Disability Essex Healthy Chance outreach programme
Healthy Chance promotes healthy living amongst people with disabilities, a group often neglected in terms of tailored awareness raising and practical solutions to health issues. It provides a range of healthy living and disability services delivered from from specially equipped outreach vehicles.
Charity information: Disability Essex
The aim is to promote awareness of the dangers of conditions such as high blood pressure to people with disabilities, highlight the importance of regularly monitoring such conditions, and help individuals understand the measures they can take to lead a healthier lifestyle. This target group is often neglected because of a lack of accessible, understandable information and advice, and often many people with disabilities do not have the confidence or mobility to regularly see their doctors.
By offering fully accessible, specialist outreach services to individuals across Essex isolated by disability, location, age etc. These services include: blood pressure monitoring; oxygen level checks; glucose tests; guidance on diet, exercise, stress etc. and disability management advice. As a preventative service the project aims to identify those at risk of health issues and prevent them from being admitted to hospital and/or acquiring a future disability.
Promote better health awareness amongst vulnerable people with disabilities in Essex
Activities» Undertake a variety of health tests to identify those people at risk of serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes etc.
» Refer those with the highest risk to the necessary health professional e.g. GP, hospital
» Offer advice and guidance on how to lead a healthy lifestyle through discussions, leaflets, signposting to other organisations etc.
What success will look like
Visit 5,000 people a year to offer health tests and advise on the best ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. Approx 17% will have undiagnosed hypertension (high blood pressure)
It will give individuals with disabilities more opportunities to improve their health, identify urgent health risks and reduce incidence of future disabilities resulting from episodes such as stroke or heart attack. They will be given more access to appropriate healthcare tailored to their needs. They will feel more confident about managing their health, and any disability, independently. In the long term hospital admissions will be reduced and individuals can enjoy longer, better quality lives.
We have delivered this project for a number of years so understand all the risks involved. Generally the main problem faced is bad weather conditions as this affects the number of people who turn up to use our units, even when we are located very close to them. We tend to deal with this by ensuring we pick more appropriate locations in the winter months where we know people can access them easily and feel much warmer.
All donors will receive monthly updates on what is going on with the project, along with any project developments/changes. They will also receive a more formal report at the end of each year, detailing achievements, feedback from users and what has been learnt over the past 12 months.
Budget - Project Cost: £100,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £50,000 Salaries Nurse and project manager salaries £25,000 Consumables Medical testing equipment £5,000 Travel Petrol costs £5,000 Other costs Advertising, phones, volunteer costs, postage etc. £10,000 Vehicle Servicing, tax, insurance, repairs etc. £5,000 Overheads Finance, admin costs etc. incurred by project
As this project is outreach it will be delivered across the county of Essex. We target areas of deprivation e.g. traveller sites, geographically isolated rural areas, homeless shelters as well as more traditional locations such as supermarkets, libraries, care homes etc.
Individuals with disabilities; those with long-term health conditions; older people; carers; travellers; homeless individuals; geographically isolated individuals; deprived areas of the county
Because we have over 60 years of experience working with people with disabilities, and this project has gone from strength to strength over the past 4 years, helping more and more people each year. We understand the needs of our target groups and can access them more successfully than other providers.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Caroline is now project manager after originally starting as a nurse on the project. She is key to making sure the project is delivered successfully.