On 16 November, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service worked alongside Lea Vale Medical Group to deliver the first Community Health and Wellbeing event at St Johns Church in Luton. The event was well attended by local organisations, support groups, community health advisors and local members of the public.
As people moved around the centre, they were able to chat to different community leaders and representatives about how to find local support for themselves or friends and family who might be in need of it. Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service made the most of a great opportunity to engage with people about important issues such as living with dementia, or oxygen therapy and the associated fire risks, as well as other common areas for concern for the Service such as hoarding. As the Service is committed to safeguarding the community that we serve, it is vital that events like this are possible so that we can reach areas of the community that need our help the most.
At the event, members of the public were also able to get a free NHS health check and blood pressure check, and receive support on issues like stopping smoking and family advice. Being able to have the church open its doors and host this free event was an excellent way to connect with the community and we hope to be able to hold many more in the future, alongside our local NHS partners.
If you didn't make it to this one, keep an eye on our social media pages for upcoming dates.