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Improving Rural Health & Wellbeing Workshops

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research are hosting various workshops across the County titled ‘Working together to increase access to health and wellbeing services for rural communities’.

The essence of the project is to explore access options to ensure people attend health appointments more timely, as part of preventing deterioration of their health. It is also about how transport support is made available, and people supported in setting up and attending appointments.

Workshops are taking place in the following locations:

Richmondshire-Hambleton area

Date: 7 June

Time: 12.30pm to 3.30pm (Lunch at 12.30pm onwards, with start for 1pm)

Venue: Richmondshire (venue to be advised)

Nidderdale area

Date: 8 June

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm (with a start for 11am to 1.30pm, followed by lunch)

Venue: Pateley Bridge, Nidderdale (Exact venue to be informed)

Pickering area

Date: 9 June

Time: 10.30am to 1.30pm (with a start for 11am to 1.30pm, followed by lunch)

Venue: Pickering (Exact venue to be informed)

The work is being facilitated by IVAR, working with Community First Yorkshire, Hambleton Community Action, Nidderdale Plus, the NHS, transport providers and the local authority, to identify how community transport, GP practices, hospitals and others can work more closely to help people access health appointments and other health and wellbeing services.

We are inviting voluntary, community and social enterprises, community groups, befriending service providers and community transport in the local area, NHS colleagues, service users and others to join this workshop and share their thoughts.

Please register by 1st June. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Sonakshi Anand:

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