The Fochabers Health and Wellbeing for All Marketplace Event: enabling cross-sector working

Section: Health and Social Care IntegrationSelf Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 2nd October 2018

The event is a chance to share and explore how people in Fochabers can connect with community services that serve the whole of Moray.

Working with tsiMoray, the Moray Wellbeing Hub, Health and Social Care Moray and NHS Grampian, The ALLIANCE is delivering the Health and Wellbeing for All Marketplace Event at the Fochabers Public Institute from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 13th October. This event is intended to raise awareness of community groups and third sector organisations in the Fochabers area and to create stronger links between general practice staff, the local third sector and wider community in Fochabers.

People from Fochabers, third sector staff and general practice staff will come together to share information and learn from one another. The third sector will be able to highlight the great work they do in the area and let general practice staff know how to refer to them most effectively. The broader community will also have a chance to learn what’s available in their areas to support people’s self management and increase wellbeing.

This event will be a great opportunity to showcase the fantastic work being done in Fochabers and Moray, more generally. The recent opening of the Fochabers Men’s Shed is just one example of this. The above image shows Chris Ritchie from Fochabers Men’s Shed and Moray Wellbeing Hub, working together with Keith Anderson, Fochabers Medical Practice Manager. The Fochabers Men’s Shed is an example of partnership working between the local community and general practice and is focused on being a welcoming, accessible place for everyone.

This event fits into a broader recognition, across Scotland, that people’s health and wellbeing is not improved solely through interacting with primary care.  A broader approach is needed taking into account the wider community assets in an area. This requires that the public, third sector and general practice know what one another do and how to work together. This event aims to do just that.

On the day itself the friendly and welcoming Moray Wellbeing Hub Pop Up cafe will be keeping visitors and stallholders in good cheer with a selection of refreshments available throughout the event.

“We are grateful to Fochabers Medical Practice for showing such a great willingness and openness to engaging with the public and the third sector,” said House of Care Development Officer, Will Griffiths. “Partnership working is key to supporting people’s self management journey, and it is wonderful to have all partners on board for this. Fochabers Medical Practice has also been raising awareness through social media and direct digital communications with their practice population, showing the way for how practices can engage with their populations in new ways.”

For any third sector organisations providing community services in the Fochabers area, who would like to book a stall, please email tsiMORAY at We welcome booking requests up to Wednesday 10th October but do please let Elidh know of your interest soon, as we anticipate it will be a popular event.

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