Brentwood service wins award for linking community with wellbeing programmes

A BRENTWOOD ‘community wellbeing’ service has won an Active Essex Sports Award.

Chat 1st, at the Brentwood Centre, won the Inclusive Communities Award.

The service was originally set up to tackle loneliness and social isolation but has become the go-to body for Brentwood residents looking to access wellbeing programmes.

It has created a ‘single point of entry’ for visitors to the Brentwood Centre, whether they are looking for help with physical, mental or social wellbeing.

Active Essex judges said: “The programme recognises the need to support all areas of wellbeing in unison.”

Chat 1st links people up with services including rehab for cardiac patients, wellbeing walks and aqua exercise, from children all the way up to elderly dementia patients.

Charles Thomson

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