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1.30pm at Bevan Healthcare CIC, Bevan House Primary Care Centre, 14 Piccadilly, Bradford, BD1 3LX

New wellbeing centre is unveiled

A new wellbeing centre at Bevan Healthcare will be officially opened on Wednesday 12 July.

The refurbished space, based in Piccadilly in Bradford City Centre, has been transformed into a bright and welcoming centre for the vulnerable patients and communities at Bevan House. 

The new facility will be used to deliver more wellbeing activities such as cook and eat sessions, arts and creative workshops; and a homework club for refugees and asylum seeking children.

The health and wellbeing centre will also offer a range of services including education, training and employment opportunities. Experts will also be on hand to help people make the best use of services available in the community, known as social prescribing. 

Max Mclean, lay member for patient and public involvement at NHS Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group will officially open the centre. He said: “I’m really pleased to officially open the wellbeing centre which will provide new and innovative services to some of the most socially excluded groups of people in Bradford.

“This spacious facility will give people a safe environment where they can be supported to undertake activities that will improve their physical health and mental wellbeing.”

Gina Rowlands, managing director of Bevan Healthcare, said: “I’m delighted that we can now offer a greater choice of activities to our patients. Creating a calm, relaxing and comfortable environment for our patients is vital and will have a positive impact on our patient’s lives.

“We will continue to grow and extend our partnerships with like- minded organisations so our patients can truly benefit from a full range of opportunities available across Bradford.”

The whole practice team has contributed enormously to this outcome with persistent hard work, dedication and a fantastic attitude.”

Bradford City CCG’s clinical chair, Dr Akram Khan, added: “The wellbeing centre reflects the real commitment by the practice to help people live healthier lives, whatever their background or circumstances, and support them in other areas of their life.

“Expanding the services and activities offered will pave the way for patients to transfer back into mainstream healthcare and integrate into the wider community.”

Bevan Healthcare is a social enterprise GP practice providing health and social care to homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, across the Bradford district.

It provides a full range of GP services to its patients and works with partner organisations to offer a wider holistic service. It supports people to find stable accommodation, training and employment – and move onto mainstream healthcare.

Bevan Healthcare has funded the refurbishment using a Big Lottery Fund grant of almost £500,000, under its ‘Help through crisis’ initiative. Bevan Healthcare was one of only 58 applicants to be successful out of 677 bids from across the country.

For information or to use the wellbeing centre, please contact Helen Lincoln, wellbeing centre manager on 01274 905323.