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Health and Well-being Day

82 people and a pigeon turned up and took part in the Annexe Health and Wellbeing Day last Friday, lots of new faces with fresh input and some new ideas. Lovely to see everyone mixing with each other, trying out different activities, making things, chatting, meeting up with old and new friends. One person said that they met up again with a friend that they had lost touch with over 20 years ago!

Julie kicked off the day with the welcome talk, letting everyone know about new workshops on the theme of Partick Heritage - starting in February 2013. Julie also raised the issue of living with long term health conditions and what support would be useful for people dealing with this.

A healthy lunch in the Annexe Cafe or a gentle exercise class followed with people booking in for a complementary therapy. Activities on offer included smoothie tasters, making Christmas cards and jewellery, new Connects jigsaw, making cloved oranges, a free hair cut or a wee pampering of getting your nails done and making stained glass angels.

Information was available on Annexe activities, the Connects Project and the Healthy Living Outreach services in Anderson, Townhead, Cowcaddens, Netherton, Knightswood, Woodside and Whiteinch. Several people commenting on the fact that they “didn’t know that the Annexe was operating in so many areas on an outreach basis”. A Public Participation Forum (PPF) stall was also on hand to enable people to put their thoughts and ideas forward towards the next 3 years of the Glasgow City CHP Development Plan.

After lunch more opportunities for crafts, exercising with circle dancing, having a relaxing complementary therapy and going for a Partick health walk. The day was greatly supported by new volunteers, so much appreciation to Betty and Katie for their help with Reiki therapies, Lynette for haircuts and nails, Tina for pre planning and marketing and on the day sorting out waiting lists and getting quotes and Rifat for manning reception and generally helping out where and when needed. All in all, from the feedback sheets and general chat, everyone enjoyed their day and went away feeling “a wee bit healthier” for it.

“Met new people, had a very healthy lunch and smoothies. Great range of activities.”

“Enjoyed the company and the activities, good to get out and meet new people and folks I have met before.”

“Enjoyed therapy, arts and meeting people, a most enjoyable day and a lovely lunch.”

“Very enjoyable- Reiki great.”