After nine months of offering support to the people of Highbridge, Chard and Glastonbury, the Pluss’ Engage Somerset project has now come to an end.
In its brief history, Engage Somerset has managed to leave an impressive legacy. Among the achievements, the project has supported over 440 people to take a step closer to achieving their goals, 20 of those people have already secured employment.
Over 50 people regularly attended wellbeing walking groups led by peers. Six have trained as peer support mentors and 59 have attended Digital College where, so far, 10 have gained a Level 1 qualification.
And whilst Engage Somerset has now supported its final participant, several groups have sprung up because of the project and will continue under the leadership of participants who have decided to carry on the good work.
Project Manager Lisa, Community Coaches; Charlotte, Josh, Claire and Julie, and all the partners involved over the past nine months wish all our participants the very best in the future. You can read their ‘parting thoughts’ HERE.
On this page you can take a look back at some of the fun and achievements, browse the photo gallery, and check out some of the stories you may have missed.
A bit late for school... Claire and Josh have been working in partnership with Churchfied School in Highbridge to offer support to people in the local community
Engage Somerset Community Coach Charlotte signs up one of the first new participants during an enrolment event at St John the Baptist church in Glastonbury
Community Coach Julie, recording a short video to show the support she was able to offer in Chard which included free gym membership
Handfuls of FitBits. The team show off some of the FitBits they would be giving away over subsequent months to help inspire a healthy change
Best foot forward. One of the first activities was a walk around Glastonbury. In a very short time, these grew in popularity and have now been taken on by some of the participants themselves
Sarah and Vera chatting in Chard. They have both been working with Julie from Engage Somerset, but this is the first time they've had a chance to compare notes
(L-R) Coaches Claire and Josh with Engage Somerset Project Manager, Lisa, taking some time out at the wellbeing event at Churchfield School in Highbridge
Engage Somerset Community Coach, Charlotte (2nd left) at Glastonbury Abbey with three of the participants who have benefited from the support on offer
Some of the participants and partners in Glastonbury as Engage Somerset hand over the baton for some of the groups and activities they had been running
Participant Kerry-Ann chatting to Claire, her coach in Highbridge
Engage Somerset Project Manager, Lisa, being interviewed by BBC Radio Somerset
Engage Somerset Project Manager, Lisa (left) meets Ross Minter, the head of Churchfield School and Cllr Lesley Millard (centre) the Mayor of Burnham on Sea and Highbridge at a wellbeing held at the school.
Participants supported across three towns
People signed up to Digital College
Digital devices supplied to participants
My mental health and physical health was in the gutter, I felt rubbish about myself and my body. Having the opportunity to take part in the Engage Somerset project has helped me massively in so many ways and I will forever be grateful.Engage Somerset Participant
A look back...
The team at Pluss’ Engage Somerset would like to thank everyone who has made the project possible.
From the hundreds of people in Chard, Highbridge and Glastonbury that we’ve had the pleasure of supporting, to all the partners who’ve helped us deliver that support; we want to say a great big thank you.
There is so much for us all to be proud of. It has been an honour to serve our local community and to see the positive impact we’ve been able to make. Thank you all. 😊
Watch this video to see a selection of testimonials from people who have worked alongside the Engage Somerset team.
From partner providers to local dignitaries, hear what they have to say about the project, the team and the legacy.
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