Fortnightly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO10 August 25th

We are sharing current health and well being news to support you through Covid19 Lockdown and this issue we are supporting urology awareness month in September.

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Urology Awareness Month

September is urology awareness month

Urology Awareness Month is organised by The Urology Foundation TUF. Urological conditions will affect one in two people during the course of their lifetime, yet they remain shrouded in secrecy and silence. Incontinence alone is estimated to affect a third of British adults, impacting on their quality of life and in some cases leading to depression, relationship problems or financial difficulties.

The Urology Foundation believes the taboo and negative attitudes surrounding urology must end. That is why, in 2014, they launched Urology Awareness Month - a national campaign to raise awareness of urological conditions - diseases of the kidneys, urinary tract and male reproductive system.

If you would like to find out more about how the Urology Foundation can help Urology conditions or if you would like to know more about Urology Awareness Month then please click on the link below. Urology Foundation - Get involved

Back to School

Going back to School in September has never been so challenging and exciting as it is this September 2020. Whether you are a new or current student or a member of staff or a parent we are all thinking about how to stay safe and help our children access their education. The Healthy Hub Team is sharing information on local services to support you and your children to get back to the new normal in a healthy way at school.

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The 'Schools and Families Advice Line' (SFAL) is a new service established to provide emotional wellbeing advice and early help to children and young people, school staff and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact SFAL by Telephone on: 0300 777 0707 or by email: or follow the link to find out more; Schools and Families Advice Line

Sport the signs of anxiety with Family Lives

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Family Lives offer support dealing with anxiety in young children and how to spot the signs. Anxiety might be higher than normal for some young children as they get ready to go back to school this September. Click on the link to find out more; Family Lives Support

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Connect - with what you need

Access your local Urology Support Group

The Urology Support Group is a patient support group for patients with urological cancer run by Tina Khan and Elaine Lousley with support from the Macmillan Cancer Support volunteers meets on the last Friday of every month between 2pm - 4pm. Meetings take place at Nash Mills Village Hall, Lower Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 8RT. Parking is free in the car park in front of Nash Mills Village Hall. For more information in relation to meetings during Covi19 please email

Find the care you need to maintain your independence

Our home independence service uses a range of technology to keep loved ones connected

If you are looking for care at home for you or for someone else, our local Home Instead Welwyn Service might have the answer. They can help people retain their independence so they can live comfortably and maintain relationships with their family and friends. Just click on the link to find out more; or call on 01707 240 650

Access your local Carers in Herts Support Group

Still shielding and need some support then the carer hubs are a one-stop shop where you can find information about what is happening in your local area, get advice, support and make friends. There are also peer led and interest based groups. The hubs are groups run by volunteers or carers for carers and focus on offering emotional and practical support. Most groups meet once a month and offer activities including a programme of speakers and time to talk. Just click on the link to find out more; Carer support hubs.

We must all continue to 'Play our Part' as we start to reconnect with our community. For our latest attempt to cut through the coronavirus cacophony we have worked with partners and a very talented young musician to create a music video to encourage everyone to 'Play their Part'. How many of Welwyn Hatfield faces (and places) can you spot? The main message is that we need to continue playing our part to avoid going back into another lockdown, please help us get this important message to as many people as possible by liking, sharing and, most of all, commenting on the post. Click on the link to find out more; Bring Coronavirus Down Video.

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Keep Learning - back at school

Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Urology

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If you are suffering with Urology related illness and want to be as informed as possible about the options. The European Association of Urology Nurses has gathered together information on how complementary and alternative medicine might be able to help. Click on the link to find out more about the complementary and alternative urology treatments; Urology nurses - alternative treatments.

Explore your carer and education options with YC Hertfordshire

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YC Hertfordshire are offering a support services for young people receiving their A 'level and GCSE results. Whatever the results Personal Advisers are on hand to help youngpeople make the best choices they can. Whether exam results are better or worse than expected or to help review previous plans due to being effected by the Covid19 pandemic. Follow the link to find out more; YC Hertfordshire - Career and education options.

Treat yourself to something new

If you haven't had an alternative/complementary treatment for your health before, why not talk to the Natural Therapy Centre in Welwyn Garden City to learn more about the treatments available and how they can help. They have a list of different therapys available by professionals. Just click on the link to find out more about how these treatments can help you or give them a call; telephone 01707 39 20 20

Natural Therapy Centre treatments

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Give - whilst getting more exercise

Take part in the TUF's Fundraising challenge for Urology

We are asking you to STEP UP FOR TUF during Urology Awareness Month in September by virtually climbing a building, or if you're feeling ambitious, a mountain! Climb the stairs at home,
climb the escalator on the tube, climb the fire escape, climb the steps at your place of work and keep a count. Set up a EverydayHero fundraising page on our Step Up For TUF Challenge page (click here) and ask friends, family and work colleagues to sponsor you during the month of September.

If you would like to get involved or find out more about Urology please click on this link; The Urology Foundation.

Volunteering with Family Lives

Every year, they support families across the country to work through difficult experiences such as poverty, behavioural problems, problems with services and schools, relationship stresses,
communication breakdowns and countless other issues. They could not support these families without the dedication, passion and generosity of over 200 volunteers. Click on the link to find out what opportunities they have as a volunteer; Volunteer with Family Lives.

Volunteering Opportunities with Macmillian

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Join Macmillians fantastic fundraising group in Stevenage and North Herts to help them raise money and awareness of local services. Bring your creativity, energy and enthusiasm for fundraising to the awareness of local services. Bring your creativity, energy and enthusiasm for fundraising to their team to help them ensure that, for people in Stevenage and North Herts, life with cancer is still life. Click on the link to find out more; MacMillan Fundraising.

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Take Notice - know your rights

Get the financial advice you need when ill

If you have been diagnosed with cancer you may be able to get financial help. Macmillan provide relevant information and advice on what you maybe able to apply for. Just follow the link to find out more; Macmillan cancer information - your rights.

The NHS receive more funding to recruit valuable Social Prescribers

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Social Prescribing a fantastic scheme developed by the NHS providing Link Workers in the local community to support people with their health and wellbeing, focusing on 'what matters to me' and taking a holistic approach to people's health and wellbeing. They connect people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Social prescribers work with local GP's and may prescribe, Art, Gardening and even dancing to help people's health and wellbeing. Click on the link to find out more; NHS - social prescribing.

Look out for the TV Licencing Scams

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Age UK are raising awareness on TV Licencing scams. They are asking people to be cautious about any emails from TV Licensing that ask you to update your personal or banking details. There are numerous reports of people receiving scams. Please click on the link to find out more; Information about TV licensing scams.

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Be Active - healthily

The Association of Nutrition is an independent regulator for Registered Nutritionists. Their role is to protect and benefit the public. There are some great advice on healthy eating and exercising. All of the links on their website are to evidence-based nutrition resources related to sports and activity, which have been developed by, or in collaboration with, UKVRN Registered Nutritionists (RNutrs) or Registered Associate Nutritionists (ANutrs) Click on the link to find out more; Sports and activity resources.

Try Tai Chi to improve your energy levels relaxtion and mindfulness

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Herts T'ai Chi Ch'aun are offering online classes which help with energy, relaxation and mindfulness. They teach Tai Chi as a 10-20 minute daily health routine for body and mind. In the body it increases energy, and allows relaxation with strength and flexibility. In the mind it reduces stress, and allows more present awareness and mindfulness. Click on the link to access; Tai Chi classes.

Sporting chance

Is a sport based programme aimed at young people. The young people have been at the heart of planning and consequently, the programme is designed in line with the thoughts of the target demographic. Football, boxing and basketball highlighted as the most sports they are interested in. Until they can resume regular sessions, Sporting Chance Bootcamp Fitness is taking place in parks around the county. Follow the link to find out when the sessions are near you ; Sporting chance sessions.

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For the latest government advice on Covid19 please follow the link; Government COVID-19 Guidance.

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