Feel Good Friday with MK Dons SET

On Friday 23rd November, Milton Keynes will host its biggest ever showcase of health and wellbeing initiatives at an event called Feel Good Friday.

Taking place at the stadium:mk and open to all ages, from toddlers to pensioners, Feel Good Friday is hoped to become an annual event with a strong focus on health, wellbeing and general fitness for people in Milton Keynes. Sports partners and organisations from all around the city have come together to put on a fun and interactive one day event that starts at 10am, in support of the MK Dons Sports & Education Trust (MK Dons SET).

During the day, visitors will be able to take part in various free activities, including a Zumba class, Nordic walking workshops, Nintendo Wii Challenges, Walking football and much more. Entertainment on the day will include contribution from MK Poet Laureate Mark Neil, dance performances from Frantic Flo, a “Touch of Pink” fashion show and a children’s choir. Over 30 stands have been confirmed to date to give visitors a breadth of knowledge, information and opportunities in the community.

At 11am, MK Dons Chairman Pete Winkelman will officially address visitors together with a welcome from The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Catriona Morris. John Wilderspin, National Director, Health and Wellbeing Board Implementation, Department of Health has been confirmed as the guest speaker as well as attendance from our local MPs, Mark Lancaster & Iain Stewart.

Chair of the Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board, Cllr Debbie Brock said: “Feel Good Friday is about opening our doors to the entire Milton Keynes community to show that health and wellbeing is for everyone no matter their age, ability or background. The London Olympics & forthcoming Paralympics has given the nation a real buzz around sports, which is something we want to capitalise on and show Milton Keynes has everything you need to turn inspiration into activity.

“In Milton Keynes we are very fortunate to have many facilities for the public to use all year round, Feel Good Friday highlights just this. We have teamed up with dozens of local organisations to bring a diverse range of activities, entertainment and information for everyone to enjoy.”

The event will enable the launch of a Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes; the overall aim of which is to improve both the health & wellbeing of individuals & communities across Milton Keynes. The Health & Wellbeing Board is required to develop a Health & Wellbeing Strategy for Milton Keynes through collaborative working between public agencies and civil society organisations (voluntary and community organisations).

Some of the groups involved in pulling Feel Good Friday together include: MK Dons Sports and Education Trust (SET); The Shadow Health & Wellbeing Board; Milton Keynes Council; Milton Keynes Community Health Service; Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); Age UK Milton Keynes;; Milton Keynes Hospital; LINk;MK ; the Voluntary & Community sector; NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire.