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Leicestershire’s Award Winning Lightbulb Service Celebrates First Anniversary

Light bulb Project

Following a year of work transforming the lives of residents across Leicestershire, “Lightbulb” is celebrating one year since the partnership began delivering this innovative service.

Hosted by Blaby District Council and in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, the district councils, the county’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s), Leicestershire Partnership Trust, and University Hospitals of Leicester, Lightbulb is a centralised, integrated housing support service which helps people to remain independent in their own homes.

During its first year, Lightbulb has helped over 3,200 people across the county, improved hospital discharge for 600 people, reduced waiting times for minor housing adaptations, with 89% of service users reporting an improvement in their physical and mental health.

A typical case is a person with mobility issues caused by Drop Foot, Arthritis and respiratory problems, who was reluctantly looking to move into supported living. Due to the advice and practical support of the Lightbulb service, and with one point of contact to coordinate everything needed, suitable minor and major adaptations were installed.

They were delighted to be able to remain in their own home, and stay connected to their local community, which is so important to their overall wellbeing.

The pioneering project has been featured in local and national media, and has attracted interest from other local authorities keen to understand how a Lightbulb service in their area could benefit their residents.

Lightbulb has achieved three major accolades in the first year of operation: winning the Local Government Chronicle award for best Public/Public Partnership, named the Best Collaborative Working Initiative by the Association for Public Service Excellence, and highly commended at the Home Improvement Agency Awards.

Councillor Lee Breckon, Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Everyone associated with Blaby District Council is so proud of Lightbulb’s achievements in its first year. It has improved lives and made accessing help easier.

“We have made a significant difference to people across the county through innovative partnership working, and I’m looking forward to an equally successful second year.”

Residents can find out more about help within their home by visiting https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/adult-social-care-and-health or calling 0116 305 0004.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications. Image: Leics C.C.]

Consultation on Local Plan Modifications underway

A consultation on the Blaby District Local Plan Delivery Development Plan Document (DPD) has begun following sixteen changes to the original proposals.

The “Main Modifications” have been suggested by an Independent Inspector following a five day public examination during in July and August. The modifications include:

  • Removing the requirement to include self and custom build housing on large sites
  • A Review Policy setting out when a Local Plan Review must take place
  • Wording changes to bring the document in line with national policy and clarity
  • Changes to the size limit of a housing site where a proportion of accessible and adaptable homes are required. This modification also includes the addition of wording to take into account potential viability issues on a case-by-case basis.
The consultation is now open until 4.45pm on Friday 26 October 2018.

Once the consultation has closed, the Independent Inspector will review the consultation responses and recommend whether or not the Local Plan Delivery DPD can be adopted by the Council.

When adopted, the Delivery DPD, along with the Local Plan Core Strategy, will become a vital document used to make decisions on all planning applications within the district.

Full details on the modifications and how to respond to the consultation can be found via www.blaby.gov.uk/deliverydpd-examination.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

The PCC and the Chief Constable are shopping for your views

Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach and Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon will be hoping to hear what matters to people in Blaby when they take their joint roadshow to Waitrose tomorrow (Wednesday 5 September).

Members of public will have the opportunity to meet both the PCC and the Deputy Chief Constable plus PC Kal Uppal from the Blaby Neighbourhood Team.

They will be invited to share their experiences with those setting policing priorities and give their views on crime and public safety.

The event is being held at Waitrose in Johns Court, Lutterworth Rd, Blaby between 2.00pm and 4.00pm.

Public feedback is vital to both the PCC and senior officers as they seek to meet the policing needs and expectations of different communities.

The feedback they receive helps to influence where resources are allocated.

Willy Bach said: “These events give members of the public to give the Deputy Chief Constable and me their views on policing in the area.

“They are always well-attended and is a great opportunity for a real two-way conversation. We all learn something.

“Rob and I will be around throughout the afternoon to chat to people and talk about local concerns. It’s a really great chance for us to hear what really matters to people and what needs to be done to help. If you are in the area please, pay us a visit!”

Exercise referral scheme expands to Enderby

A partnership between Blaby District Council and Everyone Active will see the expansion of the successful Exercise Referral Scheme offering pool-based classes.

The 12-week scheme offers people who are currently inactive have a medical condition the opportunity to participate in exercise and benefit from physical activity under the guidance of qualified professional.

After previously only being hosted at the Pavilion Leisure Centre, Everyone Active’s involvement will see the Referral Scheme and specialist classes made available at Enderby Leisure Centre. The beginner classes in Enderby will include an exercise circuit, gym workout and swimming.

Toni, the specialist Aquatic in Health Instructor leading the ‘wet programme,’ said: “We’re delighted to be launching the Exercise Referral Scheme at Enderby Leisure Centre and hope it will help to encourage more people to lead healthier lifestyles.

“Those who are referred onto the scheme will be given all the support and guidance they need from our expert teams to help them along their journey. Swimming activities are the ideal introduction to being more active and are lots of fun too!”

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are extremely proud to offer the Exercise Referral Scheme for residents of the district who need it. The positive impact it makes on people’s lives is nothing short of incredible.

“Our partnership with Everyone Active will ensure those who can benefit most from water-based exercise will get the chance to use the pool at Enderby Leisure Centre to start their journey.”

Anyone who feels they are physically inactive and would like to be referred onto the scheme needs to be referred through their GP.

For more information on Exercise Referral, call 0116 272 7523 or email exercise.referral@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]

District’s leisure programmes prove a success

Photo: Blaby District Council

Residents in the District of Blaby have been named as one of the most physically active thanks to the work of the Health and Leisure Services team.

Using funding from Leicestershire County Council Public Health, Blaby District Council’s Health and Leisure Service deliver various programmes for different target groups every year; from school sports partnerships to specific activities for older people.

A “Physical Activity Pathway” with exercise programmes designed to increase activity, avoid falls in the home and for those in need of cardiac rehabilitation is also offered.

As well as enabling residents to get specialist exercise, the work of the Physical Activity Pathway can also lead to a reduction in demand on health services.

Analysis of the programmes offered over the last year highlighted that over 11,000 residents participated in at least one programme offered by the Health and Leisure team, the second highest number across the county.

The team also engaged over 1,000 participants with a disability and over 1,000 BAME residents. These figures were the highest and second highest across the county respectively.

Blaby District also became the only local area in Leicestershire to engage more males than females, with inactive men far harder to engage historically.

Councillor Iain Hewson, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Regulatory Services, said: “We are incredibly proud of our Health and Leisure team. Each and every programme run for all ages and abilities had led to this success, with healthier, more active residents the result.

“Our dedicated staff have made an effort to get out into the local community and working with residents to achieve this year’s fantastic outcome. Their local knowledge and expertise means the funding from the County Council is used wisely.”

For more information on the programmes and activities available for residents, visit www.sportblaby.org.uk or email leisure@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source/Photo: Blaby District Council Communications]