From left Leslie Bain, John Mills, Dr Helen Hellewell, Cllr David Graham, Fiona McKay, Michael Kellet

Tuesday saw the launch of The Well in Glenrothes town centre. The Well is a place where people can go for health and wellbeing information – held weekly on Wednesdays from 11am to 1pm, at the Glenrothes Area Residents Federation (GARF) shop in the Kingdom Centre.

Fife health & social care staff, housing staff and representatives from the voluntary sector joined together for the launch to provide information to the local community on ways to stay well and healthy and to live independently.

Local GP and Chair of the Glenrothes Health & Social Care Locality Planning Group Dr Helen Hellewell officially opened The Well said, “We have listened to our local community, staff and community organisations. Working together in partnership to deliver the support that people need, whether that is information about equipment to stay safe at home, a befriending service, a housing query or support information if you have been diagnosed with cancer, our friendly and knowledgeable staff at The Well will be on hand to help.

John Mills, Head of Housing, Fife Council added, “Housing’s major focus as part of the Health & Social Care Partnership is to ensure access to good quality, affordable housing, and to sustain tenants and residents in their own homes for as long as possible. By 2022 300 properties will be built in Glenrothes for people with larger families, people with sensory impairment, and for homeless people. The Glenrothes Area Housing Team and local housing officers will support The Well by being part of the conversation and taking early action to help tenants and other residents.”

Cllr David Graham said, “I know there is remarkable community spirit across the communities of Glenrothes and there are many local people and community organisations already doing great work in their communities, GARF is a great example. The energy and enthusiasm of everyone has been incredible which will be of great benefit to the community.”

“Glenrothes Area Residents Federation is delighted to be working in partnership with the Health and Social Care Partnership to see The Well come to Glenrothes as it now gives a one stop shop for information not only on housing matters but health also. We see this as key to the wellbeing of all in the Glenrothes area”, added Leslie Bain, Secretary, Glenrothes Area Residents Federation.

For more information on this initiative and the work being done to connect with local communities visit: www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org/your-community/