Health

Talk about abuse

If you are affected by domestic abuse, or you think a friend or family member may be, there are specialists who can help you.

Ashford Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop offers free advice, information and support from a range of agencies under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and therefore, if you are a man or a woman and would like to discuss your issues, you are welcome to attend. No appointment is required just turn up.
The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 4EY
Telephone: 07598 74504
Opening times: Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm

Domestic Abuse Support in Kent website, a new resource covering Kent and Medway providing advice and information on services for victims, friends & family, and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. http://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk/

Citizens Advice online advice on domestic abuse, where you’ll find lots of organisations that can help.

If you think a friend or family member may be experiencing domestic abuse, see Citizens Advice’ guidance on how you can talk to them about it and direct them to places where they can get further help.

#talkaboutabuse‬

Is smoking getting in the way of your fitness?

KCHNFTlogoQuit to Get Fit’ is a new NHS programme, combining the support of a stop smoking programme with a fitness session. It’s free and it can change your life. We have courses starting in January 2016 in these venues:

Ray Allen Centre, Ashford (Thursday mornings)

Call 0300 123 1220 (option 1) for more details or visit www.kenthealthandwellbeing.nhs.uk

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust 30 November 2015

Hannah’s story: a personal account of domestic abuse

This is an honest and frank account of domestic abuse so some readers may find her story distressing

https://blogs.citizensadvice.org.uk/…/hannahs-story-a-pers…/

Talk about abuse

If you are affected by domestic abuse there are specialists who can help you.

Ashford Domestic Abuse One Stop Shop offers free advice, information and support from a range of agencies under one roof to help victims of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse can affect anyone and therefore, if you are a man or a woman and would like to discuss your issues, you are welcome to attend. No appointment is required just turn up.
The Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford, Kent TN23 4EY
Telephone: 07598 74504
Opening times: Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm

Domestic Abuse Support in Kent website, a new resource covering Kent and Medway providing advice and information on services for victims, friends & family, and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse. http://www.domesticabuseservices.org.uk/

Citizens Advice online advice on domestic abuse, where you’ll find lots of organisations that can help.

If you think a friend or family member may be experiencing domestic abuse, see Citizens Advice’ guidance on how you can talk to them about it and direct them to places where they can get further help.

#talkaboutabuse‬

Healthier, happier people

One in four adults in England are obese and a further 37% are overweight.

Healthier

Regular walking, jogging and cycling can help guard against asthma, depression, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and some cancer.

People who take the bus or train to work instead of driving have a lower BMI and a healthier bodyweight.

Driving less means improved health, wellbeing, and less stress.

#DriveLessLiveMore

Keep Warm Keep Well

Keep Warm Keep WellBe prepared for the cold weather

Although winter weather and snow can be fun, it is also associated with an increase in illnesses and injuries. There’s more to feeling ‘under the weather’ than most people realise. Cold and wintry conditions can cause severe illness and, in the worst cases, people can die. The cold weather, combined with low levels of sunlight after the clocks go back, means that many of us can feel in poor health. However, with some simple precautions, most people can be prepared for the cold weather and prevent much of the misery often associated with winter weather. (more…)

Use your pharmacist for minor illnesses

Self Care WeekPeople across east Kent are being encouraged to visit their local pharmacist rather than a GP for advice on treating minor ailments.

Pharmacists can offer help and advice on many illnesses, such as colds or fever, which can be safely treated at home without the need to see a doctor.

They can also sell a range of medication – often at lower cost than a prescription – which will save both patients and the NHS money. (more…)