Health

The Community Health Team deliver a number of projects covering Physical & Mental well being.

Working with partners and other organisations in the community to facilitate and deliver a range of activities for community members who wish to improve their lifestyle.

Ante-natal Programme:

This project runs over 8 week rolling programme of community based ante-natal classes for pregnant women who are 24 weeks pregnant onwards the North Cluster. Participants will learn about the stages of labour, pain relief and essential baby skills such as infant feeding, safe sleeping, health promotion and paediatric first aid. The women will receive ante-natal advice including how to keep themselves and their babies healthy during pregnancy.

The group will also provide them with the opportunity to build a network of support reducing social isolation.

Healthier Community:

The Community Health Network is a Communities First Welsh Government programme to get people to eat healthier and to improve their physical activity levels. The team consists of theme lead officer, 2 Engagement workers, 1 part time Engagement worker.

The Community Health Team deliver a number of projects covering Physical well being. To facilitate and deliver a range of physical activities for community members who wish to improve their physical wellbeing by participating in community based structured exercise classes. To include a range of physical activities responding to needs and trends within the community, incorporating low, medium and high impact exercise according to age and ability.

Physical Activities Programme:

The aim of this programme is to facilitate and deliver a range of physical activities for community members who wish to improve their physical wellbeing by participating in community based structured exercise classes. To include a range of physical activities responding to needs and trends within the community, incorporating low, medium and high impact exercise according to age and ability.

Walk to Run Group:

This class is an introduction to the couch to 5K, a running plan for beginners, the aim is to improve fitness and confidence in a relaxed and easy manner.

Running Club:

The aim of this project is to support the walk to run group once they have completed their 5K goal. To support them to take the next step to maintain their fitness.

Parent & Child Walking Group:

This is a pilot project with Aloysius School to encourage parents to help their children to have a healthier lifestyle.

Street Games:

Street Games is about changing lives, changing communities and changing sport. By creating fitter, healthier communities in areas of high deprivation, within the cluster, Street Games will contribute to improving health, increasing life expectancy and reducing inequalities.

Physical activity has been hailed as the best buy in public health, it is the game changer for building people up. Doorsteps sports tackles health inequalities’ within disadvantaged areas by encouraging more young people to get involved in sport and, crucially by keeping them coming back for more.

Along with improved fitness levels, young people who have participated in doorstep sports sessions show

  • improved social skills
  • increased knowledge
  • increased sense of sporting citizenship and,
  • increased confidence

The key purpose of the project is to inspire, motivate and support young people from within the cluster to lead more physically active lifestyles. Young people who start active, have a better chance of staying active and live longer, happier lives.

Forsythia Youth Activity Project

Activity Project – Physical Activity Programme:

This programme is based at forsythia youth centre, by attracting them to the Youth Centre and engaging them in a range of positive personal, social and learning activities, through structured programmes, through a positive physical health programme to include football, basketball, dance, walking and outdoor activities. All this will be done in a safe, friendly and familiar environment at Forsythia Youth Centre or in their own community.

Engine House:

This project is based at the Engine House Dowlais, Reaching Your Potential will provide a range of exercise activities including team sports (netball, football cricket) cycling, walking, drama, dance, zumba,  shows for the community, and participating in tournaments. The activities will be improve health and wellbeing, and encourage a sense of taking part and reaching personal goals.

Health & Well Being Programme

Healthy Balance Lifestyle:

This project is a project combining weight management, physical exercise and nutrition run over a 12 week period. The project is delivered by 2 of the Health Team.

Children’s School Based Healthy Balance Lifestyle Project

The aim of this project is to offer free healthy lifestyle sessions for children in years 3 to 6. The aim is to highlight to children the benefits of healthy eating, and to look at their own food and health needs, and provide them with the knowledge and skills needed for them to eat well and feel great. We will be looking at Nutrition and covering Sugar, Fats, & Salt, exercise and Activities.The  project is run over a 10 week period, delivered in the school breakfast club.

Can’t Cook Will Cook:

This is a 6 week course addressing various issues to healthy eating on a budget for a range of customer groups, e.g. adult males with identified basic skills issues, people with dietary requirements, specific health conditions, family cooking.

Nutrition Programme:

This project is based at the Engine House Dowlais. The project involves work with a range of partners and agencies to develop and sustain learning opportunities and other activities designed to promote the health and wellbeing of 7- to 16-year- olds. and will work primarily in Pant and Dowlais,
but also with partners across the whole cluster. It operates after school Monday to Friday (4pm-8pm in winter/ summer),
during weekends and during all holidays and bank holidays (12pm – 6pm).

Qualified youth workers and supervised volunteers will deliver a structured programme educational and youth activities against 3 elements: The Healthy Lifestyle programme includes:

  • Fresh Fruit daily for the young people.
  • Build confidence and knowledge in Cooking Sessions.
  • Have the experience in preparing a fresh meal.

Promoting Mental Wellbeing:

The aim of this project is to work in partnership and deliver a range of mental wellbeing and stress support activities and workshops within the cluster. Working closely with Prosperity and Learning team to refer clients experiencing poor mental wellbeing as identified through current engagement.
Parents/ new parents awareness and support programmes specialised groups.

Youth Mental Wellbeing Programme:

The project will engage with the hardest to reach young people living in the North Cluster by attracting them to the Youth Centre and engaging them in service to combat mental health and wellbeing issues. This is delivered in partnership with Almond Tree counselling service via Families First and in partnership with Merthyr mind and sports development, providing self awareness and personal development /counselling services.

Risky Behaviour Management:

This project is based at the Engine House, Dowlais.

This project involves working with a range of partners and agencies to develop and sustain learning opportunities and other activities designed to promote the health and wellbeing of 8 to 16-year- olds and will work primarily in Pant and Dowlais,
but also with partners across the whole cluster. It will operate after school Monday to Friday, during weekends and during all holidays and bank holidays (12pm – 6pm). Qualified youth workers and supervised volunteers will deliver a structured programme educational and youth activities against 3 elements: Increasing links to programmes delivered by nurses around substance and alcohol misuse, pregnancy and sexual health linking into other youth health programmes, eg the Condom Card scheme and signposting and referral of young people to support.

Risky Behaviour Management:

This project is based at Forsythia Youth Centre Gurnos.

The project engages with the hardest to reach young people living in the North Cluster by attracting them to the Youth Centre and engaging them in a programme of sexual health awareness, including a condom card scheme, smoking cessation, alcohol and substance misuse awareness.