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Wellbeing Day brings care providers together in Wandsworth

16 September 2016

 

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Thames Reach Wandsworth client Sammy at Wellbeing Day
In August, Thames Reach Wandsworth hosted its Wellbeing Day, an event aimed at promoting the importance of physical and mental wellbeing when providing support and accommodation to vulnerable adults in the local community.


The event took place at Thames Reach Wandsworth’s Drakefield Road residence in Tooting, with a range of care providers from across the London Borough of Wandsworth joining Thames Reach staff and service users for an afternoon of talks on subjects such as nutrition and healthy eating and wellbeing in the local community.

Representatives from Balham Park Surgery, the Mental Health Trust, SHP, Tooting Bec Mosque, Wandsworth Community Empowerment Network, Wandsworth Healthwatch and Wandsworth Mind all attended the day, which offered a chance for networking and group discussions, with lunch also provided.

Thames Reach Wandsworth client Sammy said: “I learned a lot about personal wellbeing. I already practise meditation myself, and I play chess, and that really gives me a great sense of wellbeing, so it was good to discuss that today.”

Victoria Sciberras, who works at nearby Balham Park Surgery, gave a talk on nutrition and healthy eating, and also discussed the importance of having a GP and utilising services such as patient groups. She added: “It was brilliant to see so many people here. It’s a great event and you can clearly see the potential benefits to clients. It was also good to network with other service providers.”

Darren Blades, senior practitioner at Thames Reach Wandsworth, who organised the day, said: “We really wanted to highlight services in the borough, to share ideas, to network, and to discuss wellbeing and how to attain it.

“We want everyone to come together and help to produce a better support network in the borough for the benefit of service users. As Malcolm X once said, ‘When I is replaced with we, even illness becomes wellness.’”