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'My husband's suicide'

Gill Irish is on the phone, sitting at the top of the stairs at home, next to where she found her husband hanging. She returned from work one day in June 2000 and when she opened the front door, she found a note from her husband Neville on…

'Hearing aids make life better'

Thanks to her digital hearing aid, Reena can now hear some sounds for the first time. She explains how hearing aids have transformed her life. Reena Gogna, aged 27 when interviewed, has had severe hearing loss from birth and relies on her hearing aid to…

'Going dry for a month boosted my health'

As someone who drank no more than a couple of glasses of wine a day, Joanna did not see herself as a heavy drinker. But one day, she realised that "wine o'clock" had become more of a habit than a pleasure. She gave up alcohol…

10 health benefits of stopping smoking

Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better? Here are 10 ways your health will improve when you stop smoking. Stopping smoking lets you breathe more easily People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity…

Scams and how to avoid them

Scams come in many forms; unwanted contact can be received by email, letter, and telephone or in person making false promises to con victims out of money. There are numerous scams but the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws or sweepstakes, clairvoyants, computer…

Do you have a community equipment loaned by the Council or NHS you no longer need?

If so, please call 0844 893 6960 Monday to Friday - 8:40 am to 4:30 pm NRS will collect it FREE of charge Not returning equipment costs social services and the NHS thousands of pounds every year.  This money could be used to make sure…

Mental Wellness Support and Map

You know you need to look after your mind as well as your body, but it can be hard. Making spare time, getting something within your budget, finding an activity or service that you can really like and perhaps managing a long term health condition as…

Fuel Poverty - information page, advice and training

Fuel poverty affects 2.5 million households in England (10.9% of households) People who live in fuel poverty are more likely to suffer from ill health, from poor mental health, are self-disconnect from heating to save money or die as a result of living in a…

How can you help people living with Dementia and memory problems to understand, remember and follow the COVID 19 advice?

Tips to help your resident living with dementia and memory problems Some people with dementia have difficulty understanding complex instructions about selfisolation or handwashing – keeping information simple, accessible and repeatable is key. Give the person time to process what you have said and respond…

How to conserve your energy - practical advice for people during and after having Covid 19

When you are ill or recovering from an illness, you are likely to have less energy and feel tired. A simple task, such as putting on your shoes, can feel like hard work. This guide will help you to find ways to conserve your energy…