If you are Alone this festive season

This information is taken from the local government website that is freely available to everyone, I have copied it here to make it easier for you but the original site is here

National Energy Action Warm and safe homes campaign – top 10 coping strategies

Living in a warm and safe home should be everyone’s right, yet this winter over 4 million households will find themselves adopting dangerous and potentially fatal coping strategies to do just that.

An NEA survey of frontline workers and wider feedback from our stakeholders highlighted some of the common coping strategies encountered last winter.
Click here to see the top ten coping strategies.

We ask everyone to look out for vulnerable people and offer help and advice on how to stay warm and safe this winter.

You can also download the warm and safe homes action guide from www.nea.org.uk/action-guide

Free Christmas day meals
Will you be alone this Christmas?

Do you know someone who will be spending Christmas alone? Volunteers in the north and south of Stoke-on-Trent will be preparing Christmas day meals for people who would otherwise be spending the day alone.  Swann Bank Church, Swan Square, Burslem ST6 2AA. Coffee available from 10am and Christmas lunch from 1pm. To book a place or for more information call 01782 545129 or email: admin@swanbank.org.uk

Longton Central Hall, The Strand, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 2JH. Doors open 12pm.To book a place or for further information call 01782 313427 (leave a message with your contact details if no-one is available to take your call). Affordable Food Stoke, 77-81 Meaford Drive, Blurton ST3 2BB.Doors open at 11.30am. To book a place or for further information, call 07748 009253 or email: affordablefoodstoke@outlook.com

Christmas lunch with RVS 

The cost is just £14.99 per person and bookings are being taken now. The lunch will take place at RVS, 29 Charles Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 3JP on Friday 14 December at 1pm. 

To find out more details and to book a place, email helen.podmore@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk
or telephone 01782 213489.

Lunch Club
Invitation to Lunch Club – Benefits update and networking session on Wednesday 19 December, from 1pm to 2pm at Advice House, Cheapside, Hanley, ST1 1HL.

Lunch Club is for front-line staff and volunteers working with people affected by Welfare Reform. FREE for everyone but if demand is high priority will be given to statutory and voluntary sector organisations in North Staffordshire.

Dance, drama and performing arts
With Denise Moores – sessions start on Monday 7 January from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Grocott Centre, Sanderson House, Clarence Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2LA. (£7.50 per session).

You can also stay for lunch if you wish – 2 courses cost £5.00 per person.

To book your place or for further information please contact us on 01782 324715 or email; office@thegrocottcentre.co.uk

Carers Hub
The Carers Hub exists to improve the life of carers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through tailored advice, training and information.

Our services are designed with the carer in mind and cover a whole range of support for carers of all ages such as carers assessments, support planning, money, social and health service to name but a few.

The Carers Hub also provides access to a wide range of activities and events. To find out more, please click here to go to the website. 

Newsletter Welcome to this month’s Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent newsletter, featuring a statement on Allied Healthcare from the Care Quality Commission and an update on tackling monkey dust in the city from North Staffordshire
Combined Healthcare Trust.

Healthwatch Stoke staff would like to thank everyone who has contributed to our work this year, from our volunteers to partner organisations. We wish you all the very best festive period and a prosperous new year. To view the latest newsletter, please click hereStaffordshire Mental Health Helpline
The helpline offers a free listening service for people who are concerned about their own mental health or that of someone they know. This FREE and confidential service is available to anyone aged 18 and over, living in Staffordshire.  

The helpline is open evenings and weekends 365 days a year, from 7pm – 2am weekdays and from 2pm – 2am at weekends. Calls are free from landlines, call boxes and mobile networks. 

Customers can contact the helpline during opening hours by phone, text, email or instant messaging through Brighter Futures website: www.brighter-futures.org.uk/
The helpline provides a listening service where people can talk through their concerns safely and confidentially, receiving emotional support and exploring the options available to them. The service can also offer guidance about where to find other locally based support services.  We are also able to offer a ring-out service by referral. Please contact Mark Lawton directly for more information e: mark.lawton@brighter-futures.org.uk telephone: 0808 800 2234, text: 07860 022821.

email: staffordshire.helpline@brighter-futures.org.uk IMS: www.brighter-futures.org.uk

Young at Heart groups Young at Heart is looking for kind-hearted people from Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle to help lonely and isolated older people.  

Operated by Father Hudson’s Care, Young at Heart runs lunch clubs, friendship groups, days out and other activities for older people in Hanley, Meir, Kidsgrove and Butt Lane.  

To find out more about how you can help, or if you’re an older person needing help, please call Mark Porter on 07387 109692 or visit the Father Hudson’s Care website.

Royal National Institute of Blind People
Resource centre

Do you have sight loss or do you know someone who is struggling to get out and about independently? Do you have problems with reading or watching TV? Are you looking for products to support you? We can help at the RNIB Resource Centre.

We give people the opportunity to view, try and buy from the RNIB’s extensive range of products, all designed to support you to live independently whether you are blind, partially sighted or live with any degree of sight loss. The centre also has a range of classes and social groups on offer; Monday – Weekly Braille Class 10am to 12 & 12.30 to 2pmThursday – Weekly Craft Class 10am to 12pm & 12.30 to 2.30pm The centre is located at 12 Albion Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 1QH – the opening times are 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday. (Blue badge parking is available opposite the resource centre). Please note that the resource centre is now closed on Fridays. To find out more information call 01782 917757 or email ResourceCentre.Staffordshire@rnib.org.uk 

North Staffs Carers North Staffs Carers provide support for adult carers and young carers.

There are a range of groups for memory loss, dementia, Parkinson’s and much more. Activities include singing, arts, crafts and needlework, photography and the famous Friday fish and chips club. New activities include tai chi to support your health and wellbeing, and IT for beginners. To find out more please click here to go to the website.

Green Door
Green Door aims to help everyone to enrich their lives by getting out and enjoying activities in green space, particularly older people and people with a disability.
To find out more and to book a place, go to the website at www.green-door.org.uk.