Better in Kirklees supports people living with a long-term health condition to become more active and involved in their community. Through Social Prescribing, we connect people to groups and activities close to where they live based on their interests. We know that when people have something to do and people to see, they are happier, healthier and remain independent for longer.

Eligibility

Anyone over the age of 18 in Kirklees living with a long-term health condition can join the Better in Kirklees programme including:

  • Physical disability
  • Mental health condition
  • Learning disability
  • Sensory impairment
  • Dementia
  • Drug / alcohol issue
  • Unpaid carer

The benefits

  • Reduce loneliness and social isolation
  • Improving mental health and wellbeing
  • Gain independence
  • Try new activities and gain new hobbies
  • Get help with some worries
  • Become more active in the community
  • Share skills, knowledge and experience
  • Rely less on medical staff for ‘treatment’

Activities available

An example of some of the activities available are:

  • Art classes
  • Befriending and support for people suffering hearing loss
  • Befriending services
  • Bereavement support
  • Dementia support groups
  • Gardening
  • Gentle exercise
  • IT classes
  • Line dancing
  • Luncheon club
  • Model engineers society
  • Rock and roll dancing
  • Singing
  • Social groups
  • Sports buddy schemes
  • Wheelchair sports
  • Woodturning

Join Better in Kirklees

Better in Kirklees is delivered by Touchstone Better in Kirklees on behalf of Kirklees Council please visit their website for further details about the scheme including how to make a referral.

Community organisations

You can find and get in contact with local community organisations across Kirklees using the following links:-