Changes to Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents
From 1st October 2017 the Village and Community Agents scheme is combining with social prescribing to become a new service called Community Connectors.
Village and Community Agents have been working across the county for 11 years and helped thousands of older people and communities gain better access to services and information as well as providing support and assistance to those who need it most. Over the past 4 years, Social Prescribing has offered GP practices and other healthcare professionals a mechanism for referring patients who are in need of alternatives to prescribed medicines and has worked closely with Village and Community Agents. The schemes have evolved tremendously over the years, building up networks of referral partners and building vital knowledge about the areas in which they work.
Community Connectors will be accessible in each district of Gloucestershire with 5 providers delivering the new service.
Details of the new Community Connector Model are shown below, however, should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact GRCC on 01452 528491 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like information about Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents, reports and statistics and legacy please contact GRCC.
Community Connector Service in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire County Council and NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group have been working together, with community partners, to integrate the Village and Community Agent service with the Social Prescribing service.
The Community Connectors’ Service will still be accessible in each district of Gloucestershire and within GP Practices with five providers delivering the new service. The new service will commence on 1st October 2017. It is a countywide service with local providers in each district, meaning they will be tailored to the needs of a local area and based on extensive local knowledge.
Community Connector Providers
Anyone over the age of 16 living in Gloucestershire, or registered with a Gloucestershire GP, can access Community Connectors. Referrals can be made by a health or social care professional, a Voluntary and Community Group, members of the community as well as self-referral.
The service can offer one to one support for individuals and can also signpost or refer people to activities and groups available in their area. Community Connectors on the ground will have extensive local knowledge and will be able to facilitate local activity.
It can be helpful for people:
- in times of change, for example after redundancy, health issues or retirement
- in times of emotional hardship, such as after a bereavement
- who are worried about debt or financial issues
- who don’t know where to turn for support
- who would like to volunteer in their community