How can we support local community assets in their work to improve the health and wellbeing of an underprivileged community?

An important scoping exercise is being facilitated by Inter Madrassah Organisation along with Lancashire Council of Mosques, The Diocese of Blackburn, The Inter Faith Forum and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

We would like to understand the needs of our individual faith communities and to see how we can all work together to improve the health and wellbeing of the people we support and work with.

For faith settings in the Blackburn with Darwen area this enhanced community wellbeing role is underdeveloped and requires attention; its revival can lead to real improvements to the health and wellbeing for some of the most disadvantaged in our society.

We know the environment helps shape our health; the places we live, work and socialise. The majority of people residing in the Blackburn with Darwen area are of higher deprivation, with poorer economic opportunities and with a greater burden of ill health, disability and premature death.

Many of the health conditions which disproportionately affect the residents of the town, such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, mental ill health, and dementia are preventable by addressing underlying risk factors such as obesity, physical inactivity, social isolation and smoking.

In the US, McGinnis et al. have shown how healthcare plays an important, though proportionately small role in preventing early deaths (similar studies have supported these findings in the UK).

Improving how we live our lives offers a far greater opportunity for improving health; with behavioural patterns being the largest contributor in prevention of premature death.

For this reason IMO along with all the partners would like to invite you to an important workshop to discuss some of the key issues of the town and to agree how all faiths of the town can support and work with each other to make the impact and a difference.

At the event we will have:

  • A local Imam and a Cannon sharing what their faith says regarding Health.
  • A GP sharing the experiences they have had in helping the different communities of the town.
  • BwD Director of Public Health discussing how Health is important on local footprint.
  • Followed by Round table discussion.

Workshop will be held on Tuesday 21st November 2017 at 1.00pm – 3.00pm (registration from 12.15pm) at Conference Room, Business Development Centre, Eanam Wharf, Blackburn, BB1 5BL

This is a free event for members of faith communities, voluntary & community services, chaplains, imams, educationists, health & care workers, parents & individuals interested in faith, health & wellbeing.

A Healthy Lunch will be provided on the day, so please make sure you register your attendance by Friday 17th November 2017.

To book your place on this workshop please click on this link: www.inter-madrassah.org/faith

For any further information regarding this event please call 01254 503200