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The Annual MEC Health Fair aims to promote health and social wellbeing among people from Cardiff’s minority ethnic communities. People from minority ethnic communities, will have the chance to find out about a variety of services at the “Minority Ethnic Communities Health Fair” which will be held on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at Cardiff City Stadium, from 10am to 2pm.

The Foster Care Co-operative will be attending, and will be aiming to break down the myths and stereotypes that surround the sector.  Most importantly letting people know that their cultural or ethnic backgrounds does not stop them from becoming foster carers.  We need all types of carers to reflect the types of children and young people who need a place to stay when they can't live with their birth families. We welcome applications from all people who can bring different skills, knowledge and life experiences to the fostering role, whatever their culture or ethnicity.

At this free event, there will be a range of activities including health checks, expert presentations and information stands aimed at encouraging people from Cardiff’s diverse communities to take up healthier lifestyles. More than 50 health and social care organisations will have stalls at the event where people will be able to find out about issues such as diabetes, cancer, foster care, sight impairment, hearing impairment, and heart conditions, and also how they can live more healthily in their day-to-day lives. Taster sessions promoting exercise and other wellbeing activities will be on offer.

Visitors will be able to hear singing from the Tenovus Choir; enjoy free pampering treatments and have a cup of tea and light refreshments. The first 50 people through the door on the day will be given free goody bags. There will also be a limited number of free fruit and veg bags, courtesy of Marie Curie Cancer Care, available for people attending the event. For those interested there will be stadium tours on offer too.

Vaughan Gething AM, the Deputy Minister for Health will open the fair. John Gamblin, Chair of the MEC Health Fair committee said “We are delighted that Mr Gething AM will be joining us at this important event. People from minority ethnic communities can experience disproportionately higher levels of ill health, especially relating to issues such as diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease, eye disease and certain cancers and through this day we aim to raise awareness of the help and support available to people with these conditions and also encourage people to think about improving their lifestyle through healthy eating and exercise. Everyone, particularly people from diverse communities, is welcome to come along to what we hope will be a fun and informative event. There is no need to book; people can just pop in at any time during the day.”

The fair has been organised in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale Health Board, Sight Cymru, BAWSO, The Mentor Ring, the Butetown, Riverside & Grangetown and Splott, Tremorfa, Adamsdown and Roath Communities First teams; Marie Curie Cancer Care and Diverse Cymru. It is being sponsored by Tenovus Cancer Care, Cardiff Neighbourhood Partnership and the Cardiff and Vale Health Charity.

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