Friday, 23 December 2011


Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution and not kept to it or have you ever wanted to make a change to your life? If the answer’s yes to both or either, then Thanet’s Gateway Plus, the NHS Health Trainers team can help you throughout the New Year.

New Year, New You launches on Wednesday 18 January at the Gateway Plus in Thanet, and a range of health advisors will be on hand from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm with support and advice. There will be a wide range of events going on throughout the day, including free fitness tests by Thanet Leisure Force.

Matthew Munson, Front of House Coordinator for Thanet District Council at the Gateway, said: “The Health Trainers offer free and confidential support to help you make positive and healthy changes to your life.”

Health Trainers can help you access other health services such as emotional wellbeing, exercise and healthy eating, sexual health concerns and the stop smoking service.

“You can see a Health Trainer for up to six sessions to help encourage and motivate you,” Carly Blanch, Health Trainer Coordinator, adds. “They can also help you to develop your own skills to manage your health in the future.”

Partners attending the event include Thanet Leisure Force, Disability Drop In Centre and the council’s Sports Development Team, as well as a number of others, so if you would like support with your New Year’s resolutions, they will be able to offer you the support and guidance you need.

“But don’t worry if you can’t make it on the day,” Matthew adds. “You can make an appointment to see a Health Trainer either by visiting Thanet’s Gateway Plus, or by calling 08458 247 202 or 0800 849 4000 (option 3).”

Thanet’s Gateway Plus is located in Cecil Street, Margate and is home to both Thanet District Council services and libraries and archives from Kent County Council. The Gateway works with a range of partner agencies to deliver a full programme of Gateway services. The Gateway is open from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm on weekdays, with late night opening until 8.00 pm on Thursdays. The Gateway is also open on Saturdays from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, although council service desks are only open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

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