Chief medical officer visits Wolves Foundation

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England’s chief medical officer professor Chris Whitty heard about a range of public health interventions helping to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in Wolverhampton on a visit to the city earlier this month.

Professor Whitty met with Wolverhampton’s director of public health John Denley and leaders from the local health and care system and saw first-hand some of the initiatives which are underway in the city.

This included a visit to Molineux to attend Wolves Foundation’s Head 4 Health project. The Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association funded initiative helps adults with their mental and physical wellbeing.

He met with Foundation staff, before speaking to some of our participants about how the programme has affected them.

Professor Whitty said: “I was delighted to meet with health and care colleagues in Wolverhampton to see first-hand the excellent and innovative work that is taking place across the city to improve the population’s health.”

Head of Wolves Foundation Will Clowes added: “We were delighted to welcome Professor Whitty to Wolves to see some of the club’s official charity in action, and are grateful to John Denley and our partners for allowing us to showcase Head 4 Health.

“As a Foundation, one of our key objectives is to encourage healthier and more active people and it is a massive part of what we do.

“Head 4 Health and a number of our projects are hugely important as we strive to improve mental and physical wellbeing across our communities.”

On his visit to city, the chief medical officer heard more about Better Health: Rewards, a six-month government-backed pilot programme which is running in Wolverhampton to support residents to eat better and move more, and the One Wolverhampton place-based partnership, a collaboration of health, social care, voluntary and community organisations.

Professor Whitty also visited the Mander Centre Health Hub, Central Library and Uplands Junior School to learn about a range of public health initiatives in Wolverhampton.

The day concluded with a round table discussion with Mark Axcell, chief executive officer of the Black Country Integrated Care Board, professor David Loughton CBE, chief executive of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Paul Tulley, managing director of the Black Country Integrated Care Board, Tim Johnson, the chief executive of the City of Wolverhampton Council and Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the council’s cabinet member for adults and wellbeing.

Wolverhampton’s director of public health John Denley added: “It was a great opportunity to welcome the chief medical officer to Wolverhampton and to share with him a range of initiatives which are underway to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“I hope Professor Whitty saw that we are a forward-thinking, ambitious city, keen to work in partnership to improve the health of our residents.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, cabinet member for adults and wellbeing, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Professor Whitty, and we look forward to keeping him updated on our various initiatives, and particularly the outcomes of the Better Health: Rewards pilot.”

"Of course it’s so important to give back to the community and Wolverhampton as a whole. It's great to be here and to show our support."

Maximilian Kilman | Wolves Captain and Foundation Ambassador

"As a lifelong Wolves fan, to represent the Club and Foundation is something I'll cherish forever."

Daz James | Wolves Disability FC

"Without Wolves Foundation I wouldn't be here today, that's for certain."

John Martin | Head 4 Health participant

"It is amazing to be out there meeting people and having some fun. It is really important for Wolves to have this connection with the fans and to see the happiness in their faces."

Toti Gomes | Wolves Defender

"Savannah absolutely loves the group. The staff are committed to making every single session fun and welcoming."

Natasha | Healthy Goals parent

"It’s special because it's my club and I’m so proud to be from Wolves as well. I can see the projects and all the work Wolves Foundation are doing and I know it makes such an impact, so to even be a little part of that and to help out where I can – it's so exciting."

Amber Sandhu | Broadcaster and Foundation Ambassador

"It’s huge for the school, I can’t speak highly enough of Wolves Foundation and the opportunities that they give us."

Mr Robinson | Woodsetton School

“I think all football clubs should be the beating heart of their communities and Wolves, through the Foundation, manages to do that."

Johnny Phillips | Sky Sports Presenter and Foundation Ambassador

"We get loads of different opportunities with a Premier League club. I feel really privileged to be a part of it."

Mustafa | Football & Education College Academy student

"Frank has Alzheimer’s Disease and when he was first diagnosed we felt lost and alone. Attending Molineux Memories is a lifeline for both of us; it is run by friendly, committed staff who ensure that everyone is included and enjoys themselves."

Frank and Alison | Molineux Memories

"To come here and be hands on with the kids is unreal. Working with Wolves and the Foundation is a blessing and I'm honoured. It feels surreal sometimes but it's the best feeling."

S-X | Music Producer and Foundation Ambassador

"It's good to give back what you got. Football and the Wolves Foundation help me, so I like to help the community."

Taye | Premier League Kicks

"Wolves is a fantastic football club, and they’re excelling off the pitch as well with all the brilliant community work that the Foundation does. The passion of the coaches and the opportunities to play are amazing."

Jack Rutter | Former Great Britain Paralympian and Foundation Ambassador

"Wolves has definitely helped my personal development, but now also helps me to develop people I work with. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the opportunities Wolves Foundation have given me."

Carl Ackasovs | Wolves Foundation

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