Gill Watson and Craig Woodhouse from the Sporting Chance project, were in attendance to provide Members with an update on National Mens Health Week.
Gill advised that Members that Sporting Chance Project was a 3 year lottery funded project with the emphasis on health improvement and reducing isolation.
The Members were advised that National Men's Health Awareness week ran from 12-18 June 2014 and as part of this, the Sporting Chance Project were running a one-off event on 13 June 2014 in the function room of the Central pub, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough. The event is aimed at men aged 50 and over living in the Middlesbrough area and would be attended by representatives from various organisation who will offer advice on healthy living.
Members were advised that weekly sessions being held in local community venues had been well attended.
In response to Councillor Hubbards query regarding publicity of the event, Members were advised that publicity had been widespread, including Evening Gazette, Radio Tees and a letter of invitation sent to men 50 and over who were registered on the Sporting Chance database.
In response to a query regarding the location of the event, Members were advised that Sporting Chance wanted a venue that was user friendly and somewhere that men would gather.
A representative from the Middlesbrough Senior Citizens Forum raised the issue of the lack of facilities for men aged 50 and over in the east Middlesbrough area, especially at the Southlands Centre. The representatives from Sporting Chance stated that they would take up this issue with Steve Faulkner and report back to the Partnership at the next meeting.
That the information be received and noted.