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Spennymoor Healthy Hub Meeting - 7th April **New**


Dear Colleague

The next meeting of Spennymoor Healthy Hub is due to take place on Friday 7th April 9.30am -11.30am, at Spennymoor Town Hall

Could you please let Pamela Hughes pamela.hughes2@nhs.net know if you can attend or give your apologies

 

If you have any agenda items please let me know before Monday 3rd April. As per the last meeting (minutes attached) there is an agenda item of exploring the idea of developing a project as a group.

 

Marnie Ramsey

Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator

(South West Durham Hub)

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Health Improvement Service

Pioneering Care Centre

Carer’s Way

Newton Aycliffe

County Durham

DL5 4SF

 

Telephone: 01325 327443

Mobile: 07876 745855

e-mail: marnie.ramsey@nhs.net

Website: www.wellbeingforlife.net


 
Wellbeing for Life Training Calendar April - June 2017 **Current**
 
Please find attached the latest Wellbeing for Life Training Calendar which features a diverse range of courses focusing on building the skills and attributes of community members and volunteers. We offer a variety of accredited and non-accredited courses from RSPH Understanding Health Improvement (national qualification course), mental health to Dementia Awareness (1 hour course).  All of the training courses offer by Wellbeing for Life are FREE.
 
An exciting new addition to the Wellbeing for Life Training Calendar includes a new programme of ‘Train the Trainer’ which is aimed at people with experience of delivering groups and covers sessions around 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Brief Introduction to Healthy Eating, Making Every Contact Count – all 1 day training courses, plus Train the Trainers Practical Cooking which is a 5 day course. 
 
Please share this calendar with your networks in County Durham, and please distribute copies of the calendar to your local community centres for their notice boards.
 
Feel free to contact us on 01325 327460 to discuss any bespoke training needs you may have.

Wellbeing for Life – Breast Screening **Current**

Have you had an appointment letter?
 
The County Durham Wellbeing for Life service is working in the local community to promote breast screening and encourage women to attend their screening appointments.
 
Wellbeing for Life are working in partnership with local GP surgeries and community venues to give women in County Durham the opportunity to find out more about breast screening.
 
1 in 8 women and 1 in 870 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. There were 54,800 new cases of breast cancer in the UK in 2014.
 
The NHS Breast Screening Programme invites all women aged between 50 and 70 for screening every 3 years. You need to be registered with a GP to receive the invitations. If you are older than 70, you can still have screening every 3 years but you won't automatically be invited. To make an appointment, talk to your GP or your local breast screening unit.
 
It is important to know your body and get checked out if anything changes that is not normal for you. 15,500 breast cancers are diagnosed through screening in the UK each year.
 
Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing Coordinator said ‘The number of women attending their breast screening appointments has fallen since 2011. Breast Cancer is not just a lump. Going for breast screening can find abnormalities which you wouldn’t necessarily be able to feel or see, so it is really important that you keep your screening appointments.’
 
Breast screening saves around 1,500 lives every year in the UK. Screening aims to find breast cancers early. Very early breast cancers are usually easier to treat, may need less treatment, and are more likely to be cured It is important to go for your breast screening whenever you are invited.
 
For further information, please contact Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator (East Durham Hub) on 0191 5274150
 
Reference source: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org


Eat Wise and Drop a Size **Current**
 
The Wellbeing for Life service are delivering an exciting new FREE course in Croxdale. Eat Wise Drop a Size is a friendly class that can support you to make healthier food choices and lose weight.
The class runs weekly on Mondays 1-2.30pm at Croxdale Community Centre and will include a weekly weigh in, recipe ideas and tips on living a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Health Trainer Jacklyn McCourt is running the sessions and says “Healthy eating is not just about managing your weight; it is also about improving your general wellbeing.
There are many benefits of eating healthier and/or losing weight, the most important one is the reduced risk to your health. Whatever your age, eating healthy can help you lead a healthier and happier life as well as reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes and some cancers.

By making a few simple changes to your food and drink choices you will really start to see and feel the benefits. We will work with you for 8 sessions to set goals and provide handy hints and tips, as well as regular support to make sure you are achieving them.”
People can just turn up or if you would like further information contact Jacklyn on 07833 593421
 
The Wellbeing for Life service supports people to live well, by helping to address the factors which influence their health. The service will build capacity to enable people to be independent, resilient and maintain good health for themselves and those around them.
 
There will also be the opportunity to get extra support on a 1-1 basis from the Wellbeing for Life Health Trainers. Health Trainers can support you and your community to improve your wellbeing, signposting you to other local services where necessary.
 
For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service and how it can help you contact freephone: 0800 8766887 or visit:http://www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService Twitter: @ WBFL_Durham

Wellbeing for Life - Cervical Screening: Have you made your appointment? **Current**
 
The County Durham Wellbeing for Life service is working in the local community to promote cervical screening and encourage women to attend screening appointments.
 
Wellbeing for Life are working in partnership with local GP surgeries and community venues to give women in County Durham the opportunity to find out more about cervical screening.
 
There were 3,224 new cases of cervical cancer in the UK in 2014. It is more commonly diagnosed in women aged 25-29, but cervical cancer can affect women of any age.
 
It is important to know your body and get checked out if anything changes that is not normal for you. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but for abnormal cells which could develop into cancer.
 
Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing Coordinator said ‘A lot of women feel embarrassed or fearful of attending their Cervical screening appointments and that is understandable, the Practice Nurses understand this and do everything they can to help you feel comfortable. It’s so important to make your screening appointment; it could save your life.’
 
Cervical screening saves around 4,500 lives every year in the UK. It is important to go for your cervical screening test whenever you are invited.
 
The Wellbeing for Life Service will be out in your local community promoting cervical screening. For details of where, please go to www.wellbeingforlife.net or phone 0800 8766887.
 
For further information, please contact Vicki Moffat, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator (East Durham Hub) on 0191 5274150

Reference source: www.cancerresearchuk.org
 
Community Christmas Lunch **Current**

Durham’s Wellbeing for Life service organised a Community Christmas Lunch at PACT House in Stanley on the 21 December for local clients who need a bit of a boost with some good company at this time of year.
Participants got to enjoy cracker making, Christmas dinner, Bingo and Lingo, coffee and mince pies with some nice company.

Being able to get out and about and connect with other people is often much harder than it seems and this can become exasperated at Christmas. Social isolation is a real problem for many people in our community and the Wellbeing for Life service helps to tackle some of these issues. 

The Wellbeing for Life service provides support to people to live well in County Durham, by helping to address the factors which influence their health and build their capacity to be independent, resilient and maintain good health for themselves and those around them.
Wellbeing for Life staff work with individuals on a 1-1 basis and in groups to recognise the issues that are affecting their wellbeing and help them make positive changes.

Michelle Gibson, Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator
 (North Durham Hub) said “It was a wonderful day, everyone seemed to have a really good time and it was nice to see the difference the service has made to the lives of local people, especially those who live alone. A regular friendly face and a chat can bring so much happiness to people and help to improve their relationships locally.
Thank you to all the Wellbeing for Life staff and volunteers for going the extra mile to organise everything, PACT House for allowing us to use their venue and Stanley Taxi Drivers for volunteering their time to transport the clients to and from the meal free of charge.”

Evidence suggests that those with strong social and community networks are more likely to be healthier, happier and live longer. Social isolation is associated with poor physical, mental and emotional health so we need to do what we can to help people become more active.

The service provides a vital link into the community to those who can be socially isolated because of restricted mobility, bereavement or their family and friends don’t live close by. Health trainers encourage people to get out and about - even if it's just to the end of the garden - and to stay active.
 
For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone 0800 8766887 or visit http://www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService. Or contact Michelle Gibson, Tel:  01207 523664 Email: michellegibson1@nhs.net


Spennymoor Healthy Hub notes and next meeting **Current**

Please find attached the notes from the previous meeting of the Spennymoor Healthy Hub held on the 16th September 2016. Apologies for the delay in sending these out and setting the next date. I can now confirm that the next meeting will take place on 20 January 2017, 9.30am-11.30am at Spennymoor Town Hall. 

Apologies or if you have anything you want to put on the agenda for discussion please let me know.
 
Marnie Ramsey
Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator
(South West Durham Hub)
Health Improvement Service
Pioneering Care Centre
Carer’s Way
Newton Aycliffe
County Durham
DL5 4SF
 
Telephone: 01325 327443
Mobile: 07876 745855
e-mail: marnie.ramsey@nhs.net
Website: www.wellbeingforlife.net

 


WBFL in South Moor & Quaking Houses **Current**

With our next meeting coming up on 11 January 2017, at 2pm to be held at Greenland Primary School
Please could you forward me any agenda items by close of play on 4th January
 
Carolyn Dwyer
Administrator

 

Health Improvement Service
The Greenhouse
Amos Drive
Stanley
County Durham
DH9 7XN
Tel: 01207 523651
carolyn.dwyer@nhs.net


Wellbeing for Life-Whats  On **Current**


Please find attached the new ‘What’s On’ from Wellbeing for Life. 


Wellbeing for Life recognised for supporting volunteers **Current**
 
Wellbeing for Life is the first service to achieve the County Durham Volunteer Kite Mark as a programme involving a partnership of organisations. 
 
The County Durham Volunteer Kite Mark is a quality standard designed to show that a volunteer involving organisation meets standards to overcome barriers to volunteering set out by the Centre for Volunteering and Social Enterprise.
 
The Wellbeing for Life service provides support to people to live well in Durham, by helping to address the factors which influence their health and build their capacity to be independent, resilient and maintain good health for themselves and those around them.
 
The wellbeing approach goes beyond looking at single-issue and instead aims to take a whole-person and community approach to improving health. The service operates within the 30% most deprived communities in County Durham making a difference to the individual and their sense of community. 
 
The Volunteer Kite Mark is a quality standard designed to show that an organisation recruiting, supporting and utilising volunteers meets standards to overcome barriers to volunteering as set out by the Centre for Volunteering and Social Enterprise.
 
Wellbeing for Life offer a range of volunteering opportunities across County Durham from; Community Health Champions who support the Health Trainers to Community Volunteers who provide much needed support at events and activities
 
Wellbeing for Life Volunteer and Skills Co-ordinators expressed their appreciation of the involvement of volunteers in the programme and said “We love working alongside them, the volunteers are so keen and enthusiastic”.
 
Wellbeing for Life currently has 111 active volunteers of which 56 are training Community Health Champions and they support the team of 60 paid staff who work with groups and individuals in County Durham supporting them to take those difficult first steps to a better quality of life.
 
County Durham Volunteer Kite Mark is open to any organisations who works with volunteers for further information contact Durham Community Action on 01388 742055, email Abby.Thompson@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk
 
For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact freephone 0800 8766887 or visit http://www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService


Wellbeing for Life Training Calendar**Current**

Please find attached the Wellbeing for Life Quarter 3 Training Calendar. Our training provides learners with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in health and community related subjects. 


This training opportunities calendar varies regularly to provide an exciting and comprehensive learning programme for professionals, volunteers and community members. All of the training is FREE to anyone living or working in County Durham. Our trainers are friendly, approachable and supportive and will help you to get the most out of your learning experience. Our training sessions are welcoming and fun and who knows where all of this learning may take you, anything is possible.

 


Wellbeing in South Moor and Quaking Houses **Current**

New project bridges the generation divide

A project bringing together people of different ages is taking place in County Durham with the aim of increasing understanding between the generations.
 
Students from North Durham Academy and residents of the over 55s housing scheme Oakwood Court in Stanley have been meeting weekly as part of The Ageless Project.
 
During the sessions, which have been developed by the social enterprise CONTiNUUM CIC, participants discuss different aspects of their lives including education, hobbies and future aspirations.
 
Chloe Macallister is one of the teenagers taking part. The 17-year-old said: “I’ve found it really interesting, I didn’t realise how much had changed over the last 50 years or so, like the developments in technology – some of the people we’ve spoken to didn’t even have televisions when they were our age and now we use technology for almost everything we do.
 
“I would never have thought to sit down and talk to my own relatives like this but I’ve found it really fascinating and I think it’s something we should all try and do more often.
 
“It’s made me realise that even though we are very different we also share a lot of the same experiences and have more in common than I would have thought.”
 
Residents of Oakwood Court, which is owned and managed by local social landlord Derwentside Homes, have also been taking part in the project.
 
Among them is Pamela Smith, 57, who said: “It’s been great talking to the young people about their lives and aspirations. One difference I’ve noticed is that there seems to be much more equality nowadays and in areas such as sport and education the girls have the same opportunities now as the boys which is really good.
 
“I think we all started this with a few preconceptions but have quickly got to know each other and I think it’s broadened all of our minds and made us think about how we treat others and looking for the similarities we have rather than the differences.”
 
The course has been funded through the Area Action Partnership (AAP) for Stanley and delivered by Jeanette Harold, Director of CONTiNUUM CIC, who said: “We have always worked in the community but this is the first time we have run a project like this so it’s a new and exciting venture for us.
 
“We were aware that there was a growing gap between the generations and wanted to do something that was discussion-based which would get people talking and break down those barriers and preconceived ideas they may have had about each other.
 
“The connection with Derwentside Homes has been great as we’ve been able to engage with their older residents and match them up with young people from the same communities. It’s been a fantastic experience so far and we have plans to run similar sessions in the near future with local youth groups.”
 
Michelle Graham of Derwentside Homes helped organise the pilot project and said: “Both generations have so much to offer each other and it has been really fascinating watching them interact.
 
“These are people living alongside each other in the same communities but until now they had very few opportunities to meet and talk. Now they have been able to learn more about each other and break down any stereotypes which may have existed.”
 
The North Durham Academy students taking part are all studying for a Level 3 qualification in Health and Social Care and The Ageless Project will provide them with valuable experience they can use when applying for jobs or university places.
 
Teacher Rebecca Pallas-Gill, learning leader for food technology and health and social care, said: “Many of our students are interested in establishing careers in areas such as social work so this is a fantastic opportunity to learn some really valuable skills such as communication, caring and working with older generations.
 
“I’ve already noticed them applying what they are learning to their work and am sure it will be very useful when it comes to job interviews or applications.”
 
For more information about The Ageless Project, including future projects, please contact Jeanette Harold on 07872 058175 or email jeanette.harold@continuumcic.co.uk .