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Free winter wellness event to help residents stay warm and well

Tuesday, 24 January 2023

We are hosting a series of winter wellness events over the coming months. The events are free to attend, and no booking is required.

The first event will be held on Monday 30 January at St Mary’s Church Hall in Dunstable between 10.30am and 3.30pm. There is free onsite parking available on a first come, first served basis, and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

The events, run by the Public Health team, are designed to help residents keep warm and well, with a range of support and advice services available. NHS nurses will attend to offer basic health checks, and there will be blood pressure monitors available so attendees can take their own blood pressure.

Several other organisations are attending including Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Academy, members of the Council’s Housing team, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Disability Resource Centre and Age UK.

Councillor Tracey Stock, Executive Member for Health, Wellbeing and Communities said:

The winter wellness events are designed to help our residents keep warm and well and get through the winter period together. Some residents may already be finding this period tough when it comes to their health and wellbeing, and may now be facing added pressure as the cost of living increases. As well as having lots of services attending who can talk about the support available to residents, attendees can have a free drink and piece of cake and make connections with other residents that could help them through the winter months. If you are finding this time of year difficult, please do go along to the event to find out what support is available to you.

We have a dedicated cost of living information hub on our website, which is full of information and resources that can help anyone concerned about the cost of living.

A network of Warm Spaces is also available for residents to use during the day to keep warm as temperatures fall and energy prices rise. Our libraries and leisure centres are available as Warm Spaces, where everyone is welcome.