Campbeltown Link Club’s health role

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Campbeltown Link Club has taken on a vital coordination role for the Kintyre Health and Wellbeing Network (HWN).

There are eight HWNs throughout Argyll and Bute and they are set up to bring people together to build stronger, healthier and safer communities.

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (ABHSCP) invests in the HWNs to help improve the health of local people.

The networks are responsible for organising meetings, keeping members up to date with health news, and awarding the health and wellbeing small grant fund.

Tracy Chambers who runs the Link Club said: ‘The Link Club is excited to take on this new venture.

‘It will bring valuable funds to our club and will help us to run interesting activities for our members.

‘Our members come from a wide range of backgrounds and have lots of skills to help make the network a success.

‘We are open every week day in the community centre and anyone interested in finding out more about the health and wellbeing network is welcome to pop in.’

Link Club member, Sara Cheers, said: ‘Our club is for people to come together to support each other.

‘We know this helps to keep us well and living at home. I come to the Link Club often and have met lots of new people.

‘It’s important to ask local people what they want for health and wellbeing and I think the Link Club will be able to get in touch with lots of new people who don’t know about what the network does.’

Tom Donachy who is also a club member said: ‘I had a great time at the HWN development day; it was a great opportunity to learn more about the other partners of the network and talk about our role as the new coordinators.

‘Also meeting other coordinators and learning more from them about the new role.

‘We had a positive feedback from the other members about the club taking up the role of the co-ordinator.”

‘It’s given me more confidence to take part in a more formal role than just as a member of the club.’

Alison McGrory, ABHSCP health improvement principal, said: ‘I am delighted to be working with Tracy, Tom, Sarah and all the people who use the Link Club.

‘ABHSCP has responsibilities to prevent problems before they happen as well as providing services to those who are already unwell.

‘The HWNs are very important for enabling the people of Argyll and Bute to lead as healthy a life as possible.’

More information on the networks can be found at www.healthyargyllandbute.co.uk