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Lewisham Community Health event brings people together

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Lewisham Irish Community Centre hosted a Health Event in partnership with Irish in Britain last month, it was a great success and showed how important it is to bring health care and awareness into the community.




  • Local firefighters get their blood pressure checked while they raise awareness of fire safety
    Local firefighters get their blood pressure checked while they raise awareness of fire safety
  • From left: Dawn Atkinson, Mayoress of Lewisham; Valery Nangle, nurse and Irish in Britain volunteer and Ellen Gavin, Irish in Britain's Health Development Officer
    From left: Dawn Atkinson, Mayoress of Lewisham; Valery Nangle, nurse and Irish in Britain volunteer and Ellen Gavin, Irish in Britain's Health Development Officer
  • The Irish in Britain team talk to attendees about our health survey
    The Irish in Britain team talk to attendees about our health survey
  • Janet Clarke on the Macmillan stall
    Janet Clarke on the Macmillan stall
  • Pete Smith (right)
    Pete Smith (right) "To operate in the community you have to part of the community."
  • Sarah Finucane on the Footworks, London stall.
    Sarah Finucane on the Footworks, London stall.
  • Mary on the Southwark Travellers Action Stall
    Mary on the Southwark Travellers Action Stall
  • The London Irish Centre stall
    The London Irish Centre stall
  • Niyah Drummonds and Chanise Campbell with materials raising awareness of bowel cancer.
    Niyah Drummonds and Chanise Campbell with materials raising awareness of bowel cancer.
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The free health event gave attendees an opportunity to get their Covid vaccine, including spring boosters, and get their blood pressure checked by the NHS Outreach Team.

Kathleen Sheridan, manager of Lewisham Irish Community Centre (left) with Ellen Gavin, Irish in Britain's Health Development Officer.

Kathleen Sheridan, the centre’s manager said the day was a fantastic success, “People are so pleased to be get back out and see each other again. We are delighted to have gone into partnership with Irish in Britain and other organisations to do this for the Irish community, there is definitely a need for it.”

Attendees had a chance to meet with local health supports including Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind Mental Health, Footwork’s, Bowel Cancer Screening, London Ambulance Service, and International Wu Style Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

Janet Clarke on the Macmillan stall emphasised how important it is to go out into the community rather than waiting for people to come and access services. To emphasise the need for such outreach she reported that “Every second person who has come to talk to me has had a diagnosis of cancer”.

Niyah Drummonds and Chanise Campbell from NHS south London were raising awareness about bowel cancer and talked about the importance of overcoming taboos in many communities, saying “Early conversations save lives”.

Dawn Atkinson, Mayoress of Lewisham, who was working with the NHS team, said “One of the real beauty of days like this is that it draws everyone together, so important to see people in the community to keep them fit and well.”

Some of our local member organisations also came along including Irish Community Services, London Irish Centre, and Southwark Traveller Action Group. The local London Fire station also sent a team of Firefighters to raise awareness of fire safety. While they were there, they also had their own blood pressure checked.

It was great to see attendees showing a keen interest in the work that all these local organisations do for their community.

Refreshments and exercise tasters were also available to all which included Pilates and chair-based exercises. The day was a great success with over 70 people attending.

Irish in Britain’s Health Development Officer said, “Many thanks to everyone who came along! It’s great to see local organisations working together towards a healthier Irish community in Britain. I hope to follow up with similar events with other member groups in the coming months.”

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