Plymouth is one of 5 projects nationwide that are exploring how to tackle complex health inequalities https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/projects/healthy-communities-together.
In Plymouth we are developing a network called Belong in Plymouth; connecting individuals who aspire to make Plymouth a city where no one feels forgotten.
The sheer scale and complexity of isolation and its effects on health mean we cannot carry on working with soundbite answers as solutions. We know we need to explore and search for answers together - NHS, Statutory Services, the VCSE and individual citizens - we all experience isolation, loneliness and connection differently and there are similarities that connect and define our relationships if we allow our professional masks to lower.
Our experiences, carefully told, are powerful. We have to listen to each others’ stories to open our eyes to new ways of working. Together we can recognise where the strong relationships are that support and build resilience, and highlight the gaps to create a clear picture of what the needs are.
For up to date programme detail see here Belong in Plymouth sub-groups & activities
For finances see here https://pop-finances.softr.app/belong-in-plymouth
Have you just joined the team? Or do you want to join? See the Introductions.
For a quick run through the history of key moments so far see here: History & chronology
And check out this film from the King’s Fund to see what we’re up to: