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Make your Mondays happy in 2018

Whether it’s losing weight, taking up a new hobby or stopping smoking, a new year brings with it the desire to make positive changes. Now that 2018 is on the horizon many people may be planning a new start for in the New Year. Living Well Sefton, the local wellbeing organisation, can help kick start these fresh beginnings.

Its community partners have an array of activities, courses and sessions that provide a route to realising those New Year resolutions. And the Living Well Sefton mentors work on a one-to-one basis over a period of time with people to set – and achieve – realistic lifestyle goals.

This ties in with Public Health England’s One You campaign which encourages people to put themselves first by looking at their lifestyle choices and doing something about putting those choices into action.

One group of people who took on board this message have recently completed a free16-week Brighter Mondays course with the Brighter Living Partnership, a Living Well Sefton partner. The course for those who feel socially isolated has had a positive impact with a woman in her 50s struggling with mental health remarking: “I have felt a lot better inside myself. These people really make a difference and I will definitely keep in touch with them.”

Even though the course has finished, the group are meeting monthly including a 95-year-old woman who said of the course: “I have enjoyed all the activities and the help I got from the others.”

Brighter Living is running another Brighter Mondays course at its base in Southport Community Centre, Norwood Road, PR8 6HQ from Monday, January 29, 2018 between 1pm and 4pm. The course covers arts and crafts, cooking and healthy eating sessions as well as learning coping skills and days out. Contact the Brighter Living team during Christmas via email: sou.roach@brighterliving.org.uk and from January 2 also call on 01704 517818.

To see how Living Well Sefton can help you visit the website: www.livingwellsefton.org.uk/

Or visit the One You website and see what you score on their lifestyle quiz: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou

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