14 June, 2019
Blaenavon residents hoping to lead more active lives will soon be given a helping hand in the form of the town’s first ever healthy living support worker.
The Town Council, with match-funding from Torfaen County Borough Council, is about to appoint a Healthy Blaenavon Officer.
The aim of the post will be to find out what residents need to encourage them to get fitter and then to work with a range of partners, including GPs and local sports groups, to ensure those needs can be met.
The officer will also ‘develop, monitor and review a wide range of indoor/outdoor physical activity and health intervention programmes that increase physical activity, promote healthy lifestyles and target and tackle health inequalities’.
Mayor Cllr Jac Denley-Jones said: “The Council’s very active in developing and funding a range of community themed projects to enhance the wellbeing, health, social, economic and environmental aspects of this community and historic town.
“We’re delighted to be making this innovative appointment and extremely grateful to the County Borough Council and Torfaen Public Service Board, who have enthusiastically listened to and accepted our ideas to build on a community-centered movement for health and wellbeing.”
The officer will meet community groups and residents to help raise awareness and provision of ‘local, accessible and enjoyable physical activity and healthy lifestyle opportunities for all members of the community’.
They will also provide advice and support to groups in areas such as submission of health and/or physical activity related funding bids.
The postholder will work closely with the Healthier Blaenavon Steering Group, which comprises representatives from partners including local authority, health services and Torfaen Public Services Board.
The Council has already been inundated with applications for the position and is hoping the new officer will start work in July.