No one in Dundee will have to face health and social care issues on their own thanks to a major new project that will be launched next spring.
That’s the message from a city partnership that’s currently talking to people about their worries and concerns.
“We want to emphasise this is very much about city people and their families,” said Laura Bannerman, who chairs the Strategic Housing Group for Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership.
She added: “People all over Dundee are facing real problems and issues, but we want to reassure them we can provide the appropriate help when it is needed.”
Mrs Bannerman said that by talking to people throughout Dundee they were trying to understand the issues that worried them and what kind of help they were looking for.
She added: “Obviously there are many issues related to poverty in Dundee, including, fuel poverty and childhood poverty, but these vary hugely throughout the city.
“We are aware that no one solution will suit everybody, but by talking to people we are discovering what help is needed where.”
She said she hoped, that by listening to the families who were prepared to talk about their worries, they could now go forward and draw up a final strategic plan, which would be rolled out in the city in the next five years.
She added: “It is only by listening to individuals experiences that we can work out the best help we can give them.”
Mrs Bannerman explained that, from this month, social work services in Dundee were being delivered through the new health and social care arrangements, which brought together all adult social work services along with a range of community health services.
She added: “These changes will take time to pull together and implement, but we are not looking at theoretical ways of dealing with problems.
“We want to deal with real problems with real people.”
She explained that one of their priorities was to look at early intervention so people could be helped at an early stage in a problem before it got worse.
A draft report, which she has been involved in drawing up, says that among the things they are trying to do is establish positive health and lifestyle choices as early as possible to reduce the risk of poor health.
The report said: “The investment in early intervention and prevention approaches avoids costly and complex interventions at a later stage.”
It adds they are currently working closely with individuals and local communities and services to design appropriate early approaches.
Mrs Bannerman said the final report will be prepared by April.