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West Somerset Healthy Living Fair

Saturday 17 October 2015 2.00pm – 4.00pm at The Beach Hotel, Minehead, TA24 5AP

Nearly 200 people attended this year’s West Somerset Healthy Living Fair at the Beach Hotel, Minehead. 
 
The venue was humming with activity with lots to do and see.  The Fair was focused on preventative measures people could take to help them stay healthy.  There was a wealth of volunteering opportunities through Engage, Age UK, Magna, CLOWNS, Community Council for Somerset, Minehead Development Trust, Transition Minehead & Alcombe, Forum 21 and Reminiscence Learning. 
 
For people who knew they should be more active, NHS Health Trainers were available to provide advice and help for people to take those first steps to get going. 
 
For those who were more able 1610, Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership, Channel Adventure and Rusty Rackets had plenty of information about existing and new projects where residents could play sport or take part in fitness sessions.  Caroline Phillips provided free shoulder and back massages to visitors and Tony Pryce had brought along their foot balance machine so visitors could check their gait. 
 
Thanks to the sponsorship of Miles Tea & Coffee and Tesco, people were able to enjoy complimentary cups of tea and coffee.  Also, the Beach Hotel created a banquet of complimentary delicious delicacies for visitors to try, many had been especially designed for those on special diets, such as gluten free.
 
Other organisations providing advice and information included:

  • Alcombe Active Living Centre had a wealth of activities which happen on alternate Wednesdays at Alcombe Methodist Church for the over 55’s as well as healthy lunches cooked on site.
  • Alex Simson from Story-Well provided details of how the group works with organisations using storytelling for bespoke memorable events and workshops,
  • Minehead Dementia Action is a new organisation raising the awareness of dementia in Minehead and Alcombe, supporting people living with memory loss/dementia and their carers,
  • Somerset Rural Youth Project with details of projects for young people, including their activities at Cuckoo Meadow in Minehead,
  • Somerset NHS Partnership Dental Nurses with steps to perfect to oral health hygiene,
  • the Royal Voluntary Service – Home Library Service to older people’s homes,
  • Somerset Sight are regular visitors to Minehead with their Mobile Resource Unit providing aids for daily living, activity and social groups for those with visual impairment as well as volunteer visiting service,
  • Solutions for Health were able to provide free help to those wishing to stop smoking,
  • Somerset Care & Repair had their mobility scooter available to people to try, as well as proving a number of services to enable to live safely at home,
  • Somerset Community Care Matters are able to provide advice and legal action to any disabled person or their carer, who is on low income to get the care or health services and funding they need.
  • West Somerset Advice Bureau were available to provide free independent, and confidential advice to visitors.

For more information, contact:
Gail Sloman
Email: gksloman@westsomerset.gov.uk
Telephone:  01984 635 208