New role helps to bring community closer
A GROUP of trailblazing GP practices have launched a new appointment aimed at pulling a Swansea community closer together.
Anne Robinson, the new local area co-ordinator for Llansamlet, will work alongside people in the area to help them to increase their confidence, get to know others in their community, and reduce loneliness or isolation.
Her role will be to support older people, disabled people, people with mental health problems and their families and carers to stay strong and connected, feel safer and more confident.
The appointment is one of the early actions taken by the Cwmtawe Cluster Network following its successful bid for £1.7million transformation funding from the Welsh Government. The cluster is a group of three GP practices and healthcare professionals, including pharmacists, who work together with the voluntary sector and social services to improve services for patients. It covers 44,000 patients in Clydach, Morriston and Llansamlet.
The new appointment is being done in partnership with Swansea Council, which will employ Anne as part of its wider local co-ordination team.
Anne said: “My priority will be to get out into the area, familiarising myself with the groups and activities which exist, and meeting members of the community.
“I have family living in Llansamlet, so I already know what a warm and welcoming place it is.
“However, some individuals struggle to get out to meet people and develop relationships due to ill health or circumstances, and don’t feel truly part of their community.
“A big part of my role will be to build trusting relationships with individuals, helping them to develop their vision of what a good life looks like to them and support that person to look for practical ways to achieve this.”