Helping people in Bucks stay independent and active
Vulnerable adults are set to benefit from a pioneering council service seeking to provide them with early help and support - rather than waiting for them to be struck down by a crisis.
Prevention Matters, seeks to catch vulnerable people in need early on, offering help and support before a situation becomes serious. This will allow them to maintain their health and well-being for longer, avoiding the need for serious medical intervention or long-term social care.
How Prevention Matters Works
Prevention Matters works through a network of Community Practice Workers, managed through the voluntary sector, who work with GP surgeries to identify vulnerable people who might benefit from a free programme of support offering practical solutions to social or health problems that may be beginning to affect their lives. The Practice Workers meet with the person to develop a plan of action, and then support them to make it happen.
At the same time, a team of Community Links Officers will work in communities to build up a county-wide knowledge of local groups and activities which can offer practical support or an opportunity to socialise and become active in the community.