Today we held our third and final community health event in Middleton. Visitors and staff got involved in some of the fun sessions on offer and found out more about the variety of health services available online and in the local area. At the event we had Reiki sessions and Zumba workouts alongside information stalls and health food tasters.
With support from UK online centres, the health events aimed to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing. We encouraged attendees to register with Learn My Way, complete the Digital Health survey and stay healthy by using the NHS Choices website. A number of local organisations attended with information stalls about services to improve health and wellbeing across the Rochdale borough.
Husband and wife team John and Jennifer both volunteered on the day by hosting stalls on behalf of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.
John was there to promote the Expert Patients Programme (EPP) – a nationally recognised accredited programme, run by people who are not healthcare professionals but have a long term condition themselves. The programme is free and runs over 7 weeks, covering topics such as identifying symptoms, dealing with pain and fatigue and how to communicate more effectively. John had completed the programme and explained about the many ways EPP has benefited him.
John’s wife Jennifer was at our event to promote the many volunteering opportunities within Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. Volunteers work in hospitals, clinics and in the community taking part in activities such as befriending, excursions, talking, walking, sports and gardening. For more information about volunteering with Pennine Car visit the website or call 0161 716 3365.
Barry from Link4Life was on hand to explain about the range of free and low-cost sports activities on offer across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Through the activ8teme programme for adults, Link4Life offer a packed schedule of sessions from cycling and swimming to football and athletics. You can find out more about these activities by visiting the Link4Life website or calling 01706 926 239.
Barry also explained about Walk & Talk Boroughwide Health Walks. These are short weekly walks designed for people who wish to gain the benefits of regular exercise, whilst talking to like minded people. The walks currently take place every day of the week across the borough of Rochdale and include women only walks. The walks are run by The BigLife group in partnership with Rochdale Borough Council. For more details call 01706 751 190.
Finally we encouraged people to visit the Rochdale Five Ways to Wellbeing website. This is an excellent resource where you can measure your own level of wellbeing and find out about ways to improve your wellbeing.