We have used this page to provide you with some useful links with useful information about various health topics.
NATIONAL TERRORISM UPDATE
Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, says: “We are asking everyone out and about enjoying the season to put security at the top of their festive list.
“The chances of any one person being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly, as we saw in 2017 and more recently, attacks can be carried out anywhere and anytime.
“The national threat level remains Severe, meaning an attack is highly likely, so we need to remain vigilant.
“Our message is not to worry that you might be wasting our time. If you see something that doesn’t look right – ACT. Report it either to local security or staff – or to police at: gov.uk/ACT – and let us check it out.
“A few minutes of your time could be a precious gift that helps saves lives. Please be a good CT citizen this festive period.”
If you’ve seen or heard something that could potentially be related to terrorism, trust your instincts and report it at: https://act.campaign.gov.uk/
Children and Button Batteries
Button batteries, especially big, powerful lithium coin cell batteries, can badly injure or kill a child if they are swallowed and get stuck in the food pipe.
Button batteries are small, round batteries that come in many different sizes and types. Lithium button batteries (often called ‘coin batteries’ or ‘coin cell batteries’) are the most powerful. They power many of our devices at home to make our life more convenient.
If a lithium coin cell battery gets stuck in a child’s food pipe, it can cause catastrophic internal bleeding and death within hours of being swallowed.
So it’s important to keep spare and ‘dead’ lithium coin cell batteries and any objects with easily accessible lithium coin cell batteries out of children’s reach, and to act fast if you think your child may have swallowed one.
Safety Online The internet is amazing. Children can play, learn, create and connect – opening up a whole world of exciting possibilities. But with the digital world changing all the time, how can you make sure your child’s staying safe?
Local Healthwatches have been set up across England to create a strong, independent consumer champion whose aim is to:
Strengthen the collective voice of citizens and communities in influencing local health and social care services to better meet their needs
Support people to find the right health and social care services for them by providing appropriate information, advice and signposting
To encourage and support people and groups to share their views about services; listen to people’s needs and experiences of services
Healthwatch will have a flexible and robust work plan to meet the needs of the aims and objectives of the organisation. For further information about our work plan please contact us.
Healthwatch Sunderland will work with local people, patients, service users, carers, community groups, organisations, service providers and commissioners to get the best out of local health and social care services. This doesn’t just mean improving services today but influencing and shaping services to meet the needs of the local communities tomorrow.
If you’d like advice and support for overcoming loneliness, see our helplines
The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers.
We help people to maintain and create personal connections in their later life. We draw on research and inspiration from across the country to offer information and ideas to both individuals and those working with older people. We deliver projects and campaigns with a range of other organisations. Together, we aim to end loneliness in older age.
British Red Cross – Connecting Communities
Feeling lonely? Contact us on 0344 871 11 11 (Mon to Fri, 9.30-5)
Our brand-new connecting communities service offers up to three months of support to suit you.
We help people feel better connected and enjoy the benefits of being more involved in their local community. You’ll be paired up with one of our local team members. Together you will rediscover your interests, rebuild your independence and find new friends. Our services are delivered by our skilled and dedicated volunteers and staff. They can draw on decades of experience in helping people to live independently and confidently in their communities. Our support is also tailored. Everything we offer allows people to realise the things they want to achieve.
Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbours and your community. It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbours to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it’s free. Nextdoor’s mission is to provide a trusted platform where neighbours work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world.
Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities. Where lonely people make friends. Be lonely no more.
Girlfriend Social is website that connects women with new female friendships. This website is for Ladies only, who just like you, are looking to make platonic women friendships. Inside women can make new friends with fabulous ladies in a safe and friendly environment. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or married, 20 or 60. All women who are looking for friendships are welcome here. Girlfriend Social is totally free! No fees, no costs, EVER! Just sign up, find female friends and be a part of the Girlfriend club that everyone is talking about
Community Network is a charity and social enterprise combating social isolation and loneliness and their devastating effects on health and well-being. We do this by bringing people together on the phone to form Telephone Communities. Our Telephone Communities give people the chance to socialise, share experiences and support each other. And, because ‘meetings’ take place on the phone, they are easy to use and access – even for people who have mobility problems or a disability. Telephone Community groups are great fun for anyone who wants to talk to other people. More importantly, they can make a real difference to people who are lonely or socially isolated. We involve and train volunteers to run our groups, as well as facilitating groups commissioned by other organisations, such as health charities.
Find out how to volunteer in your local community and give your time to help others. Our mission is to bring people together to help solve society’s problems through voluntary and civic action. Whether it’s through volunteering or choosing a career for community benefit, we want to make it easy for people to connect, share, learn and grow and in doing so provide a world class service that is able to extend the capacity of civil society.
BenefitsGuide.co.uk is a free to use resource which provides clear and comprehensive information on all available UK welfare benefits. This includes guidance on benefit applications, appeals, emergency assistance & legal help.
It has been estimated that up to £20 billion of welfare benefits go unclaimed every year in the UK. We want this to change. Why? Because unclaimed benefits mean that individuals and their families are not getting the financial support they are entitled to. Many of these people will be in the greatest need for financial support, including the elderly, the vulnerable and those on low incomes.
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.
Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome. We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phone, email, peer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.
MumsMeetUp connects mums locally and across the UK. It provides a quick and simple solution for mums to find others in their area, in the same boat, and to go on the journey of being a mum together – creating proper real life friendships for them and their children. Within just a few clicks mums are able to search their county and locality to find mums similar by age, age of child and circumstances (such as mums to be, working mums, single parent mums & more). Additionally, mums of children with disabilities are able to search by similar conditions, as well as location. It is a web based app which works just as well on mobiles as on all screen sizes.
A unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level. Once registered, you can access details for all kinds of local resources, from child-friendly cafes to childminders, places to go etc.
We’re here to connect women who are interested in everything and talk about anything. If you would like to meet other women to share and explore thoughts, ideas and experiences, then NWR is for you. Enjoy lively, stimulating conversation and broadened horizons whilst having fun and meeting people.
WAY is the only national charity in the UK for men and women aged 50 or under when their partner died. It’s a peer-to-peer support group run by a network of volunteers who have been bereaved at a young age themselves, so they understand exactly what other members are going through. WAY aims to provide peer-to-peer emotional and practical support to young widowed men and women – married or not, with or without children, whatever their sexual orientation – as they adjust to life after the death of their partner.
National Council for the Divorced and Separated (Phoenix)
NCDS Phoenix provide a safe environment for you to go out and socialise with others in a similar position as yourself and help you to make new friends. We know how difficult it is to go out and meet new people; it is not easy starting again after a divorce, a split or your partner passing away. It may have been years since you went out alone and you are not looking for a relationship, but may look like you are and you don’t know anyone else who is single. It can be just as difficult to go out and meet new people for men as well as women and we understand this. If you would like to come to one of our branches but do not want to attend alone, bring a friend or contact us and we can arrange for one of our committee members from the branch to meet you outside the venue.
The Silver Line is the confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff offer information, friendship and advice, link callers to local groups and services, offer regular befriending calls and protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect. If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a regular weekly friendship call or email. Or they may like to join a Silver Circle and take part in a regular group call on subjects that interest them.
We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help. Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK – so that we can be here for everyone in later life. Age UK aims to improve later life for everyone through our information and advice, services, campaigns, products, training and research.
Independent Age (Advice and Support for Older Age)
Founded 150 years ago, we are an established voice for older people, providing the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning. Our free advice service offers unrivalled expertise on social care and welfare benefits, and particularly on complex issues such as social care funding. Our range of detailed and in depth guides and factsheets provide information on the most common issues faced by older people, their families and carers. Our Wise Guides provide practical, accessible advice and information for the over-65s on finances, staying independent and getting the most out of later life and our befriending and practical support services provide crucial companionship, comfort and security for as long as it’s needed – if necessary, for life.
Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain. We support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Our volunteers – ordinary men and women of all ages and ethnicities – love spending time with the older people. Through them, we want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age. We believe old age should be celebrated, and so we should: we’re 75 years old this year and still going strong. So, find out today what we can do for you or an older person in your family.
Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. We aim to do this by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within their local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month. Each older person is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home for the afternoon. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the drivers remain the same which means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship. Our tea parties are a real lifeline of friendship for our older members who have little or no contact with any family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
Whatever you’re going through, we’re here to help 24 hours a day. We won’t judge you and we won’t share what you tell us with anyone else. Get in touch by telephone, email, letter and face to face in the UK andIreland. Visit befrienders.org if you live outside the UK or Ireland.
Sunderland MIND is an independent charity run by local people for local people. They provide confidential, high quality services for individuals, carers and families experiencing emotional or mental health problems. They aim to do this in a safe, caring, non-judgmental and supportive environment. You can sign up to any of their services, they are open to all and welcome referrals from community, voluntary, statutory, private sectors and other agencies. Please click on the link below for further information. Sunderland MIND
All staff in the practice are “Dementia Friends” and hwe ave 1 Dementia Champion. We are able to offer support and information. Please click on the link below for more information. Sunderland Alzheimers Society
This year sees the 40th Anniversary for the Sunderland Branch BHF. Please click on the link below for further information. British Heart Foundation
PANTS is an initiative by the NSPCC around safeguarding children and being open to discussions around keeping children safe. Please click on the link for guidance on this by NSPCC. PANTS
The Sunderland Macmillan Cancer Support Centre aims to ensure that everyone in Sunderland/Washington has access to high quality information relating to any aspect of cancer. They also aim to provide practical/emotional support and a listening ear to both patients and carers. The service is for anyone who is living with or has survived cancer, is worried about cancer, is caring for someone with cancer or has been bereaved through cancer. Please click on the link below to access further information. Sunderland Macmillan
We have come across an interesting page “Patient Memoirs” – it is a GP led page of patient experience videos from how to deal with a difficult diagnosis to day to day issues – click on the link below for a browse. Patient Memoirs
Rehab-Recovery The extent of alcoholism amongst the elderly. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, 6-11% of elderly people admitted to hospital exhibited symptoms of alcoholism. 20% of elderly patients admitted to psychiatric treatment also exhibited symptoms of alcoholism. 14% of elderly residents admitted to emergency rooms also exhibited signs of alcoholism. Around 49% of elderly people living in nursing homes were thought to suffer from alcoholism.