HIT Wigtownshire - Health Improvement Team

Dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Wigtownshire.

about HIT

Welcome to the Wigtownshire Health Improvement home page.  The overarching aim of the Health Improvement Team is to help individuals and communities to improve and sustain improvements in their health and well-being with a particular focus on reducing health inequalities. 

Wigtownshire Health Improvement Team continues to work in partnership with statutory, third sector (voluntary) and private organisations to develop and implement projects and initiatives to address health inequalities.  

Current initiatives include:

  • Wigtownshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership
  • Child Healthy Weight Programme
  • Alcohol Brief Intervention training
  • Community Gardens
  • Let's Cook
  • Galloway Strollers
  • Healthy Connections Wigtownshire
  • Mature Driver Scheme

Click here to find out more about these projects.


Documents, resources and links

  • On this page you can access information about HIT Wigtownshire and the resources the team can offer you.
  • We also have a range of health resources available for loan. These are models and display equipment to illustrate your health talks and exhibitions. The catalogue can be found on the following link Available Resources .To book a resource, please contact the Health Improvement Team in advance and return a  completed Link opens in new windowbooking-out form when you collect the item.


What's New and Coming Soon

Health and Social Care Integration - the shape of Scottish Society is changing.  People are living longer, healthier lives and as the needs of our society change, so too must the nature and form of our public services.  For more information please go to the Health and Social Care Integration page of the website.

The Wigtownshire Locality Plan for Health & Social Care Integration is available if you follow this link http://www.dg-change.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Wigtownshire-Locality-Plan-FINAL-VERSION-24.2.16.pdf

Healthy Connections Wigtownshire - A new programme currently being developed.  Sometimes it may be referred to as social prescribing as it is linking those attending GP consultations with wider supports and services available within the local community to improve health outcomes.

Healthy Connections Wigtownshire is for people aged 18 and over, vulnerable and at risk groups such as low income single parents, recently bereaved elderly people, people with long term conditions, people with severe and enduring mental health problems and for people who frequently attend primary care.

If your service or organisation have any activities or opportunities available to be included in the programme, then please let us know and help us to develop this exciting new programme in Wigtownshire.

For more information please see the Wigtownshire Healthy Connections page or contact Kirsty McKie, Health Improvement Officer on Kirsty.mckie@nhs.net or 07736 955279.

Men's Shed

Men’s Sheds is a movement that began in Australia when men realised they could come together around practical tasks on a regular basis, particularly if they had a designated place or workshop where equipment and work in progress could be stored. 
It is essentially a place for skill sharing and informal learning where people can undertake either personal or community projects. It gives people the opportunity to work alongside others and learn new skills, without being subject to any demands in terms of time, resources, expectations etc.
It was designed with older men in mind and the majority of those initially involved were beyond retirement age. 
Men’s Sheds are now all over the world, including several in Dumfries and Galloway.
A Men's Shed is being set up in the Stranraer area, the vision for this project being that the Men’s Shed is -
·         Run by older men for older men.
·         Inclusive – everyone is welcome
·         Sharing tools, skills, experience, interests, advice, hobbies, views and opinions, cups of tea (or coffee) and biscuits etc.
·         Learning new skills, playing games or musical instruments.
·         Reading the paper in peace (if not quiet)
·         Creating new projects or works of art
·         Recycling, repairing, renovating, rebuilding.
·         Helping the community, your neighbours, your friends or yourself.
·         In short it is what members want it to be and what they make it themselves.
If you think you may be interested in being involved in the Stranraer Men’s Shed then contact Mike on 01776 703360 or Donald on 01581 400284, or visit www.stranraermensshed.org.uk for more information.
For more information about Men's Sheds in general, the following video is an interesting watch.
Mature Driver Scheme
This scheme is still open to anyone over the age of 70 in Wigtownshire.  Please see the projects and initiatives page for more information or contact Jenny Macdonald on 01776 707760.

Run 4 Health

In aid of Marie Curie, the annual Run 4 Health will be held on the 3rd September 2016 at Castle Kennedy Gardens.  More details to follow soon but in the meantime contact Julie Currie on 01776 707737 for more information.

Cafe N'Spire

Is a recovery cafe for people recovering from an addiction.  It is a sfe, welcoming place for people to come together and have a meal and participate in activities should they shoose to.  For further details please contact Jenny Macdonald on 01776 707760.



Tel: 01776 707737

Wigtownshire Health Improvement Team
LHP Offices
Victoria Place