As well as the areas of social housing within the town, there are significant numbers of residents living in the rural hinterland who suffer disadvantage and in particular child poverty. The Town Team might consider the health challenges of people living in rural areas.
Faversham and its hinterland have notably higher rates of mental illness including amongst young people, higher rates of COPD and cardiovascular disease. Particular attention should also be paid to the needs of the gypsy and traveller community since there are notable communities of this minority group within the Faversham area. In this regard it should be noted that the larger number are in permanent housing.
The Faversham team should:
- Seek to influence the CCG Board’s commissioning response to ensure that particular clinical needs of Faversham residents are recognised;
- Work closely with the local voluntary sector to strengthen the overall response to need including where necessary commissioning the voluntary sector to undertake allied work.
(Source: Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group, Health Needs Assessment, September 2012)