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Prevention Matters - Helping people in Bucks stay independent and active

Vulnerable adults are set to benefit from a pioneering council service seeking to provide them with early help and support - rather than waiting for them to be struck down by a crisis.

Buckinghamshire County Council is launching a ground-breaking initiative that takes a different approach to providing care and support- prevention is better than cure. This common-sense approach, called Prevention Matters, seeks to catch vulnerable people in need early on, offering help and support before a situation becomes serious. This will allow them to maintain their health and well-being for longer, avoiding the need for serious medical intervention or long-term social care.

How Prevention Matters Works

Prevention Matters works through a network of Community Practice Workers, managed through the voluntary sector, who work with GP surgeries to identify vulnerable people who might benefit from a free programme of support offering practical solutions to social or health problems that may be beginning to affect their lives. The Practice Workers meet with the person to develop a plan of action, and then support them to make it happen.

At the same time, a team of Community Links Officers will work in communities to build up a county-wide knowledge of local groups and activities which can offer practical support or an opportunity to socialise and become active in the community.

For further information contact the Prevention Matters team:

Telephone: 0300 666 0159
E-mail: admin@preventionmatters.org.uk
Or go to the Care Advice Bucks website for an online referral form.