Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group has set up a community of “Healthmakers” to ensure people with long term health conditions are able to offer support to each other. The idea was born from the Olympic “Gamesmakers” initiative, which saw up to 70,000 people provide voluntary services to make the games the success it was.
Like Olympic Gamesmakers, Healthmakers can make a huge difference to their own lives and the lives of others by providing assistance to those who need it. Those who have long term health conditions often face difficulties in coming to terms with the reality of illness. Feelings of anxiety, fear, loss of control and confidence can be overwhelming at times. Having other people to talk to who have experienced the same feelings and are going through a similar illness can be hugely comforting. It also gives patients the confidence they need to look after themselves and recognise when others need help.
Healthmakers will be able to:
- Acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes for good health and wellbeing in their condition.
- Receive opportunities to influence health services and improve patient care.
- Meet and work alongside others who are also keen to make a difference.
- Receive opportunities to raise the patient voice within the Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Improve their listening skills and ability to learn from others.
- Inspire and be inspired.
- Create and participate in strong local networks / groups around their condition and train others to do so.
- Make a strong and local difference and improve health outcomes for others.
- Reduce the need for medication and hospital admissions.
- Gain evidence of team building/counselling and leadership for their CVs.
- Receive a certificate which can be used to support continued professional development.
If you would like to become a Healthmaker and make a difference to your life and the life of others, we want to hear from you. All you need to do is complete the application form and send to [email protected]. If you have any questions, or would like more information, you can email or call 01753 636 020.