31 May 2017

Vibrant Luton Carnival has been hailed as a ‘perfect platform’ to share mental and physical health and wellbeing advice with the huge crowds who flocked to the town’s showcase event.

ELFT staff coordinated a health and wellbeing zone in Wardown Park on Sunday 28 May for the biggest party on Luton’s calendar.

They were joined by partners from 15 organisations to provide a packed programme of free activities and promote the free help and support available for everyone in Luton.

BBC Three Counties Radio joined in the fun by broadcasting its Health Show live from the zone.

“The carnival was an unqualified success,” said ELFT associate director for social care, Gail Dearing, who coordinated the health and wellbeing zone.

“It was a day-long party full of smiles and provided the perfect platform to meet families from across Luton’s different communities and talk about how to stay fit and well, mentally and physically.”

The Luton Wellbeing Service team and Ben Salmons from the Break the Stigma campaign were among the Trust faces who spent the day chatting with visitors.

Music24, Our Minds Matter, Active Luton, LiveWell Luton, Healthwatch Luton and NOAH Enterprise were among the partner organisations who also took part.

Health and wellbeing zone attractions and activities included fruit kebabs, drumming and jamming workshops, children’s games, sports, food stalls, a mannequin challenge and mass ‘Candy’ dance.

Click here to listen to the BBC Three Counties Health Show programme broadcast live from the carnival.