Local MP Chris Skidmore hosted his first ever Wellbeing Fair last Friday, with the event taking place at the Longwell Green Community Centre being hailed as a success by local residents.
The Fair, primarily aimed at older people in the community, sought to bring together local residents and organisations from the health and social care sector under one roof. A wide range of exhibitors attended the event and set up stalls, including Citizens Advice Bureau, the Alzheimer’s Society and the Stroke Association, offering information and practical advice to local people.
Local MP Chris Skidmore sent out invitations to all residents over 65 around Hanham and Longwell Green, to ensure they had the chance to meet with local organisations and clubs, to discuss any issues or concerns they might have with health providers, and be informed about support services they could benefit from.
Emersons Green Treatment Centre offered free blood pressure tests to attendees, and information about the importance of flu jabs was provided by staff from Longwell Green-based Ellacombe Pharmacy. Residents also had the opportunity to take part in a dance demonstration from Terry’s School of Dance, or sign up to Kingswood Rugby Club’s exclusive Walking Rugby sessions.
Chris Skidmore said of the event: “As a local man I believe it is important to ensure all residents, and especially the elderly, have easy access to key health and wellbeing support and advice. I am pleased the Fair helped showcase our fantastic local services and helped residents discover new opportunities for volunteering, befriending, help and advice across South Gloucestershire”.