New Year, New Location, New Name

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2018!

We are seriously looking forward to the new year. For us there will be lots of change which is really exciting, a great opportunity for growth, learning and development.

New Location

Abi Begho checking out the map of St Kitts (St Christopher) and Nevis

In our previous blog we mentioned that throughout 2017 we slowly wound down our projects and activities in the UK as we prepared for our big move. We’re now based in the beautiful island of St Kitts and are exploring how our organisation can make a useful contribution to improving the health and well-being of the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis, and the wider Caribbean community too.

St Kitts and the Caribbean have similar health challenges to the African and African-Caribbean community in the UK – high rates of diabetes, obesity (including very high rates of childhood obesity),  some types of cancer (prostate cancer), heart disease and other non-communicable diseases. In addition, there is the issue of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever, Zika and chikungunya. We’re looking forward to seeing how we can support efforts to tackle these health issues by promoting prevention and early detection.

New Name

Our new logo

In just a few weeks’ time we’ll be known as Lake Health and Wellbeing. Whilst we’ll have a new name our mission remains the same: to improve the health and well-being of the black community. We’re almost there, our new logo has been designed, which we love, and we just have a few other logistical issues to iron out with the name change. At this juncture we’d like to say a BIG thank you to FutureSoft for the design of our new logo.

Some of our plans

As well as focusing on the Caribbean we won’t be turning our back on the UK. We’ll continue to support the black community in the UK from afar by providing health information through our blog, social media channels and Learning Zone, as well as teaming up with UK-based organisations like OH Services and Noire Wellness.

We’ll continue offering support  and information to women in the UK (and globally) affected by fibroids through our Fibroids Ask the Expert and fibroids Twitter chats. We’ll also be updating our fibroids booklet and creating a fibroids fact sheet series .  Our first two fact sheets should be launched by the end of January or in early February.  We’re delighted to have teamed up with OH Services to develop one of these fact sheets, Fibroids and your emotional well-being. This fact sheet will aim to help women identify, understand and address the emotions that may be associated with having fibroids. The second fact sheet we’ll be launching will be on exercise and fibroids. In this fact sheet we’ll discuss how exercise can help with improving symptoms and provide readers with simple tips on how to get active without aggravating their current symptoms.

Over the rest of the year our plan is to publish at least three additional fact sheets on:

  • Diet and fibroids
  • Fibroids and fertility
  • Treatment options.

We’re also excited to be exploring the possibility of hosting a fibroids wellness retreat in St Kitts in collaboration with Noire Wellness. We’ll do an assessment and if there is interest, and this is feasible, then look out for an empowering event designed specifically for women with fibroids. If you’ve been affected by fibroids we’d be so grateful if you could complete our survey to help us with our assessment of the need for this type of event. You can complete the survey here.

Have a great year folks

We hope you have a wonderful year and hope you’ll take this journey of transformation with us in 2018. It’s going to be fun and we look forward to working with you, supporting you and serving you in the year ahead.

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