Wellbeing For Life

Delves lane men’s group **New**

A group of men from Delves Lane, Consett meet regularly to connect, converse and create. The group started when 5 local men approached the Wellbeing for Life service for support to set up a regular meeting space where they can chat on affairs that affect them and partake in activities and workshops. The group meets every Thursday 1.30-3pm at Delves Lane Village Hall and numbers have doubled since it started in Nov 2017. 

New members are welcomed and ages range from 30’s to the oldest member who is 92. Activities vary and the group members come up with the topics for discussion or new things they’d like to try. The men have attended talks on local history, land of oak and iron, diabetes and ‘beating the scammers’. They’ve also had a go at cooking, gardening and played games such as chess and cards. Michelle Gibson, Wellbeing for Life Co-ordinator said “This group is fantastic; a ‘regular’ guy can step into this space and feel comfortable. Community groups are important because they provide connection and mutual support. It helps reduce loneliness and isolation, but most importantly, its fun.” 

If anyone would like support to attend a local group or to set up a new group in their community, please get in touch with Wellbeing for Life: 01207 523664, email: cdda-tr.WBFL@nhs.net or visit: www.wellbeingforlife.net Facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService or Twitter: @WBFL_Durham

Spring into Action this May **New**

The County Durham Wellbeing for Life service supports public health campaigns to maximize the impact of national and international campaign messages. Wellbeing for Life are supporting the following awareness-raising campaigns in May. They are encouraging people to get involved by either attending events in the local community, sharing posts or telling their stories in relation to a particular health message on social media. 

National Walking Month May is National Walking Month. National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier. Wellbeing for Life want to see as many people as possible give walking everyday journeys a go, and they’ll be promoting the many ways to take part and providing tips to get you on your feet. 

May Measurement Month 2018 Wellbeing for Life is also supporting May Measurement Month, a worldwide programme led by the International Society of Hypertension, raising awareness of high blood pressure. Wellbeing for Life health trainers will be will be available to carry out Mini Health Checks, including measuring everyone’s blood pressures. We hope to inspire people to make small changes in their lives to reduce high blood pressure and lead a healthier life. 

Mental Health Awareness week 14-20 May This year the Mental Health Foundation’s campaign’s focus is on stress. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. Tackling stress can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. Wellbeing for Life support people on how to tackle stress and help improve our mental health. 

Sun Awareness Week 14-20 May Every year the British Association of Dermatologists makes a concerted effort to bring sun safety education to the UK public. National Sun Awareness Week is designed to highlight the dangers of over-exposure to the sun and promote staying safe in the sun. 

Vicki Moffat Wellbeing for Life Coordinator says “We want people to join us and get involved in these public health campaigns because many long-term conditions are preventable through positive healthy lifestyle changes. Promoting healthy lifestyles and empowering individuals to make healthy choices is central to our work to tackle long-term chronic diseases and reduce preventable deaths. We want all people in County Durham to be healthy people, in body and mind.” 

You can get involved by visiting www.wellbeingforlife.net, facebook: @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService or Twitter: @WBFL_Durham

Well Being for Life Training Calendar - April to June 2018 **New**

Please find attached the Wellbeing for Life April to June Training Calendar. Our training provides learners with the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in health improvement 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 for Life at Work – ‘My Achievement’ Billy (William) Collins **New**

Businesses across County Durham are investing time and money in workplace health. Staff from HM Revenue and Customs, in Peterlee, have been accessing healthy lifestyle sessions at work, delivered by the Wellbeing for Life service. 

Health Trainers worked with employees giving advice on weight loss, healthy eating and fitness. Billy Collins is one of the members that has benefitted from the ‘Eat Wise to Drop a Size’ sessions. “My weight used to embarrass me, my BMI was in the ‘obese’ bracket, and I was always short of breath even climbing the stairs in the house. I struggled to have the energy to play with my grandchildren and I had a wardrobe full of clothes that I thought I would never be able to wear again. 

Last year I lost my parents, within 3 weeks of each other. I was feeling really low and started comfort eating - Pizzas, Kebabs, Chinese etc. We were informed at work about the Eat Wise sessions that we could attend free of charge. When some of my colleagues started going and losing weight they would encourage me but I was reluctant. One week I decided I had nothing to lose, only the weight, and I have never looked back. I have lost 10lbs and have no plans to stop there. Jordon and Emma from Wellbeing for Life are brilliant, they give excellent advice and praise even when I have put weight back on they will advise me what I need to do to get back on track. When I joined I was entered into a draw to win a £100 gift card to use at Karting North East. 

Normally I don’t win anything but my name was drawn out and I won it! I intend to continue with the weight loss and build my fitness up as its making me feel much better.” Wellbeing for Life is a free service operating in County Durham, 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. The approach aims to influence the circumstances that help people to live well, and build their capacity to be independent, resilient 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 or Twitter @WBFL_Durham