Church Street Library has had a whole month of health with four health events, one every Wednesday for four weeks.
The first Wednesday was a blitz on smoking with stop smoking kits from a local chemist, loads of helpful tips from the NHS Health Improvement Team and offers of complete overhaul from the Health trainers in the shape of Jose from the Raintrust organization who are sponsored by the NHS to give one to one personal health improvement plans. The Church Street Community enjoyed grapes, satsumas and fruit juice and 60 people visited the health team’s information stand. Tessa from Breath easy Paddington came with her wonderful hand-made cards and homemade cakes with which she raised funds for the Breathe Easy charity .
The next Wednesday the focus was on healthy eating with a talk and a film delivered by Diabetes UK in the community space. In the foyer juice and fruit was given out along with sensible eating advice by Health Trainers and members of the Health Improvement team. Gemma from Carers Network also turned up to give help and advice to the many people who are full time carers in the Church Street Area.
The third Well Wednesday was given over to de-stressing. The lovely Christine Burgess from ‘Calm and Inspired’ came and led two mindfulness meditations, one in the Learning Centre and then, later in the afternoon, in the main Church Street Library where members of the public joined in for an unexpected Stressbuster treat. Chamomile tea with honey and vanilla was served up to help the mellow mood and Tareq from Carers network and Marian from the NHS were on hand to help with stress related questions and concerns.
The last of the series of four (but definitely not the last!) concentrated on physical activity and Jason from the Little Venice Sports Centre came to encourage the public to enter his prize draw. The Sports Centre donated a free month’s gym membership for three lucky winners. Marian from the Health Improvement team gave free hand massages and Siobhan, the physical Activity Co-ordinator for the NHS in Westminster, came to give advice and sign people up for a personal exercise programme. Lovely Sviatlana from Health Trainers dispensed free herbal tea and rich tea biscuits; it was freezing outside but everyone had a warm glow full of fragrant tea and full of health!
The next Well Wednesday will be on 29 February, 1.30 – 3.30pm at Church Street Library.
Kate (Health Information Co-ordinator)