Vascular Service Public Event

Ashford CCGNHS England is holding a public event in February as part of a review of specialist vascular services across Kent and Medway.

The review has been set up to ensure that services meet national standards, using best practice to improve patient experience and outcomes.

Following a number of public listening events where the case for change was discussed, NHS England would now like to engage people who have used these services, their representatives and carers in more detail. (more…)

Learn to Fix your Bicycle

cycle repairs photoCycleWorkshops offer beginners the opportunity to learn the basics of bicycle maintenance – bike setup, puncture repair, brake and gear adjustment.  The relaxed 4-hour sessions are delivered at Cycle Circle’s workshop in Norfolk Drive, Ashford (TN23 4FB).

The cost is subsidised by Active Ashford – just £20 (and redeemable against tools on the day).

You can book one of the dates via Cycle Circle’s website

  • 13th February, 2016
  • 9th April, 2016
  • 4th June, 2016
  • 10th September, 2016

All of the workshops run from 10.00 – 14.00

We have added these dates to our calendar

Interested in leasing an allotment?

allotment photoAshford Borough Council (ABC) currently have several vacant plots at Musgrove Farm, Musgrove New and Christchurch Road Allotments. If you would be interested in taking on a plot at either of these sites please contact Eileen Law of ABC on 01233 330528 as soon as possible as these plots will be let on a first come first served basis.

As part of ABC’s approach to healthy living they have a number of allotment sites, with over 400 plots throughout Ashford, that residents find very popular. Plot sizes are approximately 125 sq m (around 5 perch) and currently cost in the region of 22p per sq m (£5.50 per perch or £27.50 per year per 5 perch plot). The exact cost of a plot is determined by its size. ABC offer a concessionary rate of 50% off for the first 5 Perch and full price thereafter to residents claiming certain types of benefit and for those residents in receipt of state pensions. All our allotment sites have water points. (more…)

Kent urged to keep warm and well

Kent County CouncilWith cold and wintry weather predicted over the next few days, families across Kent are being urged to follow a few simple measures to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.

Prolonged cold weather can be a risk for anyone although vulnerable people, including the elderly and children under five, are particularly at risk and common sense advice can help in severe weather, both at home or out and about. (more…)

Kent parents encouraged to get Sugar Smart

Sugar Smart by change 4 lifeA new campaign has been launched, encouraging Kent parents to get “Sugar Smart” and take control of their children’s sugar intake.

The Change4Life campaign follows revelations that four-to-10 year olds consume an estimated 5,500 sugar cubes a year (22kg), weighing the same as an average five-year-old.

Currently, 22.5% of four to five-year-olds are overweight or obese in Kent, increasing to 33% in 10 to 11-year-olds. This means they are more likely to become obese adults who are more prone to a range of serious health problems, such as heart disease, some cancers and Type 2 diabetes. Nationally, there are now 2.5 million people suffering from Type 2 diabetes, 90% of which are overweight or obese.

A new Sugar Smart app has been launched nationally to help parents to see how much sugar there is in everyday food and drink. The free app works by scanning the barcode of products and revealing the amount of total sugar it contains in cubes and grams. (more…)

Dental Care for Babies and Toddlers

AshfordCCsDid you know 27.9% of 5 year olds have tooth decay requiring surgery for tooth removal?

Oral Health experts will be visiting our groups to support families with advice on brushing babies and young children’s teeth, dummies, and lots more.

The team will be attending the following sessions:

  • Willow Centre Under 1’s group: Monday, February 1st 2016
  • Ray Allen Parent & Toddler: Tuesday, February 2nd 2016
  • Willow Centre Family Club: Wednesday, March 2nd 2016

If you require further guidance please contact your local Children’s Centre

Please watch out for future updates of further Oral Health support sessions.

Young Parents

Are you aged 13 – 19 years, have a child under 5 or are pregnant?

Are you a dad or dad to be?

Starting Monday 11th January 2015, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
at the Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, TN23 4EY

Working alongside the midwifery teenage clinic, with regular input from the health visiting team and other partners.

  • Meet new friends
  • Confidence building
  • Messy play
  • Baby massage
  • Sexual Health
  • Antenatal and post-natal skills
  • Housing

For further information contact a member of Ashford Children’s Centres Early Help Team on 03000 410305