Clerk: Mrs Joanna Noles
26 Church Street, Church
Piece, Charlton Kings
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
GL53 8AR

Charlton Kings Health Connect

CK Health Connect Directory

We are delighted to announce that the Parish Council's Health & Wellbeing Directory was published in December 2020. The Directory can be downloaded from our website and will provide you with a comprehensive 'one-stop-shop' listing of support services and activities in the Charlton Kings area and beyond. In the New Year, a limited number of hard copies will also be distributed to various community hubs across Charlton Kings, including the parish council office, library, community cafes, Sixways Clinic, local pharmacies, and churches.

About CK Health Connect

The CK Health Connect project arose from concerns about loneliness and isolation in the Parish with an increasingly elderly population, many of whom no longer have family living with them. GPs surgeries report that often they see people who don't need doctors but rather connection and support in the community. There are many resources in our communities which people don't know about and we wanted to see what was out there and where the gaps were. We appointed a Community Development worker with a grant from Gloucestershire County Council's "Growing Communities Fund" and she set about finding out!

She started work in January 2020 and, as you can imagine, was soon derailed by COVID-19, but managed to carry on with ingenious research methods including individual and group interviews, questionnaires and continued communication with a core group of professionals in the parish.

She has now finished her research and has identified five key priorities for further development: physical health, mental health (including loneliness and isolation), transport and mobility, communications and digital inclusion and a need for more research regarding young people and young families.

We now have a comprehensive Community Support Services and Activities Directory which is very exciting and we hope to be a pilot in other areas to follow suit. We are following two paths with it: we have gifted the Director to the Sixways Clinic so that GPS and frontline staff can use it directly to help patients and have produced a digital directory which can be downloaded from our website with hard copies available on request. It is a colourful and easy to use Directory for everyone in the Parish.

The first phase of the Charlton Kings Health Connect project, involved mapping current provision of recreational and community support services within the Parish, and identifying any gaps. A copy of the report by Dr Amanda Wragg on the first phase of the project can be accessed below.

CK Health Connect - Next steps and way forward

In the New Year, the Parish Council will continue to work collaboratively with service providers across a range of sectors including frontline health workers and community organisations and projects to prioritise some of the actions contained in Dr Wragg's report. Further updates about the way forward will be provided in due course.

Contacting the CK Health Connect project

You can contact the CK Health Connect project on CKHealthConnect@charltonkingsparishcouncil.gov.uk or via the Parish Office on 01242 250087. We are always interested in finding out about healthy activities and services in Charlton Kings and receiving feedback from residents on whether any provision is missing or in short supply and how new initiatives might be set up.

Please do not hesitate to contact the CK Health Connect project if you have any thoughts or ideas as to Health and Wellbeing provision in Charlton Kings.