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Help for local people at Winter Wellness Event

Monday 12 December 2022

Carrickfergus and Greenisland Community Clusters recently hosted a vitally important Winter Wellness event to help local people with the current cost of living crisis.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, with attendees at the recent Winter Wellness event.

The event took place in Carrickfergus Town Hall with representatives from the Clusters on hand to help local people with a wide range of issues including - budgeting and debt, benefit payments, advice on energy bills, places to stay warm, help with essential items such as food and cooking plus mental health advice.

Keynote speakers included representatives from Mid and East Antrim Community Advice Services, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Health and Wellness Team and Carrickfergus Hub Improving Lives Locally (CHILL). 

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Noel Williams, said: “We are all facing the rising cost of commodities, goods and energy - together with rampant inflation and other cost of living pressures this winter.  We are aware that many local people are worried and struggling. This event offered support to households on major issues including benefits, managing energy costs, healthy eating and mental health advice. 

“Help is available and it’s vital to remember you are not alone. This winter, if we all try and help each other to keep active, stay warm, eat well, participate in our local community and connect with others in similar situations, we can change our outlook on life and build stronger, resilient communities.”

The Cluster Programme is a Council Community Development initiative - which promotes collaboration across community groups to deliver benefits for the wider community. Groups in the District Electoral Areas of Carrickfergus Castle and Knockagh, have been meeting together on a bi-monthly basis since December 2021 to develop an agreed approach on how they will work together and which initiatives they will deliver in the coming months.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - who facilitate the meetings - are keen to hear from other community groups in the area who would like to work collaboratively to benefit communities.

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