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Singing For The Brain: New Dates

Singing for the Brain

  • When: Every Tuesday
  • From 18 October 2016 for 12 weeks (the last session before Christmas will be 20th December)
  • Where: Housing and Care 21, 42 Westbourne Park Road W2 5PH
  • Time: 3.30pm – 5.30pm

Anyone living with dementia or affected by it who is a resident in the boroughs of Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham and Kensington & Chelsea can attend.

The sessions are for people with dementia and their carers.

Hidden in the fun are activities which build on the well-known preserved memory for song and music in the brain. For more information or to confirm attendance, please contact us on:

Email:       islington@alzheimers.org.uk

Tel: 020 7561 4820



Get involved and have your say about health services!

The CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Group collaborative (Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing CCGs) are in the process of reviewing Cardiology Services, Community Gynaecology and Urology Services in the area. The focus of the work will be to make it easier for patients and GPs to access the service, as well as to improve the quality of the service.

They know you have a lot of experience and knowledge of these services and would like to use that expertise to help ensure they provide the right service.

If you are a patient who uses these services or care for someone who uses these services, they would like to hear about your experiences and suggestions for how these services can be improved.

There will also be a series of monthly one-hour workshops between September and October to look at this review.

They would value your participation in these workshops, so that they can ensure they develop the right service for our patients and residents.

Please email Jonathon at jonathonsimpson@nhs.net for more information or to get involved.

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Free Flu Jabs For Carers

Carers are one of the groups of people eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination on the basis that they look after someone whose welfare would be at risk if you caught the flu.

Flu poster aimed at carers

How do you arrange to have a flu jab?
If you haven’t already been invited to have a flu vaccination, you should contact your GP or pharmacy and explain that you look after someone whose welfare would be at risk if they were ill and, as their
unpaid carer, you would like a free flu vaccination.

Flu Invite


BackCare Awareness Week 3rd – 8th October

The UK is home to 7 million unpaid carers, people who provide care and support to an ailing or disabled family member, friend or neighbour on an ongoing basis. They represent an unpaid and often invisible workforce that saves the Government a staggering £119 billion every year – more than the Government’s entire annual NHS expenditure.

Carers are often exposed to higher than usual levels of physical and emotional stress which puts their own health at risk. Many carers help the person they care for with physical tasks, such as getting in and out of the bed, bath or chairs. In addition to this, the role of carer, especially when caring for a spouse or close family member, can create unique emotional stresses.

Over 70% of the UK’s unpaid carers now suffer from back pain, and are at greater risk of developing chronic pain, which is highly disabling in a third of cases and life-long for the majority. The national back pain charity, BackCare is working to help the UK carers with this year’s BakCare Awareness Week.

They have a list of Top Ten Tips for a Healthy Back:

  1. Exercise your back regularly – walking, swimming (especially backstroke) and using exercise bikes are all excellent ways to strengthen your back muscles.
  2. Try to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle
  3. Learn to lift heavy objects using the correct lifting technique. Always bend your knees and hips, not your back.
  4. Carry larger loads in a comfortable rucksack using both shoulder straps, and avoid sling bags.
  5. Maintain a good posture – avoid slumping in your chair, hunching over a desk, or walking with your shoulders hunched.
  6. Try to take a short break from sitting every 30 minutes.
  7. Quit smoking – it’s thought smoking reduces the blood supply to the discs between the vertebrae, and this may lead to these discs degenerating.
  8. Lose any excess weight. Use our healthy weight calculator to find out if you’re a healthy weight for your height.
  9. Check that your bed provides the correct support and comfort for your weight and build, not just firmness.
  10. Learn relaxation techniques to help manage stress. Stress is a major cause of back pain.

Find out more information about BackCare here: http://www.backcare.org.uk/

Hymns and Pimm’s

Come together to share friendship, singing and refreshment at Hymns and Pimm’s.

This is a group welcoming people living with dementia or memory problems and those who care for them.

When: Last Tuesday of month, 3:00 -4:30pm

Where: Grosvenor Chapel, South Audsley street, Mayfair, W1K 2PA

The next group will be taking place on Tuesday 27 September where they will be exploring musical memories.

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City for All Tour

Over the next few months there will be lots of opportunities to meet and discuss what’s important to you on Westminster City Council’s City for All Tour.

Councillors and council officers and will be at local markets, libraries or community centres asking about your priorities for your local area.

On Thursday 6th October 6.30-8.30pm at Church House, Dean’s Yard, SW1P 3NZ the council is holding a public meeting on community cohesion, health and wellbeing and community engagement.

Local councillors, including the Leader of the Council, Councillor The Baroness Couttie, are looking to discuss ways of working together to improve the lives of Westminster residents.

This is great opportunity to get involved with local decision making: Click here to register.

Get Involved with Decision Making in Westminster

To get involved with decision making in Westminster you can now register on the Open Forum

Westminster’s online community brings the council, residents and businesses together to share ideas and resolve issues.

Register now here and receive updates on public events and consultations straight to your inbox.

Find out more about the forum here: https://openforum.westminster.gov.uk/