Self-Care Week – helping you help yourself

Get ready for national Self-Care Week and health and wellbeing events taking place in the borough between 16 and 22 November.

Look out for the Street Doctors where you can get a Health Check, pick up useful advice on how to quit smoking, manage your weight and get your blood pressure checked. The Street Doctors will be at different locations in Bracknell Forest throughout the week.

There will also be staff from “Talking Therapies”, part of Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, who will answer questions about mental health.

Across the Borough, there will be free events such as Zumba at Sandhurst Memorial Hall on 17 November, or Tai-Chi at the Warren Community Centre, in Martins Heron, on 19 November. Email the ASCHH Commissioning Team or call 01344 352765 to book your place.

Self-Care Week is being supported by Bracknell Forest Council and partners, Bracknell and Ascot Clinical Commissioning Group (BACCG), Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, HealthWatch Bracknell Forest and Shopmobility.

Cllr Dale Birch, Bracknell Forest Council’s Executive Member for adult services, health and housing, said: “Self-Care Week is about people making time to look after themselves, which is why we are encouraging residents to stay fit and healthy as well as being informed about how to deal with minor ailments and long term conditions.”

Dr Martin Kittel, from BACCG, said: “When people take good care of their own health it has benefits for everyone. They spend less time at the GP and other appointments and get more enjoyment out of life. Our local hospitals also save time and money because they will be under increasing pressure as winter draws near.”

As part of the Self-Care Week, there will be a School Poster Competition with opportunities to win some fantastic prizes including family tickets to The Look Out and Coral Reef, all generously donated by partners and providers supporting the event.

If your family is spending more time on the couch than at the local park why not visit a children’s centre during the week for family-friendly events?  For information about local children’s centres, go to the council’s children’s centre web page.

Visit our Self-Care Week web page for more information and a full schedule of events. For further information, please email the ASCHH Commissioning Team.