The public are being invited to take part in the annual West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Conference being held on 31 January.
The conference is themed around the local response to the challenges posed by the rising cost of living and is open to anyone in West Berkshire who has an interest in health and wellbeing. In addition there will be a ‘marketplace’ where voluntary sector organisations and service providers will be available to discuss what they do.
The conference will take place as a hybrid meeting with face-to-face places in the Council Chamber in Newbury limited to 70 attendees, and the option to attend virtually via Zoom.
Booking is essential, and early booking is advised, particularly if you would like to attend in person.
Last year’s conference attracted over 100 attendees and was an excellent platform for local engagement on key health issues.
This year, the conference will include sessions on the new health landscape and the Integrated Care System, cost of living support and coping with financial pressures, and mental health, with presentations from Health and Wellbeing Board partners and other organisations who are working with local residents, and Q&A sessions.
“The Health and Wellbeing Conference is a great opportunity for people to come together and discuss health issues face to face and virtually,” said Graham Bridgman, chairman of the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board.
He went on to say that “Interacting in this way is vital for gathering relevant information so that we can meet the requirements of local people. I encourage everyone to come along and give us their thoughts so that we can do this together.”
In the evening, after the Health and Wellbeing Conference, representatives from town and parish councils will attend their annual district parish conference to discuss issues raised at the conference plus other matters.