A CAMPAIGN which was launched to improve people’s wellbeing in the borough has hit the halfway point.

The council led campaign will encourage people to take up a new activity or get out doing an activity you already enjoy to help boost wellbeing and help to socialise - both important factors in mental health that have been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The five-week campaign focuses on five areas of wellbeing, one per week, with activities happening across the borough to help people be more active.

The campaign was launched on May 17 and will run until June 20 with the council inviting people to book onto sessions which are being held across Blackburn with Darwen.

Executive member for public health and wellbeing, Damian Talbot said: "The themes of the five ways to wellbeing campaign are important.

"People's mental wellbeing impacts on their physical wellbeing and the campaign actually gives focus to both physical and mental activities.

"The fact that people have been so affected for the past 15 months of the pandemic really brings these issues even more to the floor.

"People have been able to appreciate the value of actually connecting with other people in social situations.

"Other things like keeping active, if you are physically active it keeps your brain active so its a good double hit."

Activities include IT workshops, arts and crafts, mental health awareness sessions, litter picking and herb growing - amongst more.

The leisure centre and museum are also open and included on the list of activities available in the borough.

Each week highlights an important aspect of wellbeing with the themes across the five weeks being 'take notice', 'keep learning', 'be active', 'help others' and 'connect' - all things which have come to light more during the pandemic.

Activities are being ran under Covid-19 restrictions with many of the sessions being ran outdoors where possible.

You can book in for the sessions online at https://bit.ly/2TA73VI.