A Meriden councillor who has been promoted to Watford Borough Council’s cabinet as the lead for wellbeing is excited to announce how she wants to improve in the town.
Speaking to WATFORDnews, councillor Jennifer Pattinson revealed her plans for the forthcoming year.
She said: “COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s wellbeing in some shape or form, and I know Watford Borough Council wants to provide the best services to be able to support people to live healthy lives, both mentally and physically.
“My focus will be looking at how we can work together with different organisations to ensure everyone in Watford feels supported.
“I want to push forward the use of our green spaces as we have some incredible green spaces in Watford. We also want to implement healthy mind walks, talking about things and encouraging open conversation.
“We have a healthy hub in Watford that brings together all the mental health services under one roof. This was launched virtually in May last year, but now that we came out of lockdown, we need to really focus on getting it out in the community and get the community in.”
Cllr Pattinson believes the first step is understanding what people in Watford need and ensuring the right services are there to address the problems identified.
She added: “I will be responsible for driving forward Watford being a dementia friendly town. There are several socially isolated people in Watford that need our help.
“Promoting people’s mental health and wellbeing as we recover from the pandemic is one of the most important things the council can do, and I want to drive high quality services to support this.”