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Hot weather

Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it's worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It's important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

Here are some simple tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can't avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day – for example, in the early morning or evening
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content
  • When travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, older people, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool. Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather. Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
  • Ensure that babies, children or older people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Keep your environment cool: keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions or anyone who cannot look after themselves
  • Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun, closed during the day. External shutters or shades are very effective, while internal blinds or curtains are less effective. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider placing reflective material between them and the window space
  • Open windows at night if it feels cooler outside, although be aware of security issues - especially in ground floor rooms. Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a long-term medical condition or taking multiple medications and have unusual symptoms
  • If you or others feel unwell, seek medical advice
  • If you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee.
  • If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. We say that most people should start to recover within 30mins and if not, they should seek medical help. Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist
  • If you have to go out in the heat, wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection and wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

Visit NHS heatwave how to cope in hot weather to find out more.

HealthMakers New Autumn-Winter 2019 Courses

The following 6 week courses, starting on 16th September, are available to everyone living in Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead, Slough & Bracknell and the surrounding areas:

WINDSOR

Venue: Windsor Youth and Community Centre, Alma Road, Windsor SL4 3HD

Date: Commencing Monday 16th September 2019

Time: 5.30pm – 8.30pm

SLOUGH

Venue: Langley Pavilion Community Centre, Langley Road, Slough SL3 8BS

Date: Commencing Tuesday 1st October 2019

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

BRACKNELL

Venue: Bracknell Open Learning Centre, Rectory Lane, Bracknell RG12 7GR

Date: Commencing Wednesday 16th October 2019

Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

To book a place on one of these courses, you can either follow this link to our website https://www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/HealthMakers/

or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

Which session and location you are interested in:

  • Your full name / Name of attendee:
  • Home address:
  • Contact phone number:
  • GP Practice:
  • DOB:
  • NHS number:
  • Are you happy to accept text reminders?
  • Can we leave a message?
  • Please state your long term physical health condition:
  • Do you have any disabilities or special requirements that we need to be aware of?
  • Where did you hear about HealthMakers?

For further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

The HealthMakers Team

Phone: 01344 415947

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Healthmakers Autumn-Winter 2019 courses

Hot weather

Weather like this is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it's worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It's important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

Here are some simple tips to help you beat the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion. If you can't avoid strenuous outdoor activity, such as sport, DIY or gardening, keep it for cooler parts of the day – for example, in the early morning or evening
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with high water content
  • When travelling ensure you take water with you
  • Look out for others: Keep an eye on isolated, older people, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool. Check on older people or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during hot weather. Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed
  • Children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are above 30°C
  • Ensure that babies, children or older people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Keep your environment cool: keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions or anyone who cannot look after themselves
  • Shade or cover windows exposed to direct sunlight and keep windows that are exposed to the sun, closed during the day. External shutters or shades are very effective, while internal blinds or curtains are less effective. However, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider placing reflective material between them and the window space
  • Open windows at night if it feels cooler outside, although be aware of security issues - especially in ground floor rooms. Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°C
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a long-term medical condition or taking multiple medications and have unusual symptoms
  • If you or others feel unwell, seek medical advice
  • If you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache, move to a cool place as soon as possible. Drink some water or diluted fruit juice to rehydrate, avoid alcohol and caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee.
  • If you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, for example after sustained exercise during very hot weather), rest immediately in a cool place and drink electrolyte drinks. We say that most people should start to recover within 30mins and if not, they should seek medical help. Consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms, or if symptoms persist
  • If you have to go out in the heat, wear UV sunglasses, preferably wraparound, to reduce UV exposure to the eyes, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection and wear a hat. Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes. This should minimise the risk of sunburn.

Visit NHS heatwave how to cope in hot weather to find out more.

The Autism Group free training sessions and TAG at Home

The Autism Group is committed to supporting and enhancing the lives of young people on the spectrum, their parents, and carers. The Charity is led by a team of qualified autism professionals who have family members on the spectrum, offering autism training, 1-1 home autism as well as social opportunities for young people aged 9-25. These toolkits are open to parents and carers living in East Berkshire and are funded by the NHS East Berks CCG. The sessions are open to parents in East Berks waiting assessment or with a diagnosis.

TAG at Home - This free service offers 1:1 support to parents and carers of people up to the age of 25 who are either on the ASD diagnostic pathway awaiting assessment, or who already have a diagnosis in the Boroughs of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell.

Carers Week 2019 (10th to 16th June 2019)

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The national theme for this Carers Week is getting carers connected in their communities. This includes connecting them to advice and information, services, friends and family, peer support and technology. There are always lots of things going on locally that can help carers to connect, we have put together a list of some of these activities and groups.

Monday 10th June 2019

Windsor Carers Support Group meets at Dedworth Green Baptist Church, 10.30am - 12.30pm.

Alzheimer’s Society - Singing for the Brain meets at Langley Hall, Holy Trinity Church, Bracknell, RG12 1HD. 10.30am to 12 noon. Contact Sue Hamblin on 0118 959 6482.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support – Connection Café meets at the High Street Methodist Church, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. 10am to 12pm.

 

Tuesday 11th June 2019

SIGNAL mobile office drop in – 12pm to 4pm, SIGNAL will be at Sunningdale Parish Council Car Park to answer any questions you may have. The Pavillion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS.

Ascot / Sunningdale Carers Support Group meets at Recreation Hall, The Pavillion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale, SL5 0QS. 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Singing for Pleasure – Windsor. This is a social get together for people with dementia accompanied by their carers. 1pm to 2.30pm, please call for more information 07516 165647.

New Hope Family and Friends Support Group Do you have a family member or friend currently struggling with addication? At Unit 16-17 Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JG, 6.30pm - 7.30pm Contact: 01344 312360.

 

Wednesday 12th June 2019

The Autism Group – Free Autism Training – Adolescence, suitable for parents and carers of young people aged ten upwards at the Bracknell Open Learning Centre 10am to 12 noon. To book please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Becky on 07943 551437.

Alzheimer’s Society - Singing for the Brain meets at The Salvation Army, East Road, Maidenhead. SL6 1PJ. Please contact Annabell on 01628 626331.

Coffee and Chat Event (Dementia Carers) at Forget Me Knot Shop, 9 Wildridings Square, Bracknell, RG12 7SJ. 10am to 12pm. If you have any questions, please call Karen White on 01344 823220.

Bracknell Forest Carers Support Group Coffee Morning, 10am to 12noon, The Look In Cafe, Great Hollands Square, Bracknell, RG12 8UX. Contact 07972 609621.

 

Thursday 13th June 2019

Tangled Tales, people working with all types of textile crafts – 10.30 to 12.30 at The Space, 20-21 Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JG. Free for Carers and if it’s your first time free as a taster session for the person you care for. 01344 266899.

RENDEZVOUS at Elizabeth House, A meeting place for people with dementia and their carers, 3pm - 5pm, Elizabeth House, Station Road, Cookham, Maidenhead, SL6 9BS. Contact 07709 524 384.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support – Connection Café meets at the High Street Methodist Church, King Street, Maidenhead, SL6 1EF. 10am to 12pm.

Wokingham Bracknell and Districts Mencap - Will & Trusts, Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Deputyships – Workshop for Carers of people with a learning disability or autism at The Bradbury Centre, Rose Street, Wokingham, RG40 1XS, 7.30pm to 9.30pm (£5 charge for non-members). Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 777 8539 to book.

 

Friday 14th June 2019

Coffee for Carers Past and Present meets at Crowthorne Library 10am to 11.30am.

Konnections Mums - A support group run by mothers for mothers of children with special needs or disabilities. 10.30am to 12noon, K2 Lounge, Kerith Community Church, K2 Building, Bracknell, RG12 1EH. 01344 828802 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alzheimer’s Society Dementia/Memory Café meets at Coopers Hill Community Centre, Bagshot Road, Bracknell, RG12 7QS. 10.30am to 12pm. Contact Sue on 0118 959 6482.

Alzheimer’s Dementia Support Singing for Pleasure – Ascot. This is a social get together for people with dementia accompanied by their carers. 10.30am to 12.00 noon, please call for more information 07516 165647.

New Hope Family and Friends Support Group Do you have a family member or friend currently struggling with addication? At Unit 16-17 Market Street, Bracknell RG12 1JG, 12.30pm - 1.30pm Contact: 01344 312360.

 

Saturday 15th June 2019

Bracknell Community Day 2019, A fun-filled day for all the family, with charity & food stalls, songs, dancing & music! Come visit Signal and all the other stalls at Bond Square, near the steps outside M&S, with stalls in the open space near Waitrose (Lexicon Bracknell). From 11am to 4pm.

Windsor Mencap Grand Opening of the Hub, 15 June 2019 - 13:00 to 17:00 at Castle View Retirement Village, Helston Lane, Windsor SL4 5GG. Includes BBQ cream teas, Crafts, face painting, games, tombola and so much more….

 

For more activities and advice visit the public health portals at:
Bracknell Forest - http://health.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/
Windsor and Maidenhead - https://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/publichealth/

If you would like more information about any of these events and a phone number has not been provided, please give us a call on 01344 266 088 or 01628 947 974.

Online forums or 'virtual' support groups can also help you meet other carers and share and learn from each other's experiences. Just remember to stay safe online.
Carers UK Forum https://www.carersuk.org/forum

 

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