Council launches Community Health and Wellbeing Roadshow

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has held an event to highlight a range of services available to ensure the health and wellbeing of its citizens.

The Community Health and Wellbeing Roadshow was officially launched on World Mental Health Day, with an event taking place at The Braid.

With the aim of keeping local residents ‘Safe Warm and Well’, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council provides a range of advice, assessments and referrals on energy efficiency, home safety, food and fuel initiatives, and emotional resilience and wellbeing for individuals, community groups and schools.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “More than 200 community group members, staff, elected members and local residents visited stands showing equipment, tips and information on how to improve safety in the home, save money by being more energy efficient and how to find out if you are eligible for a grant to improve your home heating.

“Visitors also had the opportunity to taste slow cooked recipes to highlight our slow cooking programmes and burned off calories by pedaling on our smoothie bike. Videos showing how local residents have already benefited from the service were also available.”

Hilary Johnston from the Public Health Agency said: “This event shows how extensive the work of the Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing team is in contributing to the Take five steps to wellbeing: be active, connect, give, keep learning and take notice which are key to achieving good health and wellbeing.”

Juliet Coulter, Principal Environmental Health Officer (Public Protection, Resilience and Wellbeing), said: “We work with a range of statutory, voluntary and community agencies across the borough to tackle food and fuel issues.

“Through our service we support local residents by making referrals onto grant schemes for energy efficiency measures, and improve home safety in households with over 65s, under 5s and vulnerable occupants through home safety visits and issuing of safety equipment.

“Our council also works in communities and schools as well as taking referrals from individuals helping to improve residents overall health and wellbeing”.

If you would like to know more about the services please contact:

Tel: 028 2826 2462, email: wellbeing@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Or alternatively visit the council website for further information – www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing

 

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