Community Engagement, Resilience and Health Service Development in Annandale and Eskdale

What was the issue you were addressing or working on?

CERAE represents an extention of the role of the Safe and Healthy Action Partnership (SHAP) in Annadale and Eskdale. SHAP is a partnership of various organisations from all sectors (public, private and third) which seeks to improve the health and well-being of people in the locality.

Annandale meeting

The Community Engagement, Resilience and Health Service Development in Annandale and Eskdale project (which will, for present purposes, be referred to as CERAE) has received the backing of Dumfries and Galloway’s PYF partners. It has been granted initial funding of around £75,000 per year for two years from RCOP Change Fund monies.

What you did?

CERAE recently began its work with the time honoured community development activity of ‘chapping on doors’. This was done by members of the small SHAP team, some of whom are trained community development workers employed by Dumfries and Galloway Council.  Five hundred people were contacted and asked about their views on how to improve their own health and wellbeing and that of other local people, prevent it from deteriorating where possible and prevent people ending up in hospital or care for lack of support prior to that point.

It is a unique project in the context of RCOP in Scotland. This is not attributable to its fundamental approach, which is essentially one of community development and coproduction, rather it is because the drive to take these approaches is being led by NHS Dumfries and Galloway itself.

What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?

Significantly, medical and acute services were not top of the list of priorities for community members consulted. The most popular types of support required centred around having opportunities to meet other people and being able to access good information about health and wellbeing. Respondents also identified exercise as the thing most likely to improve their health.

During this process, almost two hundred people were signposted/referred to or otherwise supported to access a service that could help them with a current health and wellbeing related issue. Apart from its ostensible purpose, the process itself thereby made a contribution to addressing these issues.

Contacts - to find out more

Elaine Lamont,

T: 01461 204 639