This month Feel Good Factor and local GP practices will be running support and information sessions for patients with Type 2 diabetes who are planning to observe Ramadan. The sessions are a joint approach to health, led by GP locality in Chapeltown.

There have been growing concern amongst GPs at the Leeds GP Confederation around the challenges for those managing the long term condition of Type 2 diabetes. The Confederation which collaborates with Leeds City Council and Leeds Community Health Care have come together with Feel Good Factor to promote good health practice. In particular, around medication compliance, safe ways to break fast and maintaining adequate blood sugar levels. Feel Good Factor, a third sector health and wellbeing charity had been approached to support these sessions in partnership.

Feel Good Factor’s Healthy Lives, Healthy Homes Project supports older BME people to manage long term health conditions, stay informed and reduce isolation. Project Coordinator, Zobi Barok said “We hope that these information sessions addressing managing long term health conditions will help individuals to manage their long term health condition better”.

The National Lottery which funds the project works with a variety of local voluntary and community, primary care, health and local authority organisations to put on a range of activities to encourage older people and their carers to access information, health and wellbeing activities in the community.

There are four sessions to be held in advance of the start of Ramadan. These drop in sessions will be held in the afternoon and evening and include an information exchange, presentations by GPs and practice nurses, Q&A sessions and refreshments, including an opportunity to do some cooking and talk about nutrition, and raising awareness of other wellbeing activities in the community.

These drop in sessions will be held as follows:

Tuesday 26th March and Tuesday 2nd April between 12.00pm-2.00pm at the Polish Centre, Newton Hill Road, Leeds, LS7 4JE cooking classes are limited to 16 people per session, although families are welcome and craft sessions will be provided to entertain the children; with registration details at the Reginald centre

Monday 25th March and Monday 1st April between 6.00pm – 8.00pm at the BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub, Reginald Terrace, Leeds, LS7 3EZ with hot food provided

NO age limit, we encourage families to the afternoon sessions in particular.

For further information please contact Zobi on 0113 350 4200.