Malvern Hills District Council and Worcestershire County Council's Public Health team are working in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents, to ensure they are healthier, live longer and have a better quality of life. In order to achieve this there needs to be a greater emphasis on prevention, early intervention and early help.
Stay Connected Pledge – Tackling Loneliness in Worcestershire
Tackling loneliness has always been a priority in Worcestershire and now more than ever, we recognise there are people of all ages who are feeling lonely.
That is why we have signed the ‘Stay Connected’ pledge. This initiative by Worcestershire County Council Public Health shows residents that as a council we are committed to tackling loneliness and supporting people to stay connected.
By signing up to the pledge, we want to ensure our activities are inclusive, welcoming and provide an opportunity for people to connect with others. As well as this, we will encourage other organisations to do the same.
If you are feeling lonely, there is support available. Worcestershire County Council’s Loneliness and Isolation page provides help and information for all ages.
We are all being asked to stay home at the moment to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, protect our NHS and save lives. You can find out more about the symptoms of coronavirus and what you should do if you feel unwell on the NHS website.
It is okay to feel worried, anxious or stressed at the moment but it is important to look after both your physical and mental health.
A range of video workouts, advice and other information is available online to help you.
- NHS Every Mind Matters - Tips on how to take care of your mental health.
- Sport England Stay in, Work out- Advice on how to keep active around the home.
- #WeBeatCorona weekly challenge - Our Wellbeing Officer Rachel has created weekly video with quick ways to look after your heart, body and mind whilst at home. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Facebook (@MalvernHillsUK) and Twitter (@MalvernHills_DC)
- World Health Organisation - For advice and myth busters about the virus.
Take the Digi-free Dinnertime Challenge
We have launched our Digi-free Dinnertime Challenge to encourage us all to come together with our loved ones at dinnertime, without any digital distractions.
Simply spend one meal-time without your phone, tablet or TV.
We are also keen to share your hints and tips for bringing your family together.
Why are we setting the challenge?
We surveyed over 1,200 11-17 year olds in the district about a range of topics including how they like to spend their time and what would improve their lives.
- 49% said that using their phone was their favourite way to spend their time whilst only 20% said that spending time with their family was their favourite way to spend their time.
- 67% said that less stress from school would improve their lives (especially for 15-16 year olds)
- 27% said that being listened to and better supported would improve their lives
Studies show that spending quality time with your family can help young people feel listened to, as well as strengthen relationships and improve wellbeing. We are setting a challenge for you to check in with each other at dinnertime, because dinnertime provides a great opportunity for you to all come together.
Read more about our survey and see the results here: www.malvernhills.gov.uk/youth
- Ask what the highlight of their day was
- Plan your next adventure together - maybe you will decide to take on the Malvern Hills end to end challenge as a family!
- Ask if they’re doing anything this weekend
- Ask if they have a bucket list
Make meal-times more engaging
- Let your child pick a food theme for one day a week
- Get the whole family involved in making dinner – pizza night anyone?
- Plan an after dinner game
Need some more inspiration? Check out The Family Dinner Project’s conversation starters and dinner game ideas.
Malvern Hills District Health and Well-being Plan 2016-21
There are a number of key organisations that work in partnership to improve the health and wellbeing of residents known as the Malvern Hills District Health and Wellbeing Partnership. To deliver against the Worcestershire health and wellbeing priorities, we have developed the pdf Malvern Hills District Health and Well-being Plan 2016-21 (1.88 MB) which is delivered by a number of partners.
Help and Support
For information on a number of health and wellbeing topics such as mental health and healthy eating, please visit the Health and Wellbeing page on the Worcestershire County Council website.
To find out what's happening in public health, both nationally and locally, read the Worcestershire Public Health E-Newsletter produced by Worcestershire County Council.
Melanie Whistance, Public Health Practitioner.
Telephone: 01684 862283