We have just published our report
looking at barriers to women attending breast screening appointments. 478 women shared their views and experiences and our recommendations are based on trends that emerged. These include the appointment process, clarity of information, the accessibility of the service and empathy and support. The report which includes an executive summary is available on our website.
We would be grateful if you could share this with relevant people in your organisation and networks, and also send a response to the recommendations on behalf of your organisation.
Wingate weight loss wonder reveals the secret to his success **New**
After January many people struggle to keep up their resolutions to lose weight or be more active. The result is that the UK wastes nearly £600 million a year on unused gym memberships.
But John Cairns from Wingate has the answers. Increasing health problems encouraged John to lose over 4 stones and dramatically change his lifestyle.
John Cairns, 61 came into contact with County Durham's Wellbeing for Life service because "he'd tried everything else to lose weight and nothing worked"; until he found something he enjoyed.
After contacting the free service, Health Trainer Sarah Howells got in touch and met with John in his own home to discuss how she could support him to achieve his health goals.
Wellbeing for Life staff work with individuals on a 1-1 basis and in groups, to help people recognise the issues that are affecting their wellbeing and to make positive changes.
Sarah listened and observed John's lifestyle and they came up with a plan which included small and manageable changes he could make to help him lose weight, feel healthier and happier.
Implementing change was a struggle at first, but Sarah discovered he had a competitive streak so she would set him weekly challenges and the weight started to drop off.
John then helped to set up Wellbeing for Life's Eat Wise to Drop a Size group at Wingate Community Centre, where he and other community members learn about nutrition, pick up recipe ideas, have weigh-ins and support each other while having a good natter.
John says "I haven't found this journey easy, but it's certainly been worth it. It's become less of a struggle to walk due to my weight loss. I don't get out of breath as much and its great socialising with old and new friends at the group. I still have a long way to go but my health issues are improving and I'm feeling really good.
My health trainer and I just hit it off, I enjoyed her banter and she gave me the confidence and motivation I needed, as well as sometimes a stern telling. Sarah has a lovely manner that really cheered me up. Even when times are difficult she helps me to find the positives. The continued support from the group members and Sarah keeps me motivated.
I think the secret to sticking to a healthy lifestyle is enjoyment. If you surround yourself with people you like and choose activities you enjoy, you're more likely to achieve your goals."
John is a well-known character in his community. He wants other people, especially men who are at most risk of dying early, to benefit from Wellbeing for Life, and has been trying to spread the word of his success to his friends on social media.
If you live in the Wingate area and would like to attend Wellbeing for Life's Eatwise to Drop a Size group, it takes place every Friday morning at 10:15am. For More information contact Sarah on 07826884712
Wellbeing for Life is a free service that aims to help people to live well and maintain good health for themselves and those around them.
For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone 0800 8766887 or visit www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService, Twitter @ WBFL_Durham
Health & Wellbeing promotion **New**
The Wellbeing for Life service are currently running a promotion to engage more men. As I’m sure you will be aware, men are less likely to engage with health and wellbeing services and therefore can experience poorer life outcomes.
For any male client that signs up for group or individual support before the 1st March will receive an entry into a FREE prize draw to win one of the following:
· Annual Family Pass to Beamish Museum
· 3 Months Gym Membership
· 6 Free Haircuts
I would appreciate it if you could share the attached with all of your networks and if you work in a public place print out some copies. However if you are unable to print copies please get in touch on the Freephone number 0800 8766887 and we will be able to get some to you.
Many thanks in advance for your support.
Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator (North Durham Hub)
Healthwatch County Durham - March news update **New**
Conversations to review Dementia services **New**
As part of the national NHS five year forward view for mental health, NHS North Durham and NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are currently looking at the Dementia services available in your area.
To help us do this we would be grateful if you would spare a couple minutes to answer a few questions about your views and experiences of local services. We will be going out to visit a number of specific groups and sessions in order to speak to people about their experiences. However, if we miss you at these sessions or you would prefer to give your feedback in other ways the details are below.
With the answers you provide we will be able to identify if there are the right amount of services in place and if they are working correctly. This information will then be able to be used to help design what services and support is provided locally in the future.
To give your views you can either;
2. Alternatively you can contact Daniel at the CCG by telephone on 0191 389 8617 to provide your feedback.
Please note that you may need to leave a message with your name and contact number so that we can call you back.
It would appreciated it if your responses could reach us by Friday 16 February 2018. We very much hope that you are able to give your feedback through one of the methods outlined above.
Support Service in North Durham **New**
Are you aged 18+ living in North Durham and feeling lonely or isolated? Would you like support to find and attend local activities that interest you?
British Red Cross have a new service that can help.
Call 0191 384 1360 / 07808 243720 to find out more or email Connectdurham@redcross.org.uk
New Change4Life campaign! **new**
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and we wish you a very happy New Year.
This week, Change4Life has launched an exciting new campaign to help families choose healthier snacks and reduce their children’s sugar intake. The campaign will help parents take action by introducing a new simple tip – ‘Look for 100 calorie snacks, two a day max.’
We have created a Local Health Champion toolkit to help you and your friends, family and community choose healthier snacks and cut back on sugar.
More information about the new campaign
A link to the Local Health Champion guide
A link to order free resources
Our campaigns are life changing and we hope you enjoy helping us spread the
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