What is the Babergh and Mid Suffolk project?
The Babergh and Mid Suffolk project is a three year project between Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils and our Active Wellbeing service; a service that supports older adults who are physically inactive to become more active.
Over the three years, our Active Wellbeing service will be working closely with separate surgeries in each district to support patients to improve their physical activity levels. The locations we will be working in include: Fressingfield & Stradbroke, Long Melford & Lavenham, Bildeston, Debenham, East Bergholt & Capel St Mary, Eye, Glemsford & Holbrook.
Why is Active Wellbeing important?
General levels of physical activity among older adults are low, leaving a high proportion insufficiently active to benefit their health. Typically, activity levels decline to even lower levels as people progress through old age and are often lower still amongst those living alone. Through our Active Wellbeing service, we hope to improve physical activity levels, help improve quality of life, help with individuals' physical and mental wellbeing as well as tackle loneliness and social isolation.
How does the Active Wellbeing service work?
With the support of one of our Physical Activity Advisors, clients will be able to discuss their motivations to get active, different options that are available locally to them and overcome any barriers, issues or concerns they might have. The service is focused on the individual, and the Advisor will support clients through consultations, phone calls and on-going reviews to provide support, motivation and advice.
Clients will be signposted to local physical activity opportunities which have been checked by our team to ensure they are safe and appropriate. These range from health walks to gentle exercise classes, falls prevention, Fit Villages projects and even adapted sports. Our Advisors will help people to find the right option for them, taking into account their interests, location, transport issues, any additional needs, budget and other concerns.
We will be working closely with the local GP Surgeries to help identify any patients that need our support. We also want to celebrate and link to the great work already taking place within the communities of Babergh and Mid Suffolk as well as support the development of any new activities where local people feel that they are needed and would benefit from to help older people to become and stay physically active.
If you are looking for help to get more physically active please contact your local Physical Activity Advisor below:
Alice Sadler - Debenham
Janet Lawrence - East Bergholt and Capel St Mary
Chris Lawson - Bildeston