08 July 2015

The creation of a new wellbeing community interest organisation for Northamptonshire is set to take another step forward at Northamptonshire County Council’s cabinet meeting next week (14th July).

Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Northampton are working together to form a Wellbeing Community Interest Company (CIC), which will bring together services that enable people to feel healthier and better about themselves.

These wellbeing services could include smoking cessation clinics, help with weight management, debt advice, befriending services, support for people to improve their physical activity levels or improve their literacy. Some services will be free and others will be paid for.

December launch

The cabinet report proposes a launch date of 1st December 2015 when the Wellbeing CIC will become fully operational.

It follows extensive public and partner engagement including an online survey, breakfast briefing meeting and roadshows around the county to gather people’s feedback about plans for the CIC. Key themes that emerged included opening hours for the new service, locations where services could be offered and the types of services that could be included in the CIC.

Speaking about the recent Wellbeing roadshows, the County Council’s Cabinet member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Robin Brown, said: “I am extremely pleased with the level of interest and public engagement in the Wellbeing Community Interest Company roadshows. The views collated will now be considered in the design and development of the Wellbeing Company so that we build the Company based on our residents’ needs and with their involvement.”

Public consultation

Feedback is continuing to be analysed and will be made available online in August. Further engagement and consultation is also planned to ensure that local communities and service providers are involved in developing the CIC.

An outline business case is due to be considered by cabinet in September 2015, with the full business case being presented to cabinet in November 2015, ahead of the proposed launch date.