The Preston Mela is a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture that saw The Guild Hall, Preston filled with the sounds of modern and traditional Bhangra music. Part of the famous Preston Guild 2012 celebrations held only once every twenty years, the Mela featured dance and entertainment from around the world and took place alongside a strong community element featuring performances from local musicians and dance groups.
Gail Godson goes on to say " 2012 is proving to be such a fabulous year for everyone in the local community in and around Preston so you could imagine we were delighted to be asked if we would like to get involved. The day proved an excellent opportunity for the three Home Instead offices that cover Lancashire to work together in a culturally diverse community event ".
Free workshops run throughout the day offering opportunities to get involved and test creative skills including face painting and the Guild Hall was also full of community and neighbourhood organisations engaging with the community. The Mela is well known for its aromatic South Asian cuisine and was an excellent opportunity for Home Instead offices in Lancashire including Preston & South Ribble, West Lancashire & Chorley and Lytham St Anns to connect with local communities, promoting wellbeing and high quality care services.
Sophie Hoyle owner of Lytham St Annes is very clear "traditional and contemporary arts can play a significant role in helping people enjoy healthier lives and can aid recovery from illness". So obviously leading community providers were all in attendance including NHS Central Lancashire PCT, Help Direct , Lancashire County Council, Home Instead , The Stoke Association, Community Gateway Association, Diabetes UK and Progress Housing Group amongst many, she goes on to say " I was so pleased that we were able to show case our high quality services in the local community, networking with like-minded providers, care workers and so many lovely voluntary, charitable and community social workers".
Lancashire County Council supports great art which transforms lives and places. Creating opportunities for people in Lancashire to experience and participate in a wide range of high quality arts and cultural activities . Annually over half a million people benefit from the arts supported by Lancashire County Council.