Wednesday, 25 November 2009


A Zimbabwean dance band and street dancers will be helping to Love Life, Live Life at Thanet's Gateway Plus.

The week long event, taking place from Monday 30 November until Saturday 5 December, focuses on the theme of health and wellbeing, with new organisations that you won't have seen before in Thanet's Gateway Plus, highlighting the work that they do.

Nearly 20 organisations will be taking part in the week, with Uzambezi, a Zimbabwean dance band and KRAN Street Dancers, helping the East Kent Coastal NHS Sexual Health Promotion to celebrate World AIDS Day on Tuesday 1 December. You can also pick up free recipe cards, reusable bags and shopping bags from the Love Food, Hate Waste campaign on that day.

Volunteers from the British Red Cross will be on hand on Monday 30 November to offer neck and shoulder massage tasters, demonstrations of specialised make-up application for skin conditions, with the chance to have a go at resuscitation on the First Aid dummy. You can also learn more on that day from Moat Housing about HomeBuy, a government led scheme to help people on to the property ladder.

On Wednesday 2 December, representatives from the National Blood Service will be available to answer any questions about blood donation and enrol anyone who wants to become a blood donor. Advice on healthy eating from the East Coast Primary Care Trust Health Trainers is on offer on Thursday 3 December, when you can also find out about the courses run by East Kent I-Tec.

On Friday 4 December, you can find out more about the work of the council's Sport Matters team and how sport is used to divert young people away from crime. The Kent Fire and Rescue Service will also be asking for people's views on emergency cover in Thanet and everyone who returns a completed survey will be enetered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of shopping vouchers. The week finishes on Saturday 5 December, with the Open University available to discuss the courses they have on offer.

Other organisations taking part include the Open University, Kent Adult Education, Town and Country Housing, the Thanet Community Support Partnership, Sign Post Kent, KCC Deaf Services, Rethink and the Intraining Group. Trading Standards will also be holding their healthy eating schools workshops at Thanet's Gateway Plus during the event.

Gateway Manager, Stephen Meades, said: "This event is all about celebrating life and the organisations available to help people. Thanet's Gateway Plus already plays host to many of these groups, but for some, it will be their first time joining us. We want to show people the wide range of help and advice on offer at the Gateway every day from Monday to Saturday. We look forward to seeing people come along to join us to Love Life, Live Life."

The full events programme can be found on

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