Reading Walk-in launches Wellbeing Wednesdays

Patients at a Reading health centre are being encouraged to drop by to boost their health and wellbeing.

Reading Walk-in Health Centre, run by Virgin Care, has launched weekly Wellbeing Wednesday sessions to provide information and advice about how to take care of yourself and others.

A stand staffed by charities and specialist groups such as Macmillan, The Lullaby Trust (baby sleep awareness charity), the Stroke Association, carers groups and also community groups will be available each week at the centre in Broad Street Mall.

The scheme was set up by regional manager Suzy Jackson in a bid to help patients improve their health and wellbeing, take control of their own conditions and get help and advice at a time that is convenient for them.

She said: “It’s so important to ensure that people are given the opportunity to access advice and information – it may be a new parent who is worried there may be problems with their child’s sleep, or someone who’s partner has had a stroke and they need advice about caring for them or need to know what local support is out there. Perhaps someone has just moved to the UK and is unsure about how to access services and healthcare.”

“The subject changes every week and on a Wednesday we will have experts from the chosen organisation available to help answer questions and give advice.

“However the stand and the leaflets will remain there for the week so people can just drop in and pick up the information that they need as and when they can.”

And it’s not just about keeping healthy.

Suzy said: “Wellbeing can be found in lots of different ways, for example volunteering within your community, attending classes or maybe going rambling, so we’d like to encourage community groups to come and join us and work with us to help improve people’s lives.”

If you are part of a community group that would like to have a stall as part of Wellbeing Wednesday, contact Suzy on Suzy.Jackson@virgincare.co.uk.

The centre also wants to encourage volunteers to be part of their patient engagement group, which focuses on how to improve the services that the centre offers. If you would like to be part of this, please contact Suzy on the email address above.

Information sessions coming up for March and April:

March 22 – Reading Carers Hub and TB Awareness

March 29 – Ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and Autism Awareness

April 5 –   Introduction to English Language and Culture Earley Crescent Resource Centre

April 12 –  Parkinson’s Awareness and Compass Recovery College (mental health)

April 19 – Reading Carers Hub

April 26 – Immunisations

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