Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Health Care That Crosses the Divide; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a Unique Event That Is Getting Different Communities within the Region Mixing Together

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Health Care That Crosses the Divide; Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at a Unique Event That Is Getting Different Communities within the Region Mixing Together

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Byline: HELEN RAE

EAST meets west at a community health fun day hosted in Tyneside.

Members of the public are invited to the event - tomorrow from 12pm to 3pm - at St Luke's Church Hall, Frank Street in Wallsend, North Tyneside.

The group, which formed five years ago, meets monthly at Wallsend People's Centre, and aims to bring the community together with a wide variety of activities on the theme of healthy living and wellbeing.

Visitors will have the opportunity to find out about African culture, and there will also be entertainment from African drummers and dancers, and the chance to taste authentic African cuisine.

Tynemet College students will be providing a health and beauty activity, and there will be face painting, art and craft activities and hair braiding for children.

Health professionals from Newcastle and North Tyneside Community Health Services will also be on hand to advise on chlamydia screening and sexual health, and Healthy Communities Collaborative will also be advising on cancer prevention services.

Public health specialist for sexual health, Judith Stonebridge, said: "The sexual health team and community development workers are committed to making access to information and sexual health services easier for those whose first language is not English.

"It is important to have regular sexual health checks and screening, as many sexually transmitted infections such as chlamydia do not have any symptoms but can be easily diagnosed and treated.

"Sexual health services North of Tyne also offer a free and confidential service."

The North Tyneside African group supports other Africans, particularly those seeking asylum and refugees, and aims to empower and enable by building confidence and self esteem, promoting positive health and wellbeing and integration.

NHS community health development worker, Maureen Doolan, has been working with the North Tyneside African Group to get relevant health messages out to this ethnic minority group. …

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