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Live Well message comes to mid Essex summer events

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is getting out and about over the summer, sharing its vision for a new way of planning health and care services for local residents across Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District.

Called Live Well, this transformation is bringing public and community services together so mid Essex residents find it easier to get the care and support they need. Services will be tailored for the stage of life people may be in and available from community hubs.

The change is not just for the organisations that offer care and support to people, though. It also aims to bring people the tools and knowledge they need to look after themselves better, both mentally and physically, so they can Live Well.

Over the summer, the CCG will be visiting festivals, parks and shopping centres to expand the conversation about this new approach to healthcare which it began with partners and patient groups at the beginning of this year.

The idea is to unite and support people in exploring how they can stay well throughout life, asking and sharing information on what it means to Live Well in mid Essex. The CCG will be offering a range of activities and demonstrations on each day and listening to how people already stay fit and healthy, so good ideas can be shared with everyone. There will also be an opportunity for local residents to win a free three month membership to a local leisure centre.

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG, said: “We’re excited to be sharing our Live Well vision with people across our area over the summer, and look forward to hearing people’s thoughts about it. We’ll be publishing details of where we are on our website.

“Please come and join us at our first Live Well event in Braintree’s George Yard Shopping Centre on 1 June, or any of our later roadshows. We look forward to having a chat about how we can all Live Well.”

Cllr Joanne Beavis, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, Braintree District Council said “ We launched the Live Well campaign in the Braintree District in 2014 to help residents improve their health and wellbeing. We are very pleased to be supporting the CCG’s Live Well approach for healthcare in mid Essex which complements the work we have been doing and look forward to continuing to deliver ways for our residents to lead healthy and happy lifestyles.”

Cllr Ron Pratt, Chairman of the Council’s Community Services Committee, Maldon District Council said; “We are delighted to be hosting the second of the Live Well roadshows at Promenade Park on Thursday 2 June. There will be so many opportunities for residents to learn about how to Live Well and Stay Well from a number of our partner organisations and plenty of experts to offer advice and support, together with some ‘hands on’ demonstrations”.

There will be Live Well stands the following times and places, with activities generally available between 11am and 2pm:

  • Live Well roadshow - George Yard Shopping Centre (bandstand), Braintree, Wednesday 1 June,
  • Live Well roadshow - Prom Park (by the tea and coffee stalls), Maldon, Thursday 2 June
  • Live Well roadshow - The Grove Shopping Centre (central area), Witham, Friday 3 June
  • Live Well roadshow - The Meadows Shopping Centre (outside BHS), Chelmsford, each day from Monday 6 June to Sunday 12 June
  • Little Legs Festival - Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens, each day from Wednesday 15 June to Friday 17 June
  • 3foot People Festival - Hylands Park (Advice Tent), Chelmsford, each day from Tuesday 28 June to Thursday 30 June 2016
  • Essex Pride - Central Park, Chelmsford, Saturday 9 July
  • Southminster Flower Show - Saturday 16 July