Event date: 26/04/2017
News date: 21 Apr
Whatever you want to do, concerns you have or support you need, there are a wealth of organisations and charities that can help. Have a look at what's available here.
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None of us like to be told how to lead our lives. And many of us like to let our hair down, have fun, and do things which may not always be good for us.
And some people can find it difficult to do the things in life which will help to keep them fit and healthy - perhaps they can't afford to buy healthy food because they are out of work, or have a health problem which makes it hard for them to get out and about and stay active.
But we know that people who, for example, drink too much alcohol, take drugs, smoke cigarettes, or do not eat a balanced diet will be at greater risk of experiencing significant health issues.
And people who do not lead reasonably active lives, with at least a bit of light exercise built in, will also be more likely to develop serious health problems.
These health problems can include diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure, stroke, dementia and mental health problems.
And people who develop such health problems are more likely to reach a point where they need care and support from others to help with essential day-to-day tasks such as cooking, shopping, walking, washing and dressing, or going out.
The Care Act recognises that people are happier and have a better quality of life if they are healthy and can stay independent and in control of what they do.
And if they do need help because of health problems or a disability then their experience of receiving care and support will be much more positive if they have choice over how they are supported, and can stay in control of their lives as much as possible.
The Care Act states that local councils must provide or arrange services that help prevent people from developing a need for care and support, or delay people deteriorating to the point where they will need long-term care and support.
And it says that councils must provide information and advice on how people can lead healthier and more active lives, and on what care and support will be available to them should the need arise.
People First cannot tell you how to lead your life!
But we want you to feel that you can easily find information which will help you to lead independent, active and healthy lives, and to feel you can confidently take steps which may reduce your future need for care and support.
And we want you to be able to find information which will help you to have greater choice and control over what you do and, if you do need support, over how you are supported.
People First has four main kinds of information - we hope that the site is built in such a way that you will be able to move easily from one page to the next and find what you want, and that you will find out things you didn't know you needed to know.
The information pages cover a wide range of issues relating to adult social care and beyond:-
But throughout these pages we try to ensure that we are offering you information which will help you to lead healthy, active and independent lives.
For instance, the Taking Care of Yourself section contains specific information on healthier living, and the Staying Safe section offers information on various safety issues. But this kind of information is also spread throughout other areas of the site.
The Events calendar
The Events calendar contains a range of activities and events in the local area which can enable people to lead more inclusive and stimulating lives, but there is a specific emphasis on activities which encourage a healthier approach to life (a wide range of exercise opportunities for all abilities, art courses, Stop Smoking programmes, gardening sessions etc).
If you know of local activities and events which might be of interest to others then please tell us.
Our People Who Can Help section is a directory of local organisations and resources, offering choice to you on how you can meet any support needs, and lead active, stimulating, healthy and independent lives with a reduced need for support from paid care staff.
If you know of a local organisation which has been helpful for you then please let us know so that we can spread the word.
The News section has links to news stories, and in particular seeks to promote stories which help to promote people's health and well-being - for example stories bringing attention to the prevalence of obesity in society, or stories offering recommending actions during extreme weather conditions.
We hope the information we offer will make a positive difference to the way that local people live their lives. But if you think we could do better, or are missing something important, then we want to hear about it - to contact us you can use the Tell Us What You Think button at the bottom or each page, or use email email@example.com