Our Interreg 2Seas CASCADE project is up for an EU RegioStars Award under the category “Modernising health systems”.
To avoid overwhelming health systems and to encourage a more inclusive society, new financially sustainable and widely applicable approaches are needed for dementia care. The CASCADE model promotes a strengths-based approach to holistic person-centred dementia care to maximise independence and quality of life for people living with dementia in the local community.
Spending time in the outdoors holds many benefits, from achieving the necessary dose of Vitamin D to exploring our senses and socialising, and this is no different for someone living with dementia.
Whilst extra care may be necessary, there is true value to experiencing the outdoors when living with dementia.
As we age it’s common for our senses to decline and it’s therefore important to explore different ways of engaging them to stay connected. When living with dementia, our connection to the world may feel even more distant, as communication difficulties arise, it is therefore vital that other dementia activities are explored. The outdoors provides an excellent multi-sensory platform and can be brilliant way to explore the senses.
On the 25th and 26th of April 2019, the Health and Europe Centre attended the Interreg 2Seas mid-term review event in Ghent, Belgium. We are currently lead partner on 6 of the 15 approved projects in the social innovation category, so the event was a great opportunity to showcase our work and learn about the other projects. It was an excellent event with the highlight being our CASCADE project’s video winning third prize in the project video awards.
The 29th April – 5th of May 2019 marks this year’s maternal mental health awareness week. The Health and Europe Centre is the lead partner of a newly EU Interreg 2Seas funded project aiming to tackle to stigma surrounding perinatal mental health. Maternal mental health awareness week will be a week long Twitter campaign run by the UK Maternal Mental Health Alliance. Our project partners will be getting involved via our Twitter page @2SeasPATH and using the hashtag #2SeasPATH.
A new awareness campaign by Samaritans shares real stories from men who have been through tough times to encourage other men to seek help.
Two in five men in England, Scotland and Wales aged 20-59 don’t seek support when they need to, because they prefer to solve their own problems. The survey also showed that men often don’t want to feel like a burden and don’t feel their problems will be understood.
Our Interreg 2Seas funded project SBS (Step by Step) is targeting men, in particular those who may be socially isolated and suffering from poor mental health or poor wellbeing, to help tackle this issue in the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Wellbeing Symposium provides an environment for businesses, communities and individuals to debate, learn and share information, advice and strategies for health and wellbeing.
Over the past seven years, The Wellbeing Symposium has been going from strength-to- strength as a leading health and wellbeing event. In 2019, The Wellbeing Symposium will make its London debut at the prestigious offices of global professional services network, Deloitte. The venue provides the perfect backdrop to debate, network, listen, learn and inspire. For businesses, communities and people seeking a healthier, happier life, the Wellbeing Symposium is a must for the calendar.
The event will take place on Monday 1st April at Deloitte, 2 New St Square, London, EC4A 3BZ. To read more about the event and book your tickets go to: https://thewellbeingsymposium.com
We are delighted that two more of our projects have been approved for funding by Interreg 2Seas.
PATH 2 has secured more than €5 million of European funding in its €8.5 million partnership involving 13 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium and will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose and successfully manage mild and moderate PMI (perinatal mental health issues) via radical systemic change, developing an inclusive, holistic health structure: demand driven and co-created with existing patients and expectant/new parents.
SHIFT has secured more than €2.5 million of European funding in its €4.2 million partnership involving 11 organisations from the UK, The Netherlands, France and Belgium (see below for partner details) and the project’s objective is to empower people aged 45+ to participate in sexual health services and to improve their sexual health and wellbeing, with an additional and specifically adapted focus on socio-economically disadvantaged groups across the 2Seas area.
On the 29th and 30th of January, we joined out TICC (transforming integrated care in the community) partners at the Ageing Fit event in Lille to promote the project and hold its annual conference. The TICC stand drummed up plenty of interest from all over Europe, including a number of SMEs who were interested in how our partners in Kent and Medway have been able to integrate the Dutch Buurtzorg model in the UK.
The TICC annual event, a conference entitled “The Dutch Buurtzorg model of holistic neighbourhood care is going global across the 2Seas region”, was held on day two of Ageing Fit. Partners including Buurtzorg, Public World, KMPT and Soignons Humain presented their experiences. Follow @2SeasTICC on Twitter to find out more about the project.
The ADAPT project started in January 2017 and will finish in June 2021. It is cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund within the framework of the INTERREG VA France (Channel) England programme. The project focuses on four main topics:
Smart and connected Electrical Powered Wheelchairs (EPW)
An EPW Simulator platform using virtual reality
Training of healthcare professionals in assistive technologies/social assistive robotics
Formalised agreements between research institutions and companies
ADAPT will be represented at two up-coming events:
IROS Workshop, October 2018, Madrid, Spain
“Assistance and Service Robotics in a Human Environment: From Personal Mobility Aids to Rehabilitation-Oriented Robotics”
“Assistive Robotics & Everyday Life” Conference, December 7th 2018, Rennes, France