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Doorstep health survey planned for Hart residents

Council staff are planning to ask Hart residents health related questions in order to design interventions to improve wellbeing

Hart residents are set to get a knock on their door over the coming months from council staff carrying out research on a number of health issues including their drinking habits.

District council staff will carry out the door-to-door health and wellbeing research all this month and next following a successful bid for funding in December 2013.

The research, being carried out in both Hart and Basingstoke and Deane, will be looking at different health issues including physical activity, mental wellbeing and drinking habits.

A spokesman for the councils said: “The research aims to help both councils to better design interventions which will support Hart and Basingstoke and Deane residents in being able to lead a healthy lifestyle.

“The research will be collected through a number of door-to-door interviews so some residents will be contacted directly on their doorstep to complete a short interview. They will be conducted by fully trained researchers and will take no longer than 10 minutes. Some of this will be done in the early evenings and weekends to ensure we hear from residents that work during daytime hours.”

Anne Crampton, Hart’s cabinet member of housing and health, urged residents who are contacted to take part. “We know how important it is to hear directly from our residents about their own experiences and by collecting accurate information we can support our residents as best as possible.”

The researchers will have identification badges and will fully introduce themselves, and the purpose of the research, on the doorstep. Residents who are in doubt about the true identity of the researcher should call 020 8688 0650.

Hart has been successful in receiving £86,000 health and wellbeing funding from Hampshire County Council.

The financial support will be used to fund four projects in collaboration with other local authorities in Hampshire. The four projects are cookery classes for the over-55s, promoting the Hampshire Health Eating awards, investigating the barriers to health services of Gypsies and travellers, and promoting volunteering as a way to improve health.

The cash is the latest allocation of Public Health Grant funding awarded by the county council.

Cllr Crampton added: “Yet again we are delighted that we have been successful with four bids and secured funding to undertake a research project that will not only benefit residents in Hart, but the whole of Hampshire.

“Naturally Hart will be working with other local authorities and partners in the implementation of these projects. However, these bids made by Hart’s Health and Wellbeing Partnership account for over £200,000 funding in total.”

 

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