Family fun at Estover and Leigham fun day

There was fun for the whole family at the Elm Community Centre on Wednesday as PCH and local organisations put on a fun day.

There was a great turn out as local children were able to enjoy the bouncy castle, face painting and even a live fire engine demonstration. There were free veg bags and health checks for those in attendance as our Housing Officers welcomed people of all ages.

The first event of its kind in the area offered people the chance to tell us what events they would like to see in their area in the future. People took part in arts and crafts and were given the opportunity to talk about local issues and learn about healthy living. A yoga instructor held a hip-hop/yoga session for the children to get involved and one or two of our staff were seen dancing along as well!

A free healthy buffet was provided and it didn’t last long as there was a variety of sandwiches, pasta, fruit and veg. There was also a delicious soup provided by Tamar Grow Local who said: ‘’Thanks for having us! We got lots of our questionnaires about our soup samples back so it was great to be able to come along!’’

Housing Officer Rachael Fox chats to local residents

Members of Devon and Cornwall Police teamed up with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to give local people safety advice. Livewell Southwest were able to give people tips on healthy eating and living active lifestyles and the Plymouth Stroke Association were offering people free blood pressure tests, which are often an early indication of any health problems.

Plymouth Energy Community offered advice on how people in Plymouth have the power to change how they buy, use and generate energy and reduce the amount people spend on energy as well as energy saving tips.

South West Water gave help and advice with water rates and debt. Leanne Rawson, WaterCare Advisor said: “The event was fantastic and we were able to support 15 residents with their water bills, some of which were struggling with arrears and we’ve been able to offer the support they need on their accounts.”

Assistant Housing Officer Jolene Hayman, who was heavily involved in organising the event said, “We’ve had lots of people here today and some really good feedback from residents. We wanted to put on a fun day with a positive health and wellbeing theme, as well as making it a free event for those families who might be looking for things to do over the Easter holidays.

Housing Officer Rachael Fox said, “I want to thank all our partner organisations who came along and made the event such a success. It’s been a great opportunity for residents to tell us what events they want in their area. This was all about bringing fun, help and advice to local people and I think it’s fair to say it’s been pretty successful!”