Health and Wellbeing for All in Fochabers

Fochabers GP Practice Manager Keith Anderson with Fochabers Men’s Shed board member and Moray Wellbeing Hub Director Chris Ritchie

A Health and Wellbeing for All event is being planned for Saturday, 13 October. The event will take place at the Fochabers Public Institute from 10am to 1pm, when all comers can look forward to a warm welcome.

The aim of the event is to raise local people’s awareness of community services in Fochabers and the surrounding area, and to strengthen their links with their local GP practice.

Moray’s Health and Wellbeing Forum members (including tsiMORAY, Moray Wellbeing Hub and Health and Social Care Moray), the ALLIANCE and Fochabers Medical Practice, are teaming up to bring this lively “pop-up marketplace” to the public.

A spokesperson for the event team said, “We hope to welcome many members of the public through the doors, and to encourage a wide range of public, third and independent sector services to take part, to better connect with people who live, work and play here in Fochabers. All are welcome”.

The Fochabers Men’s Shed is one great example of a warm, welcoming, accessible community project, open to everyone, as highlighted by the recent launch of their stair lift, which enables members with mobility issues to access the workshop situated on the top floor of Fochabers Public Institute.

Fochabers Men’s Shed board member and Moray Wellbeing Hub Director Chris Ritchie and  GP Practice Manager Keith Anderson have been working in different ways to raise awareness of the role that community projects and services could play in: tackling loneliness and social isolation, promoting good health and wellbeing for all, and introducing self-management tools for people with long term or complex health conditions.

Visitors to the marketplace will receive a warm and friendly welcome from Moray Wellbeing Hub champions and will be invited to browse a range of stalls and enjoy refreshments at the Pop Up café.

Any groups or organisations providing community services in the Fochabers area, who would like to book a stall should email Elidh, Health and Wellbeing Team Coordinator at tsiMORAY on [email protected]