Helping you stay #WinterWell
We know there is a challenging winter ahead. With rising costs of living, pressures on the NHS and care services and expected high levels of flu and Covid-19, we are doing all we can to support our communities.
Following the success of last year's event in Folkestone, where we helped more than 300 people, our Winter Well event is back this November and this year we are taking it to Dover and Margate.
NHS, council and community providers are coming together to deliver the East Kent Health and Care Partnership events, to support people and families to stay well through winter, avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital and choose the right service when they need urgent care.
Community and council services will be on hand to provide cost of living and welfare advice.
We will also be providing free hot drinks, second-hand clothing and children's activities.
Saturday, 18 November, 10.30am to 2.30pm, St Mary’s Church Hall, Cannon Street, Dover CT16 1BY.
Saturday, 25 November, from 12noon to 4pm, Margate Baptist Church, 4 Cecil Square CT9 5EH.
Our experts will be providing physical and emotional wellbeing advice for adults and children and catch-up flu immunisations for children. Kent Fire and Rescue Service and community wardens will be on hand to provide safety advice and local community organisations will be providing cost of living support, access to healthy food and eating well this winter.
Anne Ford, Deputy Director of the East Kent Health and Care Partnership, said: “With rising costs of living, pressures on the NHS and care services and expected high levels of flu and Covid-19, we are doing all we can to support our communities to stay well this winter.
“We look forward to seeing people and their families in Dover and Margate, so we can share what support is available this winter, how they can keep themselves healthy and making sure they know how to find the right care, when they need it."
In Dover, we are partnering with Dover District Council and Social Enterprise Kent and will be joined by MIND, Dover Big Local, Involve Kent for social prescribing and Carers' Support.
Cllr Charlotte Zosseder, Portfolio for Community and Corporate Property, Dover District Council said: “I am delighted to support the Dover Winter Well event, which aims to provide essential services and advice to our residents who may be facing challenges during the cold season.
"We’re passionate about helping people in need and making our community a better place to live. This is a great opportunity to connect with local organisations and agencies that can offer support to those who may be struggling with their health and wellbeing this winter.”
In Margate, we will be helping families stay well, with a little help from Santa
Partnering with the Margate Christmas Fair, Thanet District Council and Social Enterprise Kent, it’s not just a visit to Father Christmas on offer at the free Santa’s Grotto in Cecil Square, Margate this year.
Families can visit Santa in his grotto, then wind their way through our health and care event, before enjoying the wealth of entertainment and festivities on offer in the town square.
Jack Packman, event organiser and Ward Councillor for Dane Valley, said: “Our event last year was a huge success and saw us bring Christmas cheer and a sense of community to more than 1,000 people. This year we have teamed up with our local NHS and community services to make sure there is even more on offer for people, to ensure they have a fun and happy Christmas.”
Age UK Thanet, Carers' Support, colleagues from housing and benefit services will be joining us alongside NHS teams to help keep the whole family healthy.
Cllr Heather Keen, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Thanet District Council said: “We’re passionate about helping people in need and making our community a better place to live. The Winter Well event will help us to make sure that support reaches the
Claire Shelton, Director of Health and Wellbeing for Social Enterprise Kent, said: “We are really pleased to be supporting these Winter Well events in Thanet and Dover.
"It’s really great to be part of an event that is tapping into the expertise we all have to support our communities to be healthy this winter, whether that’s through immunisation and health advice, access to healthy food, cost of living support or reducing loneliness and isolation.”
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