07 December 2015

The name of the new wellbeing community interest company (CIC) for Northamptonshire has been announced.

The company is called First for Wellbeing, and both the name and the logo for the new company were unveiled last week (1st December) at a celebration event marking ten years of community interest companies.

About First for Wellbeing

The new company has been created by Northamptonshire County Council, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Northampton.

The types of services First for Wellbeing is likely to offer 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.

The name was agreed following a period of consultation and engagement with residents.

Feedback gathered from residents at countywide road shows is helping to design the new company; and the results of an online wellbeing survey have also been used to find out residents’ views on what services they would like First for Wellbeing to offer.

Councillor Robin Brown, Northamptonshire County Council's cabinet member for health, said: “The founding partners of First for Wellbeing are committed to improving the wellbeing of the population of Northamptonshire and by working together, and with a wide range of other organisations we are developing new and innovative ways to achieve positive health and social care outcomes for our community.

"Partnership working provides enormous opportunities and benefits to residents and this remains a strong driving force behind the new company. First for Wellbeing is a key part of our next generation council model and an exciting time for health and wellbeing services as we change the way Northamptonshire supports its residents to improve their wellbeing”

First for Wellbeing will offer a ‘tell your story once’ approach which for the first time will provide residents across the county with an online or face to face single wellbeing assessment and easier access to integrated preventative services.

It is expected that First for Wellbeing will be operational by summer 2016.