Councillor Ernie White and Cheryl Davenport, Leicestershire County Council, explain their approach to setting up a health and wellbeing board for Leicestershire and outline some of the issues they encountered.
More from the health and wellbeing board summit
This was part of the health and wellbeing board summit.
Other summits in this series
- Social enterprise summit
- Public health system reform summit
I am currently volunteering as a support worker/mentor, to help in the substance abuse field.
I myself used substances many years ago, and also as a result spent time in prison.
I have been granted permission, after at least a year of hard work, to re-enter a prison in the area to join in on the peer support groups, and to provide motivational talks, as i have completly turned my life round, and i feel that my experiance and knowledge is invaluable to people going through the same thing.
This has never been permitted before. and is quite a breakthrough and achievement.
I am aiming for prison support workers/mentors to become a nationwide project, specifically using recovered/recovering users and ex convicts, to attend peer support groups in prisons. as i think/know, that this is where the experiance,knowledge.motivation and support is most needed to equip recovering users for their release and change of lifestyle.
I am looking for backing/ funding to help me set up a recognised organisation, or even advice/help to how i achieve this
I hope you can help