£600K funding agreed for local projects
Published: 14 Mar 2019
In response to demand from local residents, Hertfordshire County Council has agreed to continue funding a range of public health and wellbeing projects delivered by district and borough councils across the county.
Hertfordshire’s District Partnership has been in place for the last five years and comprises all 10 district and borough councils along with Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health department.
In that time, £2.3million has been invested in the Partnership, which has delivered over 200 public health projects to benefit the residents of Hertfordshire.
In Watford, for example, some of the funding has been used to deliver a Street Improvement Project to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and enhance community pride in an area where there is a high incidence of deprivation.
As well as working with residents and landlords to improve the housing and living environment in one of Watford’s busiest roads, Watford Borough Council encouraged local businesses and charities to work together to uplift the area.
This included new business premises (Little Learners) and local charity New Hope. A service user from local charity New Hope planted an apple tree and flowers to brighten up the front of this new business premises.
A spokesperson from New Hope said: “The street improvement project provided a welcome opportunity for our service users and volunteers to work together on a community project.
“Proud of the finished result, service users have benefited from learning and demonstrating a range of skills, ‘greening-up’ the front of Little Learners nursery and making Cassio Road a more pleasant road to walk or drive along.”
Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention, Tim Hutchings, said: “Our District Partnership is a real success story; a perfect example of how joining things up and working together can achieve real results and make a tangible difference to thousands of residents.
“Our district and borough councils have very close relationships with their residents, so they are best placed to identify specific local issues and design effective health and wellbeing interventions; this funding helps make that happen.
“At a time when the future of Public Health funding is rarely out of the news, this initiative demonstrates the unique position local government is in to genuinely improve people’s lives and make a positive impact on the wider prevention agenda.”
For more information about the work of Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health team, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/healthinherts