In July 2018 a new initiative called the ‘The Mental Health and Wellbeing Prescription Pad’ launched in GP surgeries in Hastings and Rother, and from April 2019 it will be rolled out to more GP practices in East Sussex. Continue reading
65 volunteers held over 5,000 ‘cancer conversations’ between them with their fellow residents in Hastings and Bexhill, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of cancer, improve early diagnosis and help to save lives.
The Hastings Safe Space project, commissioned by the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme, has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award in the Community or Primary Care Services Redesign category for London and the South.
What is Safe Space?
The project, which is provided on Saturday nights from 10pm-4am from a centrally-located café, aims to help young vulnerable people and support a safer night-time economy in Hastings. Its role is to act as a refuge for vulnerable young people, provide first aid to those in need and to offer help and support to any young person requiring it. The service also signposts to other health and social services within Hastings.
Safe Space is run by trained volunteers and offers a first aid service operated by qualified first aiders.
Run by enthusiastic volunteers from East Sussex Recovery Alliance (ESRA), Grub Hub supports people in recovery from alcohol and substance misuse to lead healthier lives, by sharing knowledge on the importance of diet in recovery, helping people develop their cooking skills, and creating a place to share knowledge about food and nutrition.
The project began in August 2017, when ESRA were awarded a grant of £9,617 from the Healthy Hastings and Rother Health Inequalities Small Grant Fund. This scheme awards funding to voluntary sector and community organisations in Hastings and Rother to improve health and wellbeing, access to local healthcare and other support services. Grub Hub is an example of this funding being used to create innovative new opportunities for local people. Continue reading
National research has found people with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population, much of which is avoidable. This health inequality can start early in life as a result of barriers to accessing timely, appropriate and effective health care. Poor health can in turn impact quality of life and life expectancy.
ESBT’s Healthy Hastings and Rother Programme is committed to reducing health inequalities amongst vulnerable population groups, including people with learning disabilities, so is funding work which aims to improve existing services and better meet people’s healthcare needs.
i-Rock is an award winning mental health, wellbeing and practical support service for young people aged 14 – 25 in Hastings.
In March they held a successful open day to welcome visitors into their new larger space at Rock House and meet the staff behind the service.
We spoke with the team to learn more about i-Rock and their roles.
Are you or is someone you know interested in learning new skills, building confidence, meeting friends and making a difference to the health of others in the community? If so, becoming an ESBT Community Cancer Awareness Project volunteer may be for you.
Meet Cancer Awareness Project Volunteer Sandy and learn about how attending a cancer awareness Learning Workshop and becoming a volunteer not only helped her with her own cancer diagnosis, but now means she is actively involved in helping save lives in her community.