About the service
The Live Well Wakefield team understands that there are many things that can affect our ability to feel healthy and remain independent. We appreciate this and can offer individual support to help you address any needs.
The team consists of Live Well advisors who promote health and wellbeing in adults 18+ in the Wakefield District, by offering a referral-based service. Advisors are able to meet with clients within their home or community setting and discuss with them options available to support with maintaining their health and wellbeing.
The advisors can act as an advocate guiding a person through the varying health and social care pathways. The Live Well Wakefield team have extensive knowledge of services available throughout the district, and regularly update directories of social, exercise and support groups in your local area, which can support you in finding a meaningful activity.
Live Well Wakefield provides a range of Self-Management Courses and Workshops offering self-help tools and techniques to help you manage your wellbeing whilst living with any long-term conditions. Courses and workshops are run across the Wakefield & Five Towns area – Please see our ‘Self-Management Courses & Workshops Leaflet 2020-2021
Who can the Live Well Wakefield service help?
All adults who live in the Wakefield district who:
- Are in need of information, advice & support in coping with everyday life
- Are feeling alone or lonely and looking for social opportunities
- Are feeling low or anxious and unsure of services that could help
- Require support to manage their long-term condition or that of someone they care for
- Want to become more involved in the community
Documents and leaflets
Social, exercise and support groups directory
Are you feeling lonely or isolated? Are you worried about a member of your family, a friend or a neighbour? If yes, then read on and get in touch with us.
The Live Well Wakefield team have a directory of social, exercise and support groups in your area where you could meet new people. The team will discuss with you what sort of group you may be interested in, provide you with details and help you make arrangements for your first visit.
View the directories below and see for what is available in your own area or contact the team on 01924 255363 to discuss what group you might be interested in.
- Network 1- Castleford and Airedale
- Network 2- Pontefract, Carlton, Darrington, East Hardwick, Knottingley and Ferrybridge
- Network 3- South East Wakefield
- Network 4- Normanton, Altofts, Featherstone, Sharlston, Crofton, Walton and Nostell
- Network 5- North Wakefield
- Network 6- North West Wakefield
- Network 7 – Wakefield South and Rural
The Live Well Wakefield team provides a range of support and advice to professionals and local people to help maintain their wellbeing.
Explore the documents below to see how they might be able to help you or someone you know.
Team leaflet (860 KB) – This booklet provides information about the service and support the team can offer, including contact details of staff members.
Eat well guide (1.29MB) – This is a practical guide for supporting people with dementia to continue to eat well. A diagnosis of dementia can bring many changes to family life, however, it is important for everyone, regardless of age, to eat a well-balanced diet. This booklet gives some practical ideas on how to adapt to changes family, friends or carers may be experiencing.
Eating Well, Feeling Well (2.4MB) – A practical guide for supporting older adults. If you would like more information about health and wellbeing, or you would like to find out more about the documents above contact the team on 01924 255363.
Move More Wakefield (7MB) – The active at home programme has been developed to increase your activity levels in the comfort of your own home, and in turn, improving your balance and reducing your risk of falls. If you would like more information about physical activity opportunities throughout the Wakefield District, contact the team on 01924 255363.
Live Well case study (84KB) – read Jack’s story about the support and help he received from Live Well Wakefield.
Social prescribing tool
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
The social prescribing tool has been designed for use by a worker within an individual’s home environment, completing the tool within a home setting allows the tool user to gain a greater understanding of how the individual is managing within their own home setting. The social prescribing tool asks the questions to identify the extent to which older people are involved in activities and can manage their daily living requirements, the roll of the worker using the tool is to find information locally based on the responses to the questions and there are prompts to aid the worker in social prescribing. The social prescribing tool consists of five sections based on the New Economics Foundation (NEF) Five Ways to Wellbeing and each section contains five questions that support the recommendations with NICE Guidance NG32. Where there are low scores, the worker can then work with the individual to address those areas identified by low scores in the assessment.
Read our guide on how to use the social prescribing tool.
The Live Well Wakefield team are involved in a number of activities that you may wish to get involved with. Contact the team to find out more about any of the activities detailed below
Safe Scoot is a mobility scooter safety awareness scheme. It promotes safety tips and techniques from planning a journey to navigating shopping trips. In addition, it includes guidance on the Highway Code and the law as well as helpful advice on buying a scooter.
Falls present a significant problem for the health and independence of older adults. A fall could lead to a serious injury which could result in a disability or in the worse cases death. They can happen as a result of many different causes. This could be a person’s strength, bone health, balance, the effects of medicine or alcohol, the weather or hazards in a person’s home or garden. Staying Steady is a series of campaigns aimed to reduce the number of falls. There have been a series of leaflets designed to provide the reader with information to help reduce the potential for falls by changing their lifestyle.
Find out more about the Staying steady campaign (PDF) and follow the links below to see the various leaflets and resources available.
- Staying Steady in the Home (PDF)
- Staying Steady on the Buses – Alighting (PDF)
- Staying Steady on the Buses – Boarding (PDF)
- Staying Steady Advice (PDF)
Head Over Heels: a Falls Prevention film
Head over Heels is a short film with music that demonstrates the type of accidents that can happen in a home, which may cause someone to fall. This film was co-directed, filmed and edited by Peter Snelling, co-directed and choreographed by Viv Gordon, produced by Take Art and funded by NHS Somerset.
Meet the team
Live Well Wakefield advisor
Live Well Wakefield advisor
Live Well Wakefield advisor
Six-month stroke review
Six-month stroke reviews – What are they?
We are offering anyone who has had a stroke an appointment 6 months after, to see how they are getting along. This is known as the six-month review. Feedback has shown that this is a good point in time after a stroke to look at how things are going.
Why are the stroke reviews important?
We want to make sure everyone who has had a stroke has the best chance of recovery. As well as having treatment such as physiotherapy, it is also good to be able to ask about other things such as; driving, returning to hobbies, learning new activities, returning to work or keeping healthy.
Who will do the review?
The Live Well Wakefield team will do the six-month reviews for people who live in the Wakefield District. If you attended a Mid Yorkshire Hospital following your stroke, your details will be automatically sent to the Live Well Wakefield team. You do not need to do anything.
What happens during the review?
During the rev,iew you will be asked questions about your daily living activities. We will talk about anything that might have changed since you had your stroke. Your answers to these questions will help us to see if there is any additional help, support or advice that you may need.
What happens after the review?
This depends on what you have talked about, and what you would like to do next. For example, you might be referred to other services that can help. You might be given details of local groups of people with similar interests. Or you may carry on with your current care under your GP with annual check-ups if required.
Do I have to have this review?
It is your choice whether you decide to have the review. You do not have to have a review if you prefer not to.
Can my family be there with me?
Your family can stay with you during your review, which ever you prefer.
What do I need to do now?
When you are approaching six months after having your stroke, you should expect to hear from the Live Well Wakefield team, we will write to you and ask, if you would like to have your review. If you prefer not to, you can ring the team and let us know. If you would like to have your review, then we will arrange for an advisor to visit you at home, on a day and time that best suits you.
If you would like to talk about the services you use before six months, please do not hesitate to contact the Live Well Wakefield Team on 01924 255363. We look forward to meeting you at your review.
Why would someone choose the service?
- The team will help to support people in maintaining their health independence
- We can provide support to navigate health and social care systems
- Provide links to social groups in their local area
- The team helps people to better understanding their general health and behaviour and the ways in which it can have a positive and negative effect on health and wellbeing
Staff you may meet
- Activity co-ordinators are responsible for implementing a range of therapeutic activities. Examples of activities provided include social, recreational, leisure, communication, sensory or educational sessions.
- Administrative staff provide essential support to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. This can be in a variety of different settings, with administrators working as a receptionist in a clinic or a clerk on a ward. They may also be working closely with a consultant as a medical secretary.
- Receptionists are the first link for many patients and visitors. They often work on their own or with one or two other receptionists, greeting patients as they arrive and check them in. They might also collect patient notes and ensure that these vital records go to the right healthcare professional. In a clinic, they may make appointments and arrange patient transport.
- We have a range of specialist advisors working in our Trust – they give advice on a wide range of different things, depending on what service they work in. So it could be, for example, mental health, stopping smoking, healthy eating or diabetes.
Why a professional should choose the service
- High-quality service delivered by professional well-trained staff who have the wellbeing of the community and individual at the heart of all the work they undertake.
- Individual, personalised support either in your home or in the community, where best suits you
- Help to navigate services such as health and social care
- Courses and workshops to help you self-manage your long-term conditions
- Tell you about community groups and activities in your area
- Tell you about volunteering opportunities
- Community capacity building e.g. support with group development and sustainability
- 6 month stroke reviews
Referrals accepted from:
A & E, AHPs, Carers/family, CMHTs, Consultants, Courts, Drug/alcohol agencies, GP staff, GPs, Health visitors, Hospital staff, Housing associations, Local authority staff, Midwives, Other NHS services, Other Trust services, Patients(self-referral), Police, Single Point of Access team, Voluntary services
Adults 18+ who live in the Wakefield district.
You can also download and print our referral form.