The Wise & Well Team organise information events in towns and large villages across the county, so that people can access quality advice in their local community. Shropshire RCC works in partnership with other services and voluntary organisations to provide information about a broad range of relevant topics. The team holds a few events each year and tries to cover all areas of the county every three or four years. Events are held in community halls with easy access, to encourage anyone to attend. The content of each information event varies but the format is a series of short talks from experts followed by the opportunity to ask questions. The event may be held in one morning or a series of weekly sessions. The most popular information events are Senior Safety Days and Diabetes Awareness Days, which have been provided regularly over the last ten years. We have also offered one-off events covering Living with Arthritis, Stroke, managing Cardio-Vascular Disease and Safe use of Social Media for people with learning difficulties. In 2013, we ran our first 6-week programme in Chronic Disease Management.
If you are interested in attending one of these events, or if you would like us to organise a specific information event on one of these topics in your area, please get in touch.
More details about the Senior Safety and Diabetes Awareness Days can be found by clicking on the tabs below.
Senior Safety Daysmore
The Senior Safety Days are run in partnership with the local Police, the Fire Service and the Falls Prevention Service, who each give a short talk about how to stay safe at home. There is also an “exhibition” or market-place of services and organisations that may be useful to local people. This may include:
A4U, Age UK, Alzheimers Society, Carer Support Service, Chums, Community Directory, Community Transport, Crossroads Care, Diabetes UK, Fairshare Credit Union, Fuel Buying Scheme, Fuel Poverty/Affordable Warmth, Health Watch, Help at Home (Age Uk), Independent Living Partnership, Marches Energy Agency, Mears Shropshire Home Service, Medicines Management, Npower, Red Cross, Road Safety officer, Senior Citizen Forum, Severnside Housing, Shropshire Online, STAR Housing, Stroke Association, Trading Standards, Victim Support, and Volunteer Centres Shropshire.
People are invited to spend the whole morning at the event in order to access as much useful information as possible. There is often a short taster in chair-based exercise by a local instructor followed by a light lunch. The atmosphere is friendly and sociable and feedback from Senior Safety Days is always excellent.
Diabetes Awareness Daysmore
The Diabetes Awareness Days allow people who have been diagnosed with Diabetes, their families and carers, to find out how adjustments to their lifestyle can help to control living with Diabetes. We work in partnership with the local GP practice to publicise the event. Representatives from the Podiatry Service, Eye-screening, Medicines Management, Pressure Sores prevention service and Diabetes UK give short talks on each aspect of managing the condition, followed by a longer talk about nutrition, a short exercise taster session and a light lunch. Because of the volume of information, Diabetes Awareness Days sometimes run over two sessions, and participants appreciate having the time to ask questions of the experts and share experience with other people with Diabetes. This gives more confidence and motivation to manage the condition, in order to minimise its impact on daily lives.
Healthy Heart Awareness Daysmore
Is your Heart Healthy? Are you concerned about a cardio-vascular condition such as angina, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure or stroke? Do you have a family history of heart disease? Would you like any tips about how to keep your heart as healthy as possible? Lifestyle adjustments can really help you control your condition, such as stop smoking, eat healthily, manage your weight, take regular exercise, control your blood pressure, reduce your alcohol consumption, keep Diabetes under control and take any prescribed medication.
This free Healthy Hearts awareness session includes short presentations on:
Understanding your condition
The importance of physical activity
Stress management and staying positive
There will also be the opportunity to try out the new Shropshire Heart Age online tool.
Shropshire RCC’s Wise & Well Team brings together experts on these topics, to give local people the chance to ask questions about how to keep a healthy heart.
Volunteers are invited to help run our information events. This could be just helping to serve refreshments or manning one of the stands – training will be provided.
Please contact Susie on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 01743 342160.