Crowds flock to health event

 A Health Awareness event at a community café – featuring some special fathered guests – proved to be very popular with local residents.

More than 100 people attended the event, supported by the Community Health Ambassador team, at the Friday Morning Café at St David’s Church, Childwall.

And as well as health MOTs,  taster session of alternative therapies and lots of information and advice on a whole series of health topics, there were some unusual visitors –specially trained owls which provide psychological therapies.

The owls were provided by Hack Back Community Interest Company, a social enterprise which aims to impact on the mental health and well-being of individuals with significant barriers that prevent them reaching their full potential in life. They work with people of all ages.

The Friday Morning Café at St David’s Church and its ‘first Friday of the month’ events were set up using Childwall Councillors Mayoral Neighbourhood Fund allocation.  It is supported by local Councillors Jeremy Wolfson, Frank Hont and Ruth Hirschfield.

Councillor Wolfson said: “This has been probably the most successful of the events we have staged. Some people, may have come just out of curiosity when they heard about the owls but whatever their reason for coming they will all have benefited from the advice and taster sessions on offer.

“The owls proved to be a big hit with those attending- and it was not  a gimmick. They have been shown to have a very beneficial effect on people’s health.”

The next community event will be on Friday 4 March (10am to noon) and will focus on recycling,

Picture above: Deputy Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Ann O’Byrne with Mango the owl and (left to right)  Anita Morris (Director / Psychologist Hack Back CIC),  Childwall Ward Councillors Jeremy Wolfson and Ruth Hirschfield