Each year, Breathe Easy Week, which runs from 12-16 June 2017, raises awareness of lung conditions: this year the theme is air pollution and clean air. The British Lung Foundation (BLF) is working closely with Leeds City Council’s public health team to deliver Breathe Easy support groups across Leeds, offering support to people with lung conditions. Jeremy Bacon, British Lung Foundation Breathe Easy manager explains how the groups work, how you can get involved and why they have a key role in helping people improve their health
So, Jeremy, tell us more about the work of the Leeds support groups
“We will be setting up 11 Breathe Easy monthly Peer Support Groups with weekly exercise classes in Leeds over a 2 year period. The aim of the Breathe Easy peer support groups is to help people living with respiratory conditions to access support to promote both their physical and mental health and to increase their confidence and skills to effectively self-manage their condition
What’s happening during Breathe Easy week?
Our groups have all sorts of events planned during the week – raising awareness, fundraising and extra events. We recently had the first Breathe Easy support group meeting in Middleton, and Bramley meet again on Friday 9th June. Gipton will be coming soon!
Our fitness instructor, Julie Gill, is getting exercise classes going and she has linked up with the local NHS pulmonary rehabilitation team to make sure more people know what is on offer in the community.
The more people who find out about the Breathe Easy support groups and what they can offer, who call the BLF helpline or goes to talk to their GP about their worries, then Breathe Easy Week will have been a success.
How can I find out more about the Breathe Easy groups?
You can find out when Breathe Easy will be starting in your area by calling the BLF helpline on 03000 030 555 and there is more information at blf.org.uk
Thanks Jeremy, let’s hope the week is a success.