The new Total Wellbeing Luton service launched today at Hightown Community Sports and Arts Centre. Total Wellbeing, which is the first service of its kind in the UK, is a partnership between the national social enterprise Turning Point and Active Luton.
Fiona Ritchie, Turning Point’s managing director, inspired the new service staff who came together for the first time with talk of a truly people-centred service with co-production at its core.
“We don’t want ‘yes’ people! We want people to stand up and make suggestions for improvements. We want to embrace change and be trail blazers with this truly unique service, ” she said.
Amy Stephenson, Turning Point’s Head of Health and Wellbeing, shared her aspirations for the people of Luton by providing a holistic service looking at the wider issues faced by many people – alongside improving their emotional and physical wellbeing.
Active Luton’s Director of Health and Community Wellbeing, Matt Corder, spoke about research that has shown that exercise is a natural anti-depressant. The Healthy Lifestyles service of Total Wellbeing will mean the availability of many different options for people to engage with physical activity across Luton whatever their age, special needs or health status.
Helen Barnett, Chief Executive of Active Luton, underlined Active Luton’s local expertise in health and wellbeing and explained how the Total Wellbeing services would be delivered in leisure centres and in community settings across the town in partnership with community organisations to ensure that they are as accessible and flexible as possible for Luton’s residents.
The recent statistics from Sport England’s Active Lives survey showed that 30 per cent of Luton residents aged over 16 are inactive – this means doing less than 30 minutes of exercise a week. Added to that 22 per cent of children are obese when they start school and the figure rises to 41 per cent by Year 6 (age 11).
Visit their website for more information about the services they provide and how to get in touch www.totalwellbeingluton.org/