Saturday, 5 January 2013


Free Health and Disability Information Event at Broadstairs Library – 16 January  
Were you an armchair sports fan throughout the Olympics?  Did you watch and celebrate Manchester City winning the Premier League, cheer Andy Murray at Flushing Meadows and put you foot on the pedal with all Bradley Wiggins’ successes?
Well, by the end of the Christmas period the chances are your adrenaline levels will be up - like your calorie intake - but your own physical activity will be down.  Or perhaps you have a disability, and watched the Paralympics, wishing that you felt as healthy as the competitors there!
Either way:
Is it time for a New Year – New You?
Brilliant! That’s just what’s on offer at Broadstairs Library on Wednesday 16 January: Between 10am and 2pm you’ll be able to find out all about how to set yourself some healthy-living goals and stick to them!
Alternatively, if you have concerns over changes to the Health Service, or worries about relatives and their care needs then the Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be on hand to explain its role as a vital cog in the new health structure, while some of the area’s Cognitive Therapy groups will be there to provide information on the support available to people with dementia, and to their families and carers.
The event is being jointly run by Thanet Gateway and by Health Trainers, with their "whole person" approach. You’ll also have the opportunity to get general advice from the Disability Drop in Centre and the Sportsnet Group – helping people with disabilities to take part in mainstream sport.
Cabinet member for Community Services, Cllr Iris Johnston said: “If you want to make positive and healthy changes to your life then the Broadstairs event will be a must!  While Health Trainers can help  you access all kinds of additional health services such as emotional wellbeing, the stop smoking service, sexual health, exercise and healthy eating, there will also be loads of other agencies  around to guide you too.”
Staff from the Children's Centre will be on hand to illustrate the many ways that they can help children and their families get off to a good start, while Adult Education will offer opportunities to pick up from there – broadening your mind, helping to make you more employable, or just maintaining your sanity!
Kent Supported Employment can help people with disabilities get into work while The Royal School for Deaf Children have a range of volunteering and qualification opportunities which provide an excellent way of raising self-esteem and promoting positive mental health.
Just turn up at this free event, or for more information, please contact Matthew Munson, Front of House Coordinator at the Thanet Gateway on 01843 577942

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