The Beginning

  • Lancashire Gujarat Health Users Forum established in partnership with the Gujarat Hindu Society to promote health of South East Asian and wider communities.

  • Series of monthly ‘Health workshops’ introduced.


  • Two day Mela held in the new Gujarat Hindu Society Community Centre.
  • First Chief Guest, Professor John Ashton, Director of Public Health North West
  • Royal Preston Hospital staff, the ‘Blood Drop’ team provide professional support.
  • Number of visitors exceeds organisers’ expectations.


  • Monthly health workshops continue to attract support at GHS Community Centre.


  • ‘SloppySlippers’ campaign organised in collaboration with Age Concern.

Preston, Manchester

  • Principal Guest, Prof. Raman Bedi, Chief Dental Officer, delivers message of support from Sir Nigel Crisp, Chief Executive, Department of Health.
  • Medical students from University of Manchester (supported by LGHUF to form the ‘Health Olympics’ team) provide health counselling.
  • Road accident awareness theatre presentations.


  • Ambulance and fire tender prove a big attraction to children.
  • Anna Walker, Chief Executive of the Health Care Commission visits Preston to meet LGHUF.


  • Healthy walks organised in association with Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
  • Charity dinner to support Rosemere Cancer Trust.


  • Second Rosemere Charity Dinner.

Preston, Chorley

  • Presentation ‘Promoting Healthy Living – Empowering Communities’, at NW Evaluation Network Conference, Bolton.
  • Involvement in Falls User Carer Forum

Preston, Bolton University, Cardiff

  • Health Mela crosses the border to Wales.

Preston, Bolton University, London

  • First discussions on collaboration with Rotary International.

Preston, Bolton University, Leyland

  • Mela moves to Guild Hall to celebrate Guild Year.
  • First collaboration with Rotary Club of Leyland and Rotary International fully engaged in Health Mela programme.
  • Name changed to National Forum for Health and Wellbeing reflecting an expanding role.
  • Mela team joins Guild Torchlight procession.


Preston, Bolton University, Leyland, Fylde Coast (Blackpool), Bradford University

  • Chief Guest Paul Buckley, Director of Education and Standards at the General Medical Council praises contribution
    of ‘Health Olympics’ team.
  • Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty, is honoured Guest.
  • Permanent office base for NFHW established in University of Bolton.

Preston, Bolton University, Leyland, Fylde Coast (Fleetwood), Bradford University

  • Professor John Ashton returns as Chief Guest at Leyland
  • Proposals for events in West Lancashire and Merseyside.
  • NFHW is finalist in E3 Business awards ‘Social Enterprise’ category
  • Guest lecture at University of Bolton by Rotary District Governor Kevin Walsh.
  • Conference with University of Bolton,‘An Holistic Approach to Health and Wellbeing’.
  • NFHW applies for charitable status.
  • Secondary school link – Academy@Worden
    to be host for 2015 Leyland Mela.
  • International link as NFHW supports planned Health Mela in India.

2015 Onwards

  • Preston event hosted by University of Central Lancashire from 2015 onwards
  • Guest lecture and conference series continues at Bolton University.
  • Event series continues in Bolton, Bradford, Leyland and Fylde Coast
  • Health Mela concept introduced in India for the first time
  • Plans for further expansion across Britain