Success For Health And Wellbeing Fair

Old Wesleyan Chapel

Organisers of yesterday’s Health and Wellbeing fair at the Old Wesleyan Chapel say that the attendance level, of around 150 islanders, shows there’s demand for these events where providers are all under one roof.

Around twenty agencies and groups put up displays and showcased their work during the five-hour drop-in session.

Leonie Jones, who helped organise the joint Council and LINk4Scilly event, says she’s particularly pleased that some younger people also attended the fair. She had expected the age profile to have been slightly older.

Leoni says they’d like to put on a similar show next spring to build on yesterday’s success.

And Carol Clarke from Link4Scilly says holding the event earlier in 2013 could encourage more Off-Islanders to attend, because boating will be more straightforward.

Beryl Read attended the fair to represent local volunteer group, Island Response. She found it useful to meet mainland service providers and she says one visiting organisation may set up training for some of the local volunteer carers.

Beryl says some mainland organisations weren’t even aware of the work undertaken by her team of volunteers on all of the islands, which includes sitting with people and providing companionship in their homes, as well doing small errands like shopping.

Next time it’s hoped that there may be more attendance from organisations that work in the mental health area, said Leoni, as that field of care and support work received much interest.