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ThriveAW goes live: challenges to tackling loneliness in Adur and Worthing revealed in new magazine

Released: Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Thrive Adur & Worthing magazine cover - Winter 2019-20

Pioneering local research has suggested ways to tackle loneliness and social isolation in Adur and Worthing, according to a new quarterly magazine, ThriveAW.

Good neighbourliness, improving social skills in parents and gaining a sense of purpose amongst the elderly are key challenges, as well as making better use of public spaces to encourage contact across the generations.

The findings are revealed in a new forward-looking quarterly magazine produced by Adur & Worthing Councils to launch its new Thrive agenda and to highlight work being done to improve health and wellbeing across our communities.

Focussing in on a small area - Chesswood Primary School and its surroundings in Worthing - researchers from Adur & Worthing Councils met with people of all ages to find out exactly how they felt about their social lives and the connections they were, or were not, making.

The research will now be used to fund innovative new projects as part of its new Thrive agenda, and to facilitate community-led initiatives through networking and knowledge sharing.

To improve health and wellbeing, the Councils' new 'Thrive' agenda will tackle in a more integrated way issues which can span several council services: housing, neighbourhoods and places, anti-social behaviour, finance and debt. To do this, connections between some council departments - housing, safer communities, health and wellbeing, and customer and revenue services - will be deepened.

Projects already in place are also featured in the new ThriveAW magazine which will stay abreast of progress. There is coverage of the multi-agency approach to rough sleeping which has kept the figures down in Worthing, and other stories highlight the work the community or council partners are already doing to promote health and wellbeing.

An innovative new music project for young people is being run by AudioActive in partnership with the Councils, an award-winning health and nutrition programme is working with primary schoolchildren, and a new free letting service is bringing landlords and tenants together. The Councils are also running an intuitive thinking skills course to help people cope with addictive or lifestyle choices, and disabled facilities grants and community alarms are helping with independent living.

Cllr David Simmons, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing for Adur District Council and Chair of the Adur & Worthing Safer Communities Partnership, said:

“We recognise the challenges ahead, but see them as an opportunity to coordinate efforts both within the Councils and across our communities. Frequently problems in one area are compounded by problems in another, and this is our chance to deal with them more effectively.”

Cllr Heather Mercer, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing for Worthing Borough Council said:

“The magazine showcases what we and the community are doing. There is already a lot of good work being done and one of our roles in the Council is to help put people together who can launch their own initiatives.”

Read the ThriveAW magazine.

Photo: Major Hunt & Ann Marie Cheeseman sharing a joke whilst discussing community alarm needs

PR19-174 - Major Hunt & Ann Marie Cheeseman sharing a joke whilst discussing community alarm needs

Photo: Carl Sutherland, Street Outreach Worker, working with the homeless to meet their needs

PR19-174 - Carl Sutherland, Street Outreach Worker, working with the homeless to meet their needs

Photo: Students from Orchards Junior School in Worthing enjoying Beat The Street

PR19-174 - Students from Orchards Junior School in Worthing enjoying Beat The Street

 

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