Volunteer Cornwall is working in partnership within multi-agency teams across the sectors as part of the Shaping Our Future Initiative, with a shared purpose – to improve people’s experience of health and care. Collaboration takes time, but it is an investment that we are wholeheartedly committed to, because we know it is worthwhile. After all, in unity, we have strength.
The Liskeard HealthFest event came out of that quest to work collaboratively.
Events like this really are important stepping stones in our journey towards improved health and care services for everyone.
The HealthFest was held at the Echo Centre, a day centre for adults with physical disabilities, on Tuesday 18th September. The day gave people the chance to experience the various health related activities, increase awareness of services in their local community and effectively network.
There were several stall holders from the voluntary and community sector, public sector and health; Age Uk Cornwall, The Alzheimer’s Society, Parkinson’s Uk, Rethink, Addaction, HealthWatch Cornwall, isight Cornwall, Pentreath, Cornwall College who offer courses to people experiencing mental ill health. The Royal Voluntary Service with ideas on how to run community groups. Turning the Cogs offering dementia sufferers 2 hourly workshops of cognitive stimulation therapy, these sessions run from the Echo Centre. Valuable information was provided by our local NHS services and Healthy Weight Cornwall offered useful advice and a clinic on the day.
Work Skills South West provided valuable information on how they work with some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our community and the Hugs Foundation who although couldn’t bring their ponies could still talk about their animals in relation to their therapeutic qualities. Also, in attendance were Tic Tac, the local counselling service for teenagers. Refreshments and lunch were superbly provided by The Real Junk Food Project by donation and the food was delicious!
The day started with creative relaxation, breathe…. and then went onto singing for wellbeing, Tai Chi with the excellent Ninja Granny, BODDEEWORX offering boxercise from a chair. The Expert Patient Programme talked passionately about managing long term conditions and Volunteer Cornwall’s Andy Brelsford enlightened us about ‘Social Prescribing’. Active Plus were next with their Brain Teasers which kept us focused and drew people in. The South East Cornwall Breathers group gave an informative awareness talk on the effects of smoking followed by some inspiring singing and signing by Morley Tamblyn Lodge.
The day closed with a gentle flowing session of chair yoga, the perfect way to end the day!