Wellbeing For Life

Award for inspirational man forced to dramatically change his life **New**

Success in sport and physical activity in County Durham were celebrated at local awards ceremonies in October and November. 

Sean Burnett received an award for Sport & Physical Achievement at the Active Durham Sport and Physical Activity Awards in Spennymoor, for leading an active lifestyle whilst facing personal barriers and challenges. Sean was in a road traffic accident at the age of 11. He has overcome life threatening head injuries as well as a Stroke which led to many operations and damage to the left side of his body. After the accident, Sean was in a wheelchair for 4 years which was a tough time in his life. At the age of 17, he moved out of his house and lived on his own, determined to try and live an independent life at the earliest opportunity. 

Now at the age of 40, Sean still strives to push himself further. He referred himself into the Wellbeing for Life service for support to be more active. Wellbeing for Life Health Trainer Barry Thompson started working with Sean to help him achieve his health goals. Barry accompanied him swimming at the Woodhouse Close Pool in Bishop Auckland, where he now goes regularly with a volunteer from the service. 

Barry nominated Sean and said “He is an inspiration; his determination to maintain some quality of life after a life changing accident and the subsequent effects is amazing. He requires support getting from his modified disability car into the changing rooms, then into and out of the pool. It takes a lot of effort and motivation with his slow walking pace. He now has his own routine and declines aid from the mechanical hoist. Even getting up to receive the award was a physical struggle but Sean was again able to demonstrate determination and collected his award from former Olympic athlete Chris Tomlinson.” Sean also enjoys attending a craft group, as this keeps his mind engaged. He regularly visits his mam and friends and watches his nephew play football. Sean proves it is possible to overcome difficulties and achieve results. 

Sean said “I am very happy to have received the award, and will continue to be as active as I can both physically and mentally. Wellbeing for Life has been brilliant, I enjoy the social aspect of the service and the swimming improves the strength in my left side. Meeting the health trainer and volunteer has been great and helped me a lot. I am really grateful for the help and support I have received.” 

All local winners will now go forward to compete in their award category at the County Awards event to be held at The Gala Theatre in Durham on Friday 26 January 2018. For further information on the Wellbeing for Life service contact Freephone 0800 8766887 or visit www.wellbeingforlife.net, Facebook @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService or Twitter

Wellbeing for Life brings back Community Festive Fair! **Current**

The Wellbeing for Life Service is bringing back the Bishop Auckland Community Festive Fair. The service really missed the fair last year, and feel that it is a great local event to celebrate Christmas as a community and to share all the good things that happen locally. 

They are bringing back the event this year with a healthy family focus and would like to invite all members of the community along. The Festive Fair promises to be a fantastic, fun event, with lots of things for all family members to take part in, young and old. Marnie Ramsey, Wellbeing for Life Coordinator said ‘We really love getting involved with our communities and this is a great way to celebrate Christmas together. 

We’ve got lots of attractions, workshops and displays planned; there’s literally something for everyone. Santa Claus will also be visiting us at the Community Festive Fair, along with his little helpers, so children can visit Santa for free and will receive a present from the North Pole!’ 

The event will be held at Bishop Auckland College on Sunday 10 December, 10am – 3pm. Entry is free. The Wellbeing for Life Service will be announcing the main attractions over the coming weeks on their Facebook page @CountyDurhamWellbeingForLifeService.  

If anyone would like a market stall at the Community Festive Fair, please contact cdda-tr.WBFL@nhs.net for a booking form.

Wellbeing for Life Training Calendar**

Please find details of 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 offered 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 to provide individuals who already have some experience of delivering sessions, the opportunity to up skill or refresh their knowledge base. The latest addition is the 1-day course in Train the Trainer on Healthy Eating.

***NEW*** We are excited to be one of the first training centres in the North East able to offer a new tiered training programme. In this calendar we are offering the introductory session Connect 5 - Brief Mental Health and Wellbeing Awareness, which is a mental health promotion training programme that is designed to increase the confidence and skills of front line staff so they can be more effective in having conversations with the people they work with about mental health and wellbeing, Help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes. Once you have attended this session you can progress to the further 2 levels of training. 

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 Tel: 01325 327460 to discuss any bespoke training needs you may have. Browse the courses and Book online www.hits.cdd.nhs.uk

SM & QH Meeting **Current**

Please could you forward me any agenda items you would like raised at our next planned meeting on Wednesday 31st May @ 2 – 4pm STANLEY YOUNG PEOPLE'S CENTRE SEVERN CRESCENT SOUTH MOOR DH9 7PX

The following meetings have been arranged for 2-4pm on each of these dates: 
Wednesday 6th September – South Moor Methodist Church Hall 
Wednesday 29th November – Greenland School

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