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Wellbeing service celebrates a year of delivery




Celebrating a year of the wellbeing service are, from left, Molly Boggis (the Bridge), Lauren Norton (the Bridge), Fiona Taylor (Spire), Paul Snape (the Bridge) and Simon Mutsaars (Citzens Advice Rutland)
Celebrating a year of the wellbeing service are, from left, Molly Boggis (the Bridge), Lauren Norton (the Bridge), Fiona Taylor (Spire), Paul Snape (the Bridge) and Simon Mutsaars (Citzens Advice Rutland)

The Rutland Community Wellbeing Service is celebrating its first year of delivery, during which it has received over 4,000 referrals from Rutland residents.

The new service is delivered by familiar organisations Citizens Advice Rutland, Spire Homes (Community Agents), and The Bridge (East Midlands), with additional support from Vista and Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland, working together in a new partnership.

The Rutland Community Wellbeing Service is working to ensure that residents receive the wellbeing advice and support they need, with the benefit of only having to tell their story once.

The service can provide advice, information and support in a variety of areas including: housing and homelessness; benefits; debt and money management; healthy lifestyles; stopping smoking; emotional wellbeing; dementia; drug and alcohol use; support for older people; sight and hearing impairment; and volunteering.

The service also offers support to community and voluntary sector organisations.

Simon Mutsaars, chief officer of Citizens Advice Rutland, said: "It has been a busy year setting up and promoting a new service and of, course, in continuing to provide essential services to Rutland residents.

"But we are proud of what we have achieved, which is reflected in positive feedback from clients, community groups, stakeholders and the many stories of local people whose wellbeing has been significantly improved.

"There's lots still to do, but this has been a great start."

Coun Alan Walters, portfolio holder for adult social care and health at Rutland County Council, said: "I am delighted that the Rutland Community Wellbeing Service has had such a positive impact for Rutland residents.

"It has helped to change people's lives for the better.

"Not only is it a more effective use of council resources, but more importantly we know that people get added benefit from accessing a range of services from one place."

The service will be at the Rutland County Show on Sunday and all are welcome to visit and have a chat to find out more.

The new website www.rutlandwellbeing.org.uk provides information about the service, links to self-help resources and other wellbeing organisations as well as news.



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