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News Archive

August - Looking forward to a month of hope.

28/07/2021

There is no 'freedom date' planned for the health and care sectors - there is no change to our safe ways of working for us.

We will continue to work vigalent to keep the people we care for and the staff we employ to do this, as safe as possible.  

August is a month of hope. World War W11 ended this month and we never thought we would see a different type of war in our lifetime.

Thank you to all our heros of this silent war and we hope that one day we will have a commemorative month to celebrate the end.  

Some other hopeful events that happened in August.

1774, Oxygen was discovered by Joseph Pristely from England. 1941,The National Fire Service was established in 1941. 1963, Martin Luther King made his 'I have a dream' speech. 1966, Francis Chicester was the first succesful person to single handed sail around the world.

Please click on the link to see some more facts of events in August, http://projectbritain.com/year/august.htm  

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Congratulations & Welcome to the Office Team - Meggan Potter

02/07/2021

Congratulations to Meggan Potter on her succesful application and internal promotion to becoming our Recruitment Care Coordiator.

Meggan will be working alongside our Branch Manager, Linda Ellson on selection and recruitment of new carers and present staffs compliance and training to continuing offering a good service of care.  

Meggan has a wealth of knowledge in the social care sector and also recuritment and the business world.

Welcome to the office team Meggan.

Meggan will continue to help in the on-call team till we have replaced her. 

We are looking to now recruit a new member to the on-call team.

If you know anyone who wishes to progress in a career of caring please visit our website for more details.

https://www.lavendersupportservices.co.uk/careers  

 

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Well-being - June 2021 - Loneliness

25/06/2021

Most of us will feel lonely at some point in our lives. For a lot of us, particularly those in later life, loneliness can define our lives and have a significant impact on our wellbeing. Ageuk.org.uk can help you feel less alone. 

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/loneliness/

 

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Men's Health Week June 14th-June 20th 2021

18/06/2021

Men’s Health Week is celebrated each year as the week leading up to and including Father’s Day

Goal of Men’s Health Week:

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

For more information pleas click on the link : http://www.menshealthmonth.org/imhw/imhw.html

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Carers week 7th June-13th June

02/06/2021

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

For more information please see the link below:

https://www.carersweek.org/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMInIuZsfL48AIVFbvVCh1BKwVHEAAYASAAEgJMXfD_BwE

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Stroke awareness month may 2021

19/05/2021

To mark Stroke Awareness Month 2021, we’re launching our 'Save research. Rebuild lives.' campaign. 

Throughout May the campaign will raise awareness of the damaging effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on stroke research.

A severe drop in charitable income means that our research budget for this year has been cut in half – putting new, innovative research at risk. Additionally, due to disruption caused by the pandemic, 1 in 5 researchers say they’ll need more funding. 

This is why we’re calling on people to donate, fundraise and raise awareness of our stroke research. Help us continue to make breakthroughs in our understanding of stroke and rehabilitation.

https://www.stroke.org.uk/fundraising/stroke-awareness-month

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Deaf Awareness Week 3rd – 9th May 2021 – ‘Coming Through it Together’

04/05/2021

Deaf Awareness Week is a unique campaign in that so many different organisations participate, each able to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness.It is a fine example of so many organisations collaborating and working together in a joint campaign.DAW 2021 will focus on ‘coming through it together’, working with our members to continue to raise awareness more so now than ever and to ensure that we continue to campaign together whilst focusing on positivity going forward. 

https://www.deafcouncil.org.uk/deaf-awareness-week/

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One Year on !

15/04/2021

We have come on along way since then and we are now pleased to inform you that 96% of our carers have now had there first Covid Vaccine and are due to start having there second one next week.  

Our target is 100% for all employees to have both vaccinations by end of June and we have now made it mandatory for all employees to have this (except for employee medical exceptions) 

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2021 April 1 - April 30

07/04/2021

April’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is a fantastic annual event set aside to increase awareness of bowel cancer and raise funds towards treating this condition. It is driven by various charitable organisations including the Beating Bowel Cancer and Bowel Cancer UK, who have merged with the main aim of ensuring that there would be no victim of Bowel Cancer by 2050.

For more information please see link below 

https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

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Endometriosis Month March 2021

24/03/2021

Every March Endometriosis Month takes place across the world, with the aim of increasing awareness and highlighting the symptoms of this debilitating condition that affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide.

Endometriosis can have a devastating effect on the quality of life of sufferers of this condition due to the painful symptoms that the disease carries and the fact that it is the biggest cause of infertility in women. Although this is a condition that affects 1 in 10 women, the average diagnosis can take up to 7 and a half years, and with this unacceptably long diagnosis time, the main focus of the event is to raise awareness of the symptoms of Endometriosis with the goal being more women receiving diagnosis and treatment earlier.

To read more information on the above please see this link https://www.endometriosi.it/en/endometriosis/?gclid=CjwKCAjwxuuCBhATEiwAIIIz0eHfwb2ZxYs3e_by91O_3IRFdBPl6xwInZtdtfT4hPHzuDur_GYC5BoCC9kQAvD_BwE

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1st-31st March Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal

10/03/2021

Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal has been raising awareness and funds since 1986.
Every March, millions of people across the UK show their support for our work, simply by giving a donation to wear a daffodil pin.

Without this generosity, thousands of families across the UK wouldn’t be able to make the most of the precious time they have left together.

See link below for information 

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil

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1st-7th March Eating Disorder Week

03/03/2021

Eating Disorders Awareness week is an international awareness event, fighting the myths and misunderstandings that surround eating disorders. Awareness is raised to spotlight the impact eating disorders can have on an individual and highlight what individuals, colleagues and employers can do to support someone’s recovery.

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Ovarian Cancer Month 1 to 31 March 2021

24/02/2021

Ovarian cancer is a disease that can disrupt the normal function of the ovaries. If it’s left unchecked, it can affect other parts of the body too. To find out more information visit Target Ovarian Cancer. You may also want to take a look at our additional guidance for employers on supporting employees with long-term health conditions returning to and continuing in work.

Please see link below for more information 

https://targetovariancancer.org.uk/get-involved/ovarian-cancer-awareness-month

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Raynaud's Awareness February 2021

10/02/2021

Raynaud’s and Scleroderma affect millions of us in the UK, yet so many people remain undiagnosed or deal with the impact alone.

We need you to help increase awareness and understanding of Raynaud's.

Raynaud's disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm).

For more information on how to spread awareness follow the link below :

https://www.sruk.co.uk/get-involved/raynauds-awareness-month/

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

03/02/2021

Lavender Support Services Ltd are pleased to announce its staff are now all enrolled and undertaking the covid -19 vaccine programme.Even once staff have recieved the Vaccine they will all still be carrying out strict infection control procedures,and can still weekly test for covid-19 too.

 

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Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2021

20/01/2021

Cervical Cancer Prevention Week 2021

Do you know how cervical cancer can be prevented? During Cervical Cancer Prevention Week we want as many people as possible to know how they can reduce their risk of the disease and to educate others. 

The pandemic means there are additional challenges to attending screening and accessing the HPV vaccine, many people are unsure about whether they should access the NHS.

Help us ensure everyone has the support, information and tips they need at this difficult time.

please see the link below for further information

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/get-involved/campaign/cervical-cancer-prevention-week

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Happy New Year !

08/01/2021

Happy New Year to all our followers,we hope it is a safe and different one to last year for all.Positive news each days with the vaccines.We have had service user that have had already had their vaccines which is great.

Moderna vaccine becomes third COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator

The vaccine has been approved after meeting the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/moderna-vaccine-becomes-third-covid-19-vaccine-approved-by-uk-regulator

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Merry Christmas & Happy New year

23/12/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and Merry Christmas ,here's to a happier new year !

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Covid-19 Update

08/12/2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus.

At this time, the vaccine is being offered in some hospitals to:

some people aged 80 and over who already have a hospital appointment in the next few weeks

people who work in care homes

health care workers at high risk

The vaccine will be offered more widely, and at other locations, as soon as possible.

The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

Read the latest JCVI advice on priority groups for the COVID-19 vaccination on GOV.UK

There are three simple actions we must all keep doing to protect each other .

Wash hands

keep washing your hands regularly

Cover face

wear a face covering in enclosed spaces

Make space

stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precautions

Stay Safe .

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16 DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – THE CAMPAIGN

25/11/2020

16 DAYS OF ACTION AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – THE CAMPAIGN

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence is aimed at businesses to support them to take action against domestic abuse and violence.  Employers have a legal obligation to assess dynamic risk and support the health and safety and wellness of their employees. Companies can do more to aid their employees who endure domestic violence, to train those who witness it, and to protect staff as a whole, with the goal of securing safety and mitigating financial loss. Spanning across 16 days from 25th November to 10th December, a theme will be identified each day to explore the various forms of domestic violence. In doing so, the workplace will be better equipped to acknowledge the signs that indicate it may be going on.please see link below for more information.

https://16daysofaction.co.uk/the-campaign/

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World Diabetes Day 14th November 2020

11/11/2020

World Diabetes Day is observed on 14 November each year.

Education and prevention is about knowing the warning signs and risks associated with diabetes, knowing who can help to manage and control diabetes and what to do if you are a sufferer. Moreover, you’ll need to know about the different types of diabetes. Type one, type two and gestational diabetes mellitus.

Type one is insulin-dependent, meaning that sufferers have to inject the insulin hormone into their bodies in order to produce what the body can’t. A body without insulin mean blood glucose levels are heightened, and this leads to serious organ damage.

Type two is not insulin dependent, but does mean that you are likely to have high blood pressure and a decreased amount of insulin produced in the body.

Gestational diabetes sometimes occurs in pregnant women when the body is unable to produce enough insulin needed to get them through their pregnancy.

Education is particularly important as diabetes can affect all aspects of life. The disease is life-long and requires many lifestyle adjustments to be made; diet, exercise and medication all needs to be monitored and altered.

In order to make the right decisions about behaviour when managing and living with diabetes, sufferers need to be correctly informed about the implications.

Poor diabetes education results in more chance of complications and less chance of leading a healthy life.

Being aware of risk factors such as obesity, glucose intolerance, lack of exercise and an unhealthy diet is important in the fight against further incidences of diabetes. Those with these risk factors also need to look out for warning signs including tiredness, weight loss, increased thirst, blurred vision and lack of concentration. Education is key to prevention.

World Diabetes Day also aims to change education worldwide so that it provides the information people need in order to live with the condition and treat it carefully.

For more information please see link below:

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/...

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International Infection Prevention Control Week

21/10/2020

In 2020, the world’s healthcare professionals are working tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. During this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), APIC wants to celebrate the hardworking infection preventionists (IPs) who are keeping our communities safe. Help us raise awareness on the important role IPs play in protecting public health! click below to see how you can get involved:

http://professionals.site.apic.org/iipw/promotional-toolkit/

http://professionals.site.apic.org/.../break-the-chain.../

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2020

13/10/2020

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. Fact is though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. So, don’t be ignorant, during breast cancer awareness month 2020 go for a medical checkup, it might save your life.

Please see the link below for more information on the awareness month .

https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-awareness-month

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*5th-9th October 2020 BackCare Awareness Week*

06/10/2020

*5th-9th October 2020 BackCare Awareness Week*

This can affect so many of our hardworking care staff and the people that we care for. The aim of the week-long event, organised by BackCare, is to raise awareness of the problems back pain can cause, as well as prevention and treatments. See their dedicated web page for more information on musculoskeletal disorders,prevention and treatment.

https://backcare.org.uk/event/backcare-awareness-week/

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Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - 22nd September 2020

24/09/2020

This is national guidance that applies to England only – people in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK. If you live in an area that is experiencing a local COVID-19 outbreak and where local restrictions have been imposed, different guidance and legislation will apply. Please consult the local restrictions page to see if any restrictions are in place in your area.

Please click the link for more Information :https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlvauubmB7AIVh-h3Ch1BeQpYEAAYASAAEgIPzvD_BwE

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Hands,Face,Space Campaign

15/09/2020

Washing your hands

While coronavirus is not likely to survive for long periods of time on outdoor surfaces in sunlight, it can live for more than 24 hours in indoor environments . Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using hand sanitizer, regularly throughout the day will reduce the risk of catching or passing on the virus 

Covering your face

Coronavirus is carried in the air by tiny respiratory droplets that carry the virus. Larger droplets can land on other people or on surfaces they touch while smaller droplets, called aerosols, can stay in the air indoors for at least 5 minutes, and often much longer if there is no ventilation . Face coverings reduce the dispersion of these droplets, meaning if you’re carrying the virus you’re less likely to spread it when you exhale 

Making space

Transmission of the virus is most likely to happen within 2 metres, with risk increasing exponentially at shorter distances . While keeping this exact distance isn’t always possible, remaining mindful of surroundings and continuing to make space has a powerful impact when it comes to containing the spread.

While coronavirus deaths have significantly reduced, the virus is still circulating in communities and impacting people of all ages across the UK. ‘Hands. Face. Space’ are simple but vital behaviours that have the power to protect the public from both the short and potential long-term impact of coronavirus.

 

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~ LAVENDER 10 YEARS OF CARING ~

19/08/2020

On the 10th August 2010 – Lavender Support Services Ltd started trading, our aim was to offer a caring, friendly and proffesional care service. We chose the name Lavender as the meaing of the Lavender flower was devotion and we want to be and will continue to be ‘Devoted to Caring’. 10 years on we still have 10 orginal employess working for us, and we are also still caring for two service users from our start-up days. We had a bit of a celebration outside the office (above) on Monday – it was a hot and windy day, we said hello to our community and gave out cakes and thankyou’s to our carers, that day and through the week. We moved to The Old Chapel Business Centre’ in November 2014. It was orginally a methodist church built in 1865 and then a school. It has been ‘home from home’ to many businessess. We plan to stay for another 10 years.  

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Psoriasis Awareness Month August 2020

04/08/2020

August is Proriasis Awareness month and is used as an opportunity to educate and inform sufferers on a range of topics varying from treatment, causes, triggers and management of the inflammatory and often irritating disease.

The cause of psoriasis is still unknown but specialists do know that it is largely affected by the immune system and genetics.

For more information visit the following link https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/psoriasis-awareness-month-2020/

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Corona Virus Awareness

17/06/2020

What is Corona Virus ?

Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.

Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people.  Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.

Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.For some helpful information and tips on the subject please click on the link below :

https://www.awarenessdays.com/coronavirus-covid-19-awareness/

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

18/05/2020

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.

Kindness and Mental Health  

Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference.  We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem.  Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimi

Click on the link to get involved

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week/get-involved

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Latest Coronavirus Update May 2020

13/05/2020

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • Stay at home as much as possible
  • Work from home if you can
  • Limit contact with other people
  • Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • Wash your hands regularly

Follow this link for moe information and guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/our-plan-to-rebuild-the-uk-governments-covid-19-recovery-strategy

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Lavender Support Services Main Office Closure

05/04/2020

Lavender Support Services Main Office will be closed from 23/03/2020 for the safety of our staff during Covid-19 Pandemic

Emergency contacts during office closure 01933 653511 or 07813972140 any emails contact@lavendersupportservices.com

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Covid-19 Update

31/03/2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced new rules people have to follow to help tackle the coronavirus emergency.

Stay at home – no unnecessary journeys or social contact

Only leave home for essential shopping, medical needs and one form of exercise per day

You can travel to and from work if absolutely necessary

Police can fine you if you don’t follow the rules

For Daily updates from the Pm please see link below:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/coronavirus

Please see link for up to date information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) what you need to do;

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus   

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Lavender Support Services Coronavirus Update

17/03/2020

Update on Lavender Support Services as a result of coronavirus

As we support vulnerable older people in the community, we are taking all reasonable and proportionate steps to reduce the risk of spreading infection. We are following government guidelines to aim to provide a full service. This includes encouraging those at higher risk of infection to avoid crowds or group settings.

Home Care services continue as planned

Our care team will be providing personal care visits as usual to all our service users.  If anyone's service is affected, we will contact them directly and keep them fully informed.

Information about the new coronavirus is frequently changing.  We have included a useful link below as it is regularly updated.

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

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Raynaud's Awareness Month !

18/02/2020

Raynaud’s and Scleroderma affect millions of us in the UK, yet so many people remain undiagnosed or deal with the impact alone.

We need you to help increase awareness and understanding of Raynaud's.

Raynaud's disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm).

For more information on how to spread awareness follow the link below :

https://www.sruk.co.uk/get-involved/raynauds-awareness-month/

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Happy New Year 2020 !!

02/01/2020

Lavender Support Services would like to wish all of its service users and employees a very happy 2020 !

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Support Cransley Hospice Trust this December !

04/12/2019
This December we have chosen to donate to Cransley Hospice Trust as they have been a great support to many of our service users and staff .
Instead of giving Christmas cards we are donating a small amount to our Cransley Hospice Trust charity money box located in our Irthlingborough Office,we have spread the word to all care staff also to make them aware what we are doing ,and if they wish they can also participate.
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'Movember' for men's health awareness 2019

31/10/2019

Men’s health is in crisis. Men are dying on average 6 years earlier than women, and for largely preventable reasons. Unchecked, prostate cancer rates will double over the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. And across the world, one man dies by suicide every minute of every day, with males accounting for 75% of all suicides.


Please click on the link below to do your part in this crisis by spreading the facts to the men in your life !!!

https://uk.movember.com/about/cause

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2019

01/10/2019

This October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

It mainly affects women, but in rare cases men can get breast cancer too.One in seven women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Around 55,000 women and 370 men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.

Breast cancer can cause symptoms such as a lump. However, a lump is not the only symptom of breast cancer.

The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the easier it is to treat. This means it’s important for women to check their breasts regularly and report any unusual changes to their G.P for more information on how to check for signs and symptoms please click on the following link.gclid=Cj0KCQjw8svsBRDqARIsAHKVyqHfwaP3oZA5BJDtNXSVhDo1LCBrAjIxOx_um8JXsqzmOz3dKf89c5kaAlLEEALw_wcB

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The Winter Flu Vaccination 2019/2020

03/09/2019

Every year the NHS reccomend that everyone should have the flu vacination ,you may be at increased risk of the flu if you have a long term medical condition or you are pregnant , click the link below for further information on how you go about getting the vaccination and if you would be suitable for the vaccination .https://lavendersupport.sharepoint.com/:b:/s/LavenderSupportServices/EbtLxpQFrTNGk_k_iMIIW8cBVig1YG9utTRhNbtkBgqLFg?e=FBsNnE

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Yellow Bracelet Scheme

07/08/2019

Lavender Support Services are pleased to announce we are part of the Yellow Bracelet Scheme .

The Yellow Bracelet is a project aimed at people who have a domiciliary package of care

The Yellow Bracelet allows medical professionals to view a person’s domiciliary care package details in real time regardless of care setting.

Each person with a domiciliary care package will have a Yellow Bracelet with a unique QR code containing their care package information.  The aim of the project is to:

-Reduce avoidable admission
-Reduce delays to discharge for patients in hospital who have a care package in place
-Reduced bed days spent in hospital
-Reduce avoidable conveyance
-Provide better outcomes for people
-Allow  domiciliary care providers to maintain active control over their care packages

 

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Heatwave: how to cope in hot weather

30/06/2019

Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it's too hot for too long there are health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather doesn't harm you or anyone you know.

For some useful Heatwave tips visit the Nhs link below :

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/heatwave-how-to-cope-in-hot-weather/

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Happy National Safety Month !

05/06/2019

The month of June is National Safety Month, led by the National Safety Council (NSC), and focuses on bringing attention to and reducing the leading causes of injury and death on the road, at work, in homes, and in communities including Hazard Recognition, Slips, Trips and Falls, Fatigue and Impairment. . Every year, the month has a theme that serves as the focus of the NSC’s educational goals. This year, the theme is “What do you live for?” a simple question that encourages us to all think about what is important in our lives and to shape our safety goals in that direction.

Visit the National Safety Month website for great tips on looking after yourself and others in your environment 

Remember: part of being healthy is being safe!

https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/get-involved/national-safety-month

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May 2019 National Walking Month

01/05/2019

You may not realise it, but May is National Walking Month and now the evenings are lighter for longer, this makes it the perfect time to get outside, and get walking. Walking has a whole host of different health benefits that you can use to motivate you to introduce walking into yours and family members daily lives.

Walking is good for your heart

Your heart is responsible for pumping the oxygen and blood around your body and keeping all the other organs working. So we think you’ll agree that it’s important to keep it in tip top condition! Walking not only strengthens your heart but reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. In fact a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day is said to reduce your risk of a stroke by 27%. If this wasn’t enough, it also reduces bad levels of cholesterol and increases the levels of good cholesterol too!

Walking helps you to lose weight

If you are new to exercise, or maybe trying to lose weight gradually in order to keep it off, then walking is a great form of exercise for you. If you walk at around 2mph for 30 minutes then you will burn around 75 calories, and if you increase this to 4mph this will rise to around 150 calories. 20 minutes of walking a day will burn an incredible 7lbs of body fat a year.

You can lower your risk of dementia

An older person who walks six or more miles a week is less likely to have problems such as dementia. This is because walking has been proven to prevent your brain from shrinking.

Walking gives you energy

There are times when you feel more lethargic than others, and if you find yourself in this zone then a walk could do you good. It boosts your circulation and increases the oxygen supply is around your body, which in turn will keep you feeling alert and awake.

Increase your Vitamin D intake

Here in the UK there are lots of people who are deficient in Vitamin D, the best way to increase your levels of Vitamin D is to get outside in the sunshine. Vitamin D is good for your bone health, as well as your immune system, which is why it is important to try and increase the levels in your body.

Walking makes you happy

In the same way walking can help you feel energised, it is also great for making you feel happy. A brisk walk can be just as beneficial as taking an antidepressant, and can be a great helping hand if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or feeling stressed.

These are just some of the reasons why you should try to work in more walking to your daily routine. Whether you walk at lunchtime, or start your day with a walk, why not try it and feel the benefits for yourself.

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April 2019 Annual Stress Awarness Month

02/04/2019

April marks the start of National Stress Awareness Month! What are your plans? 

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.
What can you do for Stress Awareness Month? for more information click on the link below :

http://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month-2019/

Also to complete a free individual stress test click on the link below :

http://www.stress.org.uk/individual-stress-test/

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 1-31st March

20/03/2019

Did You Know The risk of developing ovarian cancer gets higher with age. Ovarian cancer is rare in women younger than 40. Most ovarian cancers develop after menopause. Half of all ovarian cancers are found in women 63 years of age or older

It's time to TAKE OVAR. Raise awareness, fund research and save lives this March.For More Information click on the link below :

https://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk

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Don't Forget your Flu Jab This Winter !!

22/10/2018

Don't forget to get your flu jab this winter or remind a loved one of its importance. 

For more information, visit the link below

 

http://https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/

 

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Lavender Christmas Raffle 21/12/2017

09/03/2018

Kind Donations from the lavender support services office team helped to create a 'Pamper Hamper' full of goodies, which we then raffled off as the main prize to all of lavender support care workers .

 

 The lucky winner of the hamper was our home care worker Carmen Hoppe .

 

The total amount raised was a fantastic amount of £250 which we choose to donate to Cransley Hospice Trust as they have been great support to many of our service users and staff . 

 

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Unacceptably short 15-minute home care visits

07/07/2016

15-minute home care visits to elderly and disabled people are still plaguing the care system in England, a report suggests.

 

Councils are not meant to schedule 15-minute visits for personal care, like help with washing, dressing or eating.

 

 

Follow the link for the full BBC Story

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35411702

 

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Breakthrough on Alzheimer’s disease

01/07/2016

A MAJOR scientific breakthrough has caused researchers to hypothesise that Alzheimer’s disease starts when the brain believes it is under threat from bacteria and viruses.

 

Follow the link to the Daily Express article  -  

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/673714/breakthrough-researchers-have-found-what-causes-Alzheimer-s-disease

 

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