Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board website provides links to a wealth of information where people can gain access to support and help.
First Steps is an NHS service that provides free information, advice and support on mental health and emotional wellbeing for adults in Surrey. To contact First Steps, please phone their helpline on 0808 8010325 or email them. There is also information available on their website where you can download self-help booklets. First Steps also runs open workshops called Emotion Gyms on topics such as stress and low mood that anyone can attend.
Neighbourhood Connections & Living and Ageing well in the Horsleys
Neighbourhood Connections is a charity that operates from the Horsley Medical Centre providing individuals with signposting to services that they may benefit from.
The second edition of the Living and Ageing Well in the Horsleys has recently been produced and is being distributed to every address in East and West Horsley. This can also be accessed in digital format here.
Surrey County Council
One Stop Surrey
Worried about a neighbour or an older person? One Stop Surrey is a simple process that can help!
If you know an older person who you feel may benefit from a little bit of support to keep them living safely and independently at home, they may benefit from completing the One Stop Surrey checklist. By completing a simple checklist with either a professional, family member or friend, a resident can indicate the kind of
information and support they would be interested in receiving. This completed checklist needs to be returned to Age UK Surrey, either by email to [email protected] or via the website to enable them to be processed and followed-up with information or service provision.
One Stop Surrey signposts to services such as home fire safety checks, befriending services and handyman schemes. The process offers an opportunity to support people who may not otherwise be in touch with statutory health and social care agencies.
If you would like a copy of the checklist posted to you, or would like to contact us via post, our address and contact details are: One Stop Surrey Coordinator, Age UK Surrey, Rex House, William Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4QZ
Keeping People Safe at home and in their Community
Physical, emotional and financial abuse can affect adults of any age but older people are particularly at risk. Everyone deserves to be treated with care and respect. If you think someone is being abused call the confidential helpline 0300 200 1005 or speak with your GP or healthcare professional. For further information about the Surrey Safeguarding Adults Board, or to watch the film ‘Keeping People Safe at Home and in their Community’ visit surreycc.gov.uk/protectingadults.
Time for Sugar Swaps
Did you know that there are seven sugar cubes in a can of fizzy pop? From sugary cereals to after school snacks and puddings in the evening, it’s surprising just how much sugar there is in some of the food and drinks we give children every day. This can damage their health because sugar means extra calories which cause fat to build up and this can lead to heart disease, some cancers and type 2 diabetes. Don’t forget that eating too much sugar can also cause tooth decay.
To help you and your kids cut back on sugar all you need to do is sign up to Change4Life Sugar Swaps to find out about healthy alternatives. There are loads of great ideas to help you throughout the day:
- Breakfast swap – some cereals are full of sugar so why don’t you try out some healthier alternatives such as porridge. You can add some chopped banana to make it the perfect start to the day for you and your children.
- Drinks swap – swap those cans of fizzy pop for sugar-free drinks, water or lower-fat milk.
- After school snack swap – replace chocolate, cake and crisps with carrot sticks or unsalted nuts to keep the kids going through until dinner time.
- Pudding swap – you can still enjoy a treat in the evening by making a healthy blackberry and apple crunch with some oats and low fat yoghurt. There are lots more tasty pudding recipes on the Change4Life website.
To find out about more ways to reduce your family’s sugary intake and receive your FREE pack full of tips and money off vouchers, visit the Healthy Surrey website.