Brandon and Mildenhall to benefit from West Suffolk Council's LifeLink
A £600,000 scheme will help Brandon and Mildenhall residents access services to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, West Suffolk Council believes.
The authority will this week launch LifeLink in both towns after a successful trial in Haverhill.
Residents can self-refer to the ‘social prescribing’ project, or be put in touch by a GP or health body.
LifeLink staff, who are council employees, would then make inquiries as to how best to meet the individual’s needs.
It could, for example, help somebody experiencing loneliness to interact with others by putting them in touch with organisations. In Haverhill, LifeLink helped a struggling carer find respite and access to mental health services.
The council has said LifeLink is ‘more than just a middle man scheme’ and has received investment from the government.
Cllr Robert Everitt said: “There is no doubt this service changes and improves lives.
“Early evidence shows it reduces somebody’s trips to the doctor, helps people gain confidence, improve their mental health and has even helped people into work.”
Representatives from the LifeLink will be at Brandon Market on 10 October and Mildenhall Market on 11 October. People can get more information for themselves, a friend or family member at the stalls.