Gorebridge Health and Regeneration Project
Gorebridge Health and Regeneration Project was established in 1997 to encourage awareness and stimulate action on health and to promote health and well being for members of the community. Initial funding came from NHS Lothian and Midlothian Council. At the outset one member of staff was employed by the project; currently there is one full-time and eleven part-time staff members
Throughout the year various health related events are held to raise awareness on issues such as women's, children's, men's health, and health for older people. An event held to celebrate International Women's Day proved a great success, with activities including massage, health checks, international dance classes, cooking demonstrations, competitions, information stalls and fruit tasting.
Gorebridge Health and Regeneration Project runs a number of projects including:
The Food Co-op, which offers fresh fruit and vegetables at affordable prices in various local venues (Gorebridge, Bonnyrigg, Mayfield, Woodburn, Penicuik, Bilston and Carrington). Deliveries are offered to elderly and housebound customers and also to nurseries, schools, and breakfast and after school clubs. The Food Co-op is currently expanding and a mobile van enabling rural villages to access the service will soon be available. In addition an Organic Day is planned for the 8th September 2004 and promotions such as 'Winter Warmers' soup tasting will be held.
The Milk Token Initiative is a joint project between Gorebridge Health Project and Midlothian Sure Start and runs in conjunction with the Food Co-op. The Milk Token Initiative aims to encourage healthy eating, early literacy and good saving habits with milk tokens that are redeemable for milk, fruit, book tokens and credit union savings.
The Food Train is a pilot project currently operating in Mayfield, Easthouses and Gorebridge. The Food Train is a shopping service, provided by volunteers, primarily to help local elderly or disabled people unable to shop for themselves.
The Brown Building Breakfast Club is a joint project with Gorebridge Primary School, Newbattle Integration Team and Community Learning & Development which provides a healthy breakfast for 40 children (with food provided by Scotmid). Following breakfast, the children participate in various activities, many of which have a health promotion focus, such as dental and personal hygiene.
The Brown Building Day Centre was established following a needs assessment of elderly people in Gorebridge and provides day care for twelve isolated elderly people two days a week. The Centre is run by Kate and Sarah who are assisted by volunteers. Members are given tea and toast on arrival and usually participate in an exercise activity in the morning. Following a two-course lunch a craft type activity is enjoyed in the afternoon and members are then transported home.
Baby Massage classes are held in response to need identified by the Health Visitors and are extremely popular with mothers and babies. Each session lasts five weeks and three or four courses a year are offered depending on demand.
Gorebridge Health and Regeneration Project is currently seeking additional volunteers to help with the above projects and also to serve on the management committee.
For further information, contact:
Judy Robertson or Eunice Astles
Gorebridge Health and Regeneration Project,
The Brown Building,
80 Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge
Tel: 01875 823922
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