Health and wellbeing news from Welwyn Hatfield week 20

This week we are featuring health and wellbeing news for the 4th week in May 2021

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Hertswise Dementia Service is opening a new activity group on Wednesday 26th May in Hatfield for people living with dementia and their carers.

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The groups are a chance for members and their carers to get involved with a range of activities whether as part of a group or on an individual basis.

The session will be held at Birchwood Leisure Centre every Wednesday from 26th May, 2.30pm - 4pm with COVID-19 safety measures and PPE in place.

Dementia Friendly Service

Are weeds starting to take over your garden after so much rain?

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The RHS have lots of advice to help you tackle weeds in a way that is good for the environment and wildlife. Spring and summer are the best time to do just that. Check out the RHS advice page

Have you enjoyed seeing the wildflower verges that are developing across the borough? Our bees and wildlife have!

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Hertfordshire's Pollination Strategy is supporting our bees and wildlife by renewing our approach to highway verge management. The Alternative Verge Management pilot scheme has shown great promise stimulating the growth of wildflowers along some of the county's highway, providing habitat and forage for bees and other pollinating insects. The scheme will soon be expanded to other areas.

Our Pollinator Strategy aims to expand and enhance habitats for pollinators, such as butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, wasps, bumblebees and 250 other species of bee.

We are working with partners, including district and borough councils, farmers and other land managers, as well as volunteers to facilitate habitat creation and management in support of Hertfordshire's pollinating insects.

Veterans: Op Courage, the new NHS mental health services for Veterans.

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Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans and their families.

Although it's completely normal to experience anxiety or depression after traumatic events, this can be tough to deal with. Symptoms or problems coping can happen at any time, including a few years after leaving the armed forces.

If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from  Op Courage : The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

Are you a spouse, intimate partner or a child over 18 of a Military Veteran?

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Do you want to help shape the future for Veterans?

Can you spare the time to take part in six 1 hour meetings over a 2 year period to join a Veterans Family Involvement Group. The meetings will take place either face to face or via conferance call/zoom. Expenses will be paid for travel and you will be given a £50.00 gift voucher for taking part.

The study is looking to recruit 2 of the following groups;

  1. Kings Troop Group (representing England and wales)
  2. Queens Troop Group (representing Northern Ireland and Scotland)

Sign up now to take part in the Veterans Family Study by emailing;

Find out more about how what we eat can effect our mood with Just Talk and BeeZee Bodies Facebook Live events!

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Did you miss the recent Facebook Live event focusing on how the foods we eat affect our moods and how our moods affect the foods we want to eat?

Held in partnership between @JustTalkHerts and @BeeZeeBodies, it was full of healthy eating recipes, hints and tips as well as insight into the positive effects physical activity has on our emotional wellbeing.

watch the sessions here

Do you need some motivation? BBC Sounds Headroom Your Mental Health Toolkit can help! Mindful Tips ● Mood Mixes ● Personal Stories ● Motivation

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Whether it is everyday tips, sounds to relax your mindstrategies to cope with parenting right now or films to get you talking, Headroom are here to help you look after yourself and your loved ones.

Healthy Hub recommends-6 Ways to turn a bad day into a good day!

Activities to boost your mood with Radio 1's Stuart Sademen