Visually Impaired in Camden Newsletter - January 2019
January Members’ event Tuesday 15 January , 2pm to 4pm, Swiss Cottage Community Centre, 19 Winchester Road, NW3 3NR
Come and meet other VIC members and share experiences, top tips & information with tea, cake and biscuits on tap. This will also be an opportunity to help plan future events so please come with all your ideas!!
We are looking for lay members to join our committee that will be looking at children and young peple with disabilities and severe complex needs.
Closing date: 5pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019.
Time commitment: 18 months.
The NHS Long Term Plan was developed in partnership with those who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families and other experts. Read our report to find out more.
Tuesday 8th January 2019
The Falls prevention workshop will be discussing how we can develop a falls prevention strategy to identify and support people earlier. The main focus for this workshop is how do we reach out and include non-clinical services and groups, how best can we support them in identifying people who might be at risk of falling and what to do when someone has been identified.
If you have experience of Falls please email us to confirm attendance. The event details are as follows:
The award-winning ‘Antelope’ was based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experiences of mental health and stigmas surrounding a mental health diagnosis after being sectioned at Antelope House, a PICU (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) in Southampton. Content Note: Contains visuals and conversations related to suicide.
Watch Antelope online - https://www.bengrace.co.uk/short-films/antelope/
Making better choices today can have a big impact on your health. One You is here to help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it's moving more, eating more healthily or checking yourself – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.
Animal welfare charity Mayhew has teamed up with production company Iconoclast to produce an online documentary series focusing on the special relationship between homeless people and their dogs.
Camden Clinical Commissioning Group
London Borough of Camden
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Camden Safer Streets
NHS Keep warm, keep well
Winter wise (Independent Age)
If you need to talk to someone on Christmas day there are free phone lines that you can call:
The Age UK Advice Line will be open as usual on Christmas Day. Find out what the day is like and how your support means we can be there for people over the festive period: 0800 055 6112
The Silver Line is the only national confidential and free helpline for older people open every day and night of the year. Phone number: 0800 4 70 80 90
The Samaritans open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Free telephone number 116 123
‘Switchboard’ is the LGBT+ helpline 0300 330 0630
‘Childline’ offers online, phone and text service for young people in need of someone to speak to every day. Free phone number: 0800 1111
Physical or psychological abuse can happen to anyone at any time but, as the Christmas season approaches, tensions may be running higher than usual in domestic, professional and public settings.
Women can call 0808 2000 247, the free 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge
Men can call the Men's Advice Line free on 0808 801 0327 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) or ManKind on 01823 334 244
in an emergency, call 999
Join the Outside Project for a Christmas Day Dinner for their shelter guests and members of the LGBTIQ+ community who would otherwise be alone.
Our shelter is opening in Central London on Christmas Eve. We are hosting a community dinner on Christmas Day. Shelter referral: http://stonewallhousing.org/services/referral-form/ …
Christmas dinner booking: Community@lgbtiqoutside.org
The Holiday Season is Here! Christmas and hHannukah 2018 volunteering roles
We have been asked about volunteer roles during the holiday season, so here you go.
Listen, we get it. You’re tucking into your fifth mince pie, and settling into watching Elf for the fifteenth time on the sofa. You don’t feel capable of taking the bins out let alone actually getting dressed and out into the real world. But it’s worth remembering that the festive season is as much about what you give back as take away – and what better way to give back than by signing up to do some volunteering over the holiday period. Here are five opportunities that will help you get into the true spirit of the season.
Christmas is a magical time of year, where you kick back and relax with your family. At least it should be. Not everyone can enjoy that luxury. But you can help. Here are just some of the places you can volunteer at Christmas in London.
Changes to the welfare benefit system, a shortage of affordable housing and increased private rents are all having an impact nationally, contributing to a homelessness crisis, which in the worst incidences can result in rough sleeping. You can read the draft Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy online now.
Are you a Camden Council tenant or leaseholder wanting to make a difference in your community? Do you want to help improve the services you receive from Camden? Do you want to improve where you live?
We are developing proposals for a new national patient safety strategy to support the NHS to be the safest healthcare system in the world.
The strategy is being developed alongside the NHS Long Term Plan and will be relevant to all parts of the NHS, be that physical or mental health care, in or out of hospital and primary care.
Since 2014, we’ve heard from 1.4 million people about what it’s like to use NHS and social care services. Our latest annual report to Parliament highlights what changes you want to see and how together we're making a difference. Our annual report 2017/18
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Cold weather puts young children, people over 65 and those with heart and lung conditions at risk from low temperatures.
To prepare for cold weather:
look out for friends and family who may be vulnerable to the cold, and ensure they have access to warm food and drinks and are managing to heat their homes adequately
try to maintain indoor temperatures to at least 18°C, particularly if you are not mobile, have a long-term illness or are 65 or over
stay tuned for weather forecasts, ensure you are stocked with food and medications in advance, have deliveries, or ask a friend to help
take weather into account when planning your activity over the following days
if eligible, seek entitlements and benefits - power and utility companies have schemes which make at-risk groups a priority for reconnection following power cuts
avoid exposing yourself to cold or icy outdoor conditions if you are at a higher risk of cold-related illness or falls
discuss with your friends and neighbours the need to clear snow and ice from in front of your house and public walkways nearby
Stay Well This Winter contains useful advice on staying warm this winter.