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WIN website promises help and support at your fingertips

A new website designed to help people in Wolverhampton remain independent for longer has been launched.

WIN - the Wolverhampton Information Network website provides details of social care and support services in Wolverhampton, along with organisations which can offer help and guidance on a wide range of issues.

WIN also highlights social and leisure activities in Wolverhampton and offers advice and guidance on finding employment and voluntary work, keeping healthy and safe, claiming benefits and paying for care, and getting out and about, including Motability and the Ring and Ride service.

The website has been developed by Wolverhampton City Council with the help of people who need support, their families and carer groups, and is managed by the libraries service.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "Wolverhampton Information Network brings together, for the first time, a wealth of information about the various help and support services that are available across in the city.

"The aim is that people who would benefit from low level support to remain independent can find out what help is available locally and how to access it.

"If you use adult social care, health or other help and support services, if you fund your own support, or if you simply want to find out more about what services and activities are available in your local community, you can find all the information and advice in one place.

"By helping more people to access early intervention and prevention services - which can be anything from assistive technology around the home to enabling people to get out and about or join a social group - we can help them live independently for longer and reduce their dependency on traditional adult social care services.

"This is especially important with the introduction of the new Care Act, which places much more emphasis on helping people maintain their independence.

"Trying to find out information and support when people are in need of help can often be a difficult process, and we hope Wolverhampton Information Network will prove an invaluable tool for prospective service users and their families who are looking for support."

Wolverhampton Information Network will be unveiled to the public at a launch event at Central Library next Tuesday 24 March, 2015, from 10am to 1pm, with local health and social care providers on hand to talk about the services they offer.

They include Access 2 Business, Age UK, Healthwatch Wolverhampton, Macmillan Cancer Support, Micro Point, Wolverhampton Credit Union and Wolverhampton Healthy Minds. Councillor Evans will officially launch WIN at 11.45am.

Providers of care and support services around Wolverhampton are being encouraged to register for account with WIN by logging on to WIN - Wolverhampton Information Network which will enable them to provide content on the website about the service they provide.

The formal launch of Wolverhampton Information Network is just one of a range of events taking place during Wolverhampton Working Well Week, 23 to 27 March, 2015), providing support to local people to improve their chances of finding the right job, getting the right training and improving their health. The programme of events can be found at Working Well Week.

People can also find out more through Wolverhampton Today or via Twitter using the hashtag #wolvesin2work. Working Well Week is part of the city's drive to improve opportunities, prosperity and health for residents and also a key element in Wolverhampton's first City Conference Season.

  • released: Monday 16 March, 2015