12 Nov 2018

NHS St Helens CCG and St Helens Council are running a series of ‘Talkfest’ community engagement events in St Helens to encourage residents and groups to come and find out how health and social care is changing in the borough, what it will mean for them and how to get involved.

Events will be run in various localities and give residents the chance to meet the people who deliver health and social care in St Helens, and find out about the innovative work we are carrying out under the banner of ‘St Helens Cares’ to make the bringing together of health and social care a reality.

These events are taking place in national ‘Self Care Week’ and will also focus on how, following the government’s announcement today, we can work with our communinities to better support people to look after their health and that of their family to help manage the increasing demand on health services.

These FREE drop-in events are taking place on the dates/venues below with refreshments available on arrival:

North: Monday 12th November at Park Farm ACYP Centre, 54 Kentmere Avenue, Carr Mill, WA11 7PG. 9am arrival for a 9:30 start – 1pm.

Town Centre: Tuesday 13th November at The Hope Centre, Atherton Street, St Helens, WA10 2DT. 1pm arrival for a 1:30pm start – 4pm

South: Thursday 15th November at Derbyshire Hill Family Community Centre, Derbyshire Hill Road, Parr, WA9 2LU. 5pm arrival for a 5:30pm start – 8pm.

Haydock and Newton: Friday 16th November at Newton Community Centre, Park Road South, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 8EX. 9am arrival for a 9:30am start – 12:00pm.

To book a place at an event please email: engagement@sthelensccg.nhs.uk  or call 01744 627596 stating your name, organisation (if applicable) and the locality you would like to attend. Or just turn up on the day!

Professor Sarah O’Brien, Strategic Director People's Services and Clinical Accountable Officer said: “We are on a really exciting journey here in St Helens to bring together health and social care in a way that hasn’t been done before. What this should mean is better care, the need to only tell your story once and a more seamless experience when using both health and social care services.

We would really like people to come and hear what we have to say, ask questions and find out how they can get involved with what is happening. We have to get this right and the community’s involvement is vital to this.”

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Better Health, Councillor Gill Neal added: “These are proactive times in St Helens, with organisations across the public sector coming together to best meet the needs of local people. What we want to do is engage with members of the community that have had first-hand experiences with health and social care. This will help our award-winning St Helens Cares initiative take the next big step towards becoming the best possible system to meet the rising demand for this service.”