The Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the next 4 years has been endorsed by the council’s Executive. The strategy was approved at the Health and Wellbeing Board on Tuesday 7 June.
The strategy is the Health and Wellbeing Board’s vision for the future health and wellbeing of Bracknell Forest residents. It aims to drive positive change by reducing health inequalities and improving the health of people who live, work and study in the borough.
The strategy was developed alongside the NHS, voluntary and community sector organisations and residents. This co-production approach gave invaluable insight into the current health situation in Bracknell Forest, helping to develop the 6 areas of priority:
- give all children the best start in life and support emotional and physical health from birth to adulthood
- promote mental health and improve the lives and health of people with mental health issues
- create opportunities for individual and community connections, enabling a sense of belonging and the awareness that someone cares
- keep residents safe from infectious diseases and address the long-term impacts of COVID-19
- improve people’s lives with good health and happiness
- collaborate, plan and secure funds for local and national emerging new health and wellbeing priorities
Cllr Dale Birch, Chair of the Bracknell Forest Health and Wellbeing Board and Executive Member for Health, said:
“Our priority is to make sure Bracknell Forest remains a healthy place to live, work and study.
“Our Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the next 4 years will focus on improving emotional and mental health, supporting people to be physically healthy, tackling loneliness and helping the community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Health and Wellbeing Board worked with a range of organisations and residents to agree this strategy, it is based on real life experiences and as a result will help target real health issues within the borough.”
The council will be working with partners to deliver against the 6 priorities to improve the health and wellbeing of all in Bracknell Forest.
For more information, read our Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 to 2026.