Working together for health and wellbeing
Our overall vision is for a healthy and well city and district where everyone lives a fulfilling and healthy life.
This Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day and it is the most important one yet. This year had been hard for all of us with the months of lockdown having taken a huge toll on our mental health. Research from Mind indicates the majority of us have experienced a decline in our mental health over the last year, either through a worsening in an existing mental health problems or by developing new ones. This World Mental Health Day, we’re calling on everyone to open up to mental health, to talk and to listen. Visit Mindor Time to Change for help, support and guidance.
General health services Toggle accordion
The list below provides links to several general health-related services that exist in the District, county and nationwide. Further local information can be found by typing your postcode into Where I live: St Albans.
St Albans Healthy Hub Toggle accordion
The St Albans Healthy Hub is hosted by the existing Hub at the Civic Centre and provides a range of non-clinical health-related support. Together the Hub and Healthy Hub is a “one-stop shop” where residents can get help, information, advice and guidance to boost their physical and mental health.
To find out more about our Healthy Hub partners based in the Council’s Hub, click here.
Visit the St Albans Healthy Hub webpage here.
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The St Albans District Health & Wellbeing Partnership is a formal committee of the Council with the involvement of both elected Members and representatives from other health partners working in the District.
The Partnership meets four times a year, in public, but may also develop smaller groups to conduct work where appropriate, reporting to the Partnership. This allows the Partnership to have both a policy role and operational remit delivering improved outcomes to the local community.
The partnership has developed a District Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2018-21. It has two key priorities:
- Improve physical health and wellbeing;
- Improve mental health and wellbeing.
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The Public Health Working Group reports directly to the Partnership regarding funding decisions and the progress of health and wellbeing projects. It meets every quarter to provide oversight and management of the funding, development and delivery of projects and campaigns.
The Health and Wellbeing Public Health Working Group is made up of relevant stakeholders including Councillors, Herts Valleys CCGs, the Communities 1st, patient representatives, and representatives of the community and voluntary sector.
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Social Prescribing St Albans District by Citizens Advice St Albans District
This project will link people with sources of non-medical support within the community. Collaboration between a wide range of community organisations will enable those involved to access advice, arts and sport on prescription, and volunteering.
Shape Up (Men's Weight Management Programme) by Watford FC's Community Sport & Education Trust
This project delivers nutritional education alongside physical activity. Each programme is completed over a 12-week period. It targets male residents with a BMI of 30+, or 28+ for Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) groups because of higher health risks in these populations.
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Find out about the advice and support Hertfordshire County Council offers to older people, including advice on helping people to stay independent, here.
An A-Z guide to services for older people, produced in partnership with the Communities 1st, contains local and national contact information about services relevant to older people, ranging from what to do if you smell gas to getting online. The guide can be viewed here: Guide to Services for Older People in St Albans City & District. A limited number of hard copies are available at the Civic Centre.
Activities and opportunities in the District Toggle accordion
To contact us, or for more information, email Scarlett Harvey-Whitten, Democratic Services Officer: Scarlett.Harvey-Whitten@stalbans.gov.uk