Fortnightly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue NO6 June 30th

We are sharing current health and well being news to support you through Covid19 Lockdown plus activities from National Campaigns and this issue we are featuring Talk to us Month and Good Care Month.

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Your one stop shop, supporting you and signposting you to your amazing local and national health and wellbeing services. We are currently sharing health and wellbeing information to support you through the Covid19 pandemic and this issue we are featuring Talk to us Month and Good Care Month.

Talk to us Month

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1st - 31st of July every year.

Every year in the month of July the Samaritans run their campaign 'Talk to us'. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Samaritans and how they are here listen- for anyone who needs someone to listen, 24/7, without judgement or pressure.

This year the Samaritans have launched a campaign with the NHS to support keyworkers working in the health and social care industry.

The campaign offers a confidential wellbeing support line for nurses, doctors, care staff, porters etc.Whatever you're going through, call the Samaritans free any time, from any phone, on 116 123.

Good Care Month

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The Good Care Campaign is about celebrating the great work care staff do each and every day and to raise the profile of the social care sector.

In Hertfordshire alone, we currently need to recruit around 4,000 paid carers each year.

Hertfordshire Care Provider Association have launched a photo and video competition for Good Care Month. They are asking care staff to share the good work they are doing by taking photos or videos of celebrations or activities they are doing. To take part in the competition please follow the link; HCPA Competition.

Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield Independent Health and Wellbeing Practitioner

There is so much support in our local community. Charities, Organisations and Businesses have all been adapting their services to support people during lockdown. There are also independent professionals working hard to provide a great service on their own. That is why the Healthy Hub Bulletin is featuring the work local independent professionals are providing.

This Bulletin for 'Talk to us month' we are featuring Kerrie Hipgrave who runs her own Counselling Business in Hatfield, Safe Talk.

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As a professional Therapist, Kerrie Hipgrave has experience the positive impact that clients have by 'just talking'. Kerrie has told us, 'Sharing and off-loading anxieties and worries in the safety and confidentiality of a therapy room or during an online session, clients feel lighter and hopeful. The release and relief is physically apparent and signifies the first step towards positive change and a sense of happiness.'

'As we slowly begin to ease out of lockdown, we may reflect on the emotional scar the virus is leaving behind and the life lesson we have learnt through this lived experience. Our resilience has been tested and within every age group, feelings of anxiety, hopeless and helpless have ensued.'

The thought of finding a therapist can be overwhelming. A brief telephone conversation with the therapist will clarify whether you like the sound of their voice, feel a connection and if they are the right professional for you. Kerrie has advised using the following links to find a qualified professional regulated therapists;

Kerrie Hipgrave, Psychotherapist, Safe Talk Counselling, Tel 07970319076

Coronavirus - Keep Safe

A poster giving advice on safe distancing and keeping safe as lockdown eases.

As our community starts to emerge from lockdown some people are confused as to how to Stay Safe when visiting the hairdressers or going to the pub. If you are not sure just follow the simple steps below.

Most people have not had the virus yet so please be careful.

In England from 4 July, where it's not possible to stay 2 metres apart keep a distance of 1 metre + precautions:

  • Wearing a face covering.
  • Keeping interactions brief.
  • Following the COVID-19 Secure guidelines wherever you are.

Stay alert. Control the virus. Save lives.

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Our Hertfordshire Family Centres are here to help families struggling during the Pandemic. They can help with all aspects of life; from raising healthy, happy children to supporting with problems at home and finding a job.Take a look at their leaflet and find out how you and your family can get help together.

Icon for pdf Hertfordshire Family Centre Service PDF. [272.79KB]

If you aren't ready to talk to anyone but would like some support then check out these great NHS mental health apps to support you when you are feeling down. There is everything from music apps to lift your mood and breathing techniques to help you relax or 24 hr support from a professional. Just follow the link. NHS app library.

The Mental Health Foundation and WWF have created a Guidebook sharing advice, activities and information on how beneficial it is to engage with nature.They want to encourage everyone to enjoy the mental health benefits nature can bring. You can access the guide for free by following this link; Engaging with Nature Guidebook.

Chat Health is an NHS text chat service. You just send a text to speak to a professional health practitioner. It's discreet and quick and only takes one message to start making a difference. Follow the link to sign up; NHS Chat Health

Elefriends is a supportive online community where you can be yourself from Mind in Mid Herts. We all know what it's like to struggle sometimes, but now there's a safe place to listen, share and be heard. Elefriends.


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KEEP LEARNING....out of lockdown

New Life after Lockdown Course from Oakland's College. Need help planning for your future after lockdown when things return to "normal"? Then join this new FREE online course which will be delivered over 4 consecutive weeks (1 July - 22 July). The course will cover the following: Week 1 - Reflecting on Lockdown, the effects on your wellbeing? The Future, what are your goals and aspirations? What have been the positive and negative of the experience and what changes will there be to your life or situation. Sign up now; Wellbeing Course.

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Join Hertfordshires Care Provider Association HCPAwith their new Stop Falls classes.

Join StopFalls to learn some chair based exercise. Sessions run twice a week, every Tuesday at 11am and Thursday at 2pm, hosted over the video webchat app Zoom.

The StopFalls service aims to reduce falls through education and exercise that is aimed at professionals, friends, families and anyone wanting to exercise and get active together.

For more information on future exercise sessions, click here. Or follow the link HCPA StopFalls.

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Peartree Wellbeing Project is organising their Babies Rhyme Time. Your wellbeing is very important and Babies Rhyme Time is here to provide a parent and child friendly, interactive group sessions to keep you engaged with your child through singing, music and play.The first session will take place on Friday 17th July from 10am-10.40am via zoom. You can find out more via their Facebook page or email the email address on the flyer.


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TAKE NOTICE... of this year's beautiful butterflies

World Environment Day was on the 5th of June and the message was, 'We need to work with nature not against it' Nature responds to some of the most pressing challenges faced by humans today. It provides us with oxygen, purifies the water we drink, ensures fertile soil, and produces the variety of foods we require to stay healthy and resist disease.

We are intimately interconnected with nature. If we don't take care of nature, we can't take care of ourselves. World Environment Day Stories.

Interacting with nature can be not just enjoyable, but also beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing, aspects of our health that are particularly important to look after. Heartwood forest is open again. Why not take some time to for you and visit Heartwood Forest and notice how many butterflies there are this year! Heartwood - Butterflies.

Music for Dementia is a new internet radio station created for people living with dementia and their carers. It is free to listeners and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Councillors on our Community Wellbeing Board have met with m4d to discuss their support for those living with this condition. The five available channels play music that evoke memories based on the years when a listener was born. Just click on this link; m4d Radio

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Eat well during lockdown with Liz Paffleys Healthy Summer Recipes

Here at Welwyn and Hatfield Council our Health & Wellbeing Officer, Liz Paffley works within the community to increase awareness of healthy eating. Liz also runs a level 2 Nutrition for Health course (RSPH accredited) which is available to all local food businesses and anyone interested in nutrition and health.

Liz is normally responsible for planning Healthfest, an annual event held in Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield town centre where she gives food demonstrations to help educate the public and increase awareness on healthy eating.

Even though Healthfest isn't happening this year Liz is still helping to increase healthy eating in the community by creating some amazing healthy recipes.

What you eat can have an effect on your physical and mental health. Why not try some of Liz's healthy recipes to help maintain your health during lockdown. Follow the link to view the recipes; Icon for pdf Summer Recipes [10.26MB]



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GIVE...there are so many ways you can!

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Live Music Now provides music sessions for thousands of older people every year, including those living with dementia, and those in care homes. During the Covid19 lockdown, LMN's musicians and staff have worked quickly to produce a new online service, which is being accessed by care homes all around the UK. Follow the link to find out how you can access the sessions and the benefit they can bring to people. - Live music in care homes.

A banner detailing the Samaritans' 'Samarathon'

Help raise money for the Samaritans by taking part in their Samarathon. Getting out and exercising works wonders for our mental wellbeing, and Samarathon is the perfect goal. Whatever your age or ability, this is your challenge, to do in your time, at your pace, wherever you live or work. Sign up today - Samarathon Registration.

Voice Heard Lives Empowered from Pohwer is a new podcast campaign to support the work they are doing with vulnerable people. The campaign shares voices that may be going unnoticed and they challenges they have been facing; click on the link and have a listen;Voice Heard Lives Empowered Podcast.

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BE ACTIVE......On your bike and help keep air pollution levels low

There has never been a better time to get on your bike. New research from the journal Nature Climate Change has shown that during the pandemic daily global carbon emissions fell by 17% in early April 2020 compared to 2019, with a full-year 2020 emissions set to decrease by up to 7%, depending on further social distancing.

With road transport being a huge contributor to UK air pollution and climate emissions, why not follow the Government guidelines to staying safe whilst traveling and help keep air pollution down by cycling to the shops or just for fun. There are some great local bike organisation offering second hand bikes, and bike training workshops and sharing some great cycle routes, just follow the links;

This Girl Can in Herts Campaign

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'This Girl Can in Herts' campaign returned to Hertfordshire on 15th - 21st June 2020 in a different style to previous years, as things were entirely virtual. This Girl Can is a national campaign from Sport England to get women and girls active, regardless of age, shape, size and ability, and the Herts Sports Partnership were delighted to deliver another localised activation of the campaign this year. The Partnership were keen to use local people in the campaign imagery, to inspire others to be active, which is why they asked local Hertfordshire residents to send in pictures to become a face of #TGCinHerts 2020. For more information about This Girl Can click here.


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Check out the most current government guidelines on how to travel safely during lockdown

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