Health and wellbeing news, from Welwyn Hatfield. Week ending 10th June 2022

Sharing local updates on health and wellbeing services, events, training courses, funding etc.

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News for the week ending 10th June 2022 


June is Pride Month

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June is the start of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, where the community gets together to celebrate love, raise awareness of issues that are faced every day by the gay community and advocate for equality for all. We're lucky to have some fantastic events in Hertfordshire during this month, from informative workshops at the University of Hertfordshire to ways to help improve your business accessibility and diversity policies. Let's celebrate love together this month...

Find out more about the Pride events in Hertfordshire here

Young Pride in Herts

The Young Pride in Herts website is for young people in the LGBT+ community in Hertfordshire.

It is run by Services for Young People in collaboration with young LGBT+ people in the county and provides information and advice on a range of issues, including gender identity, coming out, taking care of your health and what to do if you are experiencing hate crime.

Find out more about Young Pride


Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership empowers residents to tackle idling for Clean Air Day June 16th

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Clean Air Day on 16 June 2022, offers an opportunity to engage with people about how we can all influence our surroundings by taking measures to reduce our pollution footprint as well as reducing our exposure to harmful pollutants. The national focus on Clean Air Day creates the opportunity for anyone to mark the occasion and be part of a bigger movement across the county and across the nation.

Volunteers will take to the streets of Hertfordshire throughout June at anti-idling events in support of Clean Air Day, educating motorists on the need to switch off their engines when stopped. These events are being supported by the Hertfordshire Climate Change and Sustainability Partnership (HCCSP) through training and the provision of resources to communicate with motorists.

Air pollution is the environmental factor with the biggest impact on health in the UK, and Hertfordshire is no exception. Poor air quality can affect every part of the body and there is no safe level under which no effect is felt. Some communities are more vulnerable than others: children breathe more quickly than adults and their short stature puts them in direct line of highly toxic car exhausts.

If you'd like to get involved in future Idling Action events, please email helen.burridge@eastherts.gov.uk


The Living Room helps break the cycle of addiction

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The Living Room are here for you on your abstinence recovery journey.

 Make an appointment at the Living Room online or by phone. Their free, daily group therapy sessions take place at their hubs in Stevenage, St Albans and Watford or via Zoom.

Life at The Living Room 

'Before I came to The Living Room my life was in a very dark place. I was drinking all day every day, I was physically broken, covered in bruises, depressed, suicidal and with no hope or picture of what a future could look like for me. The Living Room has helped me to not only remain sober but to work through years of grief and trauma I has buried inside. They have helped me to build my confidence, self-esteem and self-worth, encouraged me to work towards goals, pushing me out of my comfort zone in a really well supported way by both counsellors and friends I have made in the group.

It amazes me on a daily basis how different my life is today. It is not always easy, but I have hope about my future today which is something I never thought possible.'

Retail Recovery and Fashion Show


Are you interested in fashion, sustainability, or charity shopping? Then, join the Living Room here in Stevenage at The Living Room on Saturday 2nd July 2022,between5pm- 7:30pm for Retail Recovery 

Find out more about the Living Room

Make a donation to the Living Room


Herts Disability Sports Foundation awarded a grant to promote mental wellbeing through physical activity

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Herts Disability Sports Foundation (HDSF) was founded in 2014 with a mission to develop disability sport across Hertfordshire. Participants of their activities have physical and learning disabilities (including Autism, ADHD, and related conditions). Some have severe and complex needs, and many have communication and mobility difficulties.

With the Public Health Grant HDSF will provide weekly group cycling sessions for disabled adults at Stanborough Lakes Park over the summer months which will be led by their qualified Instructors. Participants will experience the physical health benefits of increased activity, whist the therapeutic benefits of enjoying being outdoors in the countryside, socialising with friends, and forming new friendships will reduce isolation and boost mental health.

 


Library support for Ukrainian arrivals

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As the war in Ukraine continues, significant numbers of Ukrainians are arriving in the UK supported by the government's 'Homes for Ukraine' and 'Ukraine Family Scheme' projects.

The Libraries have produced two leaflets, one in English and one in Ukrainian, which libraries can use to help anyone seeking vital public services.

Public libraries are here to help at this time. They are the ideal place to find help and information about local services, and to borrow books and use computers. Libraries are safe places where new arrivals will find kind and caring staff on hand to help them.

With the help of Dr Ludmila Pekarska, Shevchenko Library and Archive and The Association of Ukrainian Women in Great Britain, The libraries have put together two leaflets - one in English and the other in Ukrainian - which libraries can print off to help anyone seeking vital public services. 

Find out more about support for Ukraine arrivals


Health Hub health and wellbeing clinics

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Come and talk to us at our monthly health and wellbeing clinics. We can help signpost you to free local; legal support, Debt advice, mental health support, exercise programmes, healthy eating courses for overweight children, social groups, personal support and companion programmes, IT support, personal development programmes and much more.

You will find us in the libraries, Hatfield foodbank, HILs friendship house, Jobcentre and other partner events across the borough.

Visit our health and wellbeing clinic's page.