The Mentor Ring and Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
A year long project that will provide three online ‘chatroom’ sessions with a minimum of three healthcare experts to deliver information, facilitate a discussion and answer questions on a topic chosen by the community itself.
We have held sessions like this within the community before focusing on COVID-19 and the misinformation surrounding protection protocol and vaccines. These have been very successful throughout the community.
We have also held sessions on mental health and diabetes and would love to be able to extend this further covering health topics that the community itself deems important.
Project Aims and Objectives:
‘Promoting a healthy community’ aims to address the misinformation that the community has received on a number of health issues. Many members of the community receive their information on healthcare through word of mouth or from many conflicting sources.
- We aim to tackle the abundance of misinformation in the community through using medical specialists to provide educational and information sessions. These sessions will empower the community members to make informed decisions on their health.
- We aim to address the emotional attachment that many members of the community have with these misconceptions.
- To deliver these sessions online so as to reach the highest number of vulnerable people and to make it as accessible as possible.
- To provide opportunities for the community to relay what healthcare advice that they feel they need and then tailor the sessions to meet this demand.
- To provide opportunities for discussion and to ask questions to healthcare professionals.
- To provide workshops and 1-1 follow up sessions.
Although our original proposal was to conduct 3 information sessions, we found that there was in increase in interest from the community to have more sessions.
This led to an increase number of peer support sessions.
Many members felt more informed as the information came health experts and they were able to refer back.
- A total of 170 people viewed online sessions.
23 wanted face to face sessions (including, importantly those who were not
able to communicate in English).
An increased awareness of Health and Well Being issues and approach appropriate health experts for their concerns.
Feedback from Participants before and after the session