HWCD Annual Event – You’re Invited…

 Healthwatch County Durham’s annual event will give you the first look of our report for 2018/19, you’ll find out what happened when we worked on four key areas of health & social care as voted for by you (mental health, dementia, transitions & GP appointments), and we’ll hear from guest speakers.


Their event will open to arrivals from 9am for registration and breakfast. To book your place (it’s free!), all you need to do is contact them in one of the following ways:

By phone – 0800 304 7039 or 0191 378 1037
By email – healthwatchcountydurham@pcp.uk.net
By online enquiry form – Contact us now

DCA Volunteers Fair in Volunteers Week

Durham Community Action…

As part of Volunteers’ week 2019 Advice in County Durham are running a volunteer fair in Durham City Outdoor Market Place on the 7th of June, 9am- 3pm.

There is a flyer below with all the details of the event. It would be great if you could pass this on to colleagues and service users.

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The facebook link for the event is https://www.facebook.com/events/385624575373987/

Employer’s Guide to Ramadan

The month of Ramadan will soon be upon us. Ramadan is a time for reflection, contemplation and celebration for many.

As the Islamic calendar is based around the lunar cycle, the Holy month of Ramadan rotates by approximately ten days each year. This year, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Sunday 5th May 2019, depending on the sighting of the moon.

Take a look at the attached employer’s guide at https://discover-islam.co.uk/training/resources/ to find out more about Ramadan and what we should know about it as employers or colleagues.

Domestic Abuse advice toolkit for employers

As part of a suite of toolkits aimed at employers, PHE has worked with Business in the Community (BITC) to produce a toolkit on domestic abuse. In the UK, nearly two million people experienced domestic abuse in the last year alone. At least one in four women and one in six men suffer domestic abuse at some point. With one third of a working adult’s life spent in work, employers are in a unique position to create a supportive workplace culture that encourages the identification of health and wellbeing needs and in turn support those affected by domestic abuse in their workforce. This toolkit give practical advice and guidance for business of all sizes on just how to do this.

18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week

This week 18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week, a weeklong national campaign to promote the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing. The gene affected by CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells. People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body. Wear yellow day 2018 A4 POSTER

People with cystic fibrosis often have to undergo a rigorous daily regime of treatments to stay healthy. This can include taking inhaled and injected drugs to clear mucus and fight infections, taking dozens of enzyme pills to digest food and having physiotherapy morning and night. People with cystic fibrosis may also need a transplant. Lung transplants are the most common type for people with cystic fibrosis, as usually these are the organs most affected by cystic fibrosis. However, some people will have problems with their liver, kidneys or pancreas, and may need these organs transplanted.

The (work) week ends with a Wear Yellow Day on Friday 22nd and the Trust is asking people take a #CFYelfie and post to show your support.

It would be great if people could get involved and don your sunniest yellow outfits to raise awareness and vital funds to support people with Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information please visit https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/ or visit the Facebook page and see all the Yelfie’s https://facebook.com/cftrust

LGBT+ Durham County Council Consultation Survey

Durham County Council wants to help improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of LGBT+ people in County Durham. “LGBT+” refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. More recently, the + has been added to be inclusive of all identities including people who identify as non-binary, questioning, intersex and asexual.

If you identify as LGBT+, are a friend/family member of someone who identifies as LGBT+, or work for an organisation dealing with the public (and therefore LGBT+ people) we want your views!

To find out more or to take part in the consultation please visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/consultation by 29th June 2018.

The survey for people working in a public facing organisation has 8 questions so should be quick to complete and asks about priorities, information needs or workforce development needs.

The results will be used to identify actions Public Health or other partners can take to improve the wellbeing of people who identify as LGBT+. This could, for example, involve providing relevant information/training to help organisations become more LGBT+ friendly.

Physical Activity, Healthy Eating and Healthier Weight: a toolkit for employers

Public Health England and  Business in the Community published a physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight toolkit aimed at employers which consolidates the best evidence, employer practice and aligned with the best freely available resources.

‘A lack of physical activity and poor eating habits leads to an unhealthy workforce. Around a third of adults in England are damaging their health through a lack of physical activity.  In fact, one in four women and one in five men in England are defined as inactive, doing less than 30 minutes of moderate physical activity each week.  This is costing the UK taxpayer over £60 billion per year .  Employers have a responsibility to provide safe workplaces that do not damage an employee’s health and environments that support healthier lifestyle choices.

A healthier workforce can be more productive, take less time off sick and stay in employment for longer.  Greater physical activity, healthy eating and achieving a healthier weight are critical strands of wellbeing and a contributing factor for a healthier and more productive workforce’.

Read the full toolkit below;

Physical activity, healthy eating and healthier weight: a toolkit for employees