Healthy active Thursdays at Brighton Street

Release Date: 12-Oct-2011
Older people living near the Brighton Street Centre in Heckmondwike are getting healthy and active, thanks to a series of events run at the centre by KNH in partnership with Kirklees Council’s community work team.
Some of the participants signing health pledges

Some of the participants signing health pledges

Some of the participants signing health pledges

Some of the participants signing health pledges

The events are designed to bring different communities together, promote the use of the centre, encourage volunteering and encourage healthy lifestyles.

So far, ladies from the Khoosh Women’s Group, Claremont House care home and other Brighton Street residents have taken part in three sessions, which have included soup and smoothie making, health quizzes, walks and a picnic. They have also made pledges to eat more healthily.

Chris Adleigh made a pledge to “not have three biscuits at coffee mornings but bring some fruit.”

Local councilor Viv Kendrick pledged to buy a smoothie maker to encourage her granddaughter to eat more fruit.

KNH community engagement officer, Asma Raja said: “We’re trying to encourage more people to use the facilities at Brighton Street and do more with and for their communities. Activities like these are a fun and easy way for people to start to get involved with local groups like tenants and residents associations.

Ward councilor and deputy leader of the Cabinet, David Sheard said: “Taking part in activities such these is an important way of encouraging people to take more interest in their communities and have their say in the decisions that affect them.”

Future activities at Brighton Street include a community safety session in November, when representatives from a number of agencies will be talking to community organisations about how they can help keep their neighbourhoods safe.

For more information about how you can get involved contact either Asma Raja on 01484 221723 or Carly Webster on 01484 416444.