Public Health Annual Review

Public Health Annual Review


hello I’m Dr. Rupert suckling and I’m the Director of Public Health for Doncaster Council welcome to my annual report for
2018 this year it is a focus on mental health as mental health is a key to our
overall health and well-being by mental health I mean the combination of feeling
good and functioning effectively not merely the absence of mental illness
there are three main contributors to our mental health our circumstances our
personal resources and the activities we focus our energy on this report focuses
on five activities the five ways to well-being that can create better mental
health for ourselves our friends our families and our communities so many
fantastic groups at Doncaster libraries for example in regards to IT and digital
learning we have a computer basics class and an iPad and tablet club the computer
basics class does exactly what it says on the tin really it’s designed for
people who have never touched a computer and it’s run run over three weeks just
for an hour and a half a week and the idea is basically at the end of the
third week they’ve got the confidence and the knowledge to use a computer
either in our library or at home and that they just feel feel confident about
the digital age and the iPad and tablet group is a bit different in that anyone
can come along to the group just to find out what iPads and tablets are the vast
majority people do use it as more of a troubleshooting kind of session where if
they come across issues at home they’ll scrub them down and they’ll come to the
class and then we’ll just discuss them and try and work through them it also
encourages people to to talk amongst yourselves and share their knowledge
that they have because if eight people come to the class and there’s just me on
my own I may be with one person for 10 minutes so everyone else starts chatting
and they may help each other out we also facilitate around 60 readers groups in
Doncaster some private groups some meet in libraries and they consist of
anywhere between four and around fifteen members in some groups I’m sure you know
the idea of a reader’s group but I’ll tell you anyway the group get together
they’re all given exactly the same book they go home read it and come back
together three or four weeks later to discuss it which sounds very simple but
these groups do offers much more because everyone learns from
each other you can find out how people interpret different things it’s a great
way if you like dissecting fiction and nonfiction but also it’s a social group
so not only do you talk about the books and reading you talk about your lives
you talk about your holidays and your family so it’s nice just to to come
along for a chat and in regards to reading it’s so important now because we
know that there are so many health benefits directly linked to reading yes
you’ll become smart but more importantly you’ll have reduce stress levels it
prevents the onset of outsiders and dementia and you’ll live longer
just by reading which is fantastic and who doesn’t want that
for the younger children we have lots of rhyme times across the Borah children
come to hear songs and stories which as well as being fun helps them develop
language and literacy skills I also feel that it’s got an important part to play
in preparing them for school in that it teaches them to observe interact sit
down and listen to stories and socialize with other children not only is it put
important for the children I think it’s important for the parents and carers as
well because the group’s kind of become become social networks for them to like it or
not computers encoding are now part of our daily lives and it’s also part of
the school curriculum we’re giving children the opportunity to be one step
ahead by learning how to code and how to integrate these skills in their day to
day tasks I volunteer for age UK and getting
people ate their house because of the pace of their mental illness and it
makes a big difference to them but it makes more a difference to me
I feel as if I’ve won the lottery when I hear those stories after that you know
sorry I never done it years ago it’s been such a pleasure you know that my son
did encourage me, my son up in Scotland
you get yourself up and get yourself out and a talk a talk but don’t walk the walk
but eventually I went into the library and they were volunteering that staff that started my
volunteer career and then I heard about Age UK volunteer for that was able to take
the friends to the library so they’re meeting lots of new friends and it’s the
easiest job I’ve ever done but quite time-consuming if you want to put a lot
of time until but it’s but it wasn’t advise anybody together a train you
don’t if you have a lot of time can you get as little as much as the one if
people who you’re paired with become your friends really good friends and
they’re marvelous really marvelous I don’t know who gets the most they took
them or me really its brilliant in the first few years I show up today
created on the garden but there’s only so much you that you can do but when you
start volunteering I don’t have enough time I don’t even know how I managed to
work to be honest because there’s something on every other day if you
want to do that if you want to get involved to that level but you know it’s
filled my whole day, in fact the family phone up and say we’re were you yesterday and the day before that you think you think you’ve got a secret admirer
down here so I can only advise anybody to try it they’ll get a lot out of it –
they’ll get more than the people befriending and we hope that we give them a
lot you know so I would advise anybody to try it hi I’m a Andy Maddox and I work for
Doncaster Council and I’m working on get doncaster moving one of our transformational
projects for the borough I’ve just done one of the simplest things everybody can
do every day to become more physically active and get doncaster moving
that’s just walk walk places walk between your jobs stand up and walk
we’ve designed physical activity out of our lives nowadays we are sedentary people so
we don’t do enough physical activity and that means in Doncaster a third of our
population is inactive and that’s doing less than 30 minutes physical activity
per week and we’re here to change that through get doncaster moving our
transformation program the program is designed across five themes cycling
walking sports parks and open spaces and dance and each one of those is aimed at
actually getting Doncaster moving we aim through cycling to get people more
active as a mode of transport and recreationally so for example we’ve
invested in the TransPennine trail and that’s seen a massive increase in people
recreation recycling but also walking in that beautiful part doncaster we’re
investing in the cycling circuit in Doncaster to engage people in a traffic free environment both recreationally learning to cycle and competitively as
we’ve become in a hotbed of cycling and that has been shown through as hosting
stages of the Tour de Yorkshire and next year’s UCI World Championships we’re
aiming to deliver dance across all age groups but we’re the focus with young
and old because older people we’ve found out our engaging dance recreationally
within their communities and we see this a means of actually getting more people
active as they get older and also socially coming together we also looking
at parks and open spaces as our green hearts of our environments and you’ll
hear a bit more about that but recreationally these are very important
to us as well and finally sport in all these guises we’re looking at investing
in our facilities long-term our pictures impart such as football rugby cricket
and also supporting clubs and volunteers to grow the heart of our sporting
population and we need those people onside to do that how we’re going to do
this well we’re working with our partners across Doncaster Club Doncaster
dclt active fusion as well as sport England and UK sport
and the Yorkshire Sports Foundation as well push them anymore and collectively
together we are driving get Doncaster moving but why do we need to do this
well as I’ve said a third of our population is inactive and we have a
middle population or active as well by being physically active we all know it
helps us health-wise it reduces heart disease and stroke certain types of
cancer type 2 diabetes it also helps with depression and mental well-being in
addition it also help people be more aspirations if you’re physically active
you’re more likely to be in employments and do better in education and therefore
it helps our population engage in the aspirations and docks and the growth
that you see around the borough so the key message is we want to get you as
population songster moving to get doncaster moving and support you in any
form whatsoever to do that and hopefully these programs will get doncaster moving will
actually see that growth start over the past number of years there’s
been a closer coming together with Public Health working with green open
space over the past year we managed to secure four green flag state parks which
is the highest benchmark we can get for a public open space
it’s and we’ve got a wide variety of those we’ve got country part two and
we’ve got rural parts as well as cusworth hall which is got the hall in itself
and it’s a real asset to doncaster places we’ve got out there and don’t
cast are absolutely amazing for the members of the public and for Doncaster
that’s a great achievement a number of years ago we didn’t have any and now
we’ve got this many and that’s something we’re working to will continue to work
towards one of the most recent introductions has been outdoor gym
equipment over the past 10 years we’ve been slowly introducing these two parks
and open spaces and they are proving popular more and more people start to
use them and it’s a free asset anyone can go on use these and it’s basically a free
gym in any park or open space we do provide a large number of play
facilities but then also within parks and open spaces we have got just the
element of adventure we’ve got woodlands we’ve got country parks and there are
urban parks and open spaces if you just go and explore and enjoy one thing we’re
trying to do with parks and open spaces as we look to improve them is
incorporate walking maps so people understand the distance they’re walking
around parks and open spaces they are taking X amount of steps as they go
around parks calories burn things out and different walking routes and because
of the different types of sites we’ve got you’d have to do the same walk every
time you can go to a different Park I have a different experience each time the well doncaster is an amazing program
around Spartan communities around reducing health inequality and starting
to look how we can engage with the community in a different approach one of
the amazing pieces of work that we’ve done in communities working with when
about one of our partners which is St Leger Homes and we’ve done a program
called don’t be recycling well about twelve months ago
you know whilst visiting our tenants we decided lot of people people you know suffering from social isolation and they hadn’t really got a lot of furniture to
sustain tenancies so working with well north we decided that when a local
property became available instead of actually throwing all the furniture away
we decided that we will try and help out our new tenants to sustain the tenancies
by recycling these bits furniture that were leftover properties we’ve been
doing a year now and obviously with with your help people are sustained in their
tendencies and the quality of life that they’re now doing it’s just a hundred
percent better than the wood if we wouldn’t have helped them in the first
place so what kind of barriers of the heart well basically as soon as they say
pretending you’ve got a 17 year old female male and the first property and
I’m really gonna have a lot of furniture you know the mums might have given some
pots and pans and stuff like that but is the big things it’s the white goods we
call white goods washing machines and cook those microwaves kettle toasters they’re
all really expensive and we PAT test them and then really we give them back
out into the community so it’s sustaining their tendencies and
obviously Universal credits come into force now and we’re hoping and it’s
working quite successfully because we’re helping them buy but not buy but give
them the things that the would have bought and
payment which which is brilliant thank you for watching my 2018 annual
report and the focus of this report has been on mental health and we know it’s
not just about the absence of mental illness mental health is much more about
life satisfaction it’s about happiness it’s about feeling worthwhile and it’s
about having lower anxiety we know that there are things that we can do as
individuals that will help us maintain our mental health so by connecting with
other people being active giving of our time taking notice and learning but
sometimes we know that that’s not enough so the society that we live in with debt
poverty poor quality jobs poor housing can make that all much harder which is
why we as a local authority and as partners want to sign up to the mental
health prevention concordat and through that we’re going to use all our
resources to make sure that we’ve got a much better approach to mental health so
the sorts of things that we’ll see is more emphasis on better jobs better
training want to see more work to reduce debt work with parents and young people
as they grow up and work with older people to prevent loneliness and
increase sort of befriending I said it isn’t about services yet suicide is the
biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK today and today 16 people will take
their own lives through suicide and that’s why I’m keen that we pledged to
be a zero suicide borough and that we always asked twice when we’re talking to
people and asking about their mental health
so I hope you enjoyed the report and i hope you pledge to do more to improve
not only your own mental health and that of your family but the mental well-being
of doncaster thank you

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