17 July 2018
A heartfelt ‘thank you’ has been given to everyone involved with a health and wellbeing zone at the hugely popular Bedford River Festival 2018.
Beaming sunshine drew visitors in their tens of thousands to the two-day event held on Saturday and Sunday (July 14-15).


The health and wellbeing zone included art and crafts, mocktails and live music.


It was organised by a county-wide mental health events partnership led by Gail Dearing, Associate Director for Social Care with the Trust’s Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Wellbeing service.


“I want to personally thank everyone involved for giving up their spare time to make the health and wellbeing zone an amazing success,” said Gail.


She added: “This was a genuine collaboration involving ELFT staff, service users and partner organisations.


“We helped so many people think about small steps they could take to look after their own mental and physical wellbeing, and we did it a light, fun and engaging way. The entire weekend was just awesome.”


ELFT services involved on the day include Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health Street Triage, Path 2 Recovery (P2R), Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service and the Upbeats Choir of service users.
Other partners involved were CHUMS, Music24, Samaritans, Tibbs Dementia Care, Carers in Beds, Mind BLMK, Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire and The Higgins Art Gallery & Museum.​