MORE than 300 people took advantage of free health advice and information on offer at Helensburgh Parish Church on Saturday.

The Helensburgh and Lomond Health and Wellbeing Network’s Living Well Fest received a big thumbs up from visitors as more than 30 local groups, charities and organisations manned stalls offering useful mental and physical wellbeing tips.

Audrey Baird, coordinator of the wellbeing network, said: “Thank goodness the terrible weather didn’t keep people away and all the hard work put in to organise it was all worthwhile.

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“The parish church was buzzing and the feedback we have received has been terrific.

“Some of the comments from people about their biggest living well concerns are very interesting; many relate to loneliness, mental health concerns, anxiety about an unstable world and threats to planet Earth and our environment.

“This event was essentially a pilot and the network will discuss any proposals for future events, as well as how they can be funded and managed.

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“We are very grateful for the support we received from many sources, including the Co-op for all the free fruit, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers, Helensburgh Community Council, Grey Matters, Heart Start Helensburgh, Helensburgh First Aid, NHS Highland Physiotherapy team, Argyll and Bute Council’s community development and community learning teams, Louise Mundie Catering, Gareloch Riding for the Disabled, Dance Scottish, Christine Nevin Massage, Happy Days Yoga and many many others who provided stalls and activities and helped to make the event such a success.”

Helensburgh Art Hub, Rhu and Shandon Community Council and Friends of Hermitage Park will also be holding similar wellbeing events in the coming months.

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