Last Saturday morning Fochabers Public Institute proved the perfect venue for welcoming people out of the rain and into the warm and friendly atmosphere of the Health and Wellbeing for All marketplace. Here, folk were introduced to a wide range of vital community services that support people to take care of themselves and others in the locality.
Visitors were invited to enjoy refreshments and a friendly chat with Moray Wellbeing Hub Champions, before carrying on through the marketplace to meet representatives from an amazing array of groups and organisations, including: Arrows, Circles, CLAN, Community Renewals, Fochabers Men’s Shed, Healthpoint, Quarriers, Moray Foodbank, Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre, Move More Moray, Moray Reach Out, Scottish Fire Safety and Advice, The Therapy Room, tsiMORAY and Unique Skin Clinics.
“There’s a brilliant range of services on offer,” said Elidh Myrvang Brown, of the Health and Wellbeing Team at tsiMORAY, “many of which are free at point of access. Any one third sector organisation might offer a whole range of different services. We’ve been delighted to be able to return to Fochabers and continue to celebrate the great work of voluntary groups like Fochabers Men’s Shed, promote access to commissioned services such as Arrows, Circles and Quarriers, and learn about Moray Foodbank’s role in providing crucial support at times of crisis.
“Through this event we aim to promote choice and build trust with members of the public and the Fochabers Medical Practice Team, in the range of community services on offer that can improve people’s health and wellbeing and support self-management in a holistic sense. We are delighted by the positive response stallholders have received from visitors to today’s event.”
The marketplace was made possible by the Moray Health and Wellbeing Forum, coordinated by tsiMORAY, which has a broad membership, bringing together the third, independent and public sectors to work together, and by Fochabers Medical Practice, who are one of only two practices in Moray currently piloting the person centred practice model known as ‘House of Care’.
Keith Anderson, Fochabers Medical Practice Manager and Dr Janette Critchley, Practice partner, spoke with visitors and services, and provided a presentation to raise awareness of the implementation of House of Care, and what that means for people who attend the practice.
Other partners include Moray Wellbeing Hub, Health & Social Care Moray, NHS Grampian, and the Health & Social Care Alliance. William Griffiths, from the Alliance, supported the event through evaluation, chatting with members of the public and capturing feedback from participants on film, in order to share the House of Care learning journey throughout Scotland.
Alison Hannan, NHS Grampian, and Jackie Maclaren, tsiMORAY, took on the practical task of signposting people from the practice towards the friendly marketplace, encouraging folk to enjoy event highlights like the spinning demonstration by Jon at Moray Reach Out. The Moray Reach Out team are keen to attract more volunteers to learn the craft and pass on the skill to others through this excellent Moray based social enterprise.