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    Welcome to Tameside Wellbeing Corner!

    The Tameside Wellbeing Corner opened for business in Ashton Market Hall this week, to help local people look after their health and wellbeing.
    It will host a variety of services week by week throughout the year, so that visitors to the Market Hall will have extra opportunities to seek advice and support.
    Tameside Council executive leader Cllr Brenda Warrington explained, “Different Council services and partner organisations will be setting out their stall at Tameside Wellbeing Corner from time to time, to help keep people aware of what Tameside has to offer its community.
    “One day it might be Routes to Work helping people to gain employment and skills and giving advice on employment options; the next you might see Tameside ACE giving people information about the adult courses they run. Then the following week Tameside Wellbeing Corner might host a face-to-face consultation like the recent Big Alcohol Conversation or Tameside Food Survey, where we need to create extra opportunities for people to give us their ideas or their feedback.”
    Cllr Eleanor Wills, the Council’s lead on health and wellbeing, added, “This will be a great resource to help people look after their health. For instance, Mind Matters will be running drop-ins to help support people’s mental wellbeing, and Be Well Tameside will have regular sessions offering free blood pressure checks or signing people up for help with stopping smoking or losing weight. There’s a private consultation room based within the Wellbeing Corner to give people privacy when they’re speaking to an advisor about something confidential.
    “Tameside Wellbeing Corner will be one more way of connecting with local people to help them look after their health and wellbeing.”
    The Council’s markets manager Steve Hadfield said, “Creating the Tameside Wellbeing Corner is one of the ways we’re adding to our markets offer. The initiative is an excellent example of how council services are working together in partnership to bring something extra to Ashton Market Hall – making these various services more accessible to our residents and making things more convenient for our customers.”
    Tameside Wellbeing Corner will also have a Refill Station, where people can refill their water bottles free as part of a new scheme to help cut waste plastic and save money on bottled water while people stay hydrated and healthy outside their home or workplace.
    Coming soon to Tameside Wellbeing Corner
    Events already lined up at Tameside Wellbeing Corner include:
    • Active Tameside will be holding regular sessions to let people know about the wide range of activities they offer through their 7 gyms, 5 pools, 3 thermal spas and 200 weekly group exercise classes – expected to be every Thursday 9-4pm starting on 4th July, and Mondays 1-4pm starting on 8th July.
    • Be Well Tameside’s community team will be offering various health checks on every 2nd Wednesday of the month starting 10th July, to help address some of the biggest ill-health issues in Tameside, including lung function, blood pressure and atrial fibrillation.
    • Mind Matters will be offering a weekly drop-in session every Tuesday 1-3pm starting 9th July, and in partnership with Healthy Minds, delivering Wellbeing Taster Sessions building the resilience of the workforce which in turn builds the resilience of the community.
    • Noah’s ART, who work to reduce social isolation and loneliness, will be on hand on Friday 19th July to recruit volunteers for their home befriending scheme – where volunteers bring their own dogs to visit people at home. They’ll also be able to discuss supported volunteering opportunities for vulnerable young people, and for people recovering from mental health difficulties.
    • Routes to Work, the skills and employment directorate, will be providing employment advice and support for people with mental health issues, sensory impairments, physical or learning disabilities and autism on the 3rd Wednesday of every month 10am-12pm.
    • Tameside ACE, offering courses in maths, English, IT, ESOL (English for speakers of other languages), Confidence Building, Caring for Children, Retail and Life and Skills courses for adults over 19, will be providing information, advice and guidance around the courses available including fees, eligibility and financial support, starting at 10-11.30am on Tuesday 16th July for 3 weeks.
    • And Tameside Community Response Service will be holding quarterly sessions starting 25th July to explain how they enable Tameside residents to live at home and stay out of hospital through various care packages, visits and use of devices such as falls pendants.
    For more information about the Tameside Wellbeing Corner, please email publichealth.enquiries@tameside.gov.uk.
    Caption shows (left to right): Angela McCloskey, health champion, Be Well Tameside; Steve Hadfield, markets manager, TMBC; Victoria Hamlett, public health programme officer, TMBC; Cllr Eleanor Wills, TMBC executive lead for health; Cllr Brenda Warrington, TMBC executive leader; Dr Jeanelle De Gruchy, director of population health, TMBC.