Last week people in Nuneaton were invited to kick start their new year with a mini health check, when #onething – managed by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Campaign- were invited to Social Enterprise Mark holder Chapter 1‘s 2nd Chance Furniture re-use project.
Between 25-30 Chapter 1 volunteers, as well as Nuneaton residents and 2nd Chance clients were engaged to think about just one thing they could change in their life to be a little healthier. Health professionals checked people’s blood pressure and BMI and then people made a small pledge for the #onething campaign.
Volunteer Coordinator, Michelle Black said “Your #onething could be to eat a bit more fruit and veg, to quit smoking, reduce the amount of alcohol you drink or to cut out chocolate. The #onething campaign is a great way to get people thinking about how they can lead a healthier lifestyle in 2017. It’s is great that we could work with 2nd Chance Furniture to use their venue as a place to hold the checks and to meet their volunteers and customers who use their re-use superstore.”
Nat Kidd, Service Manager said “It was so encouraging to be able to work with the Nuneaton and Bedworth Healthy Living Campaign. The public response was so overwhelmingly positive. Most people only think that we sell low cost 2nd hand furniture, but this is another example of our work with local organisations and the community. We are about helping those in need however we can, whether that be through volunteering, training or indeed health checks.”
Overseen by Public Health Warwickshire, the #onething campaign has a website where people’s pledges will be up loaded. You can add one yourself at home by going to https://onething.warwickshire.gov.uk and you can also follow the campaign on twitter @onethingpledge.
2nd Chance has been operating for 10 years in and around Nuneaton and Bedworth and North Warwickshire. They are an FRN Approved Re-use Centre (ARC) and were the winners of the 2016 Let’s Recycle Community Recycling Initiative of the Year.