Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Health Watch scheme gathers pace

17:00 06 May 2014

The scheme is already being trialled in several communities including Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone and Newton St Cyres.

The scheme is already being trialled in several communities including Budleigh Salterton, Lympstone and Newton St Cyres.

Archant

A pioneering scheme aimed at improving health and wellbeing in Sidmouth is gathering steam as organisers prepare to pitch the idea to residents.

The group behind the Neighbourhood Health Watch (NHHW) hope that the project will help to foster relationships between residents and promote community activism.

And to achieve it, they plan to enlist the help of existing Neighbourhood Watches in the town, to grow the service beyond its crime prevention roots to offer help to vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

Last month, the Herald reported how the scheme was well received after the idea was pitched to members of Sid Valley charities and voluntary groups. And at a meeting last week, organiser Jayne Clarke outlined the next steps towards launching the scheme in Sidmouth.

“A lot of Neighbourhood Watch groups have done all they can do, and a lot are now looking for more ‘work’,” she said. “They have the infrastructure, so we can look at how to expand what is already in place in areas where there are active Watches.

The fully-functioning NHHW would serve as a link between statutory services like the NHS, police and fire service, and Sid Valley voluntary organisations. The scheme would centre around a ‘hub’ where information on residents’ needs could be shared and cross referenced by community groups.

Firefighter Gareth Sydenham gave an example of how a more joined-up approach by support groups could benefit residents.

He told the meeting about an elderly lady in Manchester who died after a fire at her home.

“She had a smoke alarm in her house but it wasn’t working,” he said. “And she was being visited by various agencies and voluntary groups, but none of them checked the alarm.

“If just one of those agencies had that in their visit routine then it could have saved her life.”

Similar schemes launched by the same organisers have already been successful in Budleigh Salterton and Lympstone, although Sidmouth would be the largest area it has been attempted in.

More information on the project will be available at a coffee morning scheduled for Saturday, June 7, at the Stowford Rise Community Centre.

Anyone interested in attending can contact Jayne on j.clarke@westbankfriends.org or 01392 824752 (option 2 option 2).

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Gallery: Pam Ayres

16:55
Pam Ayres performs at the Ham Marquee. Ref shs 30-16SH 3391. Picture: Simon Horn.

Pictures: Sidmouth Pre-Festival Event

Read more
16:30
Road

Business leaders have welcomed ‘serious proposals at last’ to improve one of the South West’s main arterial roads.

Read more
14:45
Ian Rangeley, chairman of Seaton and Beer RNLI, with volunteers at the Beer lifeboat week. Ref shb 27-16TI 3453. Picture: Terry Ife

An original painting by an artist from Beer, worth up to £1,400, is up for grabs in a sealed bid charity auction.

Read more
14:21
Friar West is celebrating 40 years of visiting Sidmouth during FolkWeek

A FolkWeek fanatic is set to enter festival folklore as he attends the event for the 40th year running.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:45
From left to right, volunteers receiving their awards, Cliff Jones, Sue Dorey, Patricia Palmer, Dieter Ritz, Sandra Iris, Nick Povey, Carol Laird,  Julia Burdekin. They were joined by charity patrons Mike Welch & Mary King MBE

Helpers receive length of service awards from patrons Mary King MBE and Mike Welch.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:08
NATIONAL EXPRESS - 45 YEARS OLD
Pictured the August 7th 1965 Wedding Photo Album of Brian Lewis & Patricia Cavanagh at St Clements Church. The Photographic album was handed in after being found at Birmingham Coach Station and National Express would like to reunite the album with the family
FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT: Ros Golds on  0121 460 8419 / 07825 976 593 or rosalyn.golds@nationalexpress.com
Picture by Adam Fradgley

A coach company is appealing to reunite a wedding album with its rightful owner – ahead of what would be the couple’s 51st anniversary.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:38
Ref mhz Honiton Show promo.

Porkies family butchers are giving away a £50 voucher for your best picture

Read more
Yesterday, 11:05

Sidmouth resident warns about thieves targeting rural car parks after her bag was snatched.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:24
Record breaking stunt cyclist Andrei Burton entertained students at Sidmouth College this week as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Ref shs 28-16SH 2311. Picture: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth College pupils enjoyed a special treat to mark the end of the school’s golden anniversary celebrations.

Read more
Tue, 16:46
Sidmouth Horse Trials

Processional animals are mane attraction at fun new feature

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 16°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications