The Millennium Centre is delighted to announce the launch of a new service that will help local people find information about health and social care quicker and easier.
St Helens Gateway is a community hub of information; bringing together all health, social care and wellbeing information and services into one central place.
For example, it can point you in the right direction if you are looking to find health information or services, access services for vulnerable adults, search for counselling, a local support or someone to talk to, or if you’re looking to improve your wellbeing or make positive changes to your lifestyle.
Anthony Richards MBE, Executive Director of the Millennium Centre, commented “Health and social care information in St Helens can be fragmented and confusing, and often people are passed from pillar to post or they just don’t know where to turn. This new service will help signpost people to the right places and provide them with the information that they need.”
St Helens Gateway is an independent, confidential and free service provided by local charity the Millennium Centre, and is available to access online at www.sthelensgateway.info, by e-mail at email@example.com, over the phone on 01744 675 137 or face-to-face at the Millennium Centre reception.
In addition to providing an information service, St Helens Gateway raises awareness of local services and encourages early interventions to reduce the likelihood of people developing long-term health problems.
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The Millennium Centre is working in partnership with over twenty local organisations to help deliver a brand new campaign to the local community. St Helens Wellbeing Week is aimed at improving people’s awareness, education and participation around health and wellbeing, and will take place this year between Monday 14th and Sunday 20th May.
All information and events in Wellbeing Week 2012 will centre around the concept of wellbeing. Wellbeing refers to ‘feeling good’ and ‘functioning well’, both mentally and physically, and research (NEF, 2008) suggests that people can significantly improve their wellbeing by following five simple steps:
• Connect with other people
• Be physically active
• Take notice of the world around you
• Keep learning new things
• Give back to other people
There will be a whole variety of exciting, fun and free events held across St Helens during the week for anyone to get involved with. From walks and guided tours to information sessions and exercise classes, there will be something to suit everyone of all tastes and all ages. The week will also aim to help raise awareness of local services that are available to people, which can help them improve their health and wellbeing.
The campaign will be launched with a marquee event on Monday 14th May (held in Church Square), where anyone can come down on the day to find out more about wellbeing, have a go at some fun activities and learn more about other events that are taking place during the rest of the week. There will also be a prize draw and there may be a special guest popping down too, so make sure you get yourself into St Helens town centre on that day!
Organisations involved in Wellbeing Week so far include The Millennium Centre, St Helens Gateway, The Wellbeing Project, Healthy in St Helens event, Age UK, St Helens Mind, Health Improvement Team, GoActive, Women Supporting Women, Platform 51, Healthy Heart Support Group, Helena Partnerships, Alzheimer’s Society, RASASC, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support, St Helens Star, the Hope Centre, PSS Young Carers and the Volunteer Centre.
Further information about Wellbeing Week and a full programme of events will be published shortly. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the latest updates on the St Helens Gateway twitter page.
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Further information about wellbeing can be found via the Wellbeing Project. The Wellbeing Project have also recently produced a publication called St Helens’ Ways to Wellbeing that promotes wellbeing and local resources that can help people achieve wellbeing: http://www.wellbeingproject.co.uk/documents/StHelensWaystoWellbeing_highres020112.pdf
The full research conducted by the New Economics Foundation (2008) around the five ways to wellbeing can be found here: http://neweconomics.org/sites/neweconomics.org/files/Five_Ways_to_Wellbeing.pdf
The Winter 2011/12 edition of Millennium Times has just been published, bringing you all the latest news and views from the Millennium Centre in St Helens.
In this issue:
– Meet the team: introducing the faces behind the Millennium Centre
– Misunderstood and unheard: how Platform 51 can help women find their voice
– St Helens Gateway: update on plans for a valuable new service
Issue 2 can be viewed online by clicking here, or alternatively you can take a hard-copy from the Millennium Centre reception area.
We are delighted to announce that St Helens Community Empowerment Network (CEN) have agreed to become the latest tenants at the Millennium Centre, and have just moved into their new office located in Millennium House on Bickerstaffe Street.
St Helens CEN is an independent community network that champions community participation and involvement in local decision making. They support the development of new community groups, community projects and the development of active citizenship among neighbourhoods and communities across the St Helens borough.
The Millennium Centre works very closely with charities and voluntary groups operating in the health and social care sector, and Executive Chairman Anthony Richards MBE thinks that CEN joining the Millennium Centre is a perfect fit, “We were established to bring together local charities and community groups to work with each other to benefit the people of St Helens, and we are very much looking forward to forming a long-lasting and successful relationship with CEN to support the work that they do as much as we can.”
Simon Skidmore, Manager at CEN, commented, “We are delighted to be able to move our new office base to the Millennium Centre; it provides us with a modern, accessible working environment and the potential to work with other organisations and community groups that use the Millennium Centre. In the next few months we will be working on the second round of the Active Citizens programme – this will include an opportunity for some people involved in community organisations to not only access free training, but possibly be selected to take part in overseas exchange visits to witness first hand a wide range of community projects.”
Within the past year or so CEN has been involved in training people in the British Council Active Citizens programme, conducted a major research project in partnership with Cheshire Community Action, supported the St Helens Council ward committees and Local Strategic Partnership, helped to gain funding for a training programme in the Parr area with local Councillors, and also helping to set-up and establish various local community projects. More information about CEN can be found on their website, available at http://sthelenscen.ning.com
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The Millennium Centre has just published the first edition of its new newsletter, titled ‘Millennium Times’. The Millennium Times newsletter will bring you all the latest news and views from the Millennium Centre in St Helens and is published on a quarterly basis.
In the first edition of Millennium Times we reveal plans for an exciting new website for the people of St Helens, we share the story of a local group called No Secrets that provide emotional support to people who self-harm, and we also round up all the latest news from the Millennium Centre.
You can view the first issue of Millennium Times online, available at http://issuu.com/tmcsh/docs/millenniumtimes1
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