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A new online directory has been launched by East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) to signpost people to extra help and advice for a variety of health conditions.
The initiative brings together almost 100 organisations in one searchable database accessed through the CCG's website. This will help people to easily get in touch with the right support group or find out more information on particular health conditions.
The directory has contact information for a variety of voluntary organisations and groups offering help and advice for people with long-term conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. In addition, the directory is an excellent opportunity for carers to find out more about managing health conditions and to help them connect with people in a similar position. More »
Dr Dave Briggs, ELR CCG Managing Director, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to provide our patients and GPs with this online directory. It is a fantastic resource and means we can quickly put people in contact with the right support group.
"The directory also provides help and advice for carers, or those looking for support to give up smoking, as well as signposting where to go for mental health, stress or anxiety conditions.
"This means that our patients will benefit from additional support to help manage their condition, which we hope will help them to feel more in control of their own health and wellbeing."
Jacqui Mowson, carers delivery officer at Support for Carers Leicestershire, added: "The self-help guide to support groups is very user friendly and easy to use. We will certainly be recommending the website to our carers and will use it as a resource for ourselves."
The directory is available on ELR CCG's website – www.eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk – by clicking the Find your local support group button on the front page. Users can search by category or by typing in their postcode. There is also an Online form for any voluntary or not-for-profit self-help groups who wish to be added. » Less
The County Council will be co-ordinating Tea Dances at three venues across the county to promote National Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014. Why not book an elderly relative, neighbour or friend on a scrumptious afternoon tea dance.
- Tuesday 18 March, Roman Way Community Centre, Market Harborough. Tel: 0116 305 2398; 0116 305 2398
- Wednesday 19 March, Ibstock Palace Community Centre Tel: 01530 262400; 01530 262400
- Thursday 20 March, Loughborough Town Hall. Tel: 01509 2319140
There will be music, afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cake and a free health and wellbeing pack - to illustrate the importance of eating good healthy food and by making small changes to eating and drinking habits, older people can improve their quality of life. Tickets are only £3.50. For more information visit: www.leics.gov.uk/nhw2014 More »
For disabled people, older people and carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Venue: Leicester Tigers Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7TR
Date: Weds 9 April 2014 10am – 6pm
Exhibitors will be covering:
Accommodation : Domestic support : Education and training : Health and Wellbeing : Lifestyle and Leisure : Personal Support : Repairs and maintenance Services : Services for Carers : Staying Independent : Support and Advice : Transport : Work and Voluntary Support
Admission is FREE. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. More »
To register or find out more contact 0116 222 50050116 222 5005 Text: 07910 864 59407910 864 594. Email : email@example.com. www.choiceunlimited.co.ukCallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype » Less
Join us at Mallory Park on a Pre Driver Day:
www.tjunction.org.uk or call 0116 305 6515; 0116 305 6515
Take part in a mock theory interactive quiz, test your reactions on a batak board. You will have chance to take part in two practical driving sessions with a qualified instructor in a dual controlled car.
Choose from the following dates:
Monday 14th April
Friday 11th August
Friday 25th April
Monday 18th August
Friday 30th May
Friday 22nd August
Monday 21st July
Monday 20th October
Friday 28th July
Friday 24th October More »
Personalisation 'Making it Real' in Leicestershire
ARE YOU: a user of social care or a carer? a health and social care professional?: a service provider in the area?
We would like you to help by attending an event on
Friday 28 March 2014: 10am - 4pm: Gynsill Lane Sports Pavilion: Gynsill Lane, GLENFIELD. LE7 7AG
THE AIM is to work out: what we have achieved so far: what needs to be done to make things better: how we can continue to capture your views
The County Council is committed to working together with communities and people of Leicestershire: to check the progress we are making with Personalisation.
Personalisation aims to give people, who need help from Adult Social care, more choice and control over how they live their lives. » Less
A Kibworth parent, who, as a teenager was involved in the setting up of the Skate Park on the Warwick Road Recreation Ground, is once again working with the Kibworth Joint Recreation Committee with a view to developing a refurbishment plan.
Stefan Richter was one of the first skateboarders to try out the facility when it was built in 2004. Now, ten years later, he and other Kibworth parents are suggesting improvements as well as necessary repairs to the structures.
The Kibworth Joint Recreation Committee has plans to replace one damaged structure with a more appropriate and demanding unit, as well as carrying out repairs to the perimeter fencing and gates. More »
If you or your children use the skate park and would like to be part of the refurbishment team, please contact the Clerk. » Less
Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council has welcomed Mrs Carole Broughton as its new Voluntary Tree Warden.
Carole, who lives and farms in the village, has already completed a survey of local trees, highlighting those that may need attention. She is one of an army of wardens across Leicestershire, and will be working closely with her counterpart in Kibworth Harcourt.
Trees are important to the environmental health of an area, and some are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. All trees within the local Conservation Area are automatically protected. In Kibworth Beauchamp, depending on their location, some trees are in the care of Leicestershire County Council, some are protected by Harborough District Council, and others are owned by the Parish Council. More »
If you see a tree that needs attention, or you plan to undertake some work to a tree on your land, it is a good idea to contact either the Parish Council or Harborough District Council beforehand. » Less
A travelling exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Wyggeston Hospital has come to Kibworth Grammar School Hall.
William Wyggeston is one of four luminaries depicted on Leicester's clocktower. As a young man it is probably he witnessed the return of the body of Richard III after the Battle of Bosworth. Later, he became Mayor of Leicester and set up his 'hospital' – a care home as we would see it today – in 1513, next to the Cathedral.
The exhibition tells the story of Wyggeston, the man and his grand idea for a hospital. Last year, to mark the anniversary, Wyggeston's Hospital created a tranquil 'Wyggeston's Wood' on land near Kilby. It was opened by Lars Tharp of the BBC Antiques Roadshow who is an old boy of Wyggeston Boys Grammar School, which was built on the site of the first Wyggeston Hospital. More »
The exhibition is in the Main Hall at KGSH and can be seen, free of charge, whenever the Hall is not reserved for an event. » Less
The 12-strong shortlist for the first round of Leicestershire County Council's green plaque awards scheme has been revealed.
Monty Python actor Graham Chapman, a Dambusters pilot and a book printer are among the county's great and good in with a chance of receiving one of the six prestigious awards which are being made for the first time.
Now, the county council is asking the public to decide which individual or building should receive a green plaque by voting for their favourites.
County council leader Nick Rushton said: "The judges had a tough job but they have come up with an exciting shortlist and now it's over to the public to decide who or what should gain recognition." More »
A panel of judges drew up the shortlist following dozens of nominations from the general public and voting is now underway with the shortlist comprising:
• Charles Booth, social reformer and philanthropist (Thringstone)
• William Henry Bragg, Nobel Prize winner for Physics (Market Harborough)
• Graham Chapman, founding member of 'Monty Python's flying circus' (Wigston & Melton)
• The John Taylor Bellfoundry, Loughborough
• Arthur Newberry Choyce, WWI Poet (Hugglescote)
• Sergeant John Hannah, awarded the Victoria Cross (Birstall)
• Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack, awarded the Distinguished Service Order (Kibworth)
• John Theodore Kenney, artist who illustrated Thomas the Tank Engine (Kibworth)
• The Old Courthouse, Melton Mowbray
• Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Rice DFC RAF VR, Dambuster pilot (Burbage)
• Henry Wills, printer of Ladybird Books (Loughborough)
• Alice Young, missionary and teacher (Enderby)
Voting for your six favourites couldn't be easier. You can vote online at: www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques or pick up and drop off a voting form at your local Leicestershire Council library. You can also send your list of favourites to: Green Plaques, Communities & Wellbeing, Room 500, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8RA. The closing date for entries is Monday April 7. » Less
The Leicestershire Adult Learning Service is starting new courses for adults next week after February half term. Wellbeing courses range from Creative Sewing and Calligraphy Workshops at Countesthorpe to Pilates at Wigston, from Jewellery Making at Loughborough to Indian Cookery at Thurmaston. There are also English and Maths courses, and Computing at various levels including Digital Photo Editing at other venues around the County.
It's a great opportunity to take up a new challenge, make new friends and learn something new. More »
One in two of us will slip on an icy pavement when the weather turns cold – and the odds are greater for older people or those with mobility problems.
It's been a mild winter in the UK so far, but a cold snap is always just around the corner - and can mean that vulnerable people are too fearful to even leave their homes.
We can all make sure this doesn't happen in our neighbourhoods.
Sign our pledge and become a Snow Angel!
Due to the inquiries that we have received , particularly from parents of our younger students, we have decided to add an additional week to our Easter programme, full details of which can be found by clicking the blue link above.
We look forward to seeing you soon
There is a 100-hour pharmacy on the Market Harborough Medical Centre site which is open evenings and weekends.
It may save you a longer journey into Northampton or Kettering.
If you live in Leicestershire you can request a free energy check from a Warm Homes Officer. Call your local District council and ask for this service. District numbers are listed below.
- Keep both your living room and bedroom warm – whatever type of heating you use.
- Draw your curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
- Main living room temperature should be 18-21 degrees C(64-70 degrees F) – the rest of the house at least 16 degrees C
- Keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed
- Switch timer settings for heating to come on before you get up and switch off before you go to bed.
- Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket even if the blanket is switched off.
- Unplug electric blankets before you go to bed (unless you have a thermostat control for safe all night use)
- Test your electric blanket every 3 years (AgeUK or your fire service may be able to do this for you)
- Keep your room temperatures above 16 degrees C – anything less you could be at risk of hypothermia, hert attack or a stroke
- As a last resort you could sleep in one room if it is very cold weather – but get help from family or friends to move your bed (Take care if there is a gas fire in the room and turn it off before going to bed)
District Council Offices More »
Blaby District 0116 275 0555
Charnwood 01509 263151
Oadby & Wigston 0116 288 8961
Harborough District 01858 828282
Hinckley & Bosworth 01455 238141
Melton 01664 502502
North West Leicestershire 01530 454545 » Less
Following the switching off or dimming of streetlights in a number of areas across the UK, the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) (NHWN) and Suzy Lamplugh Trust carried out a survey to learn more about the possible effects of these changes on residents' behaviour and perceptions of crime.
Read more and download the full report using the link above.
The council is proposing a policy that would provide free transport to the nearest academy or maintained school only - if this is over two miles for children in primary education and over three miles for children in secondary education. This is the nearest school or academy to the child's home address which has available places at the time when school places are allocated. It may not necessarily be the admissions catchment area school or one of the preferred schools applied for in the admissions process. More »
Follow the link to register your view. » Less
Winter driving conditions can test even the most experienced driver and statistics show that there are more people driving later in life.
The Safer Driving with Age (SAGE) instructors offer a 1 hour assessment giving older drivers help and advice so they can remain safe motorists.
If you are aged 60 or over, you can book onto a 60 minute Safer Driving with Age assessment and be given the chance to gain valuable experience and boost your confidence on the roads.
Try a 1 hour assessment with a friendly approved driving instructor on local roads for only £25. More »
Dignity Action Day is about taking the time to do something, however small to remind society that dignity in care is everybody's business.
For more information visit: www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_Action_Day
Dignity Action Day #DAD2014 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.
The theme this year is 'Have you got time for 'Digni-tea'?, ensuring people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. More »
Why not get involved in your community and by supporting Dignity Action Day will:
- Raise awareness of the importance of Dignity in Care
- Provide someone with an extra special day
- Demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care
- Remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too
- Provide a great community networking opportunity.
On Dignity Action Day health and social care workers are asked to promote dignity in their place of work and also to ask members of the public to promote dignity for people in their communities
Leicestershire County Council celebrates their own Dignity Awards annually, recognizing Best Practice and encouraging providers to promote and deliver dignified services. They also run informative workshops which attract a cross section of providers such as carehomes, homecare and also includes voluntary, day services and luncheon clubs. » Less
Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills by ensuring they are getting the best deal on their energy supply, saving energy through raising awareness of energy efficiency as well as finding out what financial support they may be entitled to. The campaign will run throughout the week starting 27th January 2014.
In support of this national campaign the RCC will be running a stall at Loughborough Market on Thursday 30th January in partnership with Charnwood Citizens Advice Bureau and the Warm Homes Officer for Charnwood. More »
The stall will have some freebies to give away on the day and will include energy booklets and leaflets that consumers can take away for future reference, as well as being able to receive specific information on request. We will also be able to signpost consumers to further information and help available.
The primary message of Big Energy Saving Week is that consumers can save money and energy if they CHECK-SWITCH-INSULATE.
Check: Contact your energy supplier to check you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills. Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
Switch: Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you as much as £200 if you have never switched before. If you use heating oil as your main fuel, see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you may want to start your own.
Insulate: If you're worried about how much money you're spending to heat and light your home, or just want to spend less, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Keep in the heat by insulating the cavity walls and the loft of your home – you could save up to £320 per year. Most suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation and other energy efficiency measures so ask if you're eligible.
You have until 31st January to nominate young people aged 13-19 living in Leicestershire for the 2014 Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People.
Help Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire through your nominations.
Five categories are available:
- Young Braveheart;
- Young Volunteer;
- Young Voice;
- Young Most Improved Sports Player; and
- Young Artist.
Don't forget the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2014, the success of these awards relies on your nominations. More »