Accrington Stanley Community Trust is actively involved in health related work and has a dedicated officer with a primary role of supporting the health needs of the community. The health officer works alongside the PCT in raising the awareness of health services in the area.
Through our work we aim to help people develop healthier behaviour and lifestyles in their own local communities by offering practical support to change their behaviour to achieve their own choices and goals. Our exact role will depend upon the needs of the community in which we work, but typically would involve encouraging people to:
• Stop smoking
• Participate in increased physical activity
• Eat more healthily
• Drink sensibly
• Practice safe sex
The ability to motivate people is therefore a key part in the work we deliver.
As part of the initiative we will work with existing community groups and be involved in supporting new groups and networking with other agencies and organisations.
IT’S A GOAL Programme
The “IT’S A GOAL” programme created a remarkable way to ‘reach the parts the NHS cannot reach’. It is well documented that young men are more at risk of suicide when they are depressed. Despite their sterling efforts, the NHS still struggles to engage with these people.
By setting up a programme in a football stadium – a place where men are often thrilled to go to – and focusing on ‘being the best you can be’, we have found that we have been incredibly successful in engaging with depressed young men. Further, the programme completion rate has been in the region of 80% – something which is unprecedented when dealing with this kind of client group. For many young men, the outcomes have been astounding and life changing.
This format of the beautiful game is very similar to the mainstream structure however there are a few modifications. It is non-contact and anyone that sprints, runs or jogs while the ball is in play will be penalised with a free-kick being awarded to the other team. If the ball goes out of play, the game will be restarted with a kick in.
Free healthy lifestyles after school programme in Hyndburn. The programme will see over 500 children take part in a 6 week extra curricular health initiative focusing on nutrition, exercise, diet and raising the awareness of living a healthy lifestyle.