Monthly Healthy Hub Bulletin Issue No35 July 2022

Welcome Readers!

Your one-stop-shop for everything relating to mental and physical health. The Healthy Hub is here to sign-post you, to your local and national health and wellbeing services, events, courses and health campaigns. This month we are featuring two health and wellbeing campaigns from the Samaritans, Talk to Us Month and Deafblind Awareness Week  27th of June to the 2nd of July.

Here at the Healthy Hub we want you to know the Welwyn Hatfield community offers a rich tapestry of health and wellbeing support that is for everyone. So come and tell us what you need!

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Deafblind Awareness Week 27th June - 3rd July 2022

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Each year during Deafblind Awareness Week we run events, activities and campaigns to raise awareness of dual sensory loss.  The aim is to inspire those living with deafblindness and to raise awareness of dual sensory loss. 

Deafblindness is far more common than many people realise... around 400,000 people are affected by sight and hearing loss in the UK. It affects everyone differently, some might need to adjust the settings on their TV or turn up the volume on the phone, and others might need assistance dogs, canes and more formal care. But for anyone affected, everyday activities can be difficult and time-consuming.

Imagine trying to book a doctor's appointment, meet a friend for coffee, or even make dinner if you can't see or hear very well.

For further information visit the Deafblind Awareness Campaign website


Hertfordshire Sensory Impaired Service have a lot to offer

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The sensory service team work with children and adults who are blind and visually impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, deafblind and with those who are carers of people with sight and hearing loss.


Talk to Us Month and the Big Listen Campaign Samaritans

24 July is the Samaritans Awareness Day, because they are here to listen 24/7. On this date and throughout July, they will be running an awareness-raising campaign called Talk to Us, to remind people that they are here for anyone who needs someone to listen.

Talk to Us Samaritans


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CONNECT.....through support in the community


Deafblind Awareness Week is 27th-2nd of July 

Callers to the Samaritans who are d/Deaf or who have hearing or speech impairments can contact the Samaritans for support by email jo@samaritans.org or by using the Next Generation Text (NGT) service. Next Generation Text is not specific to Samaritans and can be used on any telephone number.

Call the Samaritans any time, day or night.

Whatever you're going through, you can call the Samaritans any time, from any phone for FREE. CALL 116 123


Lets talk together with Togetherall

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Get Support+Take Control+Feel Better

The Togetherall community is here to help you through difficult feelings you're experiencing, even if you've never felt comfortable talking about them before.

Moderated by professionals 24/7

Join the Togetherall Community


Wellbeing event for parents and carers of autistic adults

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If you provide unpaid care to someone aged 16+ in Hertfordshire who is autistic or is awaiting a diagnosis for an autism spectrum disorder, you're invited to an information and wellbeing event. The event, for parents and family friends carers of an autistic adult or young adult, takes place at Welwyn Civic Centre, Welwyn Garden City, on Friday 8th July 2022, 1pm - 4pm.

You will be able to get information from different organisations that support carers or people with an autism spectrum disorder and their relatives. Experts will be on hand to share their knowledge to help you look after yourself or support the person you care for. Perhaps you want to know how to manage sensory overload, anxiety or difficulties making friends.

There will also be a chance to take part in mindfulness, yoga or dance workshop and have an acupuncture taster session and find out how it can help relieve pain.

If you would like to attend, please book a place online or email contact@carersinherts.org.uk

You can also call 01992 58 69 69 to book or for support related to your caring role.

Find out more about the support provided call Autism Hertfordshire or call 01727 743246


Living with Covid - let's do it safely

If we are going to live with Covid safely, we need to tackle some of the misinformation that is out there. It's OK to have questions, but it's important that answers come from the right place. The council has also recently launched a ground-breaking chatbot.

Are you still undecided or uncertain about the benefits of the Covid vaccine? If so, scan the QR code below to chat to our virtual assistant, Lynn via WhatsApp. She'll help answer some of your queries and point you in the direction for help you need to make this important decision.

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KEEP LEARNING...this summer


New Summer Timetable from New Leaf Recovery College

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The New Leaf Recovery College summer term timetable focuses on men's health, loneliness, gardening, random acts of kindness and much more.

In addition, see their attached digital inclusion leaflet,  detailing how you can access support for using IT equipment, where you can find free IT support, guides to getting online, useful telephone numbers and a list of various courses to build their computer skills.

If you are feeling creative and you have some thoughts about new courses Co-production with students is at the heart of everything the New Leaf Recovery College does.

Icon for pdf NLRC summer timetable 2022 [217.65KB]


Plan your Summer Meals with Step2 Skills

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When it's hot, it can be really hard to muster the energy or enthusiasm to use the hob or oven to cook a meal. Food planning might be the way forward with a cold summer menu plan for the week - it will keep costs down and keep you away from those takeaway menus!

Need some guidance and meal ideas? The FREE Healthy Living workshop is just one of the many free workshops and tasters being offered by Step2Skills this summer.

Browse and book your place on Step2Skills


Empowering Support from Deafblind UK

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Deafblind UK offers a variety of free support. Their empowering support service helps you to resolve any practical issues that you might have or to get back on your feet after a setback.

They help you to access health and social care, apply for welfare and benefits, research and access local services, understand housing options, investigate leisure and transport options, connect with opportunities to make new friends or try new activities or to find help to fix a problem in the home.

You can apply for deafblind uk support here


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TAKE NOTICE...to get what you need


Carers of people with sight or hearing loss

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You might be able to get extra help if you care for someone with hearing or sight loss. There is so much help available in the community; Carers holiday breaks, Carers discount passports and lots more. 

To find out what help is available from your GP, Carers in Herts and Hertfordshire County Council get a carers assessment


Free 'dual testing' now available in Hertfordshire for people aged 15 and over

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Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Hertfordshire. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause a range of problems including infertility. Anyone who's sexually active can get Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhoea and pass it on to others, even if they don't have lots of sexual partners.

Three-quarters of those infected show no symptoms at all. If you are sexually active you must test every year. The sooner a diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can start.

FREE and confidential dual testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea is now available for people aged 15 years and above living in Hertfordshire.  It is easy and quick, and results are shared to you via text message.

Collect a free self-test kit from a participating pharmacy, GP surgery, youth service or other location, or call 0300 008 5522.


Welwyn Hatfield Wellness Fund

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Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is committed to addressing health inequalities.

The Wellness Community fund is for organisations that deliver community engagement and outreach work that helps to improve mental & physical wellbeing and/or reduces health inequalities, especially for those health issues particularly impacted by the spread of coronavirus.

Applications for the grant are welcomed from organisations for initiatives that engage with residents to understand barriers and increase awareness of the benefits of activities that contribute to physical and mental wellbeing.

For further information and to apply visit the council's website


Come and Talk to Us

The Healthy Hub Staff are out in the community ready to listen 

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Each month the Healthy Hub team are out in the community ready to sign you up for free local health and wellbeing programmes and services. If you need help to stop smoking or want to drink less and exercise more or you want to sign up to the National Diabetes Prevention Programme then pop along. Visit our designated Healthy Hub Pop-up Clinic page for dates and times Welwyn Hatfield Healthy Hub health and wellbeing clinics


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GIVE...and feel empowered


What you get out of being a volunteer with the Samaritans

Above all you'll have the incredible satisfaction of knowing you're helping people who are in despair. In addition, you'll learn valuable new skills, make new friendships, and be part of an amazing group of people.

There are lots of ways you can volunteer for Samaritans, it all depends on what skills you have and how much time you've got to give.

Listening volunteers answer calls and messages from people who really need someone to talk to. 

Become and Samaritans listening volunteer


Volunteer to be a Puppy Raiser with Guide Dogs for the Blind

Become a Puppy Raiser and provide a puppy with the vital foundation for its future role as a guide dog. It's a rewarding, full-time volunteering opportunity, as you'll be raising a puppy in your home for around 12-16 months.

Find out about volunteering as a puppy raiser here


Volunteer with Herts Independent Living Service 

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HILS provide a wide range of services to help older and vulnerable people stay happy, healthy, and independent.

They have regular volunteer opportunities ranging from Dementia and memory loss to particpating in commuity group work.

Find out more about volunteering with HILS here


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BE ACTIVE...this summer


HAPpy Camps activities for children and young people this summer

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HAPpy camps are for children and young people who attend a Hertfordshire school and are in receipt of benefits-related free school meals.At the sessions, which vary in duration from four to seven hours long, eligible children and young people can enjoy free food, free sports and free craft activities this summer. They will also receive advice on nutrition and cooking skills to enhance their health and wellbeing.

Eligible children should have already received the booking code from their school. Parents who have not received the code should contact their school office or email haf@herts.ac.uk.

Free places can be booked from Monday 20 June via the Herts Sports Partnership's website


Be Active with Big Summer 25th July-14th August

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BIG Summer Welwyn Hatfield has got a fantastic range of activities, from sports to arts & crafts, lined up for you. Whether you're looking for a fun family day out or looking to try something new, there's something for everyone! 

 Visit our Summer events calendar here to find activities


HILS Active Ageing Service

HILS Active Ageing Service provides personalised exercise support for older people living in the community, with a range of programmes tailored to suit individual ability, motivation and current health. Staying active has been shown to reduce risks of some chronic diseases by up to 30%, improve feeling well-being, and reduce the risk of falls in older people.

Watch and take part in their Strength and Balance Class here

Find out more about their active ageing here


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