Suffolk & North East Essex Shadow Integrated Care System

Livewell campaign is well on the way to improving Colchester resident's health

September 2018

Colchester Borough Council’s Livewell campaign has marked its first anniversary by sponsoring the Young Children’s Festival in Upper Castle Park earlier in the summer.

The 24th annual festival, organised by a group of local volunteers, saw organisations, charities, and support services come together to show just how good connecting with our community is for our mental and physical wellbeing.

Festival-goers were able to participate in a wide range of health-promoting activities and fun-based workshops, including: Rhyme Time, delivered by Essex Libraries; animation workshops, by Signals; healthy snack-making with Colchester Borough Council Zone Wardens; circus skills delivered by First Site, and advice for parents from Essex Children and Families Health and Wellbeing Service – as well as lots more workshops and music and dance demonstrations.

With mental health issues among children a matter of growing concern, Livewell Colchester’s focus at the festival was on the importance of prevention, self-care, behaviour change and resilience – the Five Ways To Wellbeing – as an approach that helps prevent mental health issues from developing.

Since Livewell Colchester launched its local campaign, Colchester Borough Council has spearheaded a number of collaborative initiatives and projects aimed at making the area even more healthier and happier. Beat the Street, for example, the popular game played on the streets of Colchester last autumn, had over 14,000 people take part and increased their physical activity.