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Council plan priority culture and wellbeing

Improving health and reducing health inequalities

Through our Public Health and Wellbeing Strategy the council and its partnerswill support wellbeing improvements and reduce health inequalities

  • we will work to deliver the strategy’s three key themes of managing: the wider influences on health and wellbeing;
    1. health improvement through healthy lives
    2. physical activity
    3. health protection
  • we will continue to work in partnership with Greenwich Leisure Limited to improve health, wellbeing and physical activity programmes that are accessible to all
  • we will strengthen relationships with key public health providers and increase the resilience of the third sector, whilst influencing and facilitating a more joined-up approach to initiatives linking good housing, environment and economic growth
  • we will support young people to have a greater voice in the democratic process and provide opportunities for them to have a say about how our services work for them
  • we will work with partners to reduce the number of people affected by domestic violence, alcohol related crime, substance misuse, anti-social behaviour and serious and organised crime through our excellent Community Safety Partnership work
  • we will explore opportunities for commissioning services through third sector organisations which provide excellent value for money for our communities

We will develop South Lakelands reputation as the UKs leading rural cultural destination and as a place for nationally and internationally recognised arts, events and festivals

  • we will strengthen the district’s cultural and creative industries, supporting our leading cultural organisations to secure investment through Arts Council England and other funding bodies
  • we will work with partners to improve infrastructure and facilities in key destinations to support South Lakeland as a premier area for culture, arts events and festivals
  • we will encourage best use of our distinctive environment as a location for attracting cultural activities and events that strengthen the district’s visitor economy and the health and wellbeing of our residents
  • we will continue to work in partnership with Lakes Culture to grow and enhance our cultural tourism offer

Measures of success

  • by 2019, through collaborative and preventative action the level of self-reported general health of South Lakeland’s residents will demonstrate an improvement above the baseline of 70% as reported in the Quality of Life Survey
  • by 2025, the health inequality gap for residents in South Lakeland’s 18 most deprived communities will be narrowed resulting in the improved healthy life expectancy above the national average of 81 years
  • by 2019, the overall level of reported crime will not exceed the 2014 to 2015 level of 3,425