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FREE Flu Vac for Carers **New**

Carers over the age of 18 can use their Durham County Carers card to receive a free Flu Vaccination in pharmacies across County Durham. It makes sense for Carers to protect themselves as the NHS fear the approaching winter to be the worse flu season in many years. When Carers protect themselves they are also reducing the risk to the person you care for. Carers need to present their Carers Card at their local pharmacy to receive this free of charge. Please note - up to 80% of pharmacies in County Durham are offering this service, so people need to ask at the point of booking and if they are not providing it FREE they should try an alternative pharmacy.

Please visit our website for more information on how Carers can apply for a card. www.dccarers.org

STOPTOBER - Outreach Promotion **New**

Please see attached information about Stoptober.

Healthwatch County Durhams's Monthly Newsletter **New**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for September - Click here

Eat Wise, Drop a Size Celebration **New**

Members of a Wellbeing for Life Eat Wise to Drop a Size group are celebrating feeling healthier and happier after attending the ‘life changing’ group for over a year now. Eat Wise Drop a Size runs every Friday 10am-12noon and is a free, friendly class that supports people to make healthier food choices, get more active, lose weight and improve lifestyle. They are inviting anyone who may be interested in joining to attend a one year celebration event on Friday 22nd September, 10am-12noon at St. Patricks Church Hall in Consett.

“It makes a tremendous difference to us” said Flo Robson, 74 who has lost over 9kgs and reduced her blood pressure and cholesterol since attending the group. “I used to be stuck at home on my own, now I’ve made so many friends I’ve had to buy a diary to remember everything! It has changed my life, I feel healthier, happier and look forward to it every week.” Wellbeing for Life Health Trainer Wendy Marlowe runs the sessions and says “Healthy eating is not just about managing your weight; it is also about improving your general wellbeing. Over 40 people have accessed this group in the last year and all have successfully dropped at least one size in clothes. 

Many have found that their health has benefitted from losing the weight, such as lowering their blood pressure, reducing their medications and finding it easier to get around more. In addition, many of the group have found that there social life has also had a boost from the friendships formed. They organise days out together, support each other with difficulties they are experiencing and some attend a gentle exercise class together; which has helped with their weight loss.” 

If you would like to know more about how it could benefit you, go along to find out more about what the service can offer or contact Wendy on 07825 196656. For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit: www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter: @ WBFL_Durham

Smokefreelife County Durham Newsletter **New**

Please find attached the latest newsletter from Smokefreelife County Durham for your information

Durham Community Action …. **New**

Dear Colleague We need your say! 

Do you work with the frail elderly or those with long term health conditions? Do you have an interest in the Integration of Health and Social Care? Do you provide or collaborate of any locally led community services such as lunch clubs, befriending services or other projects that bring together the frail elderly or those with long term conditions in a community setting? If so, you may be aware that Durham Community Action (DCA) is working our colleagues in the sector, and health and social care services to develop engagement of the Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) in County Durham with the programme to integrate Health & Social Care in County Durham. 

The primary objective of this work is to develop a coherent and consistent framework for the VCS and Teams Around the Patients (TAPs) to provide joined up community led services for frail elderly people and those with long term health conditions. DCA would like to ‘take the temperature’ of the current level of engagement across the sector by gathering some initial thoughts from the you. To that end we would appreciate if you (or the most appropriate member of your organisation) could complete the following survey questions for us by Wednesday 6th September. 

Please click the link to complete the survey : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5Q378HN 

Many thanks in anticipation and should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either Jo Laverick or Kate Burrows at DCA. Joanna.Laverick@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk Kate.Burrows@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

Health and social care **new**

Co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug use conditions PHE has published guidance on commissioning and providing better care for people with co-occurring mental health, and alcohol and drug use conditions. The guidance is aimed at commissioners and providers of mental health and alcohol and drug treatment services. It's also suitable for support services that have contact with people with co-occurring conditions. 

The guidance supports implementation of the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and represents an action from the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat national action plan.

Healthwatch County Durham Newsletter **New**

Healthwatch County Durham's Monthly Newsletter, with updates, news and events throughout the area for August

County Durham Dementia Advisor Service, Newsletter No. 6 **New**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Advisor Service. I hope that you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues as appropriate.

Healthwatch County Durham Newsletter **New**

Healthwatch County Durham's Monthly Newsletter, with updates, news and events throughout the area for July

Smoke free life county Durham **New**

Please find attached the latest information from Smoke Free Life in Co Durham

Fay Stelling 
Outreach Stop Smoking Advisor & Driver 
Smoke free life County Durham 
MJ Award Winner 2015 Public Health Partnerships

Drug Strategy 2017 **New**

Dear colleagues, 
Please find attached the new National Drug Strategy which has been published today. Once agreement has been reached about the new developments for the County Durham Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy Group, Drug Strategy Group and the Tobacco Action Plan, we can consider this document to ensure we align all key themes highlighted into our pending Plan on a Page action plan.

Health Action Group - Dates for your Diary **New**

Please find below diary dates for the next year 2017 / 2018 as promised at the last Health Action Group meeting. 
All meeting are the first Wednesday of the month, and all are 10am – 12 noon in The Lounge, Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham. DH2 2ES 

Dates for your Diary · 6th September 2017 · 1st November 2017 · 3rd January 2018 · 7th March 2018 · 2nd May 2018 · 4th July 2018

Sustainable Food Cities Newsletter July 2017 **New**

Welcome to the Sustainable Food Cities newsletter. We are passionate about towns and cities taking a joined up approach to food and want to help public agencies, NGOs, businesses and communities to work together to make healthy and sustainable food a defining characteristic of where they live. 

If you have news, events or questions for discussion for the newsletter get in touch.

County Durham Dementia Advisor Service, Newsletter No 6 **New**

Please see attached the latest newsletter from the County Durham Dementia Advisor Service. I hope that you find it useful and informative. Please feel free to share the newsletter with your colleagues as appropriate.

New Tinnitus Support Group starting 16th August 2017 **New**

We have a new tinnitus support group starting in Sedgefield on Wednesday 16th August at Skerne Medical Group in Sedgefield.

We would be grateful if you could share this information with anyone who may not be on E-mail and share in any newsletters, social media etc. We would ask anyone who is interested to contact Durham Deafened Support Admin 

Please note our new address from the 26th June 2017 Durham Deafened Support c/o Horden Social Welfare Centre Seventh Street Horden Peterlee Co. Durham SR8 4LX 0191 5183358 admin@ddsupport.org.uk www.ddsupport.org.uk

Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2016-17 **New**

Please find attached for information the Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2016-17.

 Alcohol Policy UK update: June 2017 **New**

Alcohol Policy UK aims to help the alcohol field stay up to date with news & developments. Got a question or suggestion? Email us or try 020 8296 0134.

Healthwatch County Durhams's Monthly Newsletter **Current**

With updates, news and events throughout the area for July

Click for the Newsletter

ransfer of Lifeline to CGL (Change Grow Live) **Current**

Your Service Provider is changing

We would firstly like to introduce ourselves to you.  We are CGL, change, grow live and would like to inform you that from the 1st of June 2017, County Durham Drug and Alcohol Services have transferred from Lifeline Project over to ourselves.   

As you may be aware, Lifeline has been experiencing significant financial difficulties over the past few months. This has culminated in a position where in order to safeguard service provision, particularly for service users and to look after the interests of staff; Lifeline approached CGL to assist in a process that would ensure that service continuity occurred.   

In agreement with DCC Local Authority commissioners, from 1 June 2017, CGL have taken over the operation of County Durham’s Drug and Alcohol Services formally provided by Lifeline and the employment of all Lifeline staff.

Our key message is that throughout the transfer process, Stakeholders, Referrers and Service Users can expect the same level of treatment and care and we will continue to deliver all services consistently with minimal disruption.

Change, grow, live is one of the largest social care and health charities in England and Wales. We strive to innovate and develop new approaches to service delivery that offer service users the best possible opportunity to change their lives.

All our services are designed to encourage individuals to find strength and resources within themselves and the community to bring about the life and behavioral changes they wish to achieve.

Change, grow, live work in partnership with a large range of agencies to provide comprehensive services that meet the full range of our service user’s needs and prioritise partnership as a means of developing support networks through the community.  With this in mind we look forward to working closely with you over the coming weeks and months.

Yours faithfully

Anne Bell

CGL Services Manager, County Durham

Cancer and End of Life Support for Young Carers **Current**

Please find attached information with regards development of the cancer support role for young carers within Family Action’s The Bridge Young Carers Service. 

This new role will continue to support young people caring for somebody in their family with cancer, and will also support young people who are caring for somebody in recovery or reaching end of life. Please display the attached poster, and distribute across your networks. If you have any questions, would like to make a referral or meet to discuss this role further then please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Best wishes, Belinda Tweed Specialist Practitioner – End of Life, Recovery and Cancer Support T: 0191 383 2520 | M: 07805990908 South office - Butterwick Outpatients Woodhouse Lane Bishop Auckland DL14 6JU North office - Lambton Park WestWalk 4B Bowes Business Park Chester - le – Street 

Please vote for Family Action, The Bridge Young Carers Charter work – Durham Province. Voting opens 12th June - Carers Week - You can register at mcf.org.uk/vote. Thank you

Figures from the back of a fag packet? **Current**

New figures on adult smoking in the UK show that in 2016, 15.8% of adults smoked. This equates to around 7.6 million in the population. The biggest drop in smoking rates was among the 18 to 24 age group.

Refreshed Statutory Guidance on Involving People in Health and Care **Current**

NHS England has published refreshed statutory guidance on how to involve people in health and care. The guidance is for Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England and was developed working with a range of people and organisations including voluntary and community sector organisations and people with lived experience. 

The guidance is made up of two documents, ‘Involving people in their own health and care’ and ‘Patient and public participation in commissioning health and care’. It outlines relevant legal duties, actions for commissioners, good practice examples and links to other resources, which support involvement. 

The refreshed guidance was developed working with key stakeholders, through a combination of webinars, workshops, meetings and written feedback. Don Redding, Director of Policy for National Voices, has written a blog supporting the guidance and highlighting the benefits of engaging with people and carers.