Alzheimer’s Society: Making Your Home Dementia Friendly

The Alzheimer’s Society have just launched a new 32 page booklet ‘Making your home dementia friendly’. It’s a practical guide for people with dementia who are living at home. It explains how to create or adapt the home environment to make it a  safe and familiar place.

 Please click the link below for the PDF version. You can also order copies, free of charge by calling 0300 3035933 or emailing orders@alzheimers.org.uk.

It’s a great guide with lots of hints and tips, well worth a look.

Click here to download the booklet

Sefton’s offer for disabled children

If children and young people age 0-25yrs have special educational needs and / or a disability (SEND), Sefton’s Local Offer website will provide them, their families and professionals with accessible information about services and support available locally.

The Local Offer helps families to understand what services they can expect from a range of local agencies, including statutory entitlements, eligibility and referral criteria. The Local Offer also makes clear what is available from a wide range of services, including:

  • Early years settings
  • Schools (including academies and free schools) & colleges
  • Sport and recreation
  • Health services
  • Social care
  • Employment, further education and volunteering

For all enquiries on the Local Offer, or to provide feedback, contact Sefton’s Information, Advice and Support Service on 0151 934 3334 or by email.

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers in Southport!

NYAS advocacy and Independent Visiting Service are currently looking to recruit volunteers to befriend children and young people who are looked after (in care) with Cardiff Local Authority in the Southport area. These are often children and young people who have little or no contact with their own family and who would really benefit from a long term relationship with a trusted adult.

We ask our volunteers to spare 2-4 hours once a month to visit the young person they are matched up with to undertake a joint activity together. Independent Visitors may become a significant person to a child. NYAS Independent Visitors help them to have fun, feel valued, feel listened to and help to increase their self-esteem. NYAS Independent Visitors can make a real difference in a child’s life by acting as role models and helping them to make the most of themselves, from simply listening , to helping with school work or getting them involved in activities in their communities they would never had experienced otherwise.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 2 years and that you are age 18 +. We do not ask for any specific qualifications or experience, just an ability to relate well to children and young people. NYAS provide comprehensive training, great support from experienced staff and the opportunity to meet up with other volunteers at regular intervals.

The role is hugely rewarding and really is a fantastic opportunity to make a difference to a child or young person’s life. Here’s what one of our volunteers has said about the role:

I love seeing the world through the eyes of the little girl with whom I’m matched, talking to her, sharing my insight and experiences and doing activities together. Just by being there for her every month I hope that she’s starting to know that in the chaos of her life I’m a quieter, calmer little oasis for her! The hug she gives me when I drop her off after we’ve been out on a visit makes me realise that she’s starting to see that I’m someone that she can trust. She can and that feels good!”

 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for us, then please get in touch with Elly Jones or Sylvia Lucano at our local office in Cathays, Cardiff on 02920668956, or email elly.jones@nyas.net , sylvia.lucano@nyas.net

Swan Centre: Women’s Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project

The Swan Centre are offering women the opportunity for personal growth and confidence building through their ‘Social & Therapeutic Allotment Project’. And with research showing that green activities improve mental health in over 94% of people, the Swan centre are inviting Sefton women to attend every Wednesday morning over the next year to reap the full therapeutic benefits.

The project will allow women to meet others and make new friends in a relaxed therapeutic environment. They will benefit from improved physical and mental health, as well as learning new skills at their own pace.

Please click here to download a project flyer from The Swan Centre.

If you are require any further information, or you are interested in getting involved, please contact: Jane Payton on janep@swanwomenscentre.org or 0151 933 3292

 

Sefton SUPPORT eBulletin

Sefton SUPPORT, the local NHS Stop Smoking Service, have released the November edition of their “Stop Sefton Smoking” eBulletin.

The online newsletter includes a review of Stoptober, the national 28 day quit challenge. It also includes Christmas saving tips, news on World COPD Day and Movember, as well updates on stop smoking clinic times.

Click here to view the eBulletin in your browser.

Alternatively, e-mail Michael.Killen@LiverpoolCH.nhs.uk to be put onto the mailing list.

Sefton Council consultation on residential substance misuse services

Sefton Council has launched an online questionnaire as part of a public engagement and consultation into the delivery of medically managed residential substance misuse detoxification services in the borough.

Detoxification is part of integrated drug and alcohol treatment services and any successful recovery requires sustained and coordinated care.  When severe dependency or complex needs are indicated a medically managed residential inpatient treatment may be more suitable and will give the patient 24/7 access to specialist doctors and other clinical staff.

The current service contract expires in June 2016 and the council is seeking to engage a wide range of stakeholders, including existing service users, potential service users and third sector organisations to help inform the service specification ahead of the re-commissioning of the service.

Sefton Council understands that this is a very highly specialised treatment and therefore we are seeking the views of as many service users as possible.

To take part in the questionnaire, visit: www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton

Ask Your Pharmacy week launches in Sefton

Pharmacists in Sefton’s two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be reminding residents about the range of services available in local chemists, and encouraging them to make appropriate use of NHS services during Ask Your Pharmacist week (9-15 November).

Often, people make unnecessary trips to the GP or even A&E, when their neighbourhood chemist could help instead. In recent years, pharmacists have expanded their role, and now provide a wide range of clinical and public health services, within easy reach of the people who need them most. However, whilst most people go first to their chemist for medicines and medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services on offer in chemists.

NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have made this easier with their Care at the Chemist scheme, providing fast expert advice and medications for a wide range of conditions, without the need for a doctor’s appointment.

Mr Wear, who has been visiting Ryders Chemist in Formby since 1988, said: “I have been coming here a long time now and the pharmacists have always been approachable. I use Care at the Chemist a lot and find it extremely useful, the advice they give is invaluable and it can save a lot of time rather than getting an appointment at the doctors.”

Susanne Lynch is the CCGs’ head of medicines management and the Sefton mum of two and uses Care at the Chemist if her boys are under the weather.

Susanne said: “Our Care at the Chemist service helps keep people up to speed with what is now on offer on their doorstep in pharmacies – a uniquely accessible healthcare professional workforce who can deliver expert medicines advice and an expanding list of public health services.

“Your local pharmacist is a good first contact point for advice on many common health concerns – it is certainly mine. While most people will go first to their pharmacist for medicines advice, many don’t know about the range of other healthcare services provided by pharmacies on their doorstep and the level of expertise there.  Pharmacists are available without appointment and are able to deal with a wide range of ailments, as well as offering uniquely accessible advice on maintaining and improving your health.

“Here in Sefton we promote this regularly through our Care at the Chemist scheme but this awareness week will promote this wider and will hopefully alert patients to the services on offer at the chemists on their doorsteps.”

Activities are planned across the country during Ask Your Pharmacist Week including health checks in shopping centres, community talks, chemist window displays and visits to chemists by local dignitaries.

Anyone of any age who is registered with a Sefton GP can get Care at the Chemist. Simply call into your chemist and ask to be registered onto the scheme. It is best if you use your usual chemist but if you are using one that does not know you; you will be asked to bring proof of identity.

Smoking and Stress – Debunking the Myths

The 4th of November marks ‘National Stress Awareness Day’.

Most smokers tend to believe that their smoking is a stress relief, with some using it as a self medication to cope with times of anxiety or tension. But according to NHS Choices, this is a complete myth, and smokers are actually more likely to develop depression or anxiety disorders than non-smokers.

So why would anyone falsely believe smoking improves their mood?

Scientists think it’s because they confuse the ability of cigarettes to abolish nicotine withdrawal as a beneficial effect on their mental health.

Smokers tend to feel irritable, anxious and down when they haven’t smoked for a while and these unpleasant feelings are temporarily reversed when they light up a cigarette. That creates the impression that it’s the smoking that has improved their mood, when in fact it’s smoking that caused the psychological disturbances in the first place.

Studies show that people’s anxiety, depression and stress levels are lower after they stop smoking when compared with those who carry on smoking and that their quality of life and mood improves. Also, the improved levels of oxygen in the body means that ex-smokers can concentrate better.

There really is no better way to take action against stress than to stop smoking, and the good news is that Sefton SUPPORT are here to help you.

Sefton SUPPORT are the local NHS Stop Smoking Service and have helped thousands of people to quit and live longer healthier lives. Their drop-in clinics run across the borough 6 days a week, and offer a chance for smokers to get specialist NHS support to quit smoking. To find your local clinic here at the Healthy Sefton website, or call Healthy Sefton on 0300 100 1000.

Follow Sefton Support on Twitter by clicking here, and Facebook by clicking here.

You can join the conversation on National Stress Awareness Day  by searching the hashtag #NationalStressAwareness Day on Twitter and Facebook.

Jamie Carragher Opens New Health Service Shop – Strand By Me!

Liverpool FC legend Jamie Carragher was the VIP guest at the launch of a new community and health service shop in Bootle.

The former Reds defender officially opened the Strand By Me outlet at the Strand Shopping Centre, which will be used as a local base by a range of organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the town.

Other guests at the launch included representatives of the partners in the new venture – NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sefton CVS.

The Strand By Me shop – based on a an idea by GP practices in Bootle to make sources of support more accessible to residents – is available for organisations to hire to promote their health-related services and offer information and advice to local people.

These organisations include public sector health providers, charities and voluntary, community and faith sector groups, who offer support with everything from stopping smoking and welfare rights to keeping fit and ageing well.

Speaking at the launch Bootle-born Jamie – who also runs his own young people’s charity, the 23 Foundation – gave his enthusiastic backing to the new facility.

He said: “As a local lad I’m passionate about anything that helps to improve community services in Bootle and the health and wellbeing of the people who live here.

“This new shop is an exciting new resource for the area which will provide a base for a wide variety of organisations that can help to achieve these objectives.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, Chair of South Sefton CCG, said: “This is a good example of how our local GP practices are working together with partners like Sefton CVS to develop new services, and it’s great to see their idea for Strand By Me become a reality. We hope people find the shop useful in providing them with information and advice about their health and wellbeing and we’d encourage anyone to pop in and take a look for themselves.”

Sefton CVS Deputy Chief Executive, Nigel Bellamy, added: “Strand By Me demonstrates the strength of partnership working across the public, private and voluntary sectors.

For more information on Strand By Me email StrandByMe@seftoncvs.org.uk  or visit www.seftoncvs.org.uk/StrandByMe.