Health event to ‘make life better’

Pictured with the Chair of the Heart City Steering Working Group, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and the Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, at the recent Making Life Better - Real Change for Real People event, are Elected Members, Council Representatives and guest speakers.

Pictured with the Chair of the Heart City Steering Working Group, Councillor Margaret Tolerton and the Chief Executive of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Dr. Theresa Donaldson, at the recent Making Life Better - Real Change for Real People event, are Elected Members, Council Representatives and guest speakers.

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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, in partnership with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, recently hosted an event entitled ‘Making Life Better - Real Change for Real People’, aiming to encourage residents to take steps to improve their health and wellbeing.

The event focussed on three key ‘themes’, which were identified as important in relation to the “health and wellbeing” of the local population.

The Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive of the Council opened proceedings, followed by words from Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive Officer of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

Speaking about the event, Councillor Margaret Tolerton, Chair of the Heart City Steering Working Group, said: “This event provided residents with the opportunity to gain an understanding of what is available to help them to enhance their quality of life. It was the perfect platform for residents to liaise with service providers and exhibitors directly, obtaining advice and information on what is important to them.

“The council has been working with the local Trust on similar events for a number of years now, all of which have been focussed on practical matters that impact upon local residents.

“This event continues that approach, which has proven to be very successful and the outcomes of which have brought practical benefits to many individuals and families.”

Chief Executive of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, Dr Theresa Donaldson, added: “We must ensure that we move forward together, to make a difference to people’s lives. This can only be achieved if we continue to collaborate with key stakeholders and the community.”

Hugh McCaughey, Chief Executive Officer of the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, concluded: “The key question for us is how do we keep people healthy which is what we would all want for ourselves and our families. Our health status is affected as much by poverty, education, housing, as the service we provide. It is fundamental that we continue to work in partnership with the Council in order to address these issues and achieve our goal of ‘Making Life Better’ and creating a healthier and better society.”