Social exclusion is defined as a: “process through which individuals or groups are wholly or partially excluded from full participation in the society in which they live” (European Foundation, 1995). Across the 2Seas region health/social care providers have become aware of a growing number of socially excluded vulnerable people whose needs are not recognized/met by current structures & services. At present services are accessed by allocating people a pre-determined “label” eg autistic. ENSURE will reach both the significant number of people who do not fit these labels & are passed from one service to another without attaining support as well as those who do not access support despite meeting the criteria. ENSURE will provide a simple, effective solution to prevent their situation worsening & causing great cost to them & society. It recognises that services are failing these people & provides a cost-effective system redesign to prevent vulnerability in our communities.
EMPOWERing individuals and communities to manager their own CARE
The 2Seas area is facing a common problem: rising demand for health and social care services by our growing older population creating a pressing need to find new approaches. In 2013 the over 65s made up 18.2% of the European population; 19.4% in France, 18.6% in Belgium, 18.7% in the Netherlands and 18.2 % in the UK. These figures are set to rise to a staggering 28.7% on average by 2080. With the cost of care for older people increasing it is necessary to integrate these groups more closely with their communities, keeping them healthier and in their own homes safely for longer. The challenge facing the 2Seas area is that we will run out of resources if we don’t change the ways citizens are involved in their own health and wellbeing.
This proposed project will be applying for funding under the Interreg VA France (Channel) England programme which focuses on issues that affect the coastal areas of southern England and northern France. In both areas there are places currently deeply affected by the closure of a single dominant employer such as mining, ship-building and heavy industrial production. The local economy has found it hard to replace the jobs lost and the resulting deprivation shows in the levels of unemployment and general ill-health (mental and physical).
This project will initiate and encourage small-scale community involvement in growing, cooking and selling local produce, creating a healthier community and enabling small businesses to evolve and regenerate the local economy.
The Health and Europe Centre are the lead partners in this project and although it is in its very earliest stages, we already have a number of organisations interested in becoming partners, including Medway CIC, KCC, Plymouth Council, Kent CHFT and the Hadlow Group through the Betteshanger Community Park.