Saturday 21st September 2019

10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Time to relax, time to learn, time to make a difference

Coffee and Cake from the global Village Café, Barnardo’s, Age UK (Lancs), put a brain back together, the Olive Branch, Danish Hygge and much, much more.

St Thomas is going to be a real marketplace of ideas, information and entertainment. Life, we aim to cover it!

Please check regularly as more details and new participants are announced

Believe in Children

Work Locally

Are the UK’s leading charity in the field of young people and mental health

Operate life changing ‘supported lodging’ projects to help young people build new lives

“Age UK Lancashire is a county-wide charity working with and for older people. We believe that later life should be valued and fulfilling. Through the services and support we provide, we aim to promote independence, enhance health and well-being and enable older people to access the information they need to make informed decisions about their lives. All funds raised through our fundraising efforts, donations and charity shops stays in Lancashire so we are truly “Loyal to Lancashire.” Visit us at St Thomas’ Church to find out more about how our dedicated staff can support you and your carers so that  you stay connected in your community, maximise your income and safe and healthy at home – particularly after hospital admissions.  We will have leaflet on a broad range of subjects covering health and wellbeing issues, later life planning, cook books, thermometers and other information to help you beat the winter blues.”

Global Village Cafe

As it tradition for the Health Festival we will be providing a number of inspirational and entertaining speakers. In addition we have partnered up with the Global Village Café to provide catering at St Thomas’ Church in Lancaster.

The Global Village Café was founded in 2018 as a social enterprise enabling refugees to receive training and development opportunities and the potential for employment in the catering sector as well as improving understanding in Lancaster. – You can read more about the café here

Seeking to put their faith into action (spirituality) the staff and volunteers of the Olive Branch work to meet the immediate needs of those in our community who have hit a tough period in life.

They have noticed a significant increase in demand for their services and have key voice in debates about food in our community.

‘Making bread without even trying’

Fancy making your own pizza or pitta bread?  Well now you can. Fil, owner of Filbert’s artisan bakery in Lancaster will be her on the day to show you how.

Surprise yourself, and discover the art of bread! Book your free tickets here

The Well is a not-for-profit community interest company founded in 2012 by ex-offender and former drug addict, David Higham. With hubs in Barrow, Morecambe and Lancaster as well as sites in Kendal and Fleetwood, we help people recover from drug and alcohol addiction.

We have 6 fantastic speakers this year! Tickets are free, but places are limited, so book today!

10.00 – 10.30 Steve Johnson Why sitting still might be the answer that you’re looking for.
10.40 – 11.10 Sherry Kothari The upside down graph.
11.20 – 11.50 Paul Smith Focus on the finishing line. Can you be a top athlete and diabetic?
12.00 – 12.30 Dame Sue Black What’s in a name?
13.00 – 13.30 Dan Knowles Is business good for your health?
13.40 – 14.10 Kerry and Dave Higham Is recovery possible?

To book tickets for the speakers please visit the speakers page here

Hygge is a Danish and Norwegian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment. That is what we aim to have in our own Hygge Room, come along and just relax!

Walk through the Journey to Freedom Exhibition and learn about some of the key issues around modern slavery. You will listen to victim accounts and experience some of the conditions that victims are forced to endure as you walk through a number of rooms which identify the differing strands of slavery.

The RLI Mortuary Tours will return in 2019.

We organised mortuary tours for the health festival in 2018, and they proved incredibly popular. We had people from the other side of the country getting in touch to attend! So we’re running them again this year.

The tours For Saturday 21st September have now sold out

Book swap!

There will be a book swap available at the market, a great chance to find a new favourite without cluttering your shelves!

Medals and mental health

Louise Goddard, is the founder of local running group LegItLancaster and the founder of the official #mentalhealthmile events – a well respected name in Lancashire’s running community. 

Two 1-mile walks have been arranged starting at 11am and then again at 1pm, people are encouraged to join in and enjoy a walk along Lancaster beautiful canal. Meeting place is near the White Cross Pub.

Please note the walks are limited to 20 people per group.

Regardless of your age or ability, you can become part of #mentalhealthmile community; the ‘mile’ is available to encourage more people to run, walk, talk and wheel via the monthly event organised one Sunday a month at 3pm, usually on existing Parkrun routes in various locations. The aim is to encourage people of all abilities and fitness to get together – families, the challenged, dogs, wheelchairs, the young and old. The ‘mile’ is particularly aimed at those who don’t do much exercise or wish to start a healthier work/life balance; or those who may need support and encouragement as well as knowing that the venues provide toilets, parking and water.

Urban Souls Spa provide a range of treatments to help cure all of these different aspects of life. They realise that everyday life can be stressful, painful and often leave you with lasting discomfort.


Freedom Bus

The Freedom Bus will be parked at Dalton Square. The bus is part of the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership (PLASP) chaired by Sion Hall is a partnership of representatives from statutory bodies and NGOs with action orientated subgroups on Training, Policies and Procedures, Faith, Victim Support and Publicity.  The aim is work collectively and in harmony, developing materials and protocols, and spreading a consistent message across the county.

More info is available here

Claver Hill Nature Trail

Claver Hill community have kindly arranged a self-guided walk through their community project. The walk is free to take part and is available between 1 -5pm on Saturday 21st September.

Claver Hill is next to Central High School Playing Fields. There is limited car parking but we do have bike racks and bus 10 gets you near to the site. The gate is opposite the only house on Ridge Lane below the high school.

The walk is self-guided with a leaflet but you can join a group if you prefer. There will be a group leaving at 2PM.  No tickets necessary just turn up, and bring some apples along if you want to use the apple press for some fresh juice! There is a café, compost toilet on site and a children’s colouring activity available.

Please wear sensible footwear.  If the weather has been wet recently, some areas can be muddy.  Some areas of the nature trail are not accessible for wheel chair users and may be difficult for the less mobile, especially if it has been wet.

The nature trail on Claver Hill is just under half a mile long.  If you wish you can extend to another half mile by crossing the road to follow Newton Beck through the woods.  Claver Hill is a Community Food Growing Project with recently planted trees.  The walk follows the perimeter of the 6 acre site, passing by Bee and Butterfly Haven, hedge rows, bird hide, forage path, and then weaves its way through the Spud Club passing an Edible Flower Garden, Herb Garden, and a Huegel Kultur bed.  We share the land with many small mammals, deer, and birds.

Neuro Drop In Centre Lancaster

On Saturday 21st september 11-4pm they are are having a pop up drop in day with Tai Chi , art classes singing and neuro phyhsio happening on the day with the bistro open for light snacks and drinks.

The Neuro Drop In Centre, Stone Row Head, Lancaster. (just next to Lancaster HMP)

There is a bistro open and will have tea, coffee and a basic menu available. The centre consists of a large accessible room with a classroom and toilets.

Car parking freely available in close proximity to the centre.