Focusing on early intervention and prevention rather than treatment, we are looking at ways we can support people and our communities, to live independently and have active, prosperous and healthy lives. 

Identifying how we can help build community resilience by creating connections and an environment for increased social and voluntary action amongst citizens. 

Health and wellbeing outcomes vary vastly across Walsall due in part to areas of deprivation and affluence:

•    Walsall is one of the 20% most deprived districts in England 
•    In Walsall men die on average 10.4 years earlier and women 8.8 years earlier  than the national average
•    Males living in Blakenall will die on average aged 74.5 years compared to males in Streetly who will die on average aged 82.9 years
•    34% of people living in disadvantaged communities are managing a long term illness or disability which impacts their day to day life in        a negative way

As a partnership we are focussed on reducing health inequalities, acknowledging the need to address the wider determinants of health, that have a bigger impact on people’s health than healthcare alone. 

Reducing health inequalities means giving everyone the same opportunities to lead a healthy life, no matter where they live or who they are

The wider or social determinants of health are the social, economic and environmental factors which influence people’s mental and physical health. For example age, sex, education, housing, living and working conditions, unemployment and access to health care. 

By addressing the root causes of these issues the overall health and wellbeing of Walsall people can be greatly improved. 

In order to achieve this we have set up a Resilient Communities workstream and a steering group. They will look at ways in which we can invest in preventative health, care and well-being support services, that help people and communities to live happier and healthier lives and access services which better meet their needs. 

They will report formally to the Clinical and Professional Leadership Group (CPLG)  to ensure alignment with population health  and inequalities agenda, clear links to the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) , and the partnership Outcomes Framework.   

There are five key organisations that will take responsibility for leading the resilient communities worksteam:

  • One Walsall will represent the voluntary and community sector identifying how we can build capacity  
  • whg as the largest social housing provider locally will represent social housing providers. Using their unique day to day relationship with customers they are able to reach those furthest away from services increasing  social capital  in order to develop resilience within the communities they serve  
  • Community Associations will contribute to the engagement model, through their vast networks, including links to schools where appropriate and other relevant voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Primary Care Networks will link in across many initiatives including social prescribing and will align to the engagement agenda through their existing network of Patient Participation Groups
  • Walsall Council will contribute learning and knowledge from their experience of operating a Resilient Communities approach.

We will also link in with public health to identify priorities based on data around local need and other specialist organisations will be invited to participate in task and finish groups as appropriate.