Armley Local Care Partnership is a well-established LCP that covers a geographical footprint of LS12.
The partnership has high levels of participation from colleagues across Health, Social Care and the Third Sector.
Prior to Covid-19, the meetings were increasingly being held in community settings in order to encourage attendance by Third Sector and community-based colleagues. The LCP work together to look at where they can make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of defined groups within the local population. Addressing health inequalities through a local perspective has to lead the group to think about a proactive approach and how to utilise available resources more effectively.
Armley Local Care Partnerships have one main overarching principle: to improve Mental Health and Wellbeing for people in Armley. This sits above three priority areas the partnership has identified to work on:
To enable partners to work together on these priorities, there are a number of working groups meeting to look at the following themes:
Unemployment in the area has also been identified as a determinant of poor mental health. Developing You is a project aimed at people who fit into low-level mental health criteria, who are of working age and currently not in employment and speak a reasonable level of English. The project has been developed and coordinated by the Employment and Skills team and LCP Development team in line with Medical Research Council guidelines. It is to be delivered by the 3rd sector, Adult Learning and Active Leeds to raise self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem. The hope is that it will increase coping, managing, goal setting and job search skills and also increase readiness to take opportunities and open up horizons.
Supporting people in Armley to access appropriate mental health support when needed, is not just an action to take, but a passion for a number of partners. By finding out what’s already available in Armley, the group can then look at how best to communicate this with professionals and people, and also consider how any gaps in provision can be met.
We know in order to support people to keep well, ensuring children and families eat well is vital. A mapping exercise over Autumn 2021 showed a number of services/groups/support in the area such as food banks, food stores, cooking courses, free and low-cost hot meals and advice available for cooking on a budget, all delivered by a wealth of local organisations. By working with neighbouring local care partnerships, Armley plans to identify any funding opportunities to fill gaps in provision, and link closely with current support to focus on Healthy Weight as appropriate.
Similarly to Mental Health & Food, there are a number of local organisations supporting people to access groups, activities and services in the area. Partners recognise there isn’t a ‘one size fits all approach, and how important it is to work together, know each other’s offers and be able to signpost people to the most appropriate support. By setting up a working group to look at this, Armley Local Care Partnership will be able to better articulate what’s already out there and what as partners they can join up together to deliver, to best meet the needs of local people.
How to get involved
We are keen to include more partners across the patch, in particular those who can support our current priorities and community groups. If you would like more information or to join us, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org