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NHSGGC to support Pride Glasgow festival with first smokefree family zone

Monday, August 15, 2016

This weekend’s Pride Glasgow festival in Glasgow Green is set to have a dedicated smokefree family zone for the first time. 

The Village Green, a brand new area designed for families, is a smoke and alcohol free area sponsored by NHSGGC’s Smokefree Service. 

Attractions will include: 

  • Picnic table style seating
  • Family entertainment including a Harry Potter inspired owl show, exotic creature show, Elsa & Olaf From Frozen
  • A magic show and a soft play facility with ballpitt for under 5s
  • Baby changing facilities and toilets for children
  • Arts & crafts activities
  • Free face painting for Under 13s

Health board staff will be on hand to give festival goers support and advice on quitting smoking and refer them to local smokefree services.   

Linda de Caestecker, director of Public Health, said: “This will be the first smokefree zone to be held at the festival and we hope to see plenty of people come along over the weekend. 

“Over the course of the weekend we want to help people to take the first step in joining more than 150,000 people who have already used our Smokefree Services over the last five years to try to stop smoking. 

“The service offer friendly support from highly skilled advisers and will work with people to create their own personalised quit plan and we offer support for as long as it’s needed. 

“Smoking is the most preventable cause of ill health and premature death in Scotland with around one in four of all deaths attributable to smoking. It’s responsible for around 33,500 hospital admissions annually and costs the NHS around £400 million to treat smoking-related illness each year. 

“The benefits of stopping are felt not only by those who have quit the habit, but clearly also by those who are no longer exposed to second hand smoke. Our presence at the family zone will hopefully reinforce the message that its important children are not subjected to second hand smoke in the home and public places.” 

The board’s equalities team will also have a stand in the family zone where they’ll be asking people about their experiences of NHSGGC and how the system could be working better for the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex community. 

They will be joined by other NHSGGC services including HR, NHS Volunteering, Drink Wise Age Well, and Glasgow Council for Alcohol. The board’s community stalls have been arranged to be alongside one other in order to easily refer people to each other’s services. 

The Steve Retson Project, the Sandyford Services specialist sexual health service for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, is looking to build on last year’s positive reception where they engaged with thousands of Pride goers to promote its clinic and counselling service.

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