Clubbing together to improve health

Groups, clubs and societies across the Fylde Coast are being called upon to help encourage residents to improve their health and wellbeing as planning is underway for a week dedicated to self-care in November.

 

Self Care Week which runs from 18-24 November is a national campaign that brings together local councils, health services and a range of voluntary and community groups across the Fylde Coast.

 

Dr Adam Janjua, Acting Chair of Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Last year many of the groups that promote themselves on the FYi directory website offered taster sessions for people. This year we want to involve even more groups.

 

“There are over 3,000 clubs, societies and groups on the directory offering all kinds of services from football to knitting groups. There is something for everyone and by joining any of them people will see the benefits in their health and well-being. It doesn’t have to be physical, though it can be, but something as simple as joining a reading club at the local library is enough to get people out and about, meeting new people, making new friends and improving their mood.”

 

Self-care is about taking time to do things that keep you well. This might be having a well-stocked medicine cabinet, improving your diet, taking more exercise or joining a group.

 

Self-care week gives local groups across the Fylde Coast a chance to promote themselves and encourage new members.

 

Dr Janjua added: “This year we are building on what we did last year which saw over 70 events taking place over the week and hundreds of people taking part. Groups reported that they had new members who were all giving it a go which is a fantastic result. It means that people were embracing self-care and were all making a big step to improving their health and wellbeing. This year, amongst other plans, we want to double that impact.”

 

If you run a club or group, charity or service that helps people and would like to take part in self care week 2019 all you have to do is think of what your offer will be and let us know by emailing comms.fyldecoast@nhs.net or calling 01253 951349.

Councillor Ben Aitken, Chairman of the Environment, Health and Housing Committee at Fylde Council said: ‘We are delighted that Fylde Council has the opportunity to work alongside our colleagues in health and other partner organisations once again, building on the successes of last year, in support of this fantastic initiative to promote self care to all generations and influence the health outcomes of our local population’

 

Notes to editors:

This press release is issued jointly by NHS Blackpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Fylde Borough Council, Wyre Borough Council and Blackpool Council.

 

For more information on self care week visit: www.selfcareforum.org/

 

The FYi directory is an online resource (supported by a Freephone telephone number) listing over 3,000 clubs, groups and services across the Fylde Coast in a user-friendly, easy to search directory. Visit www.fyidirectory.co.uk

 

For further information about this press release please call the communications team on 01253 951349