A busy Wellbeing Week for Winsford

A week bursting with activities and events

This February Brightlife was delighted to be part of the Wellbeing Winsford Week once again. The week opened with a launch event party at the Dingle Centre, hosted by Community Compass, with speeches from Winsford Town Mayor Gina Lewis, Dr Achla Damania and Ailsa Gaskell-Jones to welcome everyone to the event. The celebrations continued at the centre with music from the Ageless Ukes, dancing, crafts and lunch provided for all.

Working in collaboration with the Winsford Wellbeing Hub, Brightlife were proud to be supporting an initiative that unites the community of Winsford through a week-long celebration of its residents, services, volunteers, carers and medical practitioners. Wellbeing Winsford Week is all about providing opportunities for healthy living by taking part in new activities, meeting different people and finding out how to live a healthy lifestyle.

We are very grateful to Brightlife for all the work they have done in Winsford.  They have brought together so many different organisations to help those who are on their own, those who have limited resources… and we’re all very, very thankful for all that they do.

Winsford Town Mayor, Cllr, Gina Lewis

The programme of events included seated exercise with Community Compass, exercise classes (including Zumba Gold, Tai Chi and Body Balance) at the Winsford Lifestyle Centre, a dementia friendly walk with Bright Memories and a Family Fun day with Active Cheshire to name but a few! The focus of ‘Wellbeing Winsford week’ is to provide local people with fresh opportunities to live healthier lives whilst being encouraged to meet new people and stay connected to their community.

Being socially active and engaged with the community keeps you healthy both physically and mentally. In fact, people with strong social networks tend to be more energetic, feel happier and are more supported. Having a sense of purpose helps us feel more satisfied and lead a fuller life.

None of this is possible of course without a strong supportive community where people care about and look after one another… and nowhere is this better illustrated than with our very own Wellbeing Winsford Week.  I wish you all wonderful week, whether that’s painting pebbles, burning calories at bootcamp, making origami, attending a Teddy Bear’s picnic or doing laughter yoga!

Dr Achla Damania. Swanlow Medical Centre, Winsford.

The week concluded with a bustling marketplace event at Winsford Cross Shopping Centre with Winsford Wellbeing partners, including Healthwatch Cheshire West and Motherwell Cheshire, on hand to talk to people about the many health and wellbeing initiatives that taking place across the town.

We would like to thank the Wellbeing Winsford Hub for organising and involving us in this super event. Special thanks to Anne Johnson (Cross Hatch) for designing the artwork for the promotional material and colouring competition, and to Damon Horrill (Cornerstone Inns) for donating the competition prizes and discount vouchers.