Lucas wellbeing hub launched with community fair

IT was all fun and smiles at Ballarat Community Health’s new Lucas centre yesterday.

Ballarat Community Health project manager Jim Rodgers paints Rawdon Rodgers’ face at the open day.

Ballarat Community Health project manager Jim Rodgers paints Rawdon Rodgers’ face at the open day.

To celebrate the opening of the state-of-the-art hub, Ballarat Community Health held a community fair offering locals a chance to see inside the wellbeing centre.

Ballarat Community Health CEO Robyn Reeves said the idea for the community fair was to invite residents to see what services were available and showcase the multi-million dollar centre.

Residents had the chance to indulge in a sausage or get involved in the free health checks held throughout the day.

Ms Reeves said queues for the jumping castle and face painting were steady all day, with adults enjoying yoga, tai chi and pilates classes.

“It was really busy all day, we have had roughly 600-700 people through the doors,” she said.

“They had a fantastic time, everyone enjoyed the space in the building.”

Ms Reeves said residents learnt about the facilities, including the gym, that were available to them.

“While we offer fitness for people with chronic illness, it’s also available to community members.”

Ms Reeves said residents were also impressed by the use of environmentally friendly options.

“As well as an interest in community health, we also have an interest in environmental health.”

“It has been built with recycled timbers and natural light in mind, which has been proven to be better for patients.”

Ballarat Community Health provides GP services, counselling, sexual health services, podiatry and general wellbeing support.

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