How we have kept our 2016 promises

Health and Wellbeing has been a key priority for us in helping people lead healthy, safe lives and helping reduce inequality across the district. SDC has had a comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Plan in place since 2012 to pull together the golden thread of health and wellbeing that runs throughout the work of the council.
Based on population health data, local information, our statutory duties and the scope of our influence, the following Health & Wellbeing issues have been prioritised: Supporting Healthy Lifestyles; Developing Stronger Communities; Improving Housing; Protecting the Public and our Environment; Partnering the Statutory, Voluntary and Community Sectors.

Steve ROBINSON
Steve ROBINSON

HELPING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WITH A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
✅ The Healthy Lifestyles Scheme, run in partnership with the NHS, has helped thousands of local people in the management and prevention of long-term conditions, for example with hundreds attending Cancer, Respiratory and Cardiac Rehab as well as tackling health inequalities and improving social connections.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP
✅ Walking Rugby, Netball and Football have all been developed in partnership with the sports governing bodies and now run weekly sessions.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO ACTIVITY
✅ Stroud District Council supports the District Schools Partnerships and an annual Girls Football Tournament in partnership with SGS College.
Joined Gloucestershire Moves to target specific groups facing barriers to activity.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR
✅ Stroud District Health & Wellbeing Partnership has over 190 members from the voluntary and statutory sectors.

FUNDING LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS
✅ Continued to fund local community organisations with a £300,000 annual community grant scheme
including Citizens Advice Bureau, Stroud Beresford Group’s women’s refuge and Stroud Foodbank. A total of £2.7m has been awarded since 2012.

Chris BRINE
Chris BRINE

DIRECTING SUPPORT TO WHERE IT IS MOST NEEDED
✅ Our long term trusted relationships with the local voluntary and charitable sector enabled a mutually supportive and resilient network to arise rapidly as part of the covid19 response. Directing support to where it was most needed, for example with families requiring food over the holidays, or those needing to self-isolate. The first steps have now been made towards creating a Food Partnership, as agreed by a Labour motion to full council at the end of 2020.

SETTING UP THE LUCKY SEVERN GOOD CAUSES LOTTERY
✅ Community good causes lottery, Lucky Severn, launched in 2021 to help with local fundraising.
Maintained council tax relief for care leavers and our most vulnerable residents.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

IMPROVING COMMUNITY WELLBEING
✅ We’ve led a pioneering community development pilot scheme in Nailsworth, funded by the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health to see how community development can improve a community’s wellbeing.

SUPPORTING MUTUAL AID GROUPS
✅ Supported mutual aid groups through the pandemic, across the district, and this is now being built on with a £20,000 investment into supporting the development of Community Hubs
– a partnership project to help community response groups develop as a lasting model for community support as we move into recovery across the district.

SUPPORTING MENTAL WELLBEING IN THE COUNTY
✅ The Council have signed the GLoW, Gloucestershire Wellbeing Pledge to support mental wellbeing in the county.
In 2018 SDC elected three Councillor Mental Health Champions to encourage all committees to be aware of the mental health impact of their decisions.

A DEMENTIA FRIENDLY DISTRICT
✅ Working to become a Dementia Friendly District by raising awareness, running events and supporting community organisations and businesses for example by creating dementia-friendly high streets.
Successful dementia-friendly walks in Stratford Park were due to be developed across the district pre-pandemic.

SUPPORTING THE MUSEUM IN THE PARK
✅ Before the pandemic, the Museum in the Park in Stroud had thousands of visits, volunteer hours and school pupils visiting.
The Museum has a well-established record of supporting activities to benefit mental health and people with long term conditions like dementia.

SUPPORTING EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL
✅ Pledged to raise awareness of the military covenant to support ex-service personnel, and pre- pandemic started a monthly drop-in service with the Royal British Legion to give help on budgeting, mental health issues and housing support.

 

How we have kept our 2016 promises

PROTECTING YOUTH SERVICES IN STROUD DISTRICT
✅ Youth services have been cut by more than 70% since 2010 across the country, closing youth centres and cutting youth workers. Stroud District Council youth services have been protected despite cuts in 2011 county-led youth provision and have remained protected under Labour leadership. Continued to fund youth forums across the district and the Stroud District Youth Council.
In 2020 the youth council was awarded by the British Youth Council, the Youth Voice Star award for Youth-Led Organisation of the Year.

Nigel PRENTER
Nigel PRENTER

IMPROVEMENTS TO YOUNG PEOPLES MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
✅ Stroud District Youth Council have been advocating improvement in young people’s mental health services for some years.
Based on a trusted relationship with the local NHS and CCG they were at the forefront of helping to design and develop the On Your Mind website aimed at young people in the county. As a consultee they worked with the NHS on making GP surgeries more youth friendly.

How we have kept our 2016 promises

COLLABORATIVE WORKING WITH POLICE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD WARDENS
✅ As a member of the Stroud District Community Safety Partnership alongside county, Police and health colleagues, Stroud District Council has undertaken a new collaborative working approach, with joint operations involving Neighbourhood Management Officers and Neighbourhood Wardens which has contined throughout the pandemic.

RECRUITING MORE NEIGHBOURHOOD WARDENS
✅ While other councils have cut their neighbourhood wardens, we have recruited more and strengthened the service, our wardens work closely with police, town and parish councils to prevent problems and crime escalating such as hate crime, dangerous dogs, noise issues, flytipping and antisocial behaviour. They are ready to respond to support the emergency services during emergencies such as winter flooding or to assist vulnerable residents.

ENCOURAGING COVID COMPLIANCE
✅ Neighbourhood wardens during the pandemic have been a key part of the frontline response,
working alongside SDC environmental health officers, newly appointed covid-compliance and community protection officers and the police to keep communities safe and supported.

GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND

Labour-led Stroud District Council is committed to work with Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS), Gloucestershire County Council, housing providers and other agencies to help Syrian refugee families come to the UK and settle safely in the district.

Find out more about how Labour goes #AboveAndBeyond to deliver for the whole of Stroud District

“You can trust Labour in Stroud District to keep our promises, so help us keep up the good work and support us with your vote for LABOUR on May 6.”

Cllr Doina Cornell, Leader of the Stroud District Labour Group

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