Last Saturday, Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre ran its first open day since the redevelopment of the former leisure centre. It was a great and fun day, which helped to show off all that the centre now offers. We had face painting, craft workshops, health cooking demos, an incredibly popular circus skills workshop, bouncy castles, advice and information stands on local apprenticeships, and free professional advice for young people to help them ‘tune up’ their CV. This was in addition to all the usual (and many extra) leisure offers that the centre promoted on the day.
The centre is now a campus which co-locates a number of critical services for the community. Those service partners were also present on the day including the fire service, citizen’s advice and the learning disability team who held a sponsored cycle ride on the special adapted static bikes in the centre, covering 20k and raising essential funds for the RNIB.
One extra advice and information stand present on the day, which intentionally served to demonstrate the wider offer of the centre to the community, was that of the Salisbury Samaritans. As a health and wellbeing centre, Five Rivers now facilitates a broad spectrum of activities and opportunities to improve not just the physical strength of those who use the centre, but also their mental strength. The Samaritans play a key partnership role with citizens advice, and all other services and groups in Salisbury which exist to support those facing challenges to their mental health. For more information about this partnership work, or to simply book a time to come along and see what the newly developed health and wellbeing centre now offers, please contact Karen Linaker on 07917 751728 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org