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Free "Living Well" event at National Trust venue
09/09/2019

​A free “Living Well” event will be held next week at a National Trust moated country house for West Norfolk people to promote healthy living, particularly for those with mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety.

Carers and members of the public are also welcome to attend the activities, information stands and workshops at Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, on Wednesday, 18 September between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

“Living Well” is being organised by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with Oxburgh Hall staff and will include representatives of a range of third sector organisations.

Service users and carers will be able to access Oxburgh Hall and its gardens free of charge, which is the same venue that NSFT used for a Carers Week event in June.

One of its organisers is Steve Clark, NSFT’s People Participation Lead (PPL) for West and South Norfolk, who brings lived experience of mental ill health to his role.

“The aim of the day is to promote general wellbeing – both physical and mental – of our service users and their carers, as well as providing advice and support to the public visiting Oxburgh Hall on the day,” he said.

“It gives them a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house and into a beautiful environment, and a chance to engage with people in a similar situation to themselves while accessing a range of free activities.

“The answer to mental health issues is not always all about medication and consultants, and there will be an emphasis on showing people what they can do to help themselves.”

Mr Clark, who is based at Chatterton House in Goodwins Road, King’s Lynn, added that free tea, coffee and biscuits would be provided.

Andre Bolster, Principal Clinical Psychologist on NSFT’s Samphire Ward at Chatterton House, will run mindfulness workshops throughout the day, and other activities will include reflexology, photography workshops, art workshops, aromatherapy and tai chi.

Among the organisations taking part will be NSFT’s Wellbeing Norfolk & Waveney, Community Action Norfolk, Voluntary Norfolk, The Norfolk & Norwich Association for The Blind, The Matthew Project, Equal Lives and the National Trust. In addition, a disability and employment adviser from the Department for Work and Pensions will be available.

* Anyone wanting more information about the Living Well event should contact Steve Clark. Email stephen.clark@nsft.nhs.uk or phone him on 01553 736038.

Please note that NSFT service users and their carers will be able to access Oxburgh Hall and its gardens for free only with an invitation which he can provide.

Caption: Some of the people who attended an NSFT-organised Carers Week event at Oxburgh Hall on 11 June.

For press enquiries, email: nsft.communications@nsft.nhs.uk