New role helps to bring com­mu­nity closer

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

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.”

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