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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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

Details of upcoming sessions are below and will take place via Zoom. To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk or text 07515 326 750.

All On Board Families: Starts Thursday 10 June, 1pm-3pm. A series of 10 live interactive workshops to support parents of neurodivergent children to better understand their child’s brain, emotions and behaviours.

Collage Workshop – Bellwether Project: Friday 11 June, 10am-11.30am. Join artists Trish and Nick from INSTAR for a fun and creative workshop exploring collage.

Useful Apps for Visually Impaired People: Tuesday 15 June, 11.30am-12.30pm or Tuesday 22 June, 2pm-3pm. Discover apps that can help if you or someone you know has a visual impairment.

Listening Workshop: Wednesday 16 June, 10am-12pm. Providing support to families by developing listening skills.

Assertiveness Workshop: Wednesday 23 June, 10am-12pm. A workshop to help you understand assertive behaviour and develop a sense of self-awareness and self-esteem.

Ways to Wellness Taster Session: Tuesday 29 June, 2pm-3pm. Centered around the five ways to wellbeing, this session will encourage you to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Anger Awareness Workshop: Wednesday 30 June, 10am-12pm. This session will help you to understand anger and provide you with strategies to use when dealing with anger.

View all June sessions

Find out more about Northumberland Recovery College.

Mental Health Support and Services

Yoga class

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

Details of upcoming sessions are below and will take place via Zoom. To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk

All On Board Families: Tuesday 13 April, 2pm and Thursday 22 April, 2pm. Practical skills for your family to stay connected while supporting your child.

Mindfulness: Thursday 29 April, 10.30am. Introduction to what mindfulness is, how it helps so many people and how to use mindfulness in your own day-to-day life by practicing it in fun and creative ways.

Yin & Yang Yoga: Monday 3 May, 1.30pm. Four-week gentle yoga practice for all levels and abilities.

 

Find out more about Northumberland Recovery College.

Mental Health Support and Services

Bamburgh Castle in the sunshine

Taster Sessions from Northumberland Recovery College

Northumberland Recovery College is launching soon, to support people with their mental health and wellbeing. As part of this, some free online taster sessions are on offer for anyone who would like to take part.

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

Details of the taster sessions on offer are below and will take place via Zoom. To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk or text: 07515 326750.

Yin & Yang Yoga: Monday 15 March, 1.30pm. A nourishing yoga flow to rejuvenate and balance your body and mind (suitable for all fitness levels).

Coming into Harmony: Tuesday 16 March, 1.00pm.  An introduction to nature-based healing, living and spirituality from a shamanic perspective.

Maintaining Wellness: Thursday 18 March, 10.00am. Explore ways for you to take care of yourself and be in charge of your wellness.

Building Resilience: Friday 19 March, 1.30pm. How to be more resilient in trying times.

Yin & Yang Yoga: Monday 22 March, 1.30pm. A nourishing yoga flow to rejuvenate and balance your body and mind (suitable for all fitness levels).

Building Resilience: Friday 26 March, 1.30pm. How to be more resilient in trying times.

Maintaining Wellness: Thursday 1 April: 10.00am. Explore ways for you to take care of yourself and be in charge of your wellness.

 

Find out more about Northumberland Recovery College.

Mental Health Support and Services

Digital mental health support for young people

Young people aged 11-25 years living in Northumberland can now access a digital mental health support service.

Kooth.com has been commissioned by the NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group to provide a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health support.

Once registered, Kooth can be accessed on any internet device. Users can complete a daily journal, set goals and seek support through self help resources and peer to peer support. There is also professional help available through qualified counsellors.

Fully trained and qualified counsellors and emotional wellbeing practitioners are available until 10pm each night, 365 days per year, to provide accessible out-of-hours emotional support.

There’s also a Kooth online magazine with helpful articles, personal experiences and tips from young people and the Kooth team.

Join Kooth here or watch this video to find out more.

Share your experiences at our Online Forums

As we will be unable to get out and about across the county to meet with and listen to people for a while, we’re holding some public online forums, and we’d like you to join us. All forums take place from 2.00pm – 3.00pm.

If you are unable to take part but would like to tell us about your experiences of these services, members of the team will be available by phone, text and email (see below) each Wednesday after the forums to listen, answer any questions and help with providing information about services.

The forums will take place via Zoom. Read our guide on how to use Zoom. If you would like help to set up Zoom on your device please ask.

 

Online Forums – all take place between 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Wednesday 20 May: Dementia Services

Wednesday 27 May: Adult Social Services (to include support to live independently, care homes, learning disability services)

 

Wednesday 3 June: Mental Health Services

Wednesday 10 June: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

Wednesday 17 June: Maternity Services

 

Wednesday 1 July: Mental Health Services

Wednesday 8 July: NHS, Health and Social Care Services – any service you’ve used in the last 12 months

Wednesday 15 July: Unpaid Carers and Mental Health Services

 

Wednesday 12 August: Cancer Services

 

Wednesday 9 September: Children and Young People’s Services. Are you a voluntary or community organisation working with young people? If so, we’d like you to join us for an open discussion on children and young peoples services, particularly around mental health services.

 

Wednesday 18 November:  Dementia Services

 

If you would like to take part in a forum please contact Helen Brown, helenb@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk, or call 03332 408468. We can also help you set up Zoom on your device so please get in touch if you would like some guidance.

Talking Matters Northumberland: Update

Changes to services during the coronavirus outbreak

 

Due to the current crisis Talking Matters Northumberland staff are working from home, so have had to make changes to the phone referral process.

To make a referral you must now leave a voicemail with your name, date of birth and a contact phone number, as direct calls can’t be taken.

The team aims to call you back the same day and please be aware that this will be from a private number– please ensure your phone will accept this call.

Two attempts will be made throughout the day to speak to you, between 9.00am and 5.00pm but if you can’t be contacted, your referral will be closed and you will have to call again and leave another message.

 

If you have any concerns about being able to make a referral online or through this call system you can speak to your GP about them referring on your behalf.

Talking Matters Northumberland website

Digital and face to face therapy will be back on offer as soon as it is possible to do this safely and effectively.

New Physical Activity Plan for County

Northumberland Sport has launched a plan aimed at getting everyone more active for life.

The Northumberland Physical Activity Strategy provides a framework to tackle the challenge inactivity presents in Northumberland. The strategy has been developed with a range of organisations who have a vested interest in reducing inactivity levels in Northumberland, such a NHS Trusts, Northumberland County Council and Sport England.

The aim is to have an impact on the collective long term health, social, educational and economic outcomes associated with tackling high levels of inactivity.

Find out more and read the strategy at the More Active for Life website.

The Golden Guide 2020

The Golden Guide 2020 is now available at GP surgeries, libraries and other venues across Northumberland, including our office in Hexham. The guide is a free directory for over 50s and is packed with information about health, wellbeing, finances, activities, being social, transport and so much more. The theme this year is ‘social prescribing’. Social prescribing is a way for local agencies to refer people to a link worker. Link workers give people time, 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.

If you would like a free copy of The Golden Guide please get in touch.

Where to go for help if you feel unwell this winter

Feeling unwell? Read on for advice about where you can go for help with your health during the winter months. Cold weather can trigger or worsen health problems, so it’s important that you know where to go for help if you become unwell. This winter, the NHS is running a campaign called ‘Help us help you’ to help people understand how to stay well during the winter and which services to use when they need support. Take a look at the information below to find out which is the most appropriate service to meet your needs.

At risk groups: Get advice if you feel unwell

Some people are more vulnerable to the effects of cold weather, especially if you are 65 or older, or if you have a long-term health condition. If you are 65 or over, or in one of the other at-risk groups, see a pharmacist as soon as you feel unwell, even if it’s just a cough or cold. The sooner you get advice, the sooner you are likely to get better. Click here to find out if you are in one of the at-risk groups, and for tips on how to stay well this winter.

Get your free flu vaccination

To help at-risk groups stay well this winter, the NHS is offering free flu vaccinations to people who are 65 or over, those with some long term health conditions, pregnant women and toddlers aged 2-3 years. Contact your GP or local pharmacist for more information.

Call NHS 111 if you are:

  • Unsure
  • Unwell
  • Confused
  • Need to know where to go

For confidential health service advice and information, call NHS 111. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They will direct you to the best place to get treatment and advise you of locally available services. Visit NHS 111 to get more information.

Visit your local pharmacy if you’re experiencing:

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea
  • Runny nose
  • Headache flu-like symptoms

Your local pharmacist is fully qualified to give you advice on common illnesses and injuries, and medicines to treat them. They will also tell you if you need to see a doctor. Click here to find your local pharmacy.

Contact your GP and out of hours if you have:

  • Ear discharge/ pain
  • Rashes
  • Stomach pain
  • Concerns regarding ongoing conditions

Contact your GP surgery if you have an illness or injury that won’t go away. You can call NHS 111 for advice if you need help outside your GP surgery opening hours. Click here to find your local GP service.

Call 999 in a medical emergency.

A medical emergency is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. These can include:

Click here for further information about the 999 emergency services.

For less serious injuries…

Go to your local Minor Injuries Unit for less serious injuries, such as:

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Stitches

You can visit an NHS Minor Injuries Unit without an appointment for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. Click here for more information regarding the minor injury units.

Looking after yourself

Many illnesses and injuries can be treated at home, and this can also help to stop spreading some viral infections.

  • Cough or cold
  • Sore throat
  • Grazed knee
  • Hangover

Ensure your medicine cabinet is stocked with things like paracetamol, plasters, rehydration mixture, a thermometer and indigestion remedy. If you are feeling worried, do not wait until you feel worse, visit a pharmacy for advice about your symptoms. For more information about conditions, symptoms and services, visit the NHS website.

Parkinson’s Power

The Parkinson’s Power Project is working with people with Parkinson’s aged 55+ who are currently physically inactive (not achieving at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week). The project works on a one-to-one basis to support people to overcome the barriers that are preventing them from getting active, helps them to identify an activity they would enjoy and supports them to take the first steps towards leading a more active lifestyle.

Research suggests that leading an active lifestyle can have a beneficial effect on the lives of people living with Parkinson’s. Being physically active can help people to manage the physical and psychological symptoms of their condition, including supporting them to manage tremors and improving core strength and mobility, as well as contributing to positive mental wellbeing.

Parkinson’s UK wants to work with local partners and professionals who are trusted voices and can identify people who will benefit the project; especially those in communities which are diverse, socially isolated or marginalised.

Parkinson’s Power is:
• a two year pilot project (2019-2021) funded by Sport England in the North East of England
• for people diagnosed with any stage of Parkinson’s
• for people aged 55 and over and inactive (not achieving at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week)

Physical activity includes things such as walking, swimming, gardening, seated exercise, exercise classes

If you or someone you know could benefit from Parkinson’s Power, please contact Jasmine Danby on: 07975 947879 or email: parkinsonspower@parkinsons.org.uk

Events

Yoga class

Northumberland Recovery College: Yin & Yang Yoga

Four-week gentle yoga practice for all levels and abilities. The session will take place via Zoom.

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk

Berwick upon Tweed

Northumberland Recovery College: Mindfulness

An introduction to what mindfulness is, how it helps so many people and how to use mindfulness in your own day-to-day life by practicing it in fun and creative ways. The session will take place via Zoom.

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk

 

Family in woods

Northumberland Recovery College: All On Board Families

This session from Northumberland Recovery College will give you practical skills to help your family stay connected while supporting your child. It will take place via Zoom.

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk

Family in woods

Northumberland Recovery College: All On Board Families

This session from Northumberland Recovery College will give you practical skills to help your family stay connected while supporting your child. It will take place via Zoom.

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, mutual support, and activities at a pace that is right for you.

To book a place please email: nrc@mentalhealthconcern.org.uk

Making Every Contact Count

Making Every Contact Count is an approach that uses the millions of day to day interactions that organisations and people have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and well being.

Making changes such as stopping smoking, improving diet, increasing physical activity, losing weight and reducing alcohol consumption can help people to reduce their risk of poor health significantly.

The voluntary and community sector has many contacts every day with individuals and is ideally placed to engage the population in healthy conversations.  It is not easy for everyone to raise questions about lifestyle behaviours.  It requires a range of skills and knowledge to gain confidence to support and direct people. Training is being provided specifically for the voluntary and community sector by Northumbria Healthcare.

Arranged in partnership with Northumberland CVA, this training is aimed at those who work with the public and wish to understand how they can talk to people about health, wellbeing and healthy lifestyle choices.  It is a free course for voluntary and community sector staff and volunteers.

The course will provide you with an understanding of health promotion and public health and enable you to identify opportunities to promote healthy messages/ brief advice.  You will also gain knowledge and understanding of tools and skills that can be used to engage people about their health and well being and signposting opportunities. Please register here.

 

Listening Event: Annual Survey Blyth Sports Centre

We are running our annual survey 2020 during February and March this year, asking you about the health and social care you received in the last 12 months – it might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home. You can feed back as a patient or carer.

By telling us about the care you received you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

Let us know what’s important to you, what went well and what could be improved and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

If you can’t come and see us at one of our events you can share your views via the online survey or get in touch to ask for a postal copy with freepost return.

Listening Event: Annual Survey Blyth Library

We are running our annual survey 2020 during February and March this year, asking you about the health and social care you received in the last 12 months – it might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home. You can feed back as a patient or carer.

By telling us about the care you received you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

Let us know what’s important to you, what went well and what could be improved and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

If you can’t come and see us at one of our events you can share your views via the online survey or get in touch to ask for a postal copy with freepost return.

Listening Event: Annual Survey Hexham Hospital

We are running our annual survey 2020 during February and March this year, asking you about the health and social care you received in the last 12 months – it might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home.

By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

Let us know what went well and what could be improved and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

If you can’t come and see us at one of our events you can share your views via the online survey or get in touch to ask for a postal copy with freepost return.

Listening Event: Annual Survey Morpeth Riverside

We are running our annual survey 2020 during February and March this year, asking you about the NHS, health and social care you received in the last 12 months – it might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home.

By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

Let us know what went well and what could be improved and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

If you can’t come and see us at one of our events you can share your views via the online survey or get in touch to ask for a postal copy with freepost return.

Listening Event: Annual Survey Wooler

We are running our annual survey 2020 during February and March this year, asking you about the NHS, health and social care you received in the last 12 months – it might be a new year but your experiences from 2019 still matter. Health services include hospital services, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, mental health and ambulance services. Social care is care in the home or in a residential or nursing care home.

By telling us about the care you received and what’s important to you, you can help us set our work for the coming year so that we can be more effective on your behalf.

Let us know what went well and what could be improved and together we can help make care better for everyone in Northumberland.

This event is being held in conjunction with Wooler patient participation group.

If you can’t come and see us at one of our events you can share your views via the online survey or get in touch to ask for a postal copy with freepost return.