Delivering projects, training and education for healthier communities.

Experts in community engagement services

Enabling disadvantaged groups to adopt positive lifestyles

Our community approach is the key to our success

Encouraging Healthier Smiles & Positive Lifestyles

We are the award-winning Well Connected team, committed to supporting healthier communities

As expert providers in community engagement and health improvement in the South West region, we help disadvantaged groups to access services and adopt positive lifestyles.

Using this insight and expertise, we develop meaningful and effective working partnerships with others

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Our Team

2016

Drake Foundation Community Award in partnership with Millfields Inspired
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Colgate Professional Engagement Award

2015

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Guardian University Award

2014

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Green Gown Awards
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Perfect Partner Award

2013

Plymouth University Vice Chancellor Award

Projects

Here at Well Connected we are experts in the design and delivery of creative and engaging health improvement programmes which address inequalities & gaps in service provision

Here are some examples

Training

We offer a variety of interactive and fun workshops for various sectors of the community. Here are just a few examples of what we can do.

Education

Enhancing and enriching the health professional curricula by demonstrating the value, impact and benefits of a community engagement approach.

Currently we are working with the University of Plymouth's Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry:

Inter Professional Engagement Year 2 year book

We are proudly presenting the IPE2 year book for 2017-2018.

Read on for details about each project

Community engagement = an enhanced curriculum

With a proven track record in providing community based modules in the dental and medical curriculum, the Well Connected team are able to offer unique opportunities to enhance curriculum through community engagement for other health based professions such as dietetics, nursing, op-tometry and podiatry etc.

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Dental Programme

The IPE programme enables undergraduates to work and engage with different community groups in a range of community settings. Students work under academic supervision alongside the Well Connected team and host organisations based in the local community, to deliver a meaningful and engaging activity.

2017-2018 projects have included:

  • 1st year students (IPE1)
    Students spend a morning with organisations and discover the organisations role within their local community and begin to reflect on how dentistry can make an impact in these communities. Hosts this year included Family Planning Nurse Partnership, Public Health, Active Plus, Age UK and Help for Heroes to name a few. Students then deliver a presentation about their community organisation and reflect, digest and collate their findings to share with their peers during a presentation in the afternoon.

  • 2nd year students (IPE2)
    Building on IPE1, students spend two terms working in groups in partnership with their host organisation to research and design an intervention in the community. Some examples of 2017-2018 projects are:

  • Hosting a Christmas party for families working with the Family Intervention Service to share key oral health messages in a fun and interactive way – EBL1
  • Creating a ‘Microbes on the Move’ educational tool promoting good hand hygiene and infection control routines and delivering a teaching session at City College. – DTHA
  • Presenting an assembly at High Street Primary School and running and after school Brilliant Brushing Fair – EBL4
  • Delivering Dental Champion training to workers at the Turn Your Life Around (TYLA) project in Honicknowle and meeting with young people attending the weekly after school sessions to inspire potential dentists of the future – EBL7

Medical Programme

Well Connected works with Plymouth University’s Peninsula School of Medicine to run a social engagement pathway, where students spend four days working with a local community organisation to develop a health-related activity.

Recent projects have included:

  • Designing a health corner in a homeless hostel to encourage residents to take a greater interest in their health
  • Developing guidance for GPs through gathering case studies about how Age UK Plymouth can help their patients
  • Working with adults with learning difficulties to design a poster to educate their peers when to seek medical advice for abnormally coloured urine.

Through these experiences students gain important skills and understanding, learning about local services, how to design and implement projects and how to communicate with different groups and individuals.

Resources

We have a range of attractive and informative resources which complement our training and projects

Our wide range of resources supports health and well-being and we design and produce material for specific projects.

Our resource store contains various items to support a range of projects and initiatives. We can also provide signposting services to improve health awareness, health literacy and uptake of services.

Materials can be tailor-made for specific requirements.

The following gives a flavour of items currently available but please contact us for more details.

  • Teacher’s Resource Pack
  • Oral Health Toolkit
  • Top Tips Cards
  • Oral Health Flash Cards
  • Top Tips for Teeth
  • Teeth on Tour
  • Oral Hygiene Resources for Brushing Clubs

Our Trustees

Acting as the cornerstone to the charity, our board of trustees bring an array of experience and knowledge, from working within the local authority to volunteering, providing training for adults to delivering fun filled music sessions for disadvantaged young people.

The expertise reflects the ambitions and vision of the charity as we deliver services which are meaningful, creative and valued by our communities.

Our Partners

We are passionate about partnerships!
Our strong partnerships across the South West region enable us to create meaningful relationships throughout many sectors. We receive support from organisations with a clear commitment to social responsibility and we are proud to work alongside agencies that support disadvantaged members of our communities

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Lower Office
New Cooperage Building
Royal William Yard
Plymouth
PL1 3RP

(01752) 583130
info@wellconnecteduk.org

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