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An innovative, person-centred Isle of Wight service has been described as ‘Inspirational’ at a national conference, and will be used to shape future services across the UK.

The statement was made at the recent Better Care Fund National Workshop, in Birmingham, where Charlotte Price (Living Well Project Manager, Age UK Isle of Wight) was invited to talk about the positive difference made by the Isle of Wight’s Living Well Service.

Living Well is a partnership project between Age UK Isle of Wight, Carers IW, People Matter IW and the Way Forward Programme. The service supports Islanders to lead fulfilling lives and maintain independence through early prevention, self-help and by empowering people to take positive steps to manage their own health and wellbeing.

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Charlotte was invited by the Social Care Institute of Excellence, to speak about how the voluntary sector is helping to support Adult Social Care and other statutory services on the Island.

Charlotte commented:

“Living Well is now being seen as a part of the wider support system here on the Island, and this truly inspired the audience.  I came away from the conference extremely proud of the work that we have done to make a success of Living Well, and recognising how far ahead of the curve we are nationally, in terms of prevention and early intervention”.

The service supported 1,564 Islanders in its first year, with 76% reporting increased confidence to live well, and 74% feeling more confident to manage their own care.

More information about the free Living Well service can be found at https://www.ageuk.org.uk/isleofwight/our-services/living-well-approach/ , by calling 01983 525282 or emailing [email protected].

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