A WELLBEING hub for people of all ages has opened at Frodsham’s Castle Park – with the aim of combating loneliness and isolation through group activities.
The Hive is the result of community organisations such as Bee Friends Frodsham working together, with the town’s honey bee symbol reflected in the names.
Based in the bowling green café, the wellbeing hub has been financially supported by Castle Park Trustees and the NHS Integrated Care Community Partnership for the first 12 months.
Mike Garvey, one of the founding members of Bee Friends, which was established in 2018, said: “There’s a recognition from various organisations within Frodsham that we need to support people who are on their own.
“It’s about getting people of all ages engaged in events and activities and we are open to new ideas and community groups.”
One of the sessions at The Hive every Tuesday is run by volunteers from the Older People Active Lives (OPAL) charity. A men’s group also meet there with their motto, It’s Good to Talk. Other organisations intend to promote mindfulness and help those coping with bereavement.
Mike added: “Bee Friends will be at The Hive every Friday and anybody is welcome to drop in for a chat over a cuppa. We will provide connectivity to all these other groups so we’re all pushing in the same direction.”
Weaver Vale MP Mike Amesbury, who popped into the launch event, said: “It’s good to see this ambition for a wellbeing hub come to fruition with all the key stakeholders involved but driven by the volunteers.
“They’ve been working on this initiative since before the pandemic although the pandemic has shone a light on some quite significant health, wellbeing and isolation issues. What a welcome addition this is for everybody in the community.”
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