Health and social care organisations in Derbyshire have been working closely together for some time, to improve care and services for people and make them as efficient and effective as possible.
For many of us, our health and wellbeing may be more on our mind this year, than in previous years. So there’s no better time to find out all about what’s going on in Derbyshire to help you boost your wellbeing. Perhaps you want to quit smoking, and you’d like to know how to get started (for free) now. You might be keen know what you can do to get involved in volunteering locally. We’ve so much information in this section, so why not get a cup of tea and give yourself a bit of time to look through.
If you are a Derbyshire resident then we offer FREE health and wellbeing support including help to:
Stop Smoking – Are you a smoker and want help to quit? We offer free local support, advice and information for people who want to stop smoking.
We give one-to-one support as well as access to free NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). Did you know that you are four times more likely to succeed with our help?
Lose Weight – We offer free support sessions and guidance to help you to lose weight by changing your eating habits and becoming more active. We also offer one-to-one and drop-in clinics to help you monitor your weight along with a range of information and resources to help you succeed. This service is available to people aged 16 and over with a BMI of 25+. (conditions apply).
Get Active – Do you have high blood pressure, heart disease, joint or mobility problems or are you feeling low? Regular exercise can help.
There are lots of free opportunities and activities in your local community to help you to be more active and manage your health better – just get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.
Also find advice about: at www.livelifebetterderbyshire.org.uk
Stopping smoking is the best thing you will ever do and here’s why:
Improve your health - half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
By quitting smoking your breathing and general fitness will improve, the appearance of your skin and teeth will improve and your sense of taste will improve. You will notice the benefits of quitting quickly, after 48hrs carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body with the lungs starting to clear out mucus and other smoking debris, and after 72 hrs breathing becomes easier and energy levels increase.
Save money - on average most people that quit can save £150 per month, to find out how much you can save enter your details into the cost calculator by visiting: www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/cost-calculator
Protect your family - stopping smoking is the best way to protect your family from the dangerous effects of second-hand smoke. Over 80% of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless and it contains over 4000 chemicals. People who breathe in second-hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancers and heart disease.
Quit with help from your local stop smoking service
Expert advisors will provide you with advice, support and encouragement.
If you’re interested quitting and would like to find out more about the free stop smoking service contact: Live Life Better Derbyshire
Tel: 01629 538 200 or 0800 0852299
Jog Derbyshire is a county wide project which aims to encourage people to become fitter and be more active, by starting to jog on a regular basis, with people of similar fitness levels.
Jog Derbyshire has established a network of community based jogging groups through which anyone who is new to jogging, or has not run for a long time, can be guided through a series of gentle walking and jogging programmes led by a qualified Jog Derbyshire Leader. We also have buggy jog groups and are working with Sight Support to develop a group for people with visual impairments.
Jog Derbyshire is part of the Active Derbyshire Campaign. The Active Derbyshire website has lots of ideas and advice on how you can become more active. You can also keep a record of your activity to show your progress.
If you have not signed up already, log onto www.activederbyshire.org.uk to sign upstart logging your activity now.
Friendly. Fitness. Fun.
Get involved with your local Jog Derbyshire group today.
Find us on:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jogderbyshire and follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/@JOGderbyshire
Jog Derbyshire Team - Jog Derbyshire Co-ordinators:
Lucy Bartles, tel: 07971 808783 or email: email@example.com
Don’t worry about not having jogged before. We’re here to help you start from the very beginning.
We all have mental health. We all need to look after it.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing are an evidence-based way to boost your mood, they are simple actions, that cost nothing – and you can start right now!
These steps are:
Connect – Connecting with others can lift our mood. Can you send a text? Make a call? Chat over a fence to a neighbour?
Be active – Being a bit more active helps to reduce stress, sleep better and make us feel better. What small ways can you get a bit more active day-to-day?
Take notice – If we take small moments to notice what’s around us it can really improve how we feel. Can you take a daily pause and notice what’s around you? What can you hear? Smell? Taste? See?
Keep learning – Learning is a great way to give your mood a boost. It doesn’t have to mean getting the school books out! Perhaps you can watch a documentary, or listen to an interesting show on the radio. Or do a puzzle.
Giving – We know giving often helps
us feel better. It doesn’t need to cost money. We can give a smile or say thanks to someone. We also can give our time through volunteering, or even just speaking to someone who is lonely.
There is help there, if you need it
If you feel like you need more support to manage how you are feeling you can talk about this with your GP.
You can also ring the Derbyshire Mental Health support line (24/7) on 0800 028 0077, to speak directly with a mental health professional.
You can also make a self-referral for free talking therapy, like counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy, through Improving Access to Psychological Therapies.
There are a few providers to choose from:
Trent PTS – Tel: 01332 265 659
Vita Minds – Tel: 0333 0153 496
Insight Healthcare – Tel: 0300 555 5582
Talking Mental Health Derbyshire – Tel: 0300 123 0542.
Useful contacts & Information:
Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190
Patient Advice & Liaison Service tel: 0800 032 3235
For contact information for CVS and volunteer bureau Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190.
Strictly No Falling provide activity sessions to help older people reduce the risking of falling by improving their strength, mobility and balance.
Strictly No Falling classes are held at venues across the county. The classes teach specific strength and balance exercises and are run in a way that supports individual progress and improvement.
If you would like to know more about what sessions are available in your area, please contact Age UK Derby and Derbyshire: Tel: 01773 768240
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/activities-and-events/snf-classes/
What to do if you fall – try not to panic, get help if you can. Don’t move if you feel pain. Try to attract attention by banging on the floor or wall, use a personal community alarm if you have one, or call 999 if you can reach a phone.
If you can’t get help and you are not hurt, try to get up – a lot of people have problems after falling, even if they don’t hurt themselves. This is because they lie on the floor for a long time and get cold.
If you are hurt or cannot get up, keep yourself warm – cover yourself with anything warm within reach. Keep tensing your arm and leg muscles and roll from side to side if you can to keep moving.
If you have fallen on a hard floor, try to crawl to a softer carpeted area if possible.
There are many things you can do yourself to keep you mobile and steady on your feet:
Untrimmed toenails can affect your mobility, balance, confidence and lead to long-term implications. Keeping your toe nails trimmed and managing your foot hygiene can be a real problem if you have difficulty with your eyesight, mobility, and grip or if you have thickened toe nails. Caring for someone else can also mean you start to manage another person’s personal care but feel anxious and lack confidence to tackle new skills.
Age UK Derby and Derbyshire provide the Tootsies Service as an affordable footcare solution for people over 50. The service is delivered by a small team of paid staff and volunteers. The team are fully trained by Derbyshire Community Health Service Podiatry Department.
The first appointment costs £18 and includes provision of your own clipper and file set.
Each subsequent appointment costs £13.
At your first appointment a footcare worker will assess your foot health and decide if Tootsies can help or whether you need a referral to a Podiatrist. If everything is alright you can start your first treatment.
Call 01773 766922 to book or visit: www.ageuk.org.uk/derbyandderbyshire/our-services/footcare
Time Swap is an initiative that encourages local communities to help each other by sharing time and talents.
As a Time Swap member you can earn ‘time’ by doing things in your community that you enjoy, or are good at, to help other people. You can then spend the time you earn on getting help from other people with something that you find difficult, or someone in your community could teach you a new skill.
You can swap time by doing or receiving help with things like gardening, basic DIY, sewing, knitting, help with paperwork, ironing, dog walking, reading, cooking, computer skills, hairdressing, decorating, time for a cuppa and chat, plus lots more - it really can be anything.
To make sure everyone is safe we check everyone wishing to become a member to give peace of mind. We’ll do all the hard work by organising the Time Swaps which allows you to enjoy being a member and being part of your community.
Tel: 01629 532049
Giving Derbyshire’s 50+ community a voice
Your local 50+ Forum could be the answer... 50+ Forums are about:
There are a number of forums across Derbyshire with more than 3,400 members. Your local forum is independently run by local people for local people.
They meet regularly to discuss important issues, work with organisations to make improvements to services and facilities and have lots of fun too.
Currently due to Covid-19 the 50+ forums aren’t operating but if you would like further information please contact the service.
Find out more at: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/50plusforums
Tel: 01629 532466
What we eat and drink has a major impact on our health. The body needs a regular source of energy from food and drink in order to work properly, to keep warm, and to repair our bodies and for general health and wellbeing.
Your food choices can reduce your risk of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. A balanced healthy diet should contain a variety of different foods from each of the groups on the plate, including lots of fruit, vegetables and starchy foods such as wholemeal bread, potatoes, wholegrain rice and pasta, some protein foods such as meat, fish, eggs, beans and lentils and some dairy foods.
Staying hydrated is important too so ensure you have 6-8 drinks per day. Water, low fat milk, sugar free drinks, tea and coffee all count.
Eating Well for Older People
Sometimes when people get older they find that they may lose their appetite and start to lose weight. This can lead to tiredness, low mood and lack of energy. This may make you more likely to suffer from infections such as colds and flu as well as finding it harder to stay warm. If you notice that your clothes or shoes are looser, or your rings seem bigger on your fingers, contact your GP for advice.
There is guide with top tips on how to increase your food or calorie intake available at: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/eatwell
If you would like support to lose weight, contact Live life Better Derbyshire: 01629 538 200 or 0800 0852299.
Eat well by following these eight top tips:
For more information visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell/healthy-eating
You can also get help and advice on healthy eating, portion control and more at: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/portionsizewise
Giving Derbyshire’s 50+ community a voice
Borough / District Councils
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