This is a new exciting cross border project which will be implemented between border areas of Northern Ireland, Southern Ireland and Dumfries and Galloway. CoH Sync, short for Community Health Synchronisation aims to synchronise the efforts of the community, voluntary and statutory sectors in order to impact positively on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, empowering and supporting local communities to manage their own health needs.  This will be done though the implementation of initiatives within eight hubs, two of which will be in D&G. (Stranraer and Dumfries). They will focus on early intervention and prevention of ill health which will assist people to improve their behaviours and habits through Personal Health Plans. 

 

In D&G the project will sit within the Health and Social Care Health and Wellbeing teams working very closely with third sector organisations, communities and public health.

Key objectives are to:

  • Assist people to improve their lives by enabling them to find ways to sustainably better their health and wellbeing within a supportive community framework.
  • Break down the barriers between the statutory and community sectors by creating locally based health and wellbeing community hubs.
  • Develop the local health and wellbeing community hubs to become touchstones  for community health and wellbeing
  • Explore and utilise novel approaches to health behaviour change for deprived populations, thereby reducing health inequalities
  • Improve literacy of target populations