Swanswell helps put men’s health in the spotlight
22 June 2011
A week of special activities aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people affected by alcohol and/or drugs misuse in Coventry has been organised by Swanswell.
As part of Men’s Health Week (13 to 19 June), staff from the national charity, which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use, invited a number of services to their Norton Street offices to encourage more male clients to get health advice.
Various activities and awareness raising sessions were on offer to clients between 13 and 17 June focusing on smoking cessation, dental health, healthy lifestyles, head and shoulder massage, and advice from local nurses.
In addition, as the theme for this year’s Men’s Health Week (organised by the Men’s Health Forum) was new technology, Swanswell staff were also on hand to talk about developments in new treatment technologies.
Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s Chief Executive, said: ‘While it’s important that everyone looks after their health and wellbeing, traditionally men are reluctant users of health services generally.
‘So we made it as easy as possible for men using our services to access other help and information at the same time, highlighting how important it is to have regular check-ups or get answers to any health concerns, no matter how small they think these are.
‘We had a good response from clients during the week with a number signing up to a smoking cessation course or healthy eating and exercise course for example.’