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Support for the recently discharged from hospital

Do you know that you if you have been recently been discharged from a Birmingham hospital, typically City Hospital or the Queen Elizabeth, elderly or vulnerable, and live in Sandwell, you are eligible for the Home from Hospital Care Service?

This includes:
• Emergency food parcel and toiletries pack.
• Arrange for shopping to be done and delivered to the doorstep.
• Telephone befriending calls to prevent isolation.
• Home visits pending risk assessment prior to visit in line with coronavirus guide lines.
• Collection of prescriptions.
• Any other practical support.

The service can be accessed for up to six weeks.  Please call 0121 472 4499 for information.

Home from Hospital Care support does not include personal care.


COVID-19 Community Action and Support – Sandwell

SCVO, as the support body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector, is working alongside Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Sandwell Public Health, West Midlands Police (Sandwell Borough) , West Midlands Fire Service and the NHS to coordinate the community response to COVID-19 in Sandwell.

Information regarding a community response was sent out from SCVO on 20th March 2020.

Read the missive in full.


Free Workplace Presentations about Ovarian Cancer

Ovacome (the national UK ovarian cancer charity focused on providing support to anyone affected by ovarian cancer, and with a Regional Office based in Dudley) is offering FREE presentations for your staff and volunteers that will give them the information they need to know about ovarian cancer.   

Although cancer affects many people in the workforce either directly as patients or indirectly as carers there is little public understanding of ovarian cancer, what to watch for and how to get help.

Ovarian cancer is uncommon with around 7000 cases each year, but can be devastating because it is usually diagnosed late, when it has spread and when treatment is more difficult.

Ovacome wants to change this and is committed to educating the public about the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, which can seem vague and non-specific and are often mistaken for less serious conditions.  This means women delay seeking medical help.

Presentations include an ovarian cancer survivor giving her story and information from Ovacome staff.  The sessions are informal and supportive so people are comfortable to ask questions and chat with us.  Very positive feedback has been received from employers and staff members

Quotes….

‘Thank you for sharing and raising awareness about the symptoms that too often are explained away as ‘oh that is just…’

‘Thanks for sharing this with us all, we often put so many of our aches and pains to old age / menopause etc. without even considering it might be something major serious, really good to have highlighted this.’

 

Ovacome can tailor the sessions to meet your staff’s needs and fit in with your business and are often asked to be part of health and wellbeing events or occupational health initiatives.

For more information and to book a presentation contact: Lee Priestly T: 020 7299 6651 / E: l.priestly@ovacome.org.uk 

 


Invitation to Sandwell’s Big Bike Revival Spring Networking Event

Spring is in the air! Let`s think positively. The weather can only get better and you are invited to Sandwell’s Big Bike Revival Spring Networking event. The event is 11 am – 1.30 pm on Thursday, 26 March, at Malthouse Activity Centre, Hurst Lane, Tipton DY4 9AB

You may be a community group, an individual, company or organisation, and you are interested in adding a new activity to your programme. This could be developing your current regime or you just want to go along to be tantalised by ideas that improve health, the environment, and create or sustain local social meeting points.  If this ticks all the boxes, then this event is for you.

Cycling is at the heart of what Cycling UK offers. You can participate in a Learn To Ride Experience for adults or children in your area, `Get back into Cycling` after not being on a bike for years or a see a DR Bike, where you get your communities’ bikes out of their sheds and have them tweaked for FREE.

Spaces are limited so please contact Lesley Easter now to book your place on 07867 175716 or email Lesley.easter@cyclinguk.org

Please let Lesley know if:

• You need a parking space or need bike storage.
• You need any cognitive or physical support with accessibility or participation.

Lunch is provided but do advise of any dietary requirements at the time of acceptance.

For lots more information and to view a map click here.


Public Health seeks champions for Planning for Dementia

As part of the strategic work / planning for Dementia, Public Heath are making a request for two champions from Smethwick for Dementia Action Week (11 – 17 May 2020). Two representatives from each of the six towns are also required to take part in a Virtual Dementia Tour, 12 May 2020.

The tour allows a person with a healthy brain to experience what dementia might be like. In return, the representative will be asked to share the experience locally and become a Dementia Champion.

What you need to do
Write to Public Heath explaining why you want to attend the Virtual Dementia Tour, and outline how it will help you make a difference in your community. You must be free to attend the session for the full duration, 3.00 pm – 5.15 pm, on 12 May. Participants will be required to fill a short medical questionnaire before they take part in the activity.  Letters of interest must be received by 27 March.  Successful participants will be informed on 10 April.

Letters of interest should be sent to:

Maxine Groves
Senior Commissioning Manager for Dementia
Green Floor, Jack Judge House
Oldbury
B69 9EN

Email Maxine_Groves@sandwell.gov.uk.

To read more, click here.

As places are limited, an information session will be arranged for interested individuals and organisations. Details of the information session will be shared over the next few months.


Cancer Awareness Event – Sunday, 8th March, Smethwick

The Guru Nanak Gurdwara (Sikh Temple), High Street, Smethwick, will be hosting a Cancer Awareness Event on Sunday, 8 March, 10.30 am to 4.00 pm.

The event is a collaborative initiative between the Sikh Doctors Association and the Gurdwara. The key aim of the event is to raise awareness of cancer (red flags), reduce fear and stigma, improve uptake of national screening programmes and signpost to support available for those living with and beyond cancer.

The CCG is actively supporting this event by facilitating collaboration with Public Health, CRUK and SWBHT teams involved in cancer care. In addition to various national cancer charities, over 20 clinicians who can speak the local languages Punjabi and Hindi as well as English, are confirmed to attend including; local GPs, nurses, CNS’ and secondary care consultants.

There is a plan to provide information on the three national Cancer Screening programme in Punjabi. Discussions are also underway with the Bowel Screening Hub to agree the pathway for how FIT test kits could be requested for patients who previously may be eligible for Bowel screening but have not participated, due to language barriers and not understanding the importance of the screening test.

A separate room will also be available to facilitate a session on breast self-exam.

For more information please call 0121 558 2527 or 0121 555 5926.


Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell Cancer Support

Let’s Talk Hope provides support to people who have, or has survived cancer, as well as their families and friends, in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The group meets once a month at the YCA, Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

Let’s Talk Hope in Sandwell also have a Facebook group, which raises awareness and helps make journeys a little easier.


Key Members Sought

Dealing with isolation, depression and the effects of bullying is what brings together members of the Sandwell Asian Mental Health Support Group.

They get together informally on a Wednesday afternoon at Oldbury Library for a cuppa and a chat, and rely on each other’s support to bring positivity and companionship into their lives.

They are now considering constituting as a charity, and are looking to recruit a Treasurer and Secretary.

Leader Bally said: “We would like to expand and support more people but do that need to have a more formal constitution. A couple of people to take on committee roles would help us a great deal.”

If you’re interested to know more, call 0121 569 4955 and leave a message for Bally, or go to twitter @samhsg18


‘The Silent Pain’ needs your vote!

The Saleem Foundation charity, in partnership with Dudley Mind, have produced ‘The Silent Pain’. The film reflecting on mental health, outlines how depression is not always obvious and how we should take a moment out just to ask one another, “are you ok”? It is important we spread the message of hope. It is also important we stress it’s fine not to be ok, but more importantly, it’s important we all know we are not alone.

The Saleem Foundation charity was founded in 2017 and supports charities and voluntary organisations across Birmingham and the Black Country, that undertake charitable work in the fields of health, disability and financial hardship. The charity will also support individuals and their families who are disadvantaged by their youth, age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship and will take the form of grant aid, organised events and donations.

The Silent Pain has been shortlisted for the Charity Films Awards. Please vote for The Silent Pain.

Voting closes Friday, 6 March 2020.


Domestic Abuse Awareness Day

The Saleem Foundation was founded in 2017 and supports charities and voluntary organisations across Birmingham and the Black Country, that undertake charitable work in the fields of health, disability and financial hardship. The Saleem Foundation will also support individuals and their families who are disadvantaged by their youth, age, ill-health, disability or financial hardship and will take the form of grant aid, organised events and donations.

The Foundation is running a Domestic Abuse Awareness Day on the 22nd February 2020, at the Shenstone Auditorium, Halesowen Library, 7th floor, Queensway Mall, The Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen B63 4AZ.

The event will open its doors at 11.00 am with a film, ‘The Hidden Scars’. The film raises awareness of domestic abuse and show how the abuse can scar all those around us, especially children. A press panel follows the film.

The launch will conclude 12.30 pm with guests having the option to join the second part of the event which will host live performances from the likes of The Fizzogs and two time Miss Black Country Alexandra Darby.

Stall holders are invited, and are requested to arrive by 10.00 am to set up. Please contact Shaz Saleem on 07786 196 666, for more details.


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