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Whitehaven residents benefit from free health and wellbeing tests and advice

Carl Walmsley undergoes AF testing

RESIDENTS benefited from free health and wellbeing tests and advice, at an event held in Mirehouse yesterday.

The Well Whitehaven drop-in session was held at St Benedict’s Rugby Club, Newlands Avenue, Mirehouse.

Residents were given advice and guidance by Cumbria Police on crime prevention particularly keeping safe in your own community. Home Group was on hand to offer housing advice support and talk about the support it can offer in the community, and Cumbria County Council’s public health team was supported by staff from Mirehouse Pharmacy who offered residents a free health and wellbeing check-up. This included blood pressure and Atrial Fibrillation (AF) testing.

The event was the first in a series of sessions inviting residents from the Mirehouse and Corkickle communities to find out more about health and wellbeing. Future sessions will take place on the second Wednesday of each month at St Benedict’s Rugby Club.

The sessions were developed following feedback from residents at a recent community consultation event run by the Well Whitehaven initiative.

Carl Walmsley, Mirehouse resident and Copeland Borough Councillor, attended the session and said: “I think the sessions are fantastic and I urge more residents attend them.

“The opportunity to have discussions, free health checks and an opportunity to talk to organisations such as the police, Home Group and your councillors face-to-face that at times can be real hard to get hold of.”

Emma Williamson, Well Whitehaven Community Regeneration Officer, said: “It was fantastic to have so many residents join us on the day.

“Improving health and wellbeing is a big priority for the community and the Well Whitehaven initiative.

“The blood pressure and AF testing provided residents with real-time results enabling them to get a glimpse into their current health status and the advice provided gave residents the opportunity to learn about making positive changes to improve their wellbeing.”

Well Whitehaven is an initiative designed to improve the lives of those living in the Mirehouse and Corkickle communities.

Well Whitehaven officers will be on hand to provide advice, guidance and support on any services, activities or projects planned for the community.

For more information regarding the drop in sessions, sign-up to the Well Whitehaven newsletter via the Well Whitehaven Facebook and Twitter page @WhitehavenWell.