Monday 10th September 2018
A health project that encourages patients to take part in community activities to improve their wellbeing is celebrating its first birthday.
Haverhill LifeLink celebrated its milestone last week with a special event attended by participants, dignitaries and voluntary and community groups at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The health and wellbeing project works with individuals in the town to address social needs and also gets them involved in community activities instead.
It is run by ONE Haverhill Partnership and St Edmundsbury Borough Council and involves a number of partner agencies across the county and groups within the town.
John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership, said: “We wanted to do something to celebrate Haverhill LifeLink and showcase how it has already made a big difference in our town.
“It was great to bring so many people together who have played a part in its success.
”In its first year, Haverhill LifeLink has supported more than 145 residents and worked with more than 60 voluntary and community groups in the town.
Councillor Robert Everitt, Portfolio Holder for Families and Communities, said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended Haverhill LifeLink's first birthday and have supported the project from day one. The community of Haverhill really has helped shape this project."
Under the two-year pilot project, LifeLink coordinators work closely with individuals to signpost them to the vast number of vibrant community groups, activities and support in Haverhill and provided space for people to discuss their current situation and their hopes for the future.
Haverhill LifeLink builds on ONE Haverhill Partnership’s priority to improve health and access to services in the town and sees them working with a number of partners.