This year, CAN's annual conference for rural Northumberland focuses on health. Download agenda
This is a critical issue for rural Northumberland and for rural areas nationally – a 2017 national survey of rural residents ranked health as the issue of highest concern.
The focus is on solutions – what already works, and what could work in the future.
Emma Richardson, poverty coordinator at Northumberland County Council, will kick off the conference by setting health issues in the context of poverty, deprivation and demographic change. Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health, will then set out the current focus for work across the county and the proposed move to an ‘asset-based’ model.
The results of a recent residents’ survey will then be presented by Northumberland Healthwatch followed by three presentations outlining different approaches to meeting local health needs. Sarah Gorman will outline an innovative approach to ‘social prescribing’ currently flourishing in Gateshead, CAN's Christine Nicholls will highlight the role played by Warm Hubs and representatives from the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum will outline local success in the form of activities funded through the ‘Micro Grant’ project.
There will then be time to reflect on the presentations and to discuss other ways to solve the growing health issues facing rural communities across Northumberland.
Chaired by our president, Lord Curry of Kirkharkle, the conference promises to be one of our best yet.
The Conference will take place on Tuesday 12 June starting with a buffet lunch at noon and concluding by 4.30pm. The venue is St Mary’s Hall at St Mary’s Park, Stannington. This is a new village hall venue, provided as part of the new housing development on this site.
If you would like to join CAN at this FREE conference, please book your place now. Alternatively, please telephone CAN on 01670 517178.
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