Cabinet agrees to discontinue Lancashire Wellbeing Service

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Lancashire County Council's cabinet has agreed to discontinue most of the Lancashire Wellbeing Service, but to continue to provide a Deaf Wellbeing Worker post at its meeting today (Thursday 13 June).

The Lancashire Wellbeing Service provides workers and volunteers who arrange support to help people to stay well. They provide tailored advice and work with other organisations to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

The service will continue in its current form until 31 December 2019.

Cabinet agreed to:

• Stop the general Lancashire Wellbeing Service, but continue to fund the Deaf Wellbeing Worker part of the service, which provides specialised support for deaf people.
• Use funding previously agreed to develop new ways to support people to improve their health and wellbeing by making use of 'community assets' such as green space.
• To increase the use of apps and digital technology to ensure people continue to get the support they need to stay fit and well.
• To improve employee training through the Make Every Contact Count scheme so that the county council directs people to appropriate wellbeing advice and support.

This decision follows a consultation with people and partner organisations, which took place earlier this year.

County Councillor Shaun Turner, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "This is another very tough decision.

"We know people were in favour of keeping the service in its current form from the consultation. However, we must reduce our budget to make the savings we need to while providing the services people use every day such as education, children and adults social care and highways maintenance.

"Our research showed how the Deaf Wellbeing Worker provides vital support to help deaf people to access services such as finance, transport and housing. We're pleased to be able to continue to fund this role.

"Ensuring people stay fit and well is key and we want to look at new ways to support our community to do this.

"We'll invest the funding we've previously agreed to make better use of digital technology and community assets, such as cycle ways, parks and leisure facilities to help people stay fit and well."

To read the report relating to this decision or see minutes or webcast footage from the meeting when they go live, see agenda item 12 at our cabinet page

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