Chance to have a say on health services in Hartlepool

Civic Centre in Victoria Road.
Civic Centre in Victoria Road.

People can help shape the future of health services in Hartlepool during two meetings next week.

Residents in the town have the chance to talk one-to-one to the chairs of Hartlepool Borough Council’s policy committees and also help shape the future of health and wellbeing services.

The next round of the town’s Community Forums are being held next week and people are being urged to attend to have their voices heard.

The two forums – one for the South & Central area and one for North & Coastal – are on Wednesday, October 18, in Civic Centre, Victoria Road, at 10.30am and 1pm respectively.

People will have one of the final opportunities to contribute to the consultation for developing the Hartlepool Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2018–2025.

The aim next week will be to get residents’ views on how to achieve key priorities which were identified in previous consultation - improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, addressing health inequalities, tackling drug and alcohol issues and ‘dying well’.

Also being consulted on at the forums is the Community Engagement and Cohesion Strategy - an important new blueprint to give Hartlepool people a stronger role in improving life in their town.

It will set out how the council will involve local people so they have an active role in influencing decisions and shaping services and how it will support community action to help people achieve the priorities which matter to them.

Another key feature of the forums is the new regular session between the two forums when members of the public will be able to talk one-to-one to the chairs of the Council’s policy committees.

Councillor Brenda Harrison, chair of the North & Coastal Community Forum, said: “Bringing the chairs of the council’s key decision-making committees all together at the same time gives people a great opportunity to come along and talk to them one-to-one without having to make an appointment.”

Councillor Carl Richardson, chair of the South & Central Community Forum, added: “We would also urge residents to come along because next week’s forums provide an important chance to shape key plans to improve health and the wider way of life in our town.”

For more information about the forums contact Democratic Services Officer Jo Stubbs on (01429) 523568.