The Forest of Dean Know Your Patch Network is designed to connect the Voluntary and Community Sector, Statutory Services and local residents in a way which creates better ways of working which ultimately strengthens our communities. This 'community offer' is particularly vital in preventing or delaying the escalation of health needs.
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Here is some of the research which underlines our thinking:
- "We all have a role to play in helping individuals and communities to develop social capital. There is growing recognition that although disadvantaged social groups and communities have a range of complex and inter-related needs, they also have assets at the social and community level that can help improve health, and strengthen resilience to health problems" (The Kings Fund, 2018)
- "Those with adequate social relationships had a 50 per cent greater survival rate compared with individuals with poor social relationships" (Holt-Lunstad et al 2010)
- "Social networks have been shown to be as powerful predictors of mortality as common lifestyle and clinical risks such as moderate smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity and high cholesterol and blood pressure" (Pantell et al 2013; Holt-Lunstad et al, 2010).
- "Social support is particularly important in increasing resilience and promoting recovery from illness" (Pevalin and Rose, 2003)
- "Lack of social networks and support makes it harder to self-regulate behaviour and build willpower and resilience over time, leading to engagement in unhealthy behaviours" (Cacioppo and Patrick 2009).
- "Community Participation reduces isolation, exclusion and loneliness" (Farrell and Bryant 2009; Sevigny et al 2010; Ryan-Collins et al 2008)
- "Strong social capital improves the chances of avoiding lifestyle risks such as smoking" (Folland 2008; Brown et al, 2006)