A Healthier and Happier Bailiwick
I have a personal passion for connecting people to others who will help them feel better about life. Therefore, it is with joy that I can spend my working days doing just this, with others who also care about building supportive communities.
Health Connections LBG aims to have a positive influence and impact on the health and happiness of others through connecting and strengthening the community and unearthing hidden assets.
We will support people to actively participate in managing their own and others (if they are Carers), health and wellbeing in ways that matter to them.
We value a partnership approach by recognising and promoting the value of community, public, private and third sector collaborations and co-production to build healthy, supportive communities.
We will promote the Social Models of Health and Care by improving access to and enabling self and cross referral to all Health, Care and Wellbeing activities, and non –medical social prescribing opportunities.
We will share best practice and health information across organisational boundaries through the Health Information Network hosted by Health Connections, and the Guille-Allès and Health and Social Care Institute libraries.
Finally, we will be a catalyst for collaborations and supporting Asset Based Community Development projects e.g. Voluntary Car Service, Time Banking (a model creating a two way reciprocal network of support, solutions and skills to increase independence, meaning and purpose) and Talking Cafés to promote wellbeing, connectivity and belonging.
If you believe in making a difference, nurturing social innovation and impact and helping to continue to create a healthier and happier Bailiwick community, please get in touch with me to support us and join in with our work!
Bella Farrell, CEO
Health Information Guernsey was founded as a charity in 1999 to provide free, confidential and impartial information on health and disability matters for the Bailiwick of Guernsey resident. In 2010, the charity received the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.
The roots of Health Connections LBG are important to us and to honour our predecessors at Health Information Guernsey and The Health Information Exchange, we shall be publishing our history, on our new website.
Like all dynamic organizations we are continuing to develop those parts of our service around the provision of Health Information which remain relevant, whilst, seeking to evolve to a broader offer, aligned with recent Health and Social Care Policy, in service of the whole Community.
Thanks to our committed team we have co-ordinated 3750 voluntary car journeys, provided 215 off- island travel packs, signposted to 1250 Health and Care services and taken 2575 health related enquires in the last year alone!
Improved Health, Care and Wellbeing for all:
By offering community focused and best practice health information, connections, signposting, advocacy, coaching and support.
People Centred Support
By enabling people to self-refer and have direct access to support and care of their own choice and access to support for vulnerable people, Carers and those new to the islands who may otherwise feel unable to navigate these services.
With people at our core, we will support a culture of community based, intergeneration and interdisciplinary trust, participation and care for all.
By Supporting Health, Care and Wellbeing professionals and groups to work collaboratively and share best practice and health information across organisational boundaries through the Health Information Network and enabling cross referral and access to social prescribing opportunities through our on line directory.
We recognize that the Bailiwick Health Connections will work with:
All people in the Bailiwick community.
Existing support for Physical, Emotional, Psychological Health, Care and Wellbeing for all ages and abilities in the community.
Community and Social Outreach projects.
Public Service providers HSC, ESS, Primary (GP’s) & Secondary Care (HSC & MSG).
The new Health Improvement Commission.• Education and the Arts and more.
By supporting the vision for the Bailiwick to become a global exemplar for Health and Wellbeing and implementing the Social Model of Care alongside building social and environmental capital.
By demonstrating what we do and how we make an impact and continually adapting and improving our offer in response to feedback.