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Support groups from Rape Crisis

Support Groups from Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland (RCTN) is running three support groups in autumn 2019.

The groups are open to women aged 16+ who live, work or study in Tyneside and Northumberland and have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Digital Me                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday 5.30pm – 7.30pm, 3 October to 21 November 2019

RCTN & Digital Voice are running a digital empowerment group starting in October. This group will allow you to improve digital skills and help you to create anonymous messages for other women about your journey and the support you have accessed. Over eight weeks participants will complete a digital story, using photography and script writing/recording to explore, identity, life stories and messages.

 

Eight-week Support Group

Wednesday 5.30pm – 8.30pm, 16 October to 4 December 2019

This group offers you the opportunity to meet other women who have experienced sexual violence in a safe, supportive space so that you can:

  • Explore how society’s attitudes towards sexual violence have affected you
  • Learn and practise positive coping strategies
  • Identify and develop positive future goals and steps towards these
  • Increase your peer support network

 

Mindfulness Group                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      November to December 2019 (two hour weekly sessions, day and time tbc)

RCTN and Mindful Therapies have developed a specialist mindfulness course for women survivors of sexual violence.  If you would like to learn and practice mindfulness in a safe, trauma-sensitive, women-only space, this six week course may be for you.

For further information about groups or to join a group please call 0191 2220272 during office hours or email: enquiries@rctn.org.uk. A group worker will contact each woman who gets in touch and invite her to a one-to-one meeting. This is so women can decide whether the group is the right service for them before joining.

Dementia Friends Cramlington

Dementia Friends are helping Cramlington become a dementia friendly town with their Dementia Friends monthly coffee mornings.

During this year’s Dementia Action Week the Cramlington dementia working group and Manor Walks Shopping Centre joined forces and created a Thought Wall. Having reviewed all the comments received the group came up with the idea of a meeting place for carers, support workers, dementia friends and people living with the condition.

Coffee mornings will take place on the first Thursday of every month at Nando’s in Cramlington. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, find support and advice on living with dementia and also to discuss ideas to support the town in becoming dementia friendly.

Dementia Friends are on hand to give information and help suggest other available support services  – these things can make a huge difference when you or someone you know has dementia. The coffee morning aims to provide a safe and supportive place for you to:

  • Discuss your own dementia diagnosis, or someone else’s, and think about what it means for the future.
  • Speak to  Dementia Friends and discuss how to help make Cramlington a dementia friendly town.
  • Meet and learn from other people in similar situations.
  • Keep active, make new friends and feel more confident.

You can join in at Nando’s, Cramlington from 10.00am to12.00pm on the first Thursday of the month and everyone is welcome.

Find out more about support with dementia at our Dementia Page

Alnwick Hearing Support Group

Alnwick Hearing Support Group meets informally each month. The group have a cup of tea and a chat, sharing their day to day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss. There are also talks and discussions and the programme for the rest of the year can be seen below.

The meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Paul’s Court, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick NE66 1XY. A £2.00 contribution per person per meeting is appreciated to help cover costs.

 

2019 Programme

Wednesday 31 July: “Marvellous Modern Molars: Dentistry in the 21st Century” by Andrew Buddle, BDS Dental Surgeon

Wednesday 28 August: No meeting – summer break

Wednesday 25 September: The Elderberries Programme at The Alnwick Garden, Tracy Jones

Wednesday 30 October: Northumberland Fire and Rescue service – no longer just the fire brigade! Russell Stalker

Wednesday 27 November: Hearing strategies – problems and solutions: what’s your experience?

Wednesday 25 December: No meeting – Happy Christmas!

 

For further information please contact Andy Griffin on 01665 581244 or at andygriffin66@gmail.com.

Morpeth Memory Cafe

Morpeth memory Cafe is held at Morpeth Methodist Church and Centre for the Community. The cafe is for people with memory problems or dementia, and their family and friends. Come along for a chat, to pick up information and to enjoy some social time with others in a similar situation to your own. No need to book,  you can just drop in.

Refreshments will be available.

The café will run on the Thursdays shown below from 10.30am to 12.00pm in the coffee lounge at the Morpeth Methodist Centre, Howard Terrace, Morpeth. For further information please contact the church office on 01670 511078 or e-mail office@morpethmeth.org.

 

Memory Café Dates  June  – December 2019

June 6th and 20th

July 4th and 18th

August 1st and 15th

September 5th and 19th

October 3rd and 17th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th

 

Scam Awareness Events

Citizens Advice Northumberland and Trading Standards are holding a series of events across Northumberland to help people spot potential scams.

The events are part of a national Scams Awareness campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams. People will learn about the spotting the common signs of a scam, such as receiving an offer that sounds too good to be true or being told to pay upfront for an item or service. Attendees will also be encouraged to report scams so that the police can take action and they can get advice on how to try and get their money back.

The events will take place at the following venues and dates:

 

Bedlington Library – 11th June 10.00am

Alnwick Sainsburys – 12th June 10.00am

Ashington Leisure Centre – 13th June 1.00pm

Cramlington Manor Walks – 14th June 10.00am

Berwick Library 18th June – 10.00am

Hexham Library 20th June – 1.00pm

Morpeth Hearing Support Group

Morpeth Hearing Support Group meets informally each month. The group have a cup of tea and a chat, sharing their day to day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss. There are also talks and discussions and the programme for the rest of the year can be seen below.

The meetings are held from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Northumberland County Blind Association, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TD. A £2 contribution per person per meeting is appreciated to cover costs.

 

2019 Programme

Wednesday 10 July: Famous Deaf People – part 2

Wednesday 14 August: No meeting – summer break

Wednesday 11 September: Northumberland Fire and Rescue – no longer the ‘fire brigade’! Philip Nicholson

Wednesday 9 October: The Elderberries Programme at The Alnwick Garden, Tracy Jones

Wednesday 13 November: Music and Memories of 1958, Andy Griffin

Wednesday 11 December: Christmas Lunch (please pre-book)

 

For further information please contact Andy griffin on:

01665 581244 or at andygriffin66@gmail.com

 

 

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Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

Age UK Northumberland has a monthly drop in clinic at Corbridge Health Centre, on the first Monday of the month, from 10.00am to 2.00pm. The drop in clinic can help you find out more about maximising you income, managing a health condition, social activites and day centres in your area.

You don’t need to be a patient at Corbridge Health Centre to visit the Age UK Northumberland drop in clinic.

If you would like more information please call: 01670 784800.

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Shout: New Text Service Launched

Shout: 85258

A new text service has been launched today which supports people who need advice in a difficult moment. Shout is the UK’s first free 24 hour text service for anyone in crisis.  It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.

Trained volunteers provide help when it is most needed to take people from crisis to calm and to then finder longer term support.

As this is a text service, it is both private and silent, meaning it can be used at any time, anywhere – at home, at school, on the bus.

This new service was launched by the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex as a legacy of the Heads Together Foundation.

Watch what he has to say here.

Website: giveusashout.org.

You can find more mental health information and our mental health webpage

 

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Hear to Help Project to Close

The Hear to Help Project from Action on Hearing Loss will close at the end of April 2019. After this time, hearing aid support will be available directly from NHS audiology services. Please see details below.

 

Hearing Aid Support from NHS Audiology

 

Email: tnu-tr.audiology@nhs.net

Phone for appointments at:

Alnwick Infirmary 01665 626 745
Berwick, Union Brae Surgery 01289 330 333
Corbridge Health Centre 01434 632 011
Cramlington Health Centre  (Manor Walks) 01670 335 311
Hexham General Hospital 0191 223 1043
Morpeth NHS Centre 01670 500 920
North Tyneside Hospital 0191 223 1043

 Weekday walk-in clinic for repairs at The Freeman Hospital, 9.00am to 4.00pm.  For appointments call: 0191 223 1043.

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Where to go for support when you have an eating disorder

This Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Healthwatch looked at what young people have told us about their experiences, and where to go for support if you need help.

According to Beat Eating Disorders there are an estimated 1.25 million people in the UK with an eating disorder.

Eating disorders are complex mental illnesses that anyone can develop, no matter their age, gender or background.

In Northamptonshire, Healthwatch surveyed over 2,000 young people aged 9-24 to find out more about their knowledge and experience of eating disorders.

Through their work, they found that:

  • Just under 80% knew what an eating disorder was
  • Over half didn’t know where to go for support
  • 39% didn’t know about any specific services for children and young people
“It was a struggle and it is a constant struggle; you do not know who to turn to get help for your child and there are not enough people who know enough about eating disorders.”
— Parent talking to Healthwatch Northamptonshire

Where to go for support

  • Visit your GP
    If you think that you have an eating disorder you should visit your local GP. They will ask you about your eating habits and lifestyle. If they think that you might have an eating disorder they will refer you to a specialist.
  • Talk to a friend or family member
    It can be very hard to admit you have a problem and ask for help. Start by talking to a friend or family member. You could even bring them with you to your appointment to make you feel more comfortable.
  • Talk to an advisor 
    Beat – The UK’s Eating Disorder Charity – has advisors who can talk to you about the different types of eating disorders, and provide information about recovery and the support available to you. Take a look at their website or contact them using the details below:

Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677

help@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

Youthline: 0808 801 0711

fyp@beateatingdisorders.org.uk

What should services do to help?

  • Provide quicker access to support. According to the Care Quality Commission, 27% of people with an eating disorder wait 11 weeks or more to get the right support.
  • Raise awareness of eating disorders and make information about local treatment and support easy to access.
  • Offer more information about support groups to help people support a friend or sibling struggling with an eating disorder.

Events

Carers Rights Day

This year’s Carers Rights Day Information Event from Carers Northumberland is taking place in Ponteland. If you look after someone, then this event will provide everything you need to stay informed and healthy. There will be information stalls around the areas of carers rights, welfare rights, housing, digital skills, energy advice, advocacy, fire and community safety, aids & adaptations and healthcare – our team will be there too with lots of information about health and social care services.

The health MOT area will have lots of information for you around moving and handling, healthy eating, stopping smoking, mental health and GP services, and you can even get your blood pressure checked.

You don’t need to book for this event for carers, just turn up. Call 01670 320025 for more details.

 

Community Information Morning Hexham

The next Information Morning is on Thursday 14 November, from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Call in to this free event for a cuppa and slice of cake and discover more about what’s on offer locally. Advice and information about health and wellbeing, local services, social activities and more. There’s so much out there – come along and see what there is for you.

Glaucoma Support Session Hexham

As part of national Eye Health Week, the International Glaucoma Association is holding information events in Alnwick and Hexham this September. If you or someone you know is living with glaucoma, come along to get some support and information. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like more details or to book a place please contact Hannah Morrow on: 07854 821911 or email h.morrow@iga.org.uk.

Glaucoma Support Session Alnwick

As part of national Eye Health Week, the International Glaucoma Association is holding information events in Alnwick and Hexham this September. If you or someone you know is living with glaucoma, come along to get some support and information. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like more details or to book a place please contact Hannah Morrow on: 07854 821911 or email h.morrow@iga.org.uk.

Information Morning Hexham

Adapt (NE) holds a community information morning every three months at its Burn Lane site. Call in this time for a cuppa and a piece of cake and pick up lots of useful information from local organisations. The event is free and takes place in the Resource Room, next to Cafe @ Burn Lane.and this time the information tables will be provided by:

Call: 01434 600599 if you would like any further information.

Ageing Well Fair Longhoughton

Head to this over 50s free event for a cuppa and a chat (plus free cake!). You can find out more about the many organisations and groups in Northumberland that help support your health and wellbeing. Maybe you’re on the lookout for local activities and services? If you have some time on your hands you can find out about volunteering opportunities near you. So much information all in one place.

For more details visit: www.longhoughtoncommunitycentre.org.

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Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

Age UK Northumberland has a monthly drop in clinic at Corbridge Health Centre, on the first Monday of the month, 10.00am – 2.00pm. The drop in clinic can help you find out more about maximising you income, managing a health condition, social activites and day centres in your area.

You don’t need to be a patient at Corbridge Health Centre to visit the Age UK Northumberland drop in clinic.

If you would like more information please call: 01670 784800.

Older lady smiling and talking on the phone

Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

Age UK Northumberland has a monthly drop in clinic at Corbridge Health Centre, on the first Monday of the month, 10.00am – 2.00pm. The drop in clinic can help you find out more about maximising you income, managing a health condition, social activites and day centres in your area.

You don’t need to be a patient at Corbridge Health Centre to visit the Age UK Northumberland drop in clinic.

If you would like more information please call: 01670 784800.

Older lady smiling and talking on the phone

Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

Age UK Northumberland has a monthly drop in clinic at Corbridge Health Centre, on the first Monday of the month, 10.00am – 2.00pm. The drop in clinic can help you find out more about maximising you income, managing a health condition, social activites and day centres in your area.

You don’t need to be a patient at Corbridge Health Centre to visit the Age UK Northumberland drop in clinic.

If you would like more information please call: 01670 784800.

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Ageing Well Summer Roadshow

This summer roadshow is a great way to find out more about staying active, staying involved and staying well. You can also find out about local activities and volunteering opportunities near you.

For more information contact Karen Cox on: 01670 858688 or email: karen.cox@northumberlandcva.org.uk.