The Community Navigator Scheme has been recognised with a Hertfordshire High Sheriff Award as it was named the overall winner at the awards ceremony on Thursday 16th March.
The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Stelios Stefanou, OBE, DL, presented the prize, which included a certificate, in recognition of the effective partnership working of the scheme.
Hertfordshire County Council and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group commission the Community Navigators to support vulnerable people in Dacorum, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers and Watford.
The scheme enables health and social care professionals to support people who don’t have a need for medical or clinical treatment but require some help, by referring them to a Community Navigator.
The Community Navigator works with the individuals referred to them and directs them to organisations and activities that can provide the support they need.
We host three Community Navigators. They are Alan Gonzales in St Albans; Tom Watkins in Hertsmere and Rachel Oti, who has been working with Parkfield Medical Centre in Potters Bar since December 2016.
The other Community Navigators are hosted by Watford Community Housing Trust, POhWER and Dacortium.
Carole Whittle, our Health and Wellbeing Manager, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the scheme. It is testament to the hard work each Navigator puts into their work.”
Community Navigators help improve people’s emotional wellbeing. The support they offer can also mean people delay visiting their GP or other health worker as they are receiving help from community services.
As a result of the partnership working people needing support have more options due to the Navigators’ improved knowledge of available services.
It is also easier for host organisations and Navigators to draw on the different expertise they each have.
The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire said: “I'm so proud of all the award winners. I wanted to celebrate and encourage partnership working across the County during my year in office. The high calibre of entries really highlighted the amazing partnership working that is already happening across Hertfordshire.”
(Award photo by CPG Photography)