National Forum for Health and Wellbeing

Posted on Wednesday 24th September 2014
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National Forum for Health and Wellbeing – based at the University – named Social Enterprise of the Year

National Forum for Health and Wellbeing – based at the University – named Social Enterprise of the Year

The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, based at the University, has been named Social Enterprise of the Year at the E3 Business Awards. Established in 2001, the NFHW is dedicated to promoting better health awareness and empowering communities that, traditionally, have been slow or reluctant to engage with mainstream health providers.

It is responsible for the now well-known ‘Health Mela’ events in Bolton, Preston and elsewhere. The Health Melas are day long events at which people can enjoy activities and entertainments and get free health checks and advice. The model has been extremely well received and is being rolled nationwide.

The E3 Awards evening took place at the Macron Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers and around 500 delegates attended. The E3 trophy was presented by Cassandra Troughton on behalf of the award category sponsor, Global Radio North West. The other finalists in the Social Enterprise of the Year category were:  Bolton FM; Certain Curtain Theatre and Company and The Blair Project.

NFHW Chair, Professor Romesh Gupta of the University of Bolton said; ‘Thanks to all our supporters who have contributed to this success. It is fantastic news. I am proud that our efforts to promote healthier communities have been recognised by the E3 Awards. That recognition makes us even more determined to continue our journey and work with our partners to achieve a healthy nation.’

Sarifa Kabir, Secretary of the National Forum for Health and Wellbeing, appeared on stage to receive the award. She said; ‘On behalf of the Forum's committee, I'd like to thank the judging panel and the tonight's hosts, 1 Events Media. Winning this award means a great deal to us all because it provides valuable recognition for the work we, our partners and our many volunteers do to help local communities take control of their own wellbeing. We're delighted to win and feel very honoured.’

Speaking on behalf of 1 Events Media, which conceived and organised the awards, managing director Mubarak Chati said; ‘The National Forum for Health & Wellbeing can be very proud of its achievements this year and, of course, for winning the award itself. In a year in which we received a record number of nominations, the standard of entries was exceptionally high so to win this category proves that the Forum, its staff and its partners have done something very special indeed.’


More information and links:

National Forum for Health & Wellbeing www.nfhw.org.uk or T: 01204 903514
E3 Awards www.e3businessawards.co.uk/finalists-2014.php