East Cambs Health and Happiness event returns


A Health and Happiness event for East Cambridgeshire is returning on March 26th – but this time to residents’ screens.

The Health and Happiness Day, which first took place in 2016 at Ely Country Park, is a one-day event featuring demonstrations and guidance from local organisations that encourage people to make positive changes to their health and happiness.

The event will be taking place digitally via a series of online events that can be watched live or as recordings at a later date, with this year’s programme emphasising health and happiness activities that can be undertaken by residents in their homes including those who are vulnerable or may be shielding.

The day’s schedule will include events from Cambridgeshire Libraries on phone buddies and computer assistance as well as a Chess Project (Cambridgeshire Home Energy Support Service)  event from Cambridgeshire ACRE.

There will be a range of low-intensity exercise recordings to choose from while charity Age UK will be presenting information on their visiting services designed to combat loneliness in elderly people.

Ian Cumming, a finalist from series 6 of The Great British Bake Off, will also be sharing his expert knowledge on pastry making.

Councillor David Ambrose Smith, chairman of the operational services committee, said:

“The health and wellbeing of our residents is our number one priority, and this has only been emphasised by the events of the last 12 months.

“Vulnerable residents that may have had to shield during the pandemic may have found that their physical or mental wellbeing has suffered due to loneliness or becoming less active.

“We are looking forward to helping residents and providing opportunities for them to become more active and re-discover some of the happiness and independence they may have lost during the pandemic.”

Residents can register for access to the recorded events on Eventbrite which will send them to the council’s YouTube channel.

Recordings will continue to be available on the East Cambridgeshire District Council YouTube channel after the recordings are released.