Residents of Meir joined Brighter Futures for a community meal at the Meir Community Education Centre on Thursday 12 March.
Doors opened shortly before 12pm, with a free lunch and other activities taking place.
The event continued beyond 1:30pm with people in attendance encouraged to socialise and learn more about the work of Brighter Futures and how they can support people to sustain mental health wellness. Figures show that over 115,000 people in Stoke-on-Trent will at some point report mental ill health and people were encouraged to learn more about improving wellbeing and reducing loneliness and isolation.
Representatives from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, North Staffs NHS mental health team and the Meir Locality Partnership were present to support the event.
Brighter Futures Clubhouse Network Manager, Sharon Godwin, says: “It was great to see so many here supporting their community. A lot of customers, volunteers and staff have worked hard behind the scenes to make it happen – we had a fantastic turn out.
“The support we get from local businesses, in particular Tesco is brilliant. Its also great to see some of our partner organisations come out to support us, as well as the tremendous turn out from the local community including the Police. There was a fantastic mix of all ages which included regular Clubhouse Network customers and many new faces.’
With a bumper turn out, its clear the Community Meal hosted by Brighter Futures was a roaring success.