Bringing five years of Zest to Tameside

A Tameside community group, which has helped over 350 people to improve their health and well-being, is celebrating its five year anniversary.

Zest, a project run by Tameside Health Improvement Service, works to improve people’s situations by promoting positive change, increasing self-worth and developing social networking skills.

The group, based in Hattersley, meets every Friday to offer activities and sessions covering issues such as problem solving, budgeting and relaxation.

Originally developed in 2010 to support local unemployed residents, Zest also provides access to courses to improve skills and employability. These include: confidence, food hygiene, first aid, public health and volunteering.

Carlos Tait, Community Health Development Lead for Tameside Health Improvement Service, run by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust,
said: “Zest has always been one of my favourite projects because you can virtually see people’s skills, confidence and self-esteem growing.

“Our sessions are supported by volunteers who have previously benefited from them, and have developed the skills, confidence and ability to help others.

“The time has really flown by and I hope we can continue to support more people in the coming years.”

Sessions currently have between 12 and 18 weekly attendees, aged from 19 to over 60, and an equal mix of male and female.

Lawrence Tickle, a service user, said: “Zest has made me feel connected to the community and I’ve made new friends. It has had a very positive effect on my life.”

An event to mark five years of Zest will be held on 11 December, from 11:30am, at The Hub on Stockport Road, Hattersley.

Anyone wanting to find out more about the service is welcome to attend the event, which includes a buffet and a surprise guest visit.

For more information, please contact Carlos Tait on 07976 561 687.