Eyemouth community invited to get involved in developing local health and wellbeing plan

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Published: Wednesday, 24th March 2021

We are looking to hear from community groups and local residents in Eyemouth who would like to be involved in a new and innovative approach to developing a health and wellbeing plan for the area

The Scottish Borders is one of five areas in Scotland to have successfully secured funding to deliver a Whole Systems Approach to community planning in Eyemouth with a focus on Public Health Priority 6: A Scotland where we eat well, have a healthy weight and are physically active.

There are three main phases of a Whole Systems Approach:

  • collectively form an understanding of the issue, context and wider system
  • create a plan for action collaboratively with a wide set of stakeholders; actions should be aligned and jointly prioritised
  • learn and refine as you go by involving stakeholders and embedding monitoring and evaluation. Considering the 'so what?' and 'now what?'

Community invited to two digital workshops 

Two digital workshops are being held to give Eyemouth residents and partners the opportunity to get involved using this approach and help develop a community led plan for the area. Based on local priorities, the overall aim will be to:

  • look at ways of supporting local residents to become healthier and fitter, with a particular focus on children, young people and health inequalities generally
  • form a better understanding of local issues, context and wider systems
  • reflect the collective efforts of the local area in meeting Priority 6.

The first session took place on Wednesday 31 March. Details for the second are as follows:

  • Wednesday 28 April
  • 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • To be held via Microsoft Teams.

For more information and to book a place, email: CorporateMgtSupport@scotborders.gov.uk. A link to the session will be provided on booking.

More information

Background information on the Whole Systems Approach is available on the Public Health Reform website

Councillor Robin Tatler, Executive Member for Community Development and Localities and Champion for the Voluntary Sector

“This is an opportunity for the Eyemouth community to have a real say in developing a local approach toward supporting a healthier, fitter population across East Berwickshire.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in health and wellbeing, both their own or that of the wider community, to join us and share their local knowledge and ideas. Your support in sharing the information to colleagues and community groups you think may be interested would also be appreciated.”