The Beginning

  • Lancashire Gujarat Health Users Forum established in partnership with the Gujarat Hindu Society to promote health of South East Asian and wider communities.

  • Series of monthly ‘Health workshops’ introduced.


  • Two day Mela held in the new Gujarat Hindu Society Community Centre.
  • First Chief Guest, Professor John Ashton, Director of Public Health North West
  • Royal Preston Hospital staff, the ‘Blood Drop’ team provide professional support.
  • Number of visitors exceeds organisers’ expectations.


  • Monthly health workshops continue to attract support at GHS Community Centre.


  • ‘SloppySlippers’ campaign organised in collaboration with Age Concern.

Preston, Manchester

  • Principal Guest, Prof. Raman Bedi, Chief Dental Officer, delivers message of support from Sir Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive, Department of Health.
  • Medical students from University of Manchester (supported by LGHUF to form the ‘Health Olympics’ team) provide health counselling.
  • Road accident awareness theatre presentations.


  • Ambulance and fire tender prove a big attraction to children.
  • Anna Walker, Chief Executive of the Health Care Commission visits Preston to meet LGHUF.


  • Healthy walks organised in association with Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
  • Charity dinner to support Rosemere Cancer Trust.


  • Second Rosemere Charity Dinner.

Preston, Chorley

  • Presentation ‘Promoting Healthy Living – Empowering Communities’, at NW Evaluation Network Conference, Bolton.
  • Involvement in Falls User Carer Forum

Preston, Bolton University, Cardiff

  • Health Mela crosses the border to Wales.

Preston, Bolton University, London

  • First discussions on collaboration with Rotary International.

Preston, Bolton University, Leyland

  • Mela moves to Guild Hall to celebrate Guild Year.
  • First collaboration with Rotary Club of Leyland and Rotary International fully engaged in Health Mela programme.
  • Name changed to National Forum for Health and Wellbeing reflecting an expanding role.
  • Mela team joins Guild Torchlight procession.


Preston, Bolton University, Leyland, Fylde Coast (Blackpool), Bradford University

  • Chief Guest Paul Buckley, Director of Education and Standards at the General Medical Council praises contribution
    of ‘Health Olympics’ team.
  • Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, is honoured Guest.
  • Permanent office base for NFHW established in University of Bolton.

Preston, Bolton University, Leyland, Fylde Coast (Fleetwood), Bradford University

  • Professor John Ashton returns as Chief Guest at Leyland
  • Proposals for events in West Lancashire and Merseyside.
  • NFHW is finalist in E3 Business awards ‘Social Enterprise’ category
  • Guest lecture at University of Bolton by Rotary District Governor Kevin Walsh.
  • Conference with University of Bolton,‘An Holistic Approach to Health and Wellbeing’.
  • NFHW applies for charitable status.
  • Secondary school link – Academy@Worden
    to be host for 2015 Leyland Mela.
  • International link as NFHW supports planned Health Mela in India.


  • Health Mela at Catholic primary school, Baguley, Manchester.

  • Preston Mela moved to Uclan in 2015

  • We had health Melas at Preston, Bradford, Leyland, Bolton and Lytham St Ann’s ( Fylde coast) as well.



  • International partnership of NFHW and rotary international

  • First health Mela at town centre square – Carlisle, Attended by local mayor Cllr Steve Leyden

  • First health Mela at Carnforth high school. Included presentation “Don’t walk on grass” by chief guest Dr Chris Moulton, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.

  • New initiative of local communities to promote health and wellbeing started at the Euxton library.

  • Students of School of Medicine, UCLan started participating in the Health MOT



  • Health Melas at Preston, Bradford and Leyland continued.

  • Euxton library lectures continued.

  • Several research based master classes at university of Bolton.

  • Students of School of Pharmacy, UCLan joined Health MOT team



  • First health Mela at Accrington, East Lancashire.

  • Chief guest lecture by professor John Middleton, president of the faculty of public health UK.

  • Second international health Mela at Benghazi, Libya organised by medical students of UCLan.

  • We were invited to present a paper on Health Mela at the conference held at MMU of the Association of the Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.



  • Health Melas at Preston, Bradford and at Tattoo community centre, Chorley.

  • Screening for atrial fibrillation for those who had tasted a reiki session was introduced.

  • NFHW received a nomination, and was a finalist for the Community Group of the Year category of the Fusion awards.

  • Formal partnership of the NFHW and School of Medicine UCLan.



  • First public engagement seminar on nutrition and health at the UCLan.

  • Covid-19 lockdown and all health Melas for 2020 cancelled.

  • Use of social media and modern technology introduced to continue public engagement to promote health and wellbeing.