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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

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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.
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Carers Support Groups

Carers Northumberland holds monthly groups for carers across the county. Carers are welcome at any of the groups, at any time and the sessions aim to offer support and information. For more details call Carers Northumberland on: 01670 320025 or email: info@carersnorthumberland.co.uk.

Ponteland: Merton Hall, first Thursday of the month, 10.30am

Ashington: Age UK Northumberland, third Tuesday of the month, 10.30am

Amble: Dry Water Arts Centre, first Tuesday of the month, 10.30am

Felton: Village Hall, first Thursday of the month, 1.30pm

Morpeth: Northumberland County Blind Association, second Wednesday of the month, 10.30am

Bedlington: Salvation Army building, third Wednesday of the month, 1.00pm

Blyth: Buffalo Community Centre, third Thursday of the month, 10.00am

Alnwick: St Paul’s Court, fourth Monday of the month, 1.30pm

Berwick: Community Trust, fourth Wednesday of the month, 11.00am

Hexham: Adapt (NE), fourth Wednesday of the month, 1.30pm

Cramlington: Concordia Leisure Centre, fourth Thursday of the month, 1.00pm

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Citizens Advice Bureau: New Times for the West

As from Monday 4 March 2019 CAB Northumberland has new opening hours as follows:

Prudhoe face-to-face ‘drop-in’ service:
The Manors, Adderlane Rd, Prudhoe NE42 5ET
Wednesday: 9.30am to 11.30pm

Hexham face-to-face ‘drop-in’ service:
The Community Centre, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3NP
Friday: 9.30am to 1.30pm

Debt and energy advice helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339960 Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm
Text ‘debt’: 81400 (for a call back)

Adviceline telephone service:
Telephone: 03444 111 444
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Universal Credit Help to Claim helpline:
Telephone: 01670 339781
Monday to Friday: 9.00am to 4.30pm

Online information and advice: www.citizensadvicenorthumberland.org.uk

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New Heart Support Group

Do you or a family member have a heart condition or heart disease?

Heart Support Groups can help you share experiences, gain emotional support, provide opportunities for families and carers to learn about how others cope, offer healthy lifestyle tips and organise activities.

An opportunity has arisen to start a new Heart Support Group in Blyth with funding from The British Heart Foundation. The first session will take place on Thursday 14 February at The Buffalo Centre, Blyth, between 11.00am and 1.00pm. For more information visit the Buffalo Centre website or email: chris@buffalocommunitycentre.co.uk.

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NHS Trust launches Winter Wellness Campaign

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, (NTW), which provides mental health and disability services and support across the North East, has a launched a winter wellness campaign to address loneliness and distress this Christmas.

The trust is aiming to reach young men who might not otherwise be aware of where they can go for help, and wants to spread the word to everyone that no matter how negative a situation may seem, help is at hand. The trust is sending information leaflets and posters to locations across the North East, including GP surgeries, libraries, universities, job centres and sports clubs.

In the UK men remain three times more likely to take their own lives than women, and in 2017 there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The North East is the region with the highest suicide rate in the UK.

Karen O’Rourke, NTW’s Patient Information Manager said: “Christmas and New Year can be one of the most fun times of year but for many this can also be a lonely, stressful or worrying time. We want to send the message that people don’t have to feel like this, and we hope that our publicity campaign will make it easier for people to seek out the help and support which is available.”

Speaking to someone about how you feel can help. Psychological Wellbeing Services are for adults finding it difficult to cope, feel low, anxious, stressed, worried or are not sleeping. You can call direct in Northumberland on: 0300 3030 700.

If you need urgent help with your mental health or learning disability you can get in touch with the Initial Response service. This is open for anyone to call, 24 hours a day: 0303 123 1146.

If you or another person have been harmed or are at immediate risk you may require an emergency response – call 999.

The Samaritans are there to listen 24 hours a day on: 116 123.

NTW also has a selection of self-help guides that are available online in a range of formats, including British Sign Language. The guides are available at www.ntw.nhs.uk/selfhelp, or can be requested in a printed format by calling the Patient Information Centre on 0191 246 7288 or emailing pic@ntw.nhs.uk.

For more information on mental health support visit our mental health page.

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Morpeth Hearing Group Programme 2019

Morpeth Hearing Group meets informally each month. The group members share their day-to-day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss as well as talks and discussions.

The meetings are held from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Northumberland County Blind Association, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth, NE61 1TD. Everyone is welcome to attend for a chat and a drink.  A £2 contribution towards the room hire is appreciated.

 

Programme 2019:

9 Jan: National Energy Action, Action for Warm Homes, by Josh Sawyer

13 Feb: Dementia Friends and services in Northumberland by Helen Williams, Alzheimers Society

12 Mar: Treasures. Bring something that means a lot to you.

10 Apr: 1957 – what do you remember?

 

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

 

Hearing aid support from NHS audiology – contacts

 

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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Alnwick Hearing Group Programme 2019

Alnwick Hearing Group meets informally each month. The group members share their day-to-day experiences as well as their knowledge of hearing loss as well as talks and discussions.

The meetings are held the last Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at St Paul’s Court, Prudhoe St, Alnwick NE66 1XY. Everyone is welcome to attend for a chat and a drink.  A £2 contribution towards the room hire is appreciated.

 

Programme 2019:

30 Jan: National Energy Action

27 Feb: Dementia Friends and services in Northumberland by Helen Williams, Alzheimers Society

27 Mar: Treasures.  Bring something that means a lot to you

24 Apr: 1957 – what do you remember?

29 May: Audiology update – to be confirmed

26 Jun: Famous deaf people

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, 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.

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Sexual Violence & Older Women Project Launch

Background

Research carried out by Dr Hannah Bows, Centre for Research into Violence & Abuse at Durham University, identified that:

  • Few older people contact specialist sexual services after experiencing rape or sexual assault.
  • Older women face specific barriers and challenges which make it difficult to access support, this includes a lack of awareness of services and confusion around who can help them.
  • Older women face myths and stereotypes about them and their experiences of sexual violence which impact on their recovery.

Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland has been successful in securing funding to help tackle the barriers older women face and reach out to more survivors.

This event will celebrate the launch of the project, find out more about this subject and be a chance to meet the new Community Engagement Worker for Older Women, Margie Cooper.

The event will feature a presentation and discussion:

Sexual Violence & Older People

Led by: Dr Hannah Bows

Hannah is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Law, Director of Equality and Diversity within Durham Law School and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA).

Book your place here

 

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Community Information Morning – Hexham

The next Community Information Morning from Adapt (NE) will take place on Tuesday 14 May, between 10.30am and 12.30pm in the Resource Room (next to Cafe at Burn Lane). Come along and talk to local organisations with advice and support about health, wellbeing and more. For more information call: 01434 600599. Confirmed to attend this month are Age UK Northumberland, Alzheimers Society, Northumberland Community Development Company and Talking Matters, along with members of the HWN team.

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Living Well in Tynedale

This event is hosted by Tynedale Dementia Action Alliance and is designed to be a fun afternoon that can help optimise physical and mental health.

Everyone is welcome to come along and find out what support and activities are available in the area. Highlights will include:

  • How to stay active and fit
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Start new hobbies and interests
  • Financial advice and resources
  • Live music

Refreshments will be available at the event. Healthwatch Northumberland will be there so make sure you come and say hello!

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Glendale Health Awareness Fair

The Glendale and Cheviot Primary Care Group Patient Participation Groups are once again running a health awareness day at The Glendale Hall.
There are many health groups and organisations attending so there is something there for everyone. The event is being opened by Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health and some of the groups attending are:

Healthwatch Northumberland                                                                                                                                                                                         Age UK
Support Planners
Health Trainers
Hospice at Home
Carers Northumberland
Hear to Help
Diabetes UK
Arthritis
Assistance Animals
Stroke Association
Northumberland County Blind Association
Paramedic (if available)
U3A
Podiatry Services

The WI will be providing soup, tea, coffee and cakes.

Please pop in and see what help and support is available to you.

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Carers Over 60s Event: Stocksfield

If you’re a carer over 60 you’re invited to a free event from Carers Northumberland, to see what support is on offer. The event is a chance to find out about carers’ rights, have a go at some spring crafts and even take part in the Great Carers Bake Off!

To find out more details contact Sarah or Anne-Marie on 01670 320025 or email info@carersnorthumberland.co.uk. Please book ahead by 25 March. The winner of the Bake Off will receive a prize donated by Branch End Spar.

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Carers Over 60s Event: Haltwhistle

If you’re a carer over 60 you’re invited to a free event from Carers Northumberland, to see what support is on offer. The event is a chance to find out about carers’ rights, have a go at some spring crafts and even take part in the Great Carers Bake Off!

To find out more details contact Sarah or Anne-Marie on 01670 320025 or email info@carersnorthumberland.co.uk. Please book ahead by 25 March. The winner of the Bake Off will receive a prize donated by Haltwhistle Coop.