The Resilience programme which is co-designed and delivered in partnership by One Colchester, the local strategic partnership for Colchester Borough has set out its’ plans for this year’s campaign. The project also supports the aims of Livewell, a campaign which helps to support residents to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
The partnership will be delivering activities to help residents to stay warm, well and connected this winter and will be targeting identified at risk groups including, families on low incomes, people living with respiratory conditions, and long-term health conditions.
The project itself includes continuing to provide advice and support through the One Colchester base in town, ‘The Hub’ delivering roadshows in the community and distributing winter packs to those affected by the cold weather.
The One Colchester Hub will once again be a focal point establishing a schedule of activities that address social isolation and managing health and wellbeing initially between October and March but with the potential to extend into the summer. Winter packs with items to help people to stay well, warm or healthy during times of disadvantage will be available for collection and the partnership is looking at offering heaters to people who are experiencing fuel poverty or clothing to support someone on a low income. A dedicated supply of packs will also be held at Colchester Hospital for staff to distribute to patients who would benefit from the packs when they are discharged.
It has also been announced that a community bursary fund is to be set up to be issued to voluntary and community sector partners who are providing services that can achieve the aims of the resilience group. Further details on this project will be announced shortly.
A Steering Group, chaired by Community360, brings together representatives from public and voluntary sector to facilitate more action over the coming months. Tracy Rudling, Vice Chair of One Colchester and Chief Executive Officer of Community360 said ‘We are very pleased to be working together again this year with a range of partners to develop solutions and responses to pressures triggered at this time of year. Over 50 partners collaborated last year and reached over 1000 people.”
The Winter Resilience Project has been funded by North East Essex Alliance and supported by donations in kind from Waitrose, Tesco Metro and Knit for Peace.
The One Colchester Hub is located at 81 Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF near Primark, opposite St Helena Hospice shop. The Hub is open from 10.00am until 3.00pm Monday to Friday.