The Area Council Manager introduced this item, advising that there is additional funding available to address Health and Wellbeing, courtesy of the Wellbeing Service Grant Fund from the Healthier Communities Team within Public Health. A discussion took place regarding the need for the funding to be targeted and cover all four wards– for example smoking cessation. The funding is based on lower SOA, which means that the North Area is eligible for £19,359.05 of funding and needs to be spent addressing the themes highlighted within the report – i.e. ‘Connect’, ‘Be Active’, ‘Take Notice’, ‘Keep Learning’ and ‘Give’. Members discussed the options for funding, including smoking cessation, cancer and teenage pregnancy. It was highlighted that whatever project is funded, this should involve all four wards within the Area Council.
(i) Members approve the recommendation to incorporate the additional Wellbeing Service Grant funding into the Stronger Communities Grant approval process for 2019/20;
(ii) A Member of the Public Health Team sit on the North Area Stronger Communities Grants Panel in an advisor capacity in order to help identify and recommend projects that specifically address the Five Ways to Wellbeing and the Public Health and Wellbeing Outcomes, and
(iii) Any Wellbeing Service Grant Funded project recommended for funding will be monitored in the same ways as other Stronger Communities Grants funded projects
(iv) A workshop be arranged to explore options in more detail, in conjunction with the Public Health Advisor, ensuring the chosen project is delivered in all four wards.