We are pleased to invite community groups and members of the public to celebrate the launch of the Healthy Abingdon initiative and attend its inaugural reception on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

Created jointly by the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, together with Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA), the initiative aims to encourage local communities and the NHS to work together towards actively improving local healthcare. OCVA is the main umbrella organisation for the voluntary and community sector in Oxfordshire. Its mission is to enable a diverse voluntary and community sector to flourish.

Stuart Bell CBE, Chief Executive of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust describes the Healthy Abingdon initiative as “helping the NHS and community groups to work closer together to improve health and wellbeing in Abingdon-on-Thames”.

The reception takes place from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Tuesday 11 October in Abingdon. Some of the activities that the Healthy Abingdon team will engage in will include:

  • Encouraging and helping all types of community groups to be more inclusive of people with mental or physical problems.
  • Signposting people to groups that may be able to help them.
  • Acting as an advocate where groups are facing common problems that inhibit what they are doing.
  • Encouraging people into volunteering for the benefit of the groups they help and for their own wellbeing.
  • Working with groups to organise campaigns with a health or wellbeing theme.
  • Identifying areas where new groups are needed and encouraging such groups to form.

The Healthy Abingdon initiative arose from the ‘Leading Together’ scheme, which encourages NHS professionals and the public to jointly lead health-related activities.

Register online by visiting: https://ocva.org.uk/healthy-abingdon-intiative/.

Alternatively: contact Dave Butterworth, Community Ambassador for Abingdon, email dave.vol@ocva.org.uk or phone 01235 525955.