Supporting our residents from cradle to grave

3 July 2017

South Cambridgeshire residents continue to be some of the healthiest in the country thanks in part to initiatives set up by the District Council.

Over 1,000 young people and families took part last year in Council-organised activities which included netball camps, athletics camps, rounders and cricket camps and paddleboarding.

In addition, the Council’s Athletics Plus events saw over 100 young people with learning or physical difficulties take part in the summer outdoor event and over 90 in a similar winter indoor event. They competed in events including long jump, relays, shot-putting and sprinting.

The Council’s Active and Healthy 4 Life GP referral scheme saw 272 adults with specific health conditions take part in a 12-week personalised fitness programme.  The programme, delivered in partnership with local sports centres, helps to lower high blood pressure and reduce the risks of strokes, lower cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks, improve the symptoms of type 2 diabetes, strengthen muscles and bones, reduce pain and improve function in osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

Throughout 2016 a total of 191 council tenants – many of them elderly - were supported in their homes by the newly-launched Handyperson Service, delivered on the Council’s behalf by Age UK.

The Council also worked with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) to encourage residents to take up Service Support grants. As a result, nearly 2,000 households received advice and were able to claim £2m in welfare benefits and 3,000 community transport journeys.

Work with other councils, the NHS and other public sector partners resulted in the creation of the Together for Families programme – an initiative whereby families with the most complex needs are supported to improve their own health, prospects and prosperity. To date 177 families in the region are on the programme.

As a result of working with Parish Councils, the District Council secured around £3 million of developer contributions payable to Parish Councils in future years to fund improvements to recreation grounds, sports pavilions, play areas and village halls.

Councillor Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Portfolio holder for Health and Wellbeing said: “The health and well-being of our residents – both young and elderly – is vital to the continuing prosperity of South Cambridgeshire. I am delighted that the Council has played such a major part in achieving this – the benefits of these initiatives will be felt for many years to come.”

The District Council has an increasing programme of work planned for 2017/18 which will build upon the success of last year and deliver even more benefits to its residents.