Great turn-out for Brighter Living Fair

Published: Friday 6th July 18

More than 200 people came along to the Brighter Living Fair to find out what support is available in Wandsworth to help them stay independent.

The free fair took place in the Wandsworth Civic Suite on July 3 and was organised by the council’s Adult Social Services Department. It was specifically for adults who have, or are looking for, care and support in the borough and other local people and 55 and over.

More than 40 local services and organisations had stalls at the event, including the Share Community, Battersea Thrive, Generate, the London Fire Brigade and local NHS services. There was also a full programme of talks and demonstrations, including Wandsworth Police, who gave a talk on keeping safe, DORCAS who demonstrated healthy juice making, fitness taster sessions from the council’s leisure contractors Enable, boxing from Carney’s Community, an art workshop with Creative Minds and sign language sessions from Deaf First.

There was also a chance to hear about services on offer from the council to keep people safe and well, including the WATCH and Telecare emergency alarm services and the award-winning KITE service, which helps people get back on their feet after an accident or illness.

Community organisation DORCAS showed how to make healthy juices

The Scott family said they had learnt about support available for carers and the location of different services: “As well as finding out what services there are, we also found out where about in the borough they are, which is really useful. We’ve learnt a lot here today.” Yvonne who lives in Balham said she had learnt about healthy eating from the Diabetes Champions and how to make the best use of her mobile from CommuniTech.

Cllr Paul Ellis, the council’s health and social care spokesman, said “This was a very successful event, and we’re delighted it was well attended and so many organisations came along. We hope that the day will give residents the information they need to stay healthy and independent.”

If you were unable to attend, you can search for local social care services at www.wandsworth.gov.uk/adultsocialcare.

* Thank you to the following companies who donated food, prizes and other items to the fair

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