logo Burngreave Messenger Issue 30 - April 2003.

Pampering and Health a must for women
By Chetna Patel

Over 120 women and children celebrated international women’s day… with a bit of a difference, by examining health issues.

At the event on 14th March, at Verdon Recreation Centre, pampering opportunities like hair, beauty and massage, were provided as well as health information on smoking, healthy eating and mental health.

The event was organised and funded by North Sheffield Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Homestart. One of the organisers, Fatima Musa of the PCT said “It was very positive to see women from Burngreave’s communities mixing, talking and enjoying themselves as well as getting information. Local women used their skills for the community by providing massage, herbalism, hair and beauty. It was brilliant to see such a big turnout.”

Local woman Fozia said “It was very useful day and I enjoyed doing different activities. It is very important to relax. A lot of women can’t afford to pay for facials and beauty treatments so this is a good opportunity to get these treatments.”

Stall provider Pam Allen said “These sorts of events make people feel less threatened about discussing issues around mental health.”

Once delicious mouth-watering Arabic dishes cooked by local women were eaten, women engaged in energetic chairobics provided by Sports and Community Recreation.

The community development and health workers are looking to organise a Men’s health day soon. To get involved contact Fatima on 271 6971or Chetna on 271 6978.


Sada (left) and Fatima (right) at the international women's day festival.