A Welcome Message from our Chairman – Professor Romesh Gupta OBE
First of all, a very warm welcome to our website from all here at NFHW. Having survived three
consecutive years of COVID 19 imposed restraint, it’s a great pleasure to write to you again!
Maybe you have visited these pages today to find a specific piece of information or maybe watch one of
our YouTube presentations. Perhaps you are just browsing through to see if anything captures your
interest. Whatever the reason, we are glad to have you with us. Please take time to discover the
increasingly wide range of original material supporting good practice in community health promotion
available on this site, which we continue to add to on a regular basis.
Please also take a moment to note our next major event, the returning Preston Health Mela presented
on Saturday, March 18 th . in the Foster Building at the University of Central Lancashire, (UCLan). After a
three-year absence, this spectacular adventure in community health promotion with family friendly
attractions old and new is back, in rip-roaring form and ready to go – Don’t miss it! – you will find more
details elsewhere on the website.
Where now for the NFHW? Our organisation is built upon the guiding principle that one of the best ways
to achieve the overall health improvement of the Nation involves empowering communities and
individuals to take control of their own lifestyles. They need to identify as active partners with health
professionals in promoting and maintaining their best possible health outcomes at all ages. This
partnership is good news for individuals and families who stand to be relieved of many of the burdens of
ill health. It is also good news for our severely stretched NHS, potentially allowing the gradual re-
orientation of the Service to increase its activity in health promotion and disease prevention.
So – we will continue to develop our existing programmes, be on the lookout for and quick to identify
and adapt to new opportunities.
If you have any ideas about partnership working towards health improvement to discuss, have news
about existing schemes you would like to circulate or are looking for ideas or help with a potential
health improvement project, we would love to hear from you.
Let’s get back to the future!
Do visit us again soon.
Professor Romesh Gupta OBE
Formed in 2001 as the Lancashire Gujarat Health Users’ Forum, the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing is a registered charity that specialises in helping local communities to take greater responsibility for protecting and managing their own health.
“The Health Mela is an example of good practice to health professionals across the UK. It’s an example of how to work with community leaders to engage with ethnic minority groups who traditionally don’t access NHS services because of fear or apprehension. I was delighted to open the event, which is a great way to encourage people from minority ethnic communities to meet health experts and get informal and friendly advice.”
“This is a unique experience. I have not experienced anything of its kind and on this scale in my life. I
am pleasantly surprised and impressed to see people from various generations and backgrounds coming to the Mela and taking full advantage of the various health advice and health checks available.”
“The Health Mela is a shining example of good practice to health professionals across the U.K. of how to work with community leaders to engage with ethnic minority groups. The importance of encouraging greater health awareness cannot be underestimated, particularly among communities, which traditionally have been reluctant to access health services because of their fear or apprehension. It also serves as a showcase for Asian lifestyle and culture to boost community links.”
“The energy and commitment of everyone involved in the Mela was plain to see. I was particularly pleased to have the chance to talk to the Manchester medical students about the health checks they were doing (under appropriate supervision!) and they were hugely impressive. Raising awareness about how we can take control of our health and well being is a really important issue in the UK today – the Mela manages to do this, while being fun and relaxed too.”