Stevenage Together launches Five Ways to Wellbeing

23 Aug 2016

Stevenage Together is hosting an event in the town centre on Thursday 8 September for residents to find out more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which are social, community, financial, mental, and physical factors.

From 10am to 2pm, partners of Stevenage Together including Stevenage Borough Council, Citizens Advice Stevenage, Stevenage Careline, the Healthy Hub, and Credit Union will be available to talk to residents. Visitors will also be able to receive financial health checks and book appointments with partner organisations.

Stevenage Together is currently working with partners to gain a better understand and help address issues relating to the level of child poverty in the town. Studies have shown that children growing up in poverty generally attain lower GCSE results and often have a lower life expectancy.

The partnership also wants to ensure that residents are claiming all of the financial help that they are entitled to. A Department for Work and Pensions report published last year highlighted that around 27% of Pension Credit goes unclaimed, around 19% of Income Support or Employment Support Allowance is not collected and around 12 to 15% of Housing Benefit goes spare.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, Chair of Stevenage Together, said: “To improve wellbeing we have to work together and look at all aspects of it. By bringing the partners together for a day in the same accessible place in the town residents can approach the relevant organisations in one go. You can always improve your wellbeing so why not just pop down and check?”

Daniel Marshall, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Stevenage, said: “We know that in some wards of Stevenage one in three children are living in poverty, and yet at the same time we know that the DWP estimate that nationally around £11.6 billion goes unclaimed in welfare benefits each year. Income is a huge factor in lifting households out of poverty and this is money that people are entitled to and just aren’t aware of. I hope we can help as many people as possible who come to the event on 8 September.”

For more information about Stevenage Together visit: http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/about-the-council/158015/

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