Are you interested in becoming a Community Health Champion?
All too often we find that community members who would like to make improvements to their health and wellbeing don’t know where to start, so we’re looking to recruit Community Health Champions who can help us in our aim to improve community life for people throughout Blaenau Gwent.
Aneurin Leisure offers a varied range of services from Sports Centres and Libraries to Adult Community Learning and Country Parks, all of which can help to improve an individual’s health and wellbeing.
Who can be a Community Champion?
· Any Aneurin Leisure supporter
· Anyone interested in promoting healthy lifestyles within their community
· Anyone who wants to learn more about health
What does the Aneurin Leisure Community Champion Programme offer me?
· Access to selected training opportunities within Aneurin Leisure
· Learn more about health issues and Aneurin Leisure services
· Meet new people
· Have the right information to help you and others take steps to lead healthier lives
· Discount on a selected range of Aneurin Leisure products
· Opportunity to shape Aneurin Leisure services
· Access to a social media support network
What is expected from me when I become a Community Champion?
· Be an advocate for all Aneurin Leisure services
· Attend events when required
· Raise awareness of health and wellbeing within your community
Applications to become an Aneurin Leisure Community Health Champion should be submitted by Friday 22nd December.
If you’d like to know more about our Community Health Champion Programme or would like to get involved, contact Victoria Price on 01495 354716 or email email@example.com
Are you interested in becoming a Community Health Champion?
Jeffrey was signposted to the National Exercise Referral Programme from the X-Pert Diabetes programme in September 2016, hoping to improve his health and reduce the risk of becoming a Type 2 diabetic.
After a 16 week programme of regular exercise as well as information and support from the NERS team, Jeffrey has made huge improvements to his health.
Jeffrey said of his experience; “Since completing both the X-Pert Diabetes programme and NERS, I have reduced my weight by 20kg and 7 inches from my waist. I am no longer in danger of becoming a Type 2 diabetic and my BMI is now 25!
This has improved all aspects of my health and wellbeing, which in turn has given me greater energy and stamina for my past times, golf and rambling.
I can’t thank the staff who helped me in these programmes enough as it changed my life.”
If you'd like to know more about the National Exercise Referral Scheme call our Customer Advisor Team on 01495 368015.
'Adventures in Wonderland' is an exciting new library based project which for the first time combines reading, discussion and social media, all based around Lewis Caroll's famous story Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The project uses a free app called 'TwLetteratura', which enables the participants to read chapters of the book across the same time period, and share their comments via a twitter based feature. The comments can then be viewed, liked and replied to by other participants using the app.
The Libraries Service in Blaenau Gwent has worked with a range of partners, including Literature Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff University and Head4Arts to deliver this new, exciting project.
A range of promotional activities have also been held across all our libraries, including Dementia Friendly events, coffee mornings, reading groups and children's art and craft sessions, all on the theme of Alice in Wonderland.
An end of project celebration event is being held at Abertillery Library on Monday 13th November from 3pm - 5pm which is suitable for all ages and open to everyone. The free event will be a showcase of people's experiences and the work they produced, and also provide a variety of fun activities including face-painting, arts and crafts, storytelling and printing. Free refreshments will also be available.
Tracy Jones, Library Services Manager said: “During the last couple of months all our libraries have held a range of workshops and events promoting our new 'Adventures in Wonderland' reading scheme. The project has enabled the service to engage with families in new, innovative ways using Alice in Wonderland themed events. The TwLetteratura app has also been a great feature of the project - enabling people from all over Blaenau Gwent to connect and share their thoughts and comments with each on the book they’ve all been reading, whether it’s from the comfort of their own home, or at one of our group sessions.”
We are thrilled to announce that Bedwellty House and Park in Tredegar has won First Place in the Community Group Category Award at this year’s annual Blaenau Gwent in Bloom competition.
The prestigious award was granted in recognition of two particular areas of the park; the Circular Garden at the front of the House and the Kitchen Garden, which provides a variety of homegrown vegetables and fruit to our onsite Orchid House Tea Room for use in their meals and snacks.
The beautiful parkland surrounding Bedwellty House is looked after by a team of Aneurin Leisure Grounds Maintenance staff and dedicated volunteers from the community, who work together each day to ensure the park and its various flower beds and borders are maintained to a high standard and flourish throughout the year.
The award has particular significance this year as the park and Kitchen Garden have sadly been the victim of regular attacks of vandalism throughout the summer, which has seen the greenhouses, shed and plants damaged. Despite the heartbreaking losses, the team of gardeners have persevered and doubled their efforts to re-plant the garden and repair the damage left behind.
Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of Aneurin Leisure, the charitable Trust that runs Bedwellty House & Park said of the award; “We at Aneurin Leisure are very proud of the team at Bedwellty House and Park for all their amazing efforts this year which has resulted in the park gaining recognition and winning this prestigious award from Blaenau Gwent in Bloom.
I would like to thank the organisers and judges from Blaenau Gwent in Bloom for considering our venue and for the high praise they’ve given us.
I would also like to take the opportunity to say a special thank you to all the staff and community volunteers at Bedwellty House for their tireless efforts to keep the park looking beautiful throughout the year for our visitors, and commend them for the commitment and determination they showed when much of their hard work was destroyed by vandalism during the summer.”
Pictured above is Clive Sainsbury from our Grounds Maintenance team and his brother Robert, who volunteers as a gardener at Bedwellty Park, holding the Blaenau Gwent in Bloom awards in the Kitchen Garden at Bedwellty Park.
Also pictured is Keith Thomas, from our grounds Maintenance team accepting the Blaenau Gwent in Bloom Award at the awards evening in the General Offices in Ebbw Vale.