Healthy Valleys - South Lanarkshire
Healthy Valleys was established as a Healthy Living Initiative in 2003 by community members, voluntary and public sector agencies in rural South Lanarkshire. Its central purpose is to tackle health inequalities by promoting positive actions and improved wellbeing, with a focus on communities who are most in need as identified by the SIMD (Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation).
Through working closely with communities and in partnership with other organisations including NHS Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire Council, Health Valleys has been able to identify and respond to some of the most pressing health needs which were not being met by statutory services.
The initiative has developed a range of approaches working with different groups in the community by building on the strengths of volunteer involvement and working in partnership with other local groups and agencies. For instance, the Grassroots Project supports families who are expecting a baby and/or who have children under 5 years old who live in rural South Lanarkshire and who need extra help to improve their family’s health and wellbeing.