Inverurie has been chosen to lead the way in Aberdeenshire in a new initiative which aims to improve how health and social care services work together.
The scheme is being piloted in regions across Scotland as new legislation is now in place requiring local authorities and NHS boards to work together in order to improve the wellbeing of the community.
Ensure Inverurie is a happy and healthy town now and for future generationsRichard Hewitt Thrive Director
In Aberdeenshire plans have been recently developed describing joint working across health and social care services.
Residents in Inverurie are encouraged to get involved with the pilot scheme over the next year to help shape the health and social care services available in the town.
On behalf of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Aberdeen-based charity, Aberdeen Foyer, will be working alongside Thrive, specialists in public services improvement, to get involved with Inverurie residents, businesses and organisations to help with the steps needed to improve the town’s wellbeing.
Director of Thrive, Richard Hewitt, said: “The public sector is excellent at providing expert critical services and we all have an interest in easing the burden on these services to ensure that they are there, in the right place, at the right time when we need them.
“However, care, at its most human is best provided by family, friends, neighbours and communities.
“In every neighbourhood, village, town or city there are things that the community does best, things they need a bit of help with and things that are best done by other agencies.
“By getting together to figure out which is which, we can all do our bit to make full use of all the available resources and ensure Inverurie is a happy and healthy town now and for future generations to come.”
There will be a variety of events and discussions in Inverurie over the next year as the scheme is piloted.
Locals are invited to think of new ways they can help to improve the town’s wellbeing.
For those looking to get involved with the scheme contact Richard Hewitt on 07824825472 or email Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org