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Campaign urges people to be open and honest about death and dying

People in Staffordshire are being encouraged to speak openly and honestly about death and dying, in an effort to break the stigma and ensure their final wishes are known.

A new campaign by the Staffordshire Health and Wellbeing Board, ‘Dying Matters, Staffordshire’ aims to help people drop the euphemisms about death, and instead talk openly about what they want to happen when they die.

The campaign launched on 20 March and will end with national Dying Matters Awareness Week in mid-May. 

For All Our Tomorrows: Creating a better life for older people and how together we can make a difference

MHA is a registered charity supporting older people and will be holding a series of events across the country to initiate a conversation about what it's like to grow older in the UK.

Speakers from the organisation will also be on hand to discuss how MHA, as a charity and care provider, has the opportunity to enhance and improve the lives of our older generation. Come along and join us to find out more about:

Dying Matters, Staffordshire Campaign

Staffordshire County Council are due to launch a new campaign in March, called Dying Matters, Staffordshire. The aim of the campaign is to encourage more people to think, talk and plan for their own end of life experience, and that of their family or friends. We know that many people do not have the end of life experience that they would like, and so we want to encourage people to talk about death and dying so that they can feel comfortable to start expressing their wishes and making plans as soon as possible.

Group hoping to help tackle isolation in Lichfield and Burntwood through cycling project

A local group is hoping to help isolated members of the community to get out and experience – and remember -the joy of cycling.

Lichfield Re:cycle, which already reconditions used bikes, provides free long term loan bikes to those in need and organises community cycling events, has been touring Lichfield and Burntwood with a trishaw. Community groups have been invited to take a ride in the rickshaw style vehicle, to see whether there is any appetite for a ride service to be offered locally.

Let's Work Together: Medicines—How you can help, Dementia Friends and Carers Hub

Let’s Work Together aims to bring all agencies together to help people live healthy, safe and independent lives by giving the tools, training and skills to become the “eyes and ears” for partner organisations, identifying risks or referring to services. It offers a wide range of support and signposting to local people to help them live healthy, safe and independent lives.

Healthwatch Staffordshire

A statement from Cllr Alan White, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing,  Councillor for Lichfield – Lichfield Rural East

I am pleased to inform you that the contract for the provision of Healthwatch Staffordshire services has now been awarded to ensure residents can continue to share any views they may have around both health and social care provision.

Voluntary Transport Scheme

One of the many services, that Support Staffordshire offer, is the Voluntary Car Scheme. This service is co-ordinated from the Lichfield office by a dedicated team of volunteers and part time staff. The Volunteer drivers are a vital part of the scheme for the help they offer by transporting people who have few options for getting around. The type of journeys undertaken include hospital appointments, GP appointments, dentists, other medical appointments and visiting friends/family in hospital and care homes.