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Engagement Opportunity  with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
Engagement Opportunity with CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

Are you receiving or have you received support from a Mental Health ‘Crisis Team’ in Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster?
Are you interested in improving adult crisis care (sometimes called ‘urgent and emergency’ care)? 
CNWL are looking for Experts-by-experience Advisors and Expert-by-experience Carer Advisors to join their project team!

National Cycle to Work Day
National Cycle to Work Day

Today, 8th of August, is the national Cycle to Work Day 2019. To mark this, Santander Cycles is offering a free 24 hour period to encourage people to cycle to work for free. To benefit from this, simply use the code CTWD2019 on the Santander Cycles app.

Have you taken up your opportunity to have an NHS health MOT ?
Have you taken up your opportunity to have an NHS health MOT ?

 Recent research found that people who attend the health checks are more likely to lose weight, lower blood pressure and give up smoking, The health checks can pick up early signs of strokes, kidney and heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia. During the check, you will be told how to reduce your risk of these conditions.  

More than a million patients in England paid more than they needed to for NHS prescriptions last year
More than a million patients in England paid more than they needed to for NHS prescriptions last year

Are you one of the million NHS patients who have purchased over 12 prescription items from your local chemist last year?    Are you aware that there could be a cheaper way to pay for your prescriptions?  

Healing words... the journey to wellness and recovery
Healing words... the journey to wellness and recovery

Creativity can help people express themselves during the darkest days of mental illness and throughout recovery. 

The Advocacy Project are inviting you to enter a poetry competition.  If you’ve experienced a mental health problem, or you’re a family member or friend of someone who has, they welcome you to send in your poem. 

They want to share this with as many people as possible to improve understanding of mental health.

Funding for training is now open
Funding for training is now open

If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) using a personal budget from social care or health or your own money, you can apply for money from Skills for Care for training for you and your staff. 

If you support individual employers and PAs, please help spread the word.

British Red Cross report: Barriers to belonging
British Red Cross report: Barriers to belonging

People from BAME backgrounds are more at risk of experiencing certain factors that cause loneliness and can often face greater barriers to accessing support. 

This is from the June 2019 report from the British Red Cross which explores the causes of loneliness and obstacles to seeking help for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Exercise boosts longevity in middle and old age, regardless of previous activity levels, study finds
Exercise boosts longevity in middle and old age, regardless of previous activity levels, study finds

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but a new study shows getting active in middle and old age — even if you weren't active before — can help you live longer.  The study found people whose activity levels had increased were substantially more likely to live longer, regardless of their initial activity level or other factors like diet, obesity, blood pressure or cholesterol.

Great Exhibition Road Festival
Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington for all ages. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances - all in the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s vision for the Great Exhibition, 200 years on from when they were born.