Acklam Green Centre is set to host a New Year event for the local community, as part of the rollout of Middlesbrough Council’s public access defibrillator network.

The business and community centre is inviting people along to a special launch event in the centre on Friday 5th January 3.30pm – 5.30pm to introduce them to their local defibrillator, which is located on the exterior of the building. The event will include mini demonstrations from the North-East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and there will also be an opportunity for members of the community to sign-up for free training with more in-depth knowledge of CPR and using a defibrillator.

Acklam Green Centre has taken the opportunity to extend the event by inviting a number of local organisations to give out advice and information to help people start 2018 on a healthy and positive note. Organisations attending include; Actes a charitable company which delivers a wide range of services to help people improve their lives, Age UK Teesside, Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, Ageing Better Middlesbrough, Healthwatch, Middlesbrough Environment City and Everyone Active, who will be running taster sessions of New Age Bowls and Frisbee Golf.

In addition, a nurse and Health Care Advisor will also be on site to carry out Healthy Heart Checks for those aged 40-74 or mini-health checks for people aged 25-39.

Donna Smith, facilities manager at Acklam Green Centre, said: “We are pleased to be a host venue as part of Middlesbrough Council’s public access defibrillator network and look forward to launching the facility to the local community at the event on the 5th January.

“We hope people come along for what promises to be a really informative afternoon, and that they take the opportunity to book themselves in for one of the free healthy heart checks and visit the wide range of organisations we have attending on the day to find out more about the services on offer locally that they could benefit from.”

Cllr Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, said: “Clearly it is stating the obvious but defibrillators save lives and therefore having a network of them across our communities in Middlesbrough, accessible to all, is a very positive thing to do.

“We are delighted to launch the latest of these at the Acklam Green Centre and the more people who are aware they are there and the more people are trained to use them, the more lives will be saved.”

Appointments for the Healthy Heart Checks and mini-health checks, which take around 20 minutes each, take place from the earlier time of 1pm – 5.30pm and can be booked in person at the Acklam Green Centre reception or by calling the centre on 01642 811 120. Please note that the centre will be closed from 4pm on Friday 22 December until Wednesday 03 January.

For further information about the Acklam Green Centre visit www.acklam-green-centre.com