13 July 2018

Trust staff from Bedfordshire and Luton services will be involved in the biggest event of the Bedford calendar this weekend. ELFT is working alongside partner organisations and charities to host a health and wellbeing staff at the two-day 2018 Bedford River Festival.The festival, held every two years, is one of the biggest free events in the UK and saw more than 300,000 people attend in 2016.It is running tomorrow and Sunday (July 14-15).

The health and wellbeing zone will include art and crafts, mocktails and live music. It has been 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.

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 are CHUMS, Music24, Samaritans, Tibbs Dementia Care, Carers in Beds, Mind BLMK and Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire.

“The River Festival is absolutely amazing and we are delighted to be involved,” said Gail Dearing.

“It is an opportunity for us to meet, laugh and engage with a staggering number of people and hopefully help them think about the little things they can do to take care of their mental and physical wellbeing.”

Visit the Bedford Bid website for more event details.

 A busy summer of activities has also seen the partnership host a health and wellbeing zone at the popular Hightown Festival in Luton on July 7, which drew an estimated 2,000 people.