The teams in Connecting You focus on prevention – identifying the parts of your life which can be improved to help you be more healthy and well. They can give you information and provide you with support depending how able or motivated you are to help yourself.
It may be that you need help with things like employment and education, housing, money management, accessing services such as health screening and immunisation, feeling part of a community or have a healthier lifestyle like stopping smoking, losing weight and exercising more.
The Our Rochdale helpline
What is it
Our Rochdale helpline is for people who want to make improvements in their lives. It is to find what support and opportunities are available in your area. It can help those experiencing problems who don’t know where to look or to go.
What we do
The team will get you to the right information and advice to help keep your life on track, become more active and be more involved in your community. This includes:
- Accessing services, or understanding how to access services
- Loneliness - help to meet people or to get out and about
- Finding local social activities for example lunch clubs and friendship groups
- Accessing support groups, for example anxiety, health, mindfulness, bereavement, physical activity
- Giving online tool kits and resources
- Improving health and well-being
How to access
You can call us on 01706 923685, or you can fill in an online self referral form (external link)
A member of the team will call you back. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm.
The Community Connectors will talk to you about areas of your life you want to improve. They will then provide information, advice, signposting and if you wish, referring you to the appropriate team, organisation or person to support you to achieve this.
The team generally work 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday however; can sometimes make arrangements to speak to you outside these hours if required. We also visit many areas of the borough please contact us for days and times in your area.
Telephone: 0300 303 8886
Telephone: 0300 303 8875 Emergency out of hours
The Wellbeing Planner
The Wellbeing Planner is an online tool within Our Rochdale which you can work through to plan how you will make improvements to your life. It will take you through, step by step, all the aspects which are determined as being important to people.
The planner will then produce a plan, specifically for you, including timescales set by you, which you can follow. It will include the contact details of organisations who can help with this.
If you set up an account within Our Rochdale you can take as long as you need to build your plan and keep coming back to it.
Focused Care Practictioners
If you feel you have a lot of different issues that need help unpicking and are unsure where to start, ask to speak to your Focused Care Practitioner via your GP* surgery. They will be able to help you look at many different aspects which affect your health and help to find the support you need.
See more information available on Focused Care website.
*Please note that whilst the number of practices with a Focused Care is HMR increasing, some practices in HMR do not yet offer this service.*
Living Well can provide support and coaching around stopping smoking, oral health, exercise and feeling better all round. They can help you with a wide range of issues including: reducing your alcohol use, improving your mood, weight management or something else.
See more information on the Living Well website.
You can also contact them on 01706 751190 for more information.
NHS Social Prescribing Link Workers
You can access a social prescribing link worker through your local GP. They take a holistic approach to your health and wellbeing and can help you with issues that may be affecting your health, like housing, fitness, loneliness or something else. Speak to your GP to find out more.