Engagement Bulletin – 11 December 2019

Stay safe and well this winter – look out for your neighbours

Somerset GPs are reminding us all to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours this winter, especially during the colder weather.

Last winter, about 23,200 people in England died as a result of cold weather. This is significantly lower than the 50,100 figure for the previous year but many of these deaths, most of which were among the over 75s, could still have been prevented. The elderly, people with disabilities and those living alone are particularly vulnerable at this time of year, especially if they are living with a long term condition such as chronic lung disease, heart disease or asthma. They may also be feeling lonely and isolated if they are unable to leave the house, which can carry risks for both their mental and physical health.

Dr Andrew Tresidder, GP Safety Lead at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It only takes a few minutes to drop in for a chat and a cup of tea with a neighbour. They may not have seen or spoken to anyone for days and it can really help to see a friendly face. You could even offer to help them get some shopping or pick up their prescription from the pharmacy.

What can you do to help keep yourself and others safe and well this winter?

Dorothy House Hospice Care need your help to develop their day service provision. They would like to hear from those with a life-limiting illness, their carers and families about what day services they think would improve their wellbeing as they wish to develop their day services provision so that it appeals to a wider diversity of people across their catchment area. They have asked Evolving Communities CIC to work with them to gather the views of those people who may be eligible to use their services on what future provision should look like.

There is a short, online survey that asks people whether they have ever considered using the day services provided by Dorothy House and if not, why? It also asks people to put forward their ideas/suggestions for new groups that they believe would attract a wider range of people to come along. Dorothy House would be most grateful if you could complete and also promote the survey to your patients, members, residents and tenants.
The survey closes 5th January 2020.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the research team on Tel: 01225 701851 or email:research@evolvingcommunities.co.uk

Somerset County Council – Short Breaks Activity Calendar

Somerset County Council’s Short Breaks Service have lots of fun and affordable activities on offer over the December & January holidays for children and young people with a disability or additional need and their families. Below are some examples of activities near you:

  • Woodland Festive Family Gathering – Woodland Play Centre, Crowcombe, Nr Taunton – 14th December. Please click here for more information.
  • See Flyers above for 3 great offerings from Compass Wellbeing Taunton.
  •  Don’t forget the Family Swim sessions each week run by the Escape Support Group, Taunton – Just £1 – see poster above. This is open to non Escape members! Find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/escapesupportgroup/?ref=bookmarks
  • See above for information on Purple Elephant Productions, Frome – 3 great Xmas Parties this December for all to enjoy.
  • Future Roots Farm, Rylands Farm, Near Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 5PS. 3 activity days for children and young people with a disability or additional need: Mon 30th Dec, Tues 31st Dec & Thurs 2nd Jan. Farm Club…have fun on the farm! Meet the animals, have fun, play outdoor games & do some arts and crafts to take home. For 8-18 years, £10pp, 10am – 2pm. To book contact Naomi 01963 210703 / naomi@futureroots.net

Somerset Sendias…..News Flash!

Somerset Sendias has a new website, so please have a look and let them know your thoughts. They are currently working on the interactive referral forms so they are mobile friendly….these will be coming soon!

Somerset Sendias is a Confidential, Impartial and Free Service for Parents/Carers, Children, Young People with SEND aged 0-25. They offer impartial information, advice and support on a range of Send Educational issues. This includes information, advice and support through the Education, Health and Care Plan process, Mediation, Sendist tribunals and general SEND. Information, advice and support could be by phone, email support, 1-1, support at school meetings and annual reviews. Somerset Sendias looks forward to hearing your comments.

Please contact Somerset Sendias on:

Telephone: 01823 355578
Email – Somersetsendias@somerset.gov.uk
Website – www.somersetend.org.uk

n response to feedback, the Engagement Team would like to share with you the details of important upcoming events for your diaries.

  • 16 January 2020 – Extraordinary Governing Body Meeting – time and venue to be confirmed
  • 30 January 2020 –  Governing Body Meeting, at Wynford House, Yeovil
  • 3 February 2020 – Somerset Engagement & Advisory Group (SEAG), Bridgwater & Albion Rugby Football Club

For more information on the above events, please click here for Somerset CCG’s website.

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