Benefit from free events at Healthworks


Easington residents can make a new start this New Year with a series of events to help them make important lifestyle changes.

Healthworks in Easington Colliery is holding two free open days this month, aimed at local people currently on incapacity benefit. Attendance at either event will not affect benefit claims.

People can pop into the ‘Get motivated’ event at Healthworks on Friday January 21 2011, between 10.00am and 2.00pm, where staff from Healthworks will be available to provide advice on how to stop smoking, improve health and wellbeing, increase physical activity and seek adult and family learning opportunities.

Representatives from PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Services) and Salus, a provider of occupational health and return to work services, will also be available, and free mini massages can be booked in advance.

A light buffet will be provided, and all attendees will receive a free bag of fruit or vegetables to take home.

A taster course open day, in partnership with East Durham Employability Consortium, is taking place at Healthworks on Monday January 31 2011, between 10.00am and 3.00pm.

The event will provide details of informal courses in first aid, food hygiene, health and safety, confidence building, assertiveness, healthy eating on a budget and creative sessions. A light buffet and refreshments will be provided.

Fiona Maher, Healthworks co-ordinator, said: “The New Year is generally a time of new resolutions and beginnings and these events are a positive way in which to encourage people in the Easington locality to look at their health and wellbeing.

“These events are just a small taster of further courses that are coming up that attendees can take part in, that are all free and won’t affect their benefits, but may in the long-term give them the confidence to look at making a change in their lifestyle and possibly help them in getting back into the workplace.”

Healthworks works in partnership with NHS County Durham, County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services, Northumbrian Water and Durham County Council and offers people in Easington, and the surrounding area, a wide range of health information, activities and support.

Anyone who would like further information on the events should call Healthworks on 0191 527 4157, or pop into the centre at Paradise Lane in Easington Colliery.

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