Church Street Library hosted two key health events in October, organised by Westminster Libraries’ Bengali Service in partnership with the Health Information Project and Westminster Family Learning Service.
The first event, tied in with Black History Month, aimed to promote Black and Ethnic minorities’ health information and raise awareness of common illnesses that these communities are naturally predisposed to, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
An author and producer from Gift of Living Organ Donation (GOLD), Dela Idowu, gave a presentation of a film about her emotional struggle dealing with a family member’s kidney failures. She had produced the film to raise awareness about living organ donation, which is a concern in both the Black and Asian communities. The film showcase was followed by a Q&A session and was a great success. There are plans to host more events like this in both Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham libraries.
The idea for the next event was to bring families together through the festive periods of both Eid and Diwali by providing family learning activities and to convey a message about health. The story book used was ‘Dinosaur Douglas and the Beastly Bugs‘ by Heather Meisner and is part of a project commissioned by Public Health, aimed at improving dental and oral health in primary school children. The idea is to encourage children to brush their teeth at bedtime so that they get rid of the ‘Beastly Bugs’.
The event started with a story session, followed by family workshops making pop-up cards using the main character from the book and Islamic colouring and painting.
While some families were happily taking part in the workshops others were immersing themselves with free massage and henna arts designs. Over one hundred people attended, which led to a great and busy day!