Healthwatch Northumberland Conference

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The Healthwatch Northumberland Conference 2019 is at The Phoenix Theatre in Blyth on Wednesday 16 October. Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for people who use NHS and social care services. The Conference will include listening workshops, films and guest speakers on the areas of health and social care people in Northumberland said were most important to them – mental health, GP services, access to services and dementia. The event is free and there’ll be an ‘information buffet’ providing information on local health and support services, a free raffle, plus lunch and refreshments will be provided. This is your chance to share your experiences with those that provide them and find out what’s available locally.

A free bus will be available from Hexham – please call the team to book: 03332 408468.

 

Come and join in the community conversation about your local health and social care services.

 

Workshops and talks include:

Health Checks – why aren’t more people taking up these

Substance Misuse  – assessing local needs

Primary Care Networks – more about how GP surgeries are working together

Patient Participation Groups – how to get more involved with your local surgery

Social Prescribing – how community-based services can help with health issues

A Space at the Table – Real life experiences of those caring for loved ones with dementia

Singing workshop – a fun feel-good session from a local group which runs sessions for those with memory loss

Dementia-friendly ambulances – how listening to patients has led to innovative new dementia-friendly vehicles

 

If you live or work in Northumberland and are interested in NHS, health and social care services we think you’ll enjoy this event.

 

Register here

Dementia Support and Activities West Northumberland

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The latest edition of ‘Activities and Support in West Northumberland’ for people living with dementia or memory loss is out now. This is a comprehensive guide to support groups, classes, dementia friendly film screenings and cafes, singing classes, advice services, physical and sporting activities and lots more. Copies of the booklet can be found in Café @ Burn Lane or at reception here at Adapt (NE). The digital version can be downloaded below.

Activities and Support in West Northumberland

Find more advice and information on dementia services at the Healthwatch Northumberland dementia page

Glaucoma Support Events

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

The events take place as follows:

Alnwick Library: Tuesday 24 September, 10.00am – 11.30am

Hexham Library: Thursday 26 September, 2.30pm – 4.00pm

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 at Adapt (NE)

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You are invited to our Community Information Morning here at Burn Lane on Wednesday 14 August. Join us for a coffee, cake and a chat and a chance to find out what support, advice and guidance local organisations can offer you. We hold these information mornings every three months. It’s free to come along – just call in any time between 10.30am and 12.30pm. The event takes place in the resource room, which is adjacent to our lovely little cafe, Cafe @ Burn Lane.

Attending this time are: Carers Northumberland, Citizens Advice Northumberland, Tynedale U3A, Northumberland Cancer Support Group, Healthwatch Northumberland, Age UK, Northumberland Community Development Company and Alzheimers UK.

For more information contact Claire: 01434 600599, or email: clairej@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk.

Molly Freelance Dance

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Molly Freelance Dance provides local dance classes for people with a physical or learning disability and for those with limited mobility or long term conditions.

 

Movement for the Mind

A seated to standing dancing class open to those with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia or stroke, or for those looking for a post-operative way to get moving again. There is a session in the Torch Centre, Hexham on term time Tuesdays.

 

Express Yourself Dance

A friendly and creative environment for adults with learning and/or physical disabilities to learn new dance steps and make friends. Taking place at the Torch Centre on Tuesday afternoons during term time.

 

All classes take place in a safe, supportive, non-judgemental environment and are led by a fully qualified dance specialist. All abilities welcome. For more information visit the Facebook page or call: 07943 804161.

 

Northumberland Pharmacy Bank Holiday Hours

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Another Bank Holiday is on its way, so make sure you pick up any prescriptions you may need before then. Some pharmacies in Northumberland will be open for a time on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May. Click on the link below to see when your nearest pharmacy is open. It is recommended that you call before visiting.

Pharmacy Opening Northumberland Summer 2019

Age UK Northumberland Drop In Clinic

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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 your 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.

Dementia Film Screening

Peter Woods of HexhamTV has made a film with a group of carers from Amble who are looking after their partners with dementia.

The film is called ‘A Space at the Table’ because the space at the table that the person living with dementia would normally fill is gradually fading away with far reaching implications for each person living with dementia and also for their partners.

The film which lasts for an hour and 16 minutes is very personal and powerful and comes with a warning that it is not suitable to be shown to those living with dementia, those under 16 or to people who may be adversely affected by seeing its contents

With the kind support of Tynedale Dementia Action Group and The Forum Cinema, Hexham, Peter’s film is now being shown during Dementia Action Week 2019, on Wednesday 22 May, to highlight the honest and truthful experience of carers of partners living with dementia in Northumberland..

In the future Peter hopes the film will be shown widely to health professionals and to a wider audience so the needs of carers in this situation can be properly understood.

Anyone wanting to use Peter’s film within their organisation can be sent a copy in return for a donation to the work of Dry Water Arts and The Curiosity Cafe in Amble.

Hexhamtv can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

For more details and to book for this free screening click here.

Community Information Morning May 2019

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The next Community Information Morning 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 give us a call on: 01434 600599.

Alzheimer’s Society monthly drop-ins

Are you worried about your memory? Come and have an informal chat with a dementia adviser at one of the new monthly drop-ins at Cafe @ Burn Lane. The drop-ins take place on the first Monday of the month, starting 3 December, between 11.00am and 1.00pm.

For more information contact: northumberland@alzheimers.org.uk.