We start with the assets in the community - its opportunities and strengths. We map local support in a variety of ways, including our Mendip Directory of Services.
Where there are gaps in service provision we work with people the local community to find solutions. We draw on their knowledge, abilities and resources to develop a new service.
We have a website, local radio slot, face to face information from Community Connectors, information points in the community and an information phone line.
As well as working one-to-one we run Health Connections groups such as: Talking Cafes and the Self Management Programme.
Community Connectors are members of the community who know what's out there and signpost friends, family, colleagues and neighbours to support.
Our Health Connectors work one-to-one with patients in Mendip General Practices and in patients' homes, to help build the patient's knowledge, skills and confidence.
Our service directory is embedded in the EMIS patient record enabling GPs to have signposting at their fingertips to share non-medical sources of support with patients.