On Sunday 3rd October 2021, you can join in a free online one-hour Silver Swans® adult ballet class, specially designed for the over 55s. This event is part of the annual Silver Sunday celebrations, supported by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, and is a day in the national calendar celebrating older people and their contribution to society.
The free online Silver Sunday event is hosted using Zoom and is suitable for absolute beginners – plus there is no upper age limit. As it is online, there is no limit on location as anyone from the UK (or the world!) can join in. After the hour-long class, all participants can make a cup of tea and join in an informal chat with all the Silver Sunday Silver Swans® attendees. The classes are open to anyone (male or female) – no previous dance experience necessary. Continue reading
Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for the latest warnings about scams related to the pandemic and vaccinations. Meanwhile, remember …..
Recent research has shown that many people are feeling anxious and/or depressed as a result of the restrictions imposed during the current pandemic. Some people are reacting to the loneliness of self-isolation, quarantine or shielding and this is having an adverse effect on their mental health. Whilst interactive chats via social media are helping some people communicate, others have been seeking relief from comfort eating and increased alcohol consumption. If you feel that you need help and support, there are many organisations which can offer this. Some of these can be found on our Support Groups page on our Information Hub. There is also some useful advice here.
COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace scam warning
City of London National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has issued information about the risk of a scam involving the NHS Covid-19 Test and Trace procedure.
This information has now been circulated by the Yorkshire Community Messaging Service.
Please visit our ‘Alerts’ page for further details.
A report, by Carers UK, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors’ provides a real insight into the experience of being a carer during this pandemic over a 10 day period in April. The comments by carers highlight the stress and heart-breaking concerns they experience. 55% of unpaid carers feel overwhelmed and are worried that they are going to burnout in the coming weeks. Read the report here.
People aged over 70 have been told by the government to prepare to self-isolate for potentially a “very long time” to help tackle the spread of coronavirus. But what will life be like for those in the countryside, often far away from their families? Follow this link to read about the experience of one rural area. However, there are lots of charitable and voluntary organisations who are helping older people. Follow this link to find out about some of the resources which are available to support older people.
Where to find food & necessities during the Coronavirus outbreak? As at 23 March, HELP and Supporting Older People, have kindly provided a list of some companies offering deliveries locally to people who are having to self-isolate at home over the coming weeks. Please note this may be subject to change, depending on the developing situation. For the list of suppliers, please visit our ‘Topical News’ page.
This information is also being communicated via North Yorkshire Community Messaging.
‘Home and dry: The need for decent homes in later life‘
A report by the Centre for Ageing Better about the effects of housing on older people’s quality of life had just been published.
There is a new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide across Harrogate.
NHS England has provided funding for a suicide bereavement service across West Yorkshire & Harrogate. The project is run by Leeds Mind and informed by the Leeds Suicide Bereavement Service. The workers have their own personal experience of suicide bereavement. You can access support as an individual or work place. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves. To access support you must be a resident of West Yorkshire or Harrogate. For more details follow this link. (Possible slow link)
Lots of us are already doing a great job of looking out for each other, but there is still more we can do to make our local areas healthier and happier for everyone. ‘Looking Out for Neighbours’ is a community campaign running across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to help local people feel better in the place they live and have the peace of mind good neighbours bring. For further advice and tips on how to help neighbours, follow this link.