JOIN THE FUN AT THE LANCASTER HEALTH FESTIVAL

Members of the public are invited to join in conversations about their health and wellbeing at
the Lancaster Health Festival.

Bay Health and Care Partners are inviting the public, health professionals and partner
organisations to the Lancaster Health Festival, which will take place over three days which
will begin on the evening of Thursday 21st and run to the afternoon of Saturday 23rd
September 2017.

The event, which will be spread out across a number of locations and venues within the town
centre, is completely free and will be packed with lots of fun-filled activities for everyone.
A key aim of the event will be to start a new conversation about people’s health and
wellbeing, and to support people to think about, and make positive changes to their life.
Ian Dewar, Chaplain at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, said “The Healthfest is a chance for
people to get together and share their experiences, perhaps there’s a choir, dance group or
sports team you’d like to promote.”

“This event doesn’t just focus on healthcare, but rather on the “Lost Art of Living”, the simple
steps we can take to improve our own wellbeing.”

The event will begin on the Thursday evening with a dying matters café where people can
relax whilst taking about life’s biggest issues in a fun way.

A selection of fantastic speakers have been booked for the festival including a guest
appearance on the Friday evening from Trevor Philips OBE, who will be giving a talk on
culture, religion and race in healthcare.

The festival will continue throughout the Saturday at various city centre locations including
Sun Square, the Apothecary and St Thomas’ Church. Activities on offer include dementia
cafes, light exercise sessions, and eating and conversation cafes.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to have a health and wellbeing MOT which includes
blood pressure checks and Body Mass Index measurements. Health professionals will be on
hand to offer health advice and answer any questions.

Andy Knox, Director for Health and Wellbeing, NHS Morecambe Bay CCG, added “I’m thrilled
we’ve been able to arrange this event, especially over a number of venues in Lancaster, there
really will be something for everyone.”

Fantastic speakers booked for the Saturday include:

  •  Rev Libby Lane– Young People and Mental Health
  •  Professor Elena Semino– Taking Liberty with Words
  •  Dr Andy Knox & Dave Higham from the Well – Think big, think local

If you would like more information on the Lancaster Health Festival please contact
ian.dewar@mbht.nhs.uk