Ways to improve health and well-being

Lynn Walker.
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Not many people know that there are more than 1,000 activities in and around Rugby the can improve health and well-being, but ConnectWELL do.

Run by WCAVA, and part funded by NHS Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, ConnectWELL enables health professionals such as GPs and nurses to refer patients who would benefit from support to discover fun groups and activities in the local community.

Above: Kirsty Lamport, new volunteer navigator (left) with Fay Raddan, co-ordinator for Ripple Project in Coventry.

Above: Kirsty Lamport, new volunteer navigator (left) with Fay Raddan, co-ordinator for Ripple Project in Coventry.

ConnectWELL’s team of trained volunteers can help people find something to suit them, and if necessary accompany them to the activity.

Gemma Smith, ConnectWELL’s administrative co-ordinator, said: “We often signpost people to a variety of advice and information services, carers’ support, community groups, coffee mornings, interesting exercise classes, leisure activities, lunch clubs, self-help groups, specialist interest groups, sporting activities, and lots more.

“Everyone is unique, so it is wonderful when we help somebody find something that is of interest to them, and it also helps them to be happier or healthier.”

Somebody the service has already helped said: “You are two lovely people and have helped me start to believe in myself again. There’s nothing else like this out there.”

To access support from ConnectWELL, speak to your health professional or self-refer on (01788) 539572.

For more details about ConnectWELL, how to join the team of volunteers, or to provide updates about local activities that ConnectWELL could signpost to phone ConnectWELL or visit www.wcava.org.uk/connectwell