A new source of information and advice for adults and families in York is now available from community groups across the city.

City of York Council has worked alongside York CVS, Age UK, Explore York and Healthwatch York to create a growing source of high quality information and advice which promotes opportunities for residents to enjoy healthy, active and independent lives.

Live Well York supports the council’s commitment to early help and prevention, and to help people live independently and well. It has links provided by voluntary and community groups to information and advice on topics from travel, housing, carers, money and legal matters, while community activities and events are listed to encourage people to get involved with their community and combat isolation and loneliness.

Local people were involved in the development of the website and wanted a local artist to produce its signature artwork. York Museum and the Art Gallery Trust, through its Cultural Consortium for Wellbeing Service, commissioned the artwork and supported an event at York CVS. There, over 70 people took part in a collaborative event to inspire artist Stephen Lee Hodgkins. The resulting artwork features seven York community places which are among those hosting numerous projects and community opportunities which feature on the website.

Live Well York<http://www.livewellyork.co.uk/> also links to the council’s new www.movemoreyork.co.uk<http://www.movemoreyork.co.uk> for ideas and inspiration on keeping active, promoting physical wellbeing, activity and active travel.

Cllr Carol Runciman, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “I’m inspired by Live Well York; it has a wealth of ideas and information to help people get involved with and enrich their lives in the city. The city’s voluntary groups are doing a great job filling the site with events and activities to help keep people active physically and mentally – it can really boost emotional wellbeing and support long-term independence.”

Sarah Armstrong, chief executive of York CVS, said: “Live Well York will enable people to find out much more about what’s going on in their local area. It’s been developed in partnership with local people, groups and organisations to ensure it’s really accessible and easy to use. I know it’ll be such a useful tool for so many people – it’s what we have been waiting for in York! ”

Fiona Williams, chief executive of Explore York Libraries and Archives, said: “It’s fantastic that we now have this one-stop online resource that people can use to find opportunities in their local area. Libraries have long since been a place where people can get access to trusted, high quality information, so we have been delighted to have played a role in the development of this website. And we can even help you get online if you need that little bit extra support to use the site itself.”

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