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Residents encouraged to help shape new health and social care model for the borough

A new innovative partnership programme which looks to improve people’s lives in St Helens is calling on residents to share their experiences and ideas on health, social care and community services to help design a new system for the borough.

Due to launch in 2018 to address the rising cost and demand in health and social care, St Helens Cares will host a number of initial public engagement events in venues across the borough this month (November) where residents will be given the opportunity to express their views on how an integrated, local health and social care system for all ages could work.

Made up of a wide number of public sector providers, St Helens Cares will become jointly responsible for the quality and cost of services and support for local people, working together within agreed budgets to meet the needs of local people with a great emphasis on preventing the need for health and social care by supporting people to remain independent for as long as possible.

The St Helens model is unique in the sense that is also includes services and support such as housing, education and arts and culture.

St Helens Cares is taking an integrated approach in supporting people to live well.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care & Health, Councillor Marlene Quinn, said: “These are proactive and exciting times in St Helens, with organisations across the public sector coming together to best meet the needs of local people, taking an integrated, coordinated and people centred approach.

“To ensure our care system can be the best possible, we want to hear from the people who matter the most – residents. I would therefore encourage anyone able to attend one of our initial events to do so, to share their experiences of health and social care and to offer their valuable input which will go towards shaping a care system for the benefit of all who require it.”

Public engagement events will take place in the venues listed below. All are welcome to drop in during the times mentioned below and refreshments will be served (except in library venues).

Booking is not necessary.

· Park Farm Community Centre, Friday 10 November, 1.30 -3.30pm
· Crownway Community Centre, Monday 13 November, 2 -4pm
· Town Hall Assembly Hall, Tuesday 14 November, 5.30 -7.30pm
· Eccleston Library, Monday 20 November, 2.30 – 4.30pm
· Rainford Library, Thursday 23 November, 11.30am -1.30pm
· Chester Lane Library, Monday 27 November, 11.30am -1.30pm

You can also join the conversation online by following St Helens Cares on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/StHelensCares

Twitter: @StHelensCares #TalkCares

Email: hello@sthelenscares.co.uk

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