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Do It For Yourself

We are supporting the #DoItForYourself initiative which helps raise awareness around the symptoms of lung cancer and the importance of early diagnosis. If you’ve noticed any signs of lung cancer, such as breathlessness or a cough lasting for more than three weeks, contact your GP practice to get checked out. Lung cancer can affect people […]

Latest wellbeing sessions from Northumberland Recovery College

Northumberland Recovery College is offering a range of free courses and workshops to support people with their mental health and wellbeing. What is a recovery college? A recovery college is not a building or a place, it’s an opportunity to become your own expert in what works to manage your wellbeing. The college provides learning experiences, […]

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is a national programme offering primary care talking therapies to those experiencing common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety. The local service in Northumberland is called Talking Matters Northumberland (TMN) and it offers services to those over the age of 16. TMN offers approved therapies for a wide […]

Activities and support for older people and those affected by dementia

The latest edition of ‘Activities and Support in West Northumberland’ for older people and those affected by dementia is out now. This is a comprehensive guide to support groups, classes, film screenings and cafes, singing classes, advice services, physical and sporting activities and lots more including virtual events, telephone friendship, music and radio programmes. Although […]

Spring competition

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our Spring competition. We received some brilliant photos of the activities you have been doing during lockdown to look after your physical and mental health. Entries included everything from cake baking to crochet to painting sheds! Congratulations to our winner, David Roe, with his photo […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10-16 May and this year’s theme is ‘Nature’. There are two main aims of this week. Firstly, to inspire more people to connect with nature, noticing the impact that this connection can have on our mental health. Secondly, to convince decision makers at all levels that access to and […]

Singing for the Brain

Alzheimer’s Society Northumberland is running virtual singing sessions for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia and their carers. Singing for the Brain sessions use singing to bring people with dementia together in a friendly and stimulating activity using Zoom to connect with others. The activity has moved online due to the current […]

Care home visits: public forum

At our previous forums we have heard how visiting restrictions in care homes have affected people living there and their relatives. We have also heard about other ways people have been keeping in touch during Covid-19 and experiences of the changes to allow one or two designated visitors for in-person visits. We have also heard […]