Southampton Healthy Living and Monty’s Community Hub in Sholing are joining forces to offer information, support and advice to residents around making healthier choices.
Starting on Friday, 26 January, they will be delivering a 12-week healthy living pop-up shop at the community hub on Montague Avenue in Sholing. Expert advisers will offer information, support and advice around making healthier choices including stop smoking support, weight loss information, physical activity information, conversations around alcohol consumption and mini NHS health checks. The team will be at the hub shop from 10am til 2pm every Friday for 12 weeks, until 13 April 2018.
Rev Jon Oliver, Chair of Trustees at Monty’s Community Hub, said “As a small charity rooted in our community, we’re really looking forward to working with Southampton Healthy Living to offer more for our members and neighbours. After all, we all need a little help now and then. Together with Monty’s Bike Hub, our Actively Ageing group, Curb Cafe and our summer Sports sessions – we hope this will help our community become a healthier place for everyone.”
Monty’s Community Hub is a community-development charity and social enterprise based at the heart of the local neighbourhood – encouraging personal, social and spiritual development within the community. Monty’s growing team of local volunteers organise activities including youth clubs, community cafe, homework club, bike workshops, sports, cycling, groups for young parents, older people, and everyone in the community.
This partnership is trialing a concept of local shop front delivery of healthy living services in innovative settings and is the start of an exploration of new ways of providing lifestyle support to communities in Southampton.
Andrew Smith, Operations Manager for Southampton Healthy Living, said “ We are really looking forward to trialling this way of working with Monty’s and providing services in Sholing. Our team will be available for brief interventions and support for individuals to make positive changes for their health. We look forward to supporting Sholing to be a healthier place to live”.
Wendy Lee, Programme Manager for Southampton Healthy Living said: “We are looking forward to welcoming many local people to our pop up between now and April. We understand the importance of a familiar and comfortable environment in which to hold conversations about healthy lifestyles, outside of traditional NHS buildings which many associate with difficult times/illness. It is hoped that this will encourage more people to seek support to help keep themselves healthy.”
Visit www.southamptonhealthyliving.org.uk for lots of information on healthy living, and to contact one of the team.
Visit http://www.montys.org.uk/ for more information about services at Monty’s.