Self Care Week wins big

Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group have been awarded the first ever Self Care Week Award by co-chairs of the National Self Care Forum, Dr Pete Smith OBE and Dr Selwyn Hodge, Royal Society of Public Health.

The team, led by Matthew Clift, project manager: commissioning and resources, worked in collaboration with a multitude of community groups and volunteers to deliver Self Care Week 2015, running targeted preventative activities for the community in November 2015 via funding from the Bracknell Forest Better Care Fund.

The project won the award for:

  • its specifically organised and relevant events
  • providing a broad base of activities across a range of health areas
  • involving a good range of partner organisations, with a potentially large impact on developing health care improvements in the local area
  • making good use of publicity and literature to promote Self Care Week and to encourage and support the use of self-care
  • delivering well planned programmes of activities to promote self-care and to reinforce the work already being done in the area
  • making good links to health promotion, particularly with the possible impact on children and young people through the arrangements made with schools.

The project was deemed a ‘truly comprehensive programme’, culminating in the Year of Self Care which launched in January this year.

The prize included a £500 bursary which will be used to find activities during Self Care Week 2016, running from 14 – 20 November 2016.