Community Wellbeing and Partnerships

We support our residents in living a healthy lifestyle. This involves responsibility for looking after our own health as well as getting involved in range of health opportunities the Council and other partners may offer.

We can understand about the communities and the individuals who live there by using health data and information as well as issues raised by Councillors who represent different wards in the District.

Why is being healthy important for me and others?

Providing a basis for a life which optimises health and wellbeing and preventing the impact of poor health is something we can all contribute to. Helping to improve the quality of life through health and social influences and helping our home, park or workplace to promote healthy approaches and behaviours is important.

How does the Council promote Health and Partnerships?

East Herts Council has a Health and Wellbeing Strategy which helps us focus on local health and wellbeing priorities. This gives opportunities for East Herts Council to work in partnership with other like-minded organisations.

Recognition for doing things well and learning from others

East Herts Council has been twice recognised for its leadership and partnership contribution to health and wellbeing through receiving the Nationally recognised Royal Society of Public Health awards in 2011 and 2014. The Council is always seeking to support and learn from those it works with to develop its own insight and keep progressing in its understanding of all matters related to healthy lifestyles and wellbeing.

Breathe Easy group

The Bishop's Stortford Breathe Easy Group is all about helping individuals with a range of lung conditions to come together, make friends, have fun, share their experiences and receive a range of health and wellbeing support to help manage and live with their condition. The group usually meets on the third Thursday of the month at Charrington's House rooms A+B between 2pm and 4pm.

Around 15 people regularly meet and we would welcome more men and women to come along and get involved with the group. The monthly meetings feature a range of topics from singing sessions, visits from the pulmonary physiotherapy team, the benefits of physical activity and how to eat foods all of which can help improve lung health and help you to live well with your condition.

You can find more information from the British Lung Foundation website and this shows other Breathe Easy Groups in the local area.

Dementia Friendly East Herts Working group

East Herts Council has recently joined the Dementia Action Alliance with the aim to work in partnership to tackle the many challenges associated with living with Dementia. This Dementia Friendly Action Group PDF outlines how the group works with partners and volunteers in the community to ensure people with dementia can continue to live in the way they want to and in the community they choose in East Herts.

For more information, please see the Dementia Action Group Website