Life Choices Fair, a free family event hosted by Luton Borough Council in partnership with Luton in Harmony on Friday in St George’s Square, was given the thumbs up by visitors.
The event featured a variety of organisations including Luton Advice Network, Mencap, NOAH Enterprise, Penrose, Luton Foodbank and Shopmobility, offering advice and information to help make people’s life easier and better.
On the day there were food demonstrations by ‘Love food hate waste’ campaigners highlighting how easy it is to make delicious meals from leftovers.
A fabulous fashion show displayed clothes from George at Asda and pre-loved clothes from various charity shops for the fashion conscious who wanted to look stylish but at limited cost.
Visitors to the event also found out about shwopping – an M& S/Oxfam initiative where unwanted M&S clothes are swapped for a £5 money off voucher. There were also tips on making the most of recycling and upcycling - turning unwanted materials or items into a better quality product.
For people interested in work experience or updating their skills, there was information about the Council’s volunteering scheme and the Government supported employment programme designed specifically for people who due to their disability may find it difficult to find or retain a job. Luton Adult Learning was also on hand to provide details about adult learning opportunities available in the town.
Children were fully entertained throughout the day with a variety of activities including a bouncy castle and face painting.
Cllr Khtija Malik, Portfolio Holder for social justice, said: “The Life Choices Fair aimed to offer advice and a variety of information to help people choose wisely when making decisions and ultimately support residents to improve their lives.
“The feedback we received was really positive; there was lots of interest on how to eat healthier and on a budget, as well as how to recycle and manage waste more effectively.”
“We were pleased with the outcome of the event and hope to host another Life Choices Fair next year.”