Bradford and Airedale win first self-care week award

The Self Care Forum has announced the Self Care and Prevention Programme as joint winners of the first National Self Care Week Award. Alongside Bracknell and Ascot, Bradford and Airedale were praised for their activities during 2015.

The awards were judged by the co-chairs of the Self Care Forum, Dr Pete Smith and Dr Selwyn Hodge who felt that both areas had performed strongly.

The Self Care and Prevention Programme were recognised by the Self Care Forum for:

  • very strong local partnerships with comprehensive coverage of self-care week across 80 partners,
  • their use of self-care week to build on the self-care programme and activities already in place in the area,
  • linking self-care week into school health programmes,
  • good planning, innovative and extensive marketing,
  • effectively emphasising ‘self-care for life’, and,
  • planning campaign activity for beyond self-care week 2015.

SCW 2015

Self-care week 2015 ran from the 14th November 2015 with the theme of ‘self-care for life’. The week was designed to raise awareness about how people can safely treat minor ailments, such as colds or fever. It also aimed to highlight how people can live healthily and prevent avoidable, but serious, long-term conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

A number of events took place over the week which offered tips on living healthily and well – ranging from a conga in Bradford’s City Park, to wellbeing café events and more. There was also advice on hand throughout the week at community venues, GP surgeries, schools and libraries.

Self-care week 2015 saw involvement from Bradford Council, the three local NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs): Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts and the third sector.

The national awareness campaign is run by the Self Care Forum