Since January 2017, the organisations involved in the Haverhill Connect Integrated Neighbourhood Team (INT) have been working closer together to provide the right mix of support in a more efficient and timely manner to meet people’s needs.
To date, there have been many good news stories where local people are feeling the benefits and further improvements will be made as the Connect way of working continues to develop. These include:
- LifeLink Project
Connect has been collaborating with the ONE Haverhill Partnership, an independent group that brings organisations and resources together to make them more effective and efficient in the town, to promote the introduction of a ‘social prescribing’ initiative.
The Haverhill LifeLink project, run by ONE Haverhill Partnership, will start being rolled out in the summer of 2017 to combat some of the pressure on GP services in the town – including the high percentage of appointments which are for social needs rather than medical. The two-year pilot has been made possible thanks to a £69,000 grant from Suffolk County Council and a £63,768 grant from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to St Edmundsbury Borough Council, who are partners in the innovative project. The six-figure sum will see two LifeLink Coordinators employed to signpost between identified patients and the vast amount of vibrant community groups and activities in Haverhill. The ‘social prescribing’ project builds on ONE Haverhill Partnership’s priority to improve health and access to health services in the town.
Haverhill LifeLink will focus on how people feel and their journey of improved wellbeing. Referrals will come from GPs, hospitals, social workers and from within the community. Individuals being referred may be socially isolated, dealing with debt management, experiencing low mood or anxiety, or may just want to be more involved in what is going on within Haverhill. It is believed that a fifth of visits to the GP are for social issues, which could be supported within the local community. Haverhill has a wealth of activities and community groups that would be able to support and would mean that people are getting help from within the community of Haverhill.
One of the aims of Connect is to help people be aware of what support is available in their local community to help them and their families lead a healthy and active life.
Below you will find links to websites which have information on services, groups and events in your local area.
Health services and support
- Haverhill Town Council
- West Suffolk Council
- Haverhill Library
- Kedington Library
- Clare Library
- Citizen’s Advice
- Haverhill Leisure Centre
- Haverhill Arts Centre
- The Burton Centre
- Children’s Centres
- Reach Community Projects – helps lift people out of poverty by providing services such as food and furniture banks, money advice and a resource centre
- Churches and Faith groups
- Community Transport
Community groups and activities
- Social clubs
- Sports clubs
- Hobbies and interest groups
- Music groups
- Youth activities
Local village and parish council websites
- Stoke by Clare
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Countywide organisations and support
Additional contact details and links to useful websites can be found on our Contacts/Help page which aims to help you find the specific support you need across Suffolk.