Eyemouth residents invited to join innovative health plan

Community groups and individuals in Eyemouth are being invited to be involved in an innovative approach to developing a health and wellbeing plan for the area.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 10:58 am

Scottish Borders Council is one of five areas in Scotland to have successfully secured funding to deliver a “whole systems approach” to community planning in the Berwickshire coastal town, with a focus on “public health priority six” – eating well, having a healthy weight and being physically active.

There are three main phases: collectively form an understanding of the issue, context and wider system; create a plan for action collaboratively with a wide set of stakeholders; and learn and refine the system as you go by involving stakeholders and embedding monitoring and evaluation.

Councillor Robin Tatler, the council’s executive member for community development and localities and champion for the voluntary sector, said: “This is an opportunity for the Eyemouth community to have a real say in developing a local approach towards supporting a healthier, fitter population across East Berwickshire.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest in health and wellbeing, both their own or that of the wider community, to join us and share their local knowledge and ideas. Your support in sharing the information to colleagues and community groups you think may be interested would also be appreciated.”

A digital workshop is being organised to give Eyemouth residents the opportunity to get involved using this approach and help develop a community-led plan.

Based on local priorities, the overall aim will be to look at ways of supporting local residents to become healthier and fitter, with a particular focus on children, young people and health inequalities generally.

This will be the first of two workshops intended to reflect the collective efforts of the local area in meeting priority six and will be used to form a better understanding of local issues, context and wider systems.

It takes place on Wednesday, March 31, from 9.30am-12.30pm via Zoom or other online platform. For more information and to book a place, email: [email protected] A link to the session will be provided on booking.