Health Yourself event a hit with youngsters
Dozens of young people enjoyed a host of free activities at Cheshire East’s second annual ‘Health Yourself’ event.
The showcase, run by Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service, part of Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) took place at Gresty Road football stadium in Crewe, where children and families met local organisations and charities as part of the health event.
The aim of the event was to raise awareness of health and wellbeing, positive body image and build confidence. To help youngsters understand the risks associated with the misuse of substances and to give them the opportunity to try some activities that they may not have considered in the past.
The day provided a mix of educational stands and inspirational activities. Visitors could find out more about sexual health, mental health support or the dangers of drug and alcohol. Attractions included face-painting, fancy dress, graffiti session and free running demonstrations.
Some of the young people that dropped in have had experience of CWP services, receiving support for substance misuse or have accessed child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).
Courtney Horrell, 19, from Crewe, said: “I came down today with other members of my local youth club and we’ve all really enjoyed the day, particularly the face-painting, graffiti sessions and photo booth.
“Today’s event has been a fantastic platform for bringing people together. It’s been a really open and relaxed event, full of friendly faces who are happy to teach you loads of new, exciting skills.”
CWP Young Advisors also had a stand showcasing the work they do, consulting with young people on the services provided by the Trust. The group helped to design the publicity poster for the event and came up with ideas for the day and the title #healthyourself.
Julia Cottier, CWP service director added: “Thanks to everyone for making it such a great day, both exhibitors and visitors. The event demonstrated how agencies and organisations can work together in partnership to support young people’s health and well-being and provide advice and signposting to services.”
Photo: Courtney Horrell (centre) with friends; Cheshire East Substance Misuse Service staff enjoy fancy dress