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Patient participation group invites all communities in Leicester to a health and wellbeing event designed by local patients

30th November 2017 | By Liz Mattock | Posted in

Members of the homeless community, asylum seekers and refugees are invited to a special health promotion event next Wednesday 6th December that is taking place in the heart of the city of Leicester.

Patients from a number of local GP practices, including Leicester Assist and Homeless Service and Bowling Green Street Surgery, came up with the idea for the event, which has been organised with support from Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

There will be a range of activities and information available on the day, from the NHS and other local organisations, designed to help people stay healthy and to find out about local services that support health and wellbeing.

The health promotion event will take place at Bishop Street Methodist Church, 10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF from 10.00am until 2.00pm, and is open to the homeless community, asylum seekers, refugees as well as any members of the general public who would like to attend.

There will be information about NHS services such as the Open Mind – mental health services and Richmond Fellowship, offering support for people with mental health problems. In addition to these there is a range of other services that will be available to offer information and advice:

• Zinthiya Trust (supporting women and families)
• British Red Cross
• Healthy Lifestyles Hub
• Health Visitor – Homeless Families Service
• Mansfield House Police Station
• Royal Voluntary Service
• Sexual Health
• STOP Smoking
• Sound Cafe
• The Centre Project (support people who could become socially isolated)
• Turning Point (support for alcohol and drugs misuse)

Dr Anna Hiley, Chief Executive Officer and GP Inclusion Healthcare CIC and provider for Leicester Assist and Homeless Service said: “Staying well is important to all of us and there are many different places that we can go to get advice about health and wellbeing. Whether you are new to Leicester or have lived here for some time, the health event is a great opportunity to come and find out about what help is available in Leicester to you, your friends and your family. With some fantastic organisations represented on the day, the event promises a warm welcome to everyone including homeless and asylum seekers and refugees so please come along and enjoy the day.”

Also available on the day is a workshop about the impact of homelessness on a family.

Activities will include:
10.00-11.00pm (Blood Pressure Checks)
12.30-1.00pm – Mindful Movement workshop Emma Harrison
1.00-1.30pm Impact of homelessness workshop – Maxine Jenkins
1.00-2.00pm (Blood Pressure Checks)
1.30-2.00pm – Mindful Movement workshop Emma Harrison

Ms Sharron Lawrence, practice manager at Bowling Green Street Surgery, said: “We would like to encourage everyone to attend the city centre health promotion event. It is a great opportunity to show what healthcare services are available and how a healthy lifestyle can make a real difference. Please call in if you can.”


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