Local community groups and voluntary organisations have come together in partnership with the council to create Bracknell Forest Help Yourself, an innovative community website that everyone can use to help them stay fit, healthy and connected to their community.
The creation of the new platform has been led by the council’s adult social care, health and housing team to help ensure people of all ages and abilities are able to access information on the activities and support available locally to meet their needs and interests. It is a comprehensive online guide so people can easily find things to do, organisations which can support them or simply help them to meet like-minded people.
Features include a community map so residents can find events and social groups available locally, a wellbeing planner to allow people to identify how they can improve their wellbeing and a search tool for those looking for a particular activity.
Bracknell Forest Help Yourself also supports people with social care needs as information is available on agencies which provide support at home, businesses that can deliver meals and registered care homes for people who no longer feel able to live in their own home.
The website has been launched as part of the council’s transformation programme which aims to empower residents to take control of their health and wellbeing. It also allows local voluntary groups and charities to showcase how they can support members of the community and increase participation.
Bracknell Forest Help Yourself will replace the council’s current information hub (iHub) as the go-to place for information on what’s on in your local area, however it is not intended to be a council run and managed platform. Instead, the site will be a resource for all Bracknell Forest residents and local community groups, the voluntary and private sector to provide or access information on services or activities in the borough.
Cllr Dale Birch, executive member for adult services, health and housing, said:
"Bracknell Forest is a great place to live and we are lucky enough to have an abundance of local community groups and organisations which each offer social activities or support to residents. We wanted to harness this unique offering by creating an easy to use directory to help residents explore what’s available in their local area while giving groups and organisations a chance to showcase what they offer.
"The site is designed for anyone who is interested in learning a new skill, meeting like-minded people or getting active. For those who require support, Help Yourself allows people to find organisations which can offer this, whatever their needs.
"I’d encourage everyone in the borough to log on to Bracknell Forest Help Yourself and see what's on offer in your neighbourhood, you might be surprised at what’s just around the corner."
There are more than 400 organisations currently listed on Help Yourself with more to be added over time. Visit the Bracknell Forest Help Yourself website.
If you would like your business or organisation to be included on Help Yourself, please email Help.Yourself@bracknell-forest.gov.uk