Local families attend launch of new Mannamead Wellbeing Hub

Councillor Ian Tuffin with George Plenderleith and Claire Hill from Improving Lives Plymouth

Families in Plymouth enjoyed a fun session at the launch of the city’s latest Wellbeing Hub.

The new Mannamead Hub, at Improving Lives Plymouth, 156 Mannamead Road, supports a wide range of people across the city, offering services to carers, people with learning disabilities or with sensory impairments and veterans. They were joined by parents and children from the Mannamead, Higher Compton, Peverell, Hartley, Mutley and Eggbuckland areas of Plymouth at the launch.

A dozen Wellbeing Hubs will open across neighbourhoods over the next two years as part of an initiative designed to focus on prevention and make services easier to access in neighbourhoods.

The launch follows other Wellbeing Hubs at the Jan Cutting Centre, run by the Wolseley Trust – which has already had high profile visits from Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, and Claire Murdoch, National Director for Mental Health at NHS England – and at the Four Greens Wellbeing Hub, run by Four Greens Community Trust, which was launched last month.

The Wellbeing Hubs scheme has four main aims, which are to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes for local people, reduce inequalities in health and wellbeing, improve people’s experience of care and improve the sustainability of the health and wellbeing system.

Councillor Ian Tuffin, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “We want to prevent ill health and help residents to take better care of themselves. We want to provide more support in the city’s neighbourhoods so that everyone, from babies to pensioners, can lead longer, happier and healthier lives.”

George Plenderleith, Chief Executive Officer of Improving Lives Plymouth, said: “This is a really exciting development for us, and enables us to work even more closely with the local community. We already provide services across the city, but becoming a Wellbeing Hub enables us to make better connections and be more joined up with other services. Plymouth City Council have been great in helping us pull this together – it’s all about partnership working with the council, NHS and local community.”

Dr Ruth Harrell, Plymouth’s Director of Public Health, said: “We want to make sure that people can access local services that will help them to improve their health and wellbeing, whether that is through support with debt, feeling more involved with their community, or being more active.”

Brothers Reuben and Felix came to the event with mum Gemma and took part in facepainting, wordsearches and colouring, among other activities.

Reuben said: “It’s good fun. I liked doing the wordsearch best – the biggest word I found was scarecrow!”

Families took part in a family fun session at the launch including face painting, craft table, activities and entertainment, and a raffle.

You can find out more about the Hub by calling 01752 201900.