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What we do

Community Health Matters

Healthy Valleys is a community-led health initiative that supports communities in rural South Lanarkshire. We focus on providing opportunities for local people to improve their health and wellbeing and build stronger communities in areas of deprivation or where there are service gaps.

Our resilience is our strength, allowing us to quickly adapt to support the ever changing needs of the community since 2003.

Our vision is to reduce health inequalities in rural South Lanarkshire and enable people to live healthier and happier lives. Healthy Valleys is committed to providing outstanding local services that help preserve and protect the mental and physical health of individuals, families and communities living in rural South Lanarkshire.

We have three thematic teams:


Resilient People

Working Together Towards Better Wellbeing

  • Intensive 1:1 support (Goal Setting/Personal Development/Confidence Building)
  • Buddying
  • SPRING Social Prescribing
  • Community Health Navigation
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Workshops
  • Stress and Anxiety Management Courses
  • Social Circles (Health/Craft/Creative/Peer Support)
  • Health Information sessions (Mental Health/Smoking/Alcohol/Cancer)
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • BETA Health Workshops/Support (Diabetes)

Resilient People

Resilient Families

Supporting Bump to Baby and Beyond

  • Healthy Bump, Health Baby
  • My Way
  • Mindfulness
  • Buggy Walks
  • Wellbeing Toolkits
  • Infant Yoga
  • Messy/Sensory Play
  • Play Read Sing
  • Baby and Child First Aid
  • Weaning
  • Peer Support
  • Baby Massage
  • First Steps Intensive Support
  • 1:1 Volunteer Support
  • Little 'n' Lively Programme

Resilient Families

Resilient Communities

Connect, Support, Nourish and Thrive

  • Health Walks (Buddy 1:1, Dementia Friendly, Nature, Buggy & Big Fit Walks)
  • Strength and Balance Workshops
  • Walk Leader Training (Paths for All)
  • Financial Inclusion Support Sessions
  • E-Bike Trials/Loans
  • Bike Road Safety, Maintenance and Active Travel Workshops
  • Upcycling (Bikes and Clothing)
  • Active Travel Special Events
  • Places to Be (Lanark/Rigside/Douglas)
  • Practical Cooking Courses & Workshops
  • Elementary REHIS - Food Hygiene and Food and Health Courses
  • Healthy Habits Course (healthy weight management)
  • Cooking & Food/Nutrition Demonstrations
  • Yoga Classes
  • Mindfulness Workshops
  • Peer Support Sessions
  • Child Health and Wellbeing Courses and Activities
  • Outdoor Play Sessions
  • School Holiday Programme

Resilient Communities

Volunteering

Volunteering is at the heart of everything we do, and we have an amazing team of volunteers with many opportunities to get involved in any of the areas of service delivery above.

We are always looking to recruit new volunteers, so if you have time to spare, want to get involved and make a difference in your community, please contact us.


Volunteering

Our Five Values

Recognising people as assets:
Healthy Valleys sees people as equal partners in the design and delivery of services we offer, not passive recipients of them. Building on people's existing capabilities: rather than starting with peoples' needs (the traditional deficit model), means they are involved in addressing issues affecting their own lives.

Facilitating rather than delivering:
Although we deliver a range of services, Healthy Valleys staff see their role primarily as facilitators and catalysts of change rather than just providers of services.

Enabling Improvement in Lifestyles:
Aiming to make a real and demonstrable difference: addressing the culture of low expectations from life; lack of physical activity and improving social substance misuse (effects of drug and alcohol misuse, smoking).

Improving Information:
We believe that people cannot make changes in their lives if they don't have the information easily accessible.

Partnership
Healthy Valleys seeks to work in real and meaningful partnership with others in any area it develops a service in.

Our Five Guiding Principles

The Social Model of Health
A social model of health considers the interrelationships between social, mental and physical dimensions when considering health and well-being. This is not about fixing disease.

Community Development Approaches
At the core of community development lie values of equality, social justice and collective action, seeing the solution rather than the problem in the assets of the community.

Co-production
We believe that genuine joint design and delivery of services between ourselves, the individual recipient and other providers from the third, statutory and private sector is the best way to reduce health inequalities. We believe that real change occurs when individual people in local communities are at the heart of service planning, delivery and evaluation. co-production is about a mutual and reciprocal partnership, where professionals and people who use services come together in an interdependent relationship recognising that each are invaluable to producing effective services and improving outcomes.

Early Intervention
Working with people and communities to help create healthy communities that prevent health inequalities developing rather than trying to fix a problem.

Social Enterprise
We are seeking to find ways to generating our own income to become more sustainable, to help us generate more free reserves to invest in addressing local need.

Our Five Values

Recognising people as assets:
Healthy Valleys sees people as equal partners in the design and delivery of services we offer, not passive recipients of them. Building on people's existing capabilities: rather than starting with peoples' needs (the traditional deficit model), means they are involved in addressing issues affecting their own lives.

Facilitating rather than delivering:
although we deliver a range of services, Healthy Valleys staff see their role primarily as facilitators and catalysts of change rather than just providers of services.

Enabling Improvement in Lifestyles:
aiming to make a real and demonstrable difference: addressing the culture of low expectations from life; lack of physical activity and improving social substance misuse (effects of drug and alcohol misuse, smoking).

Improving Information:
We believe that people cannot make changes in their lives if they don't have the information easily accessible.

Partnership
Healthy Valleys seeks to work in real and meaningful partnership with others in any area it develops a service in.

Our Five Guiding Principles

The Social Model of Health
A social model of health considers the interrelationships between social, mental and physical dimensions when considering health and well-being. This is not about fixing disease.

Community Development Approaches
At the core of community development lie values of equality, social justice and collective action, seeing the solution rather than the problem in the assets of the community.

Co-production
we believe that genuine joint design and delivery of services between ourselves, the individual recipient and other providers from the third, statutory and private sector is the best way to reduce health inequalities. We believe that real change occurs when individual people in local communities are at the heart of service planning, delivery and evaluation. co-production is about a mutual and reciprocal partnership, where professionals and people who use services come together in an interdependent relationship recognising that each are invaluable to producing effective services and improving outcomes.

Early Intervention
Working with people and communities to help create healthy communities that prevent health inequalities developing rather than trying to fix a problem.

Social Enterprise
We are seeking to find ways to generating our own income to become more sustainable, to help us generate more free reserves to invest in addressing local need.

For more information, please contact us.

You can contact us by email at info@healthyvalleys.org.uk or call 07859 062 831

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