Ashton events to encourage people to make connections this Mental Health Awareness Week

Posted on - 8th May, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Health, Parks, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Let's Grow Preston's Ashton Walled Garden
Making Connections will take place at Let’s Grow Preston in Ashton Park

Two events in Ashton-on-Ribble will encourage people to build meaningful connections with friends, family, colleagues and communities this Mental Health Awareness Week.


Preston Wellfest Network will be hosting two ‘Making Connections’ events at the site of one of its member organisations, Let’s Grow Preston at Ashton Park.

The Network was formed in 2019 and is made up of over 30 organisations that have a specific interest in health and wellbeing in the Preston area.

Read more: Community group ‘Let’s Grow Preston’ have been recognised for their pandemic efforts

Ally Brown, Director of environment and communities at Preston City Council, said: “Having friends and other social connections is good for your health and wellbeing.

“Loneliness is an issue affecting more and more people, especially during the pandemic. It is known to have a significant impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

“We’re asking people and organisations alike to consider their ‘unique contribution’ in tackling loneliness, isolation and the barriers to connection.”

Read more: Preston-based Disability Equality project to help disabled people to stay safe at home

The Making Connections events will take place at Let’s Grow Preston at Ashton Park from 10am to 3pm on Monday 9 and Friday 13 May.

Amongst the organisations attending the events over the two days will be Lancashire Women, LPM Dance, Release CIC, Red Rose Recovery, SLEAP, LemonDANCE, Lancashire Mind, The Recovery College, Preston Samaritans and Disability Equality Northwest.

There will be opportunities for those attending to volunteer in the garden at Let’s Grow Preston and experience the therapeutic benefits of nature and horticulture.

To find out more, see the Visit Preston website.

More information about Mental Health Awareness Week is on Help in Preston website.

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