Prevention Matters

Prevention MattersPrevention Matters is a partnership programme between Buckinghamshire County Council, NHS, District Councils and the Voluntary and Community sector.

Its aim is to support vulnerable adults in Buckinghamshire.

Vulnerable adults include older people, adults with disabilities, those with chronic health needs, and/or poor mental health.

The programme will help people to retain, and where possible, to regain their independence and sense of wellbeing.

Buckinghamshire Mind employs 7 Community Practice Workers as part of Prevention Matters, working in Aylesbury Central, Aylesbury South (Thame & Haddenham) and High Wycombe.

What will the Community Practice Worker do for you?

They will listen to you and work with you to find ways that help you to:

    • Remain independent in your own home
    • Discover services and new activities that you might like to join. This could be, for example, sociable activities such as coffee mornings or lunch clubs, interest clubs and societies, or volunteering opportunities.
    • Keep active and stay healthy
    • Manage changes taking place in your life, for example following a stay in hospital or a bereavement.

How do I contact a Community Practice Worker?

There are several ways:

    • Your GP or other Health or Social Care Professional will refer you. Your Community Practice Worker will contact you within 7 days to arrange a home visit at a time convenient to you.
    • You can contact the Community Practice Worker or service direct using the contact details in this leaflet.

What will the Community Practice Worker do when they visit me?

Community Practice workers will have identification with them when they visit:

    • Your Community Practice Worker will listen to you and talk through any problems or issues you are facing.
    • They will find out what your interests are and let you know about local services or activities that might help you.
    • Thy will arrange to visit you again if appropriate and, if you would like, the Community Practice Worker will support you with an initial visit to an activity.
For more information about Prevention Matters or to be referred to a Community Practice Worker contact 0300 6660159 or e-mail admin@preventionmatters.org.uk