough, as well as making use of our networks and local channels. We look forward to telling you about Blaenau Gwent #InThisTogether soon.