Local groups, clubs and agencies across Walsall are invited to sign up for a series of meetings to discuss the future of public health services in the borough.
"Health is Everybody's Business" is the theme of the series of meetings around Walsall that gets underway on Monday 3 December.
The meetings, organised jointly by Walsall Council, NHS Walsall and the Local Government Association (LGA) will discuss ways of improving the health and well-being of local residents.
The first area event was hosted by Walsall South Area Partnership for agencies in St Matthews, Paddock, Palfrey & Pleck last week (21 Nov). Events for other areas area partnership areas will take place over the next couple of weeks.
The meetings follow on from a multi-agency event in October where partners considered the wide range of factors that contribute to health inequalities.
The aim is to examine how the work of non traditional "health" agencies, such as police, council, housing and community groups, can have a positive impact on people's health and well being.
The events will help shape Walsall's approach to tackling health inequalities, as well as how resources will be allocated, including the Area Partnership’s budget.
Cabinet member for public protection and chair of Walsall's shadow health and wellbeing board Councillor Zahid Ali said: "It is vitally important that people take this opportunity to get involved in the decisions that will shape future health services in Walsall.
"It is also important services reflect the needs of local people. We do not want a top down approach to designing services."
Councilor Ian Shires, cabinet member for community engagement and voluntary sector, said: "This is a golden opportunity for people to engage with us and help make public health services in Walsall truly local.
"The council and its partners have signed up to the Marmot objectives which are designed to address health inequalities from the cradle to the grave, and it is very important for people to engage with us by attending these meetings."
Health is everybody's business planned events
Brownhills, Pelsall, Rushall & Shelfield
Monday 3 December between 2-4pm.
Registration from 1.30pm.
The event will be held at Manor Farm Community Association.
Please confirm your attendance to Aaron Holmes at Walsall Area Partnerships by email at HolmesA@walsall.gov.uk or by telephone on 01922 652029 ASAP.
Aldridge & Beacon
Thursday 6 December from 2 – 4pm.
at Druid’s Heath Golf Club, Stonnall Road, Aldridge, WS9 8JZ. Registration and refreshments from 1.30pm onwards.
Places are limited so please confirm your attendance to Aaron Holmes at Walsall Area Partnerships by email at HolmesA@walsall.gov.uk or by telephone on 01922 652029 ASAP.
Tuesday 4 December 10-12pm at Forest Arts Centre. Leamore Please contact Vanessa Stephens on 01922 652284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to book a place at the event.
Darlaston & Bentley
Wednesday 5 December 2012 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Darlaston Town Hall Please confirm your attendance to Megan Stynes at Walsall Area Partnerships by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01922 653206 ASAP.
Willenhall & Short Heath
Monday 10 December 2012 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm at Willenhall CHART, Gomer Street, Willenhall, WV13 2NS Please confirm your attendance to Megan Stynes at Walsall Area Partnerships by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01922 653206 ASAP.