Healthy Hub launched in Stevenage

17 Dec 2015

Stevenage Borough Council celebrated the launch of Healthy Hub Stevenage on Monday 14 December. The Hub is a one-stop shop that provides information, advice and support to improve the health and wellbeing of the community and is based at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre.

Former international football referee Graham Poll opened the Healthy Hub alongside Council Leader Sharon Taylor, Councillor John Lloyd and Councillor Jeannette Thomas. The Hub is a joint venture between the council and Stevenage Leisure Limited and funding was provided by Hertfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health.

An area at Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre has been reconfigured to offer three consultation rooms to house the services and provide free health presentations on areas such as diabetes, back care, sexual health, and family and children matters. The Hub also offers support for individuals and families on topics including mental health, physical activity, weight management, breastfeeding, parenting skills, coping with cancer, and smoking cessation.

The Hub opens in the New Year on Monday to Fridays from 10am to 3pm and is looking for ‘Hub Buds’ to volunteer on reception and make contact with members of the community to help them access the services. Visitors to the Hub are encouraged to enter from the covered walkway area at the Arts and Leisure Centre. For more information go to: www.healthyhubstevenage.co.uk

Councillor Jeannette Thomas, Executive Member for Community, Health and Older People, said: “The Health Profile shows that the health of people in Stevenage is varied compared with the England average but it highlights the needs of the community. I am pleased that the Healthy Hub brings together our key partners to make access to services easier and provide advice and support to improve people’s health and reduce health inequalities in Stevenage.”

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