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Cluster helps inspire community to make positive changes to health and wellbeing

Members of the cluster at the event

People living in Port Talbot have been inspired to make positive changes to their health and wellbeing.

Afan Local Cluster Collaborative (LCC) recently hosted a free health and wellbeing event to help inspire people to live even healthier lifestyles.

The event was made up of a variety of local health and community groups and services who could offer advice and support around making healthy changes.

Afan LCC covers the Port Talbot area and is made up of a group of GP practices, dentists, community pharmacies, local opticians, community nurses, and allied health professionals.

Pictured l-r: Afan LCC’s business development and implementation manager Joanna Parkinson, planning and partnership support manager Dawn Burford, cluster development manager Lynne Thomas and Afan LCC’s social prescriber Ingrid Nicholls.

They work together to pool resources and share best practice in a bid to help you remain fit and healthy, and to improve the way you are cared for if you do become unwell.

A lady stood in front of a stall

The wellbeing event was held at St Paul’s Centre in Port Talbot.

Joanna Parkinson, Afan LCC’s business development and implementation manager, said: “We are extremely pleased to have held our first wellbeing engagement event.

“We wanted to raise awareness of the services we deliver within the community and to help improve the health literacy of our population..

“Our aim was to directly engage with the cluster’s patients in a fun and interactive way, giving the opportunity for both the public and stall holders to network in providing health and wellbeing support and advice.”

Members of the public could engage with interactive stalls from organisations including MS Society, Diabetes UK, Neath Port Talbot Libraries, the In-Work Support Service, Neath Port Talbot Adult Learning in the Community and Local Area Co-ordination.

There were also a number of health board staff members on hand to offer advice, including dietetic support workers and members of the End of Life Care Parasol Service (pictured).

It is hoped that the LCC will host similar wellbeing events for patients in the future.

“The event was a tremendous success,” Joanna added.

“It was supported by a range of stalls from the health board, local authority services, local charities and third sector organisations serving the Neath Port Talbot area.

“We look forward to holding further events in the future to provide more information around topics that those who attended told us they would like to receive.”

Andrew Griffiths, the health board's Head of Cluster Development and Planning, said: "The Clusters across our health board region are there to focus on improving local population health.

"We are extremely pleased to support the people living in Afan Cluster to gain awareness of the range of services available locally and of the support that they can access to keep themselves healthy locally."

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