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NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE PATIENTS CONGRESS NHS - Let's Talk About Health

The South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are hosting a series of public health events over the summer.

The events started on 7 July at the Holiday Inn in Tamworth, and will conclude on 10 September at Burntwood Rugby Club.

They will include a presentation on their current programmes and feedback is welcome.

HEALTH & WELLBEING INITIATIVE - 'GET TOGETHER'

April 2015 saw the start of the Health and Wellbeing initiative. Its aim is to set up 'Get Together' groups throughout Cannock Chase, who will provide support and friendship for vulnerable members of the community. It is hoped that individuals such as the elderly and those with physical or learning difficulties, will benefit greatly from this service.

There are currently 7 groups meeting on different days of the week, with some venues offering a lunch.

Activities are mainly craft based and are adapted to meet the needs of its members.

SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD PANELS - LICHFIELD, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME AND STAFFORD

The Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) is aiming for Staffordshire to be the most open and transparent police force in the country. Local ownership and accountability is central to this vision, whereby the public have a greater sense of confidence in policing. To enable this to happen, the PCC has implemented an initiative called ‘Safer Neighbourhood Panels’. The panels are designed to ensure that people are better informed and involved, that intelligence and information is shared appropriately and to build links and share areas of concern in local communities.

Carers Week 2015

It's Carers Week (8-14 June) - an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. This year the campaign is focusing on Building Carer Friendly Communities - communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own. There are hundreds of events taking place this week, see the Carers Week website for events near you.

Care Act briefings

Following the introduction of the Care Act, Staffordshire County Council has a statutory duty to provide its citizens who have a need for care and support, with personalised and tailored information and advice, including access to financial advice independent of the council, and regulated financial advice.

Dementia Friendly Communities

We are now continuing our support to organisations and businesses to achieve acknowledgement of their Dementia Friendly Communities. Areas have included Hednesford, Norton Canes and parts of Cannock. During May, Hednesford successfully became registered as a Dementia Friendly Community. A dementia-Friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected, supported and confident they can contribute to community life.

North Staffordshire patients Congress

Support Staffordshire is the VCSE representative on the North Staffordshire CCG Patient Congress.

You can find out more about the role of the Patient Congress at the NSCCG AGM on Wednesday 24 June 2015 at 1.30pm - 4.00pm, The Moat House Hotel, Festival Park, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5BQ.

At the most recent Patient Congress, Diabetes UK North Staffordshire reported alongside fellow Citizens Jury members on the state of Diabetes service in the north of the county. We also heard about plans to develop a primary care strategy.