A large number of people came together in the Ramoan Parish Centre, Ballycastle to find out more about a new initiative to support older people and those with chronic health conditions living in the Moyle area. Hosted by the Dalriada Pathfinder Partnership, the event introduced the wider community and in particular, voluntary and community organisations in Moyle, to a project which the Partnership intends to roll out in the area with the support of the local community.
The partners are the local community, local GPs, the Health and Social Care Board, the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Age NI, the Community Navigator for older people, the Public Health Agency, Northern Integrated Care Partnerships and the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council. This diverse range of organisations are at the beginning of an exciting initiative to bring support to older people and those living with chronic conditions, however they need the support of local community organisations and volunteers to make this a reality.
The project is based on the very successful Living Well model in Cornwall and those attending the event witnessed examples of how quality of life can be significantly improved by listening to what older people and those with chronic health conditions really want. This may be for example, by addressing loneliness and helping someone to overcome challenges to engage again in activities which they once found fulfilling.
Speaking at the event, Dr Mary McLister, local GP, said:
“A very important part of the project is community mapping which is simply bringing together information on all of the groups and services in the area so that the most appropriate resources can be made available to help address the aspirations and goals set by the individuals participating in the project.
“This engagement event provided the opportunity for the conversation to begin with the community to find out and share what is available in the local area to make a difference to people in Moyle.”
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