Thurrock community wraps up for Self Care Week

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self care week 2017

Organisations including Thurrock Council, Thurrock CCG and Thurrock CVS, St Margaret’s Church in Stanford le Hope and Thurrock’s Community Hub in Chadwell have got together to wrap local areas across Thurrock for Self Care Week.

Groups were invited to knit or bring scarves to wrap around their nose and mouth to keep cold air out and keep warm. Self Care Week runs from 13-19th November and was set up to help empower people to find ways of keeping themselves healthy and warm this winter.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse for Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“This is a fun way of getting people together to raise awareness of how we can all help ourselves to stay well this winter. We are bringing the community together for a simple message.”

This Thursday 16 November at 4pm, Thurrock Council staff, CCG Staff, Thurrock CVS, Healthwatch and students from South Essex College will all join together to wrap around the council building in Grays.

Other events include: wrapping round with children from Messy church at St Margaret’s Church, Stanford le Hope after school on Tuesday, and Chadwell Community Hub wrapping up around the Chadwell library on Thursday morning.

Porfolio holder for Health, Cllr James Halden said:
“This is a great way to bring the community together for a simple message during Self-Care Week, empowering people to take care of themselves no matter what age. There are lots of ways to stay well; wrapping up in cold weather, getting your flu jab (if you are in an at risk group); and making sure elderly neighbours are staying warm, are just some of the ways.”

“We now have lots of advice available for people to help them find solutions to stay well, including our new Thurrock First helpline. This enables people to find a health, care or mental health solution to meet their needs and take charge of their own health.”

For more information Self Care Week visit: http://www.selfcareforum.org/events/self-care-week/ 

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