New service will support residents to live longer lives in good health
Today marked the launch of Southampton Healthy Living, a new and innovative partnership of health, voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. Southampton Healthy Living offer a single service which enables individuals, families and communities to develop more control over their lifestyle by helping create communities where healthy behaviour is the norm.
Pictured left to right: Cllr Dave Shields (Cabinet Member for Health at Southampton City Council), Dr Jason Horsley (Director of Public Health Southampton), Ruth Marriott (CEO at SCA), Jo Ash (Chief Executive of SVS - Southampton Voluntary Services), Lesley Munro (Chief Operating Officer at Solent NHS).
The NHS in England spends more than £11bn a year on treating illnesses caused by the effects of diet, inactivity, smoking and drinking alcohol. In Southampton 62% of residents are either overweight or obese, 21% smoke and tens of thousands of people are drinking alcohol at a level which puts their health at risk.
Southampton Healthy Living will be actively working with communities to help people live longer, fuller lives and to reduce health inequalities between communities in the city. They have several ways in which they can support residents who can access the service through the Southampton Healthy Living hub so that they can choose the most appropriate to them:
- The digital hub at www.southamptonhealthyliving.org.uk which offers a self-help guide, information on where to find us and details of how to talk to us
- Groups will be run across the city to help people making similar changes come together to talk about their experiences and to offer our support should they need it
- Expert advisors are available to talk to people on the telephone, just call 0300 123 3791 or by email via the digital hub
Southampton Healthy Living will be working across the city, in locations that are accessible to local people, to offer support with making small lifestyle changes that can have a big impact on health. This will include working closely with GPs, local pharmacies and others to ensure people are referred through to the service and are supported to make a positive change to their lifestyle.
We won’t judge how people live their lives but support people to make changes and celebrate successes in their journey to a healthier life. It isn’t always easy to make changes but we hope to offer people the right support, in the right way at the right time.
About the Southampton Healthy Living Members
Southampton Healthy Living is led by Social Care in Action (SCA) group, an established provider of health and social care delivery in Southampton. A charitable social enterprise, reinvesting all profit back into the organisation and the wider community. SCA Group is joined by: Southampton Voluntary Services (SVS) the umbrella body for local voluntary and community groups in Southampton and Solent NHS Trust who are the main provider of community health services in the city including Southampton’s health trainers, health promotion and stop smoking services.
Southampton Healthy Living has been established to provide a team of experts coming together to support the residents of Southampton to live a long and healthy life.
To find out more visit the Southampton Healthy Living website.
Pictured: Cllr Dave Shields speaks to assembled guests from the health, community, voluntary and private sectors about the health challenges we face in Southampton.