Health and wellbeing news, from Welwyn Hatfield. Week ending 24th June 2022

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

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News for the week ending 24th June 2022 


Can you help your local nursery, primary or special school win £1000?

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Hertfordshire County Council's 'It's Never Too Late to be Active' campaign aims to help older adults get more active, offering all participants a free activity pass and ongoing support.

They're inviting nursery, primary and special schools in Hertfordshire to support the campaign and win £1000 for health and wellbeing activities in the school.

All they have to do is encourage the adults in their local community to sign up - if anyone nominates a school when they register, that school will go into the prize draw - 1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £250, with a bonus prize for the school with the most nominations.

There's also an optional photo competition. Children can take a photo of an older relative or family friend being active, the adult can then upload the photo to their registration page for a chance to win a family ticket for the 'Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour'.

Please support your local school by encouraging them to get involved. Find out more about the Never too Late Schools Campaign

You can also sign up to the campaign yourself and encourage older friends and relatives to sign up by visiting the never too late campaign here


Did you know, dual testing kits for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are free and available for Hertfordshire residents aged 15 years and above?

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Testing is easy and quick, and results are shared to you via text message. You can collect a dual test kit from a participating pharmacy or other local services. Find local Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea services


Spread the word about Dog Safety

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Recently we've seen several tragic dog attack fatalities, so it's paramount that families are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to enjoy spending time with their dogs safely.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group Dog Safety Code highlights three crucial messages that all dog owners and families need to know:

  • Be alert- Always keep an eye on your dog around kids. Never leave them alone together
  • Be aware- Dogs use signals to tell us how they feel - What is your dog telling you?
  • Be safe- Any dog can bite. Accidents happen fast.

Leading animal welfare organisations have teamed up to produce a shareable infographic to encourage safe interactions with dogs.


New Grant Scheme for Improving Village Halls

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National charity says £3 million fund announced by government will safeguard the future of many-valued rural community buildings.

Timed to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, the government has committed to supporting over 100 rural community buildings with capital improvements.

This follows in the footsteps of investments made in village halls as part of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee (1897) and King George V's Silver Jubilee (1935).

Full details of the application process and the eligibility criteria for village halls wishing to apply for the fund are yet to be released by the government.

In the meantime,  ACRE is recommending Halls complete a Short Form to register their interest and be kept informed about developments.


Don't let the thought of cancer play on your mind

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The Help Us Help You campaign's aim is to address the barriers to people talking to their GP if they are worried something doesn't feel right in their body. The campaign's aim is to reassure people by highlighting that most people who are referred for tests by their GP find out it's not cancer and that finding out sooner is always better.

If something in your body doesn't feel right, talk to your GP. Most people who go for tests find out its not cancer.

Finding out sooner is always better. Contact your GP practice today!


This week is Cervical Screening Awareness Week 20th-26th 

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Has your GP contacted you about a cervical test? Is your cervical test overdue? Book it this week!

If you've got questions or need support on Cervical Screening and testing the Jo Trust can offer help and support too!


This week is National Breastfeeding Week 27th-3rd of July

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Breastfeeding provides all the nutrition a baby needs for the first six months and helps boost their ability to fight illness and infection. It also helps build a strong emotional bond between a mum and her baby.

Whether you're breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or introducing solid foods, your local Family Centre staff are UNICEF accredited Baby-Friendly trained and there to help you.

The NHS is offering lots of advice and support for national breastfeeding week