The West London Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) is promoting the importance of self-care through two programmes - My Care, My Way for adults over the age of 65 and a program for adults that focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing that forms part of the Community Living Well initiative

My Care My Way Self Care programme

Services available through this project include:

  • Arts and Culture in The Community offers those with a dementia diagnosis access to activities ranging from group sessions for those in residential care to one-to-one interventions for people living in their own homes and at risk of isolation. Activities include supported visits to galleries, heritage buildings, and theatres that enhance and compliment individual care plans, and help people to feel part of their wider community. Creative and cultural befriending is also offered on a one-to-one basis.
  • Befriending Weekly one-to-one visits to those patients who live alone and are at risk of becoming isolated. People are able to keep in touch with the outside world through their befrienders who help to combat isolation by making regular visits to older people, providing companionship and a listening ear.
  • Carer’s Respite This service offers carers time away from their caring responsibilities to enjoy some ‘me time’. An experienced member of is on hand to continue the care needed in the carer’s absence.
  • Light De-cluttering Using proven de-cluttering techniques, the personalised service assists clients wanting to sort their belongings at home. This can be because they want to downsize, reduce clutter, or reduce anxiety about growing volumes of paperwork e.g. bills, notices, official letters. This can help with reducing the risk of trip hazards or fire traps, and can also help those clients who require support at end of life.
  • Dementia One-To-One Support The service offers personalised support in coming to terms with diagnosis, providing activities that can promote cognitive ability, slow disease progression, and future planning. Interactive activities are tailored to the client’s interests and abilities, depending on their level of progression.
  • Escorting Clients are provided with personalised assistance to attend GP, clinic, hospital or other healthcare appointments, with a trained person who can accompany and travel from home to the appointment, support and advocate during any consultations, and ensure clients return home safely.
  • Exercise at Home One-to-one tailored service with a case worker with a health and fitness background, to undertake gentle home-based exercise. Exercise plans can help improve core strength, balance and flexibility, increase confidence, promote cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress, assist with weight control, and reduce falls risk
  • Information and Advice Provides impartial and independent advice on a range of issues, including Attendance Allowance, welfare benefits, health, disabilities, housing advice, social care needs, fuel poverty and energy efficiency, family issues, and form-filling assistance.
  • ‘Link Up’ is a hub-based service, available to help older clients access physical, creative and mentally stimulating activities, to help improve the health and wellbeing. A large variety of support activities are available, both at home and in the community, on a one-to-one basis or in groups.
  • Massage Therapy is specifically for patients who are frail, often isolated, and suffer from limiting long-term conditions and chronic pain, but are unable to easily access services through disability or lack of mobility.
  • Men’s Only Activities Hub-based peer-based group for supporting men’s health and well-being  behaviours, health knowledge, socialising, cooking and nutrition, and interactive activities in the community.
  • Safe at Home Provides support to people who, due to health reasons or their living conditions, are at risk of falling within their homes. The service aims to reduce the risk of falls in the home, reduce harm from other hazards in the home, recommend the equipment or repairs necessary to improve safety, and provide information and advice on ‘de-cluttered’, healthier lifestyles
  • Walking Support One-to-one support to get clients out and about within their local communities at their own pace, promoting wellness, building confidence, improving balance, and reducing social isolation. This may involve taking immobile clients out in their wheelchairs, or proving guided walking support for those using mobility aids such as sticks or walking frames.

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Social Return on Investment report released

A Social Return on Investment (SROI) report was produced by Envoy Partnership in January 2018. Envoy was commissioned to conduct research to evaluate the impact of the model and analyse the Self-Care social prescribing model.
 The report demonstrates that the model has led to reduced avoidable need for hospitalisations, reduced need for GP practice hours, and reduced levels of physical pain and depression for patients.

See article and full report here

Community Living Well (CLW) Self Care Grants programme

Self-care is a key component of the Community Living Well model of care providing a way of extending the range of options available to people who present to primary care with psycho-social problems and, in doing so, supports making the best use of community mental health resources. 

Services available through this programme include:

  • Massage: Centre based (at SMART and ADKC) group massage sessions and a limited number of home based sessions. Options will include seated massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, or Reiki.
  • Mental health advocacy for LGBT people: One to one mental health advocacy and support with self care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people 18+. The Project will also provide awareness training to local professionals and agencies. 
  • Multilingual emotional and practical 1:1 support service: A mother tongue service offered in Arabic, Bangla, Somali and Farsi to provide emotional support (a non-judgemental space to talk through problems) to help provide support to access other longer term services that will enhance emotional wellbeing 
  • “Like The Old Days” Club for OLDER AFRICAN MEN: The "Like the Old Days" Club meets fortnightly and brings older African men together to enjoy traditional hot meals in each others company; access information, and to share experiences. The club also supports members through telephone support, outreach, days out and drop in sessions
  • Re-connect: A mindfulness group for older people that gives service users the tools to re-connect with the present moment, and be more in control of their health and wellbeing
  • Better Life Befriending: This new family befriending programme will focus on helping the parents of our children heal, build friendships and develop confidence to enable them to pursue their life goals through 1-2 hour weekly befriending sessions, often using activities such as yoga, art gallery or volunteering as a platform.
  • Volunteering on Prescription: A client-led programme developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of 40 volunteers with stable mental health needs, enabling them to exercise more control over their health and well-being and support others to do the same. A wide-range of activities will be co-designed and co-delivered by the volunteers
  • Queens Park Community Theatre: A weekly mental health community theatre project, with a focus on a different aspect of mental health each quarter. The project will support people to build their confidence and reflect on ways they can manage and take action on their mental health, with the group doing four performances over the year.