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On these pages it is intended to provide information or links to information, services and benefits.

Complimentary Dementia Training Starting 1st March

Training is available for Herefordshire residents who support Armed Forces Veterans, and families of Veterans aged 65 years and over. This training is being delivered by the Alzheimer’s Society as part of the Herefordshire Aged Veteran Health and Wellbeing Project.

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Mental Health First Aid Training

SIL (Services for Independent Living) offer 2 day comprehensive courses in mental health suitable for both professionals and Carers, at their headquarters in Leominster. If interested then please book directly with them in this link: Click here to view

Training for professionals, Carers and relatives of those who care for someone living with a disability

Are you aware of the range of training available which SIL offer?

February 6th Adult Safeguarding 10.00am – 1.00pm
12th & 13th Mental Health First Aid 9.30am – 5.00pm
19th First Aid 9.30am – 4.30pm

13th Safer Handling of Medication 10.00am -3.00pm
19th Mental Capacity and DoLS 10.00am - 1.00pm
26th Moving and Postioning 9.30am – 4.00pm
27th Health and Safety 10.00am – 1.00pm

1st and 2nd Mental Health First Aid
30th April Fire Safety 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm
30th Equality and Diversity 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

1st May Person Centred Approach 10.00 am – 12 Noon
15th Communications, Confidentiality and Compliance (GDPR) 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

4th June Adult Safeguarding 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
12th & 13th Mental Health First Aid 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
25th Mental Capacity and DoLS 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
28th First Aid 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

5th & 6th Mental Health First Aid 9.30 am – 5.00 pm
To book onto a course please contact Karen on 01568 616 653
**Please note that for courses listed as currently full we can put your name on a waiting list and alert you to any spaces or contact you next time we offer this training**

Addresses of where our training is held:
SIL, Leominster Office
1 Owen Way, Leominster Enterprise Park HR6 0LA

TPG Disable Aids Hereford
Plough Lane, Hereford HR4 0ED

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Check out this newsletter from PLORAS

PLORAs stands for

Predicting Language Outcome and Recovery After Stroke.

The latest newsletter from PLORAS: Click here

This organisation constantly carries out research into strokes, and is always seeking new recruits from which to gather information on people who have recently had a stroke. The newsletter details up to date findings, but should you wish to become one of their volunteers, and assist research since having a stroke then please contact their website

You will find out much more about their work too, and how it might help those recovery now and in the future

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Memory Lane music for dementia

The BBC has a dedicated website where you can create a personalise playlist of music especially for the use of those with Dementia.
It's called BBC Music Memories, and has three catagories, Classical, Pop and Theme Tunes

This website is designed to use music to help people with dementia reconnect with their most powerful memories. Evidence shows that music can help people with dementia to feel and live better. Memories from teenage years can often be the most powerful, so why not start by looking for music from that time and begin to create a music playlist? You can then take part in our survey to help us discover the nation’s favourite music memories.

Click here to view the link.

Sight issues for everyday people

An letter written from a reader to the Editor of Computer Active magazine (issue 531 4th-17th July 2018) highlighted an issue with "blurry lines " whilst using the spreadsheet Excel. The lady was keen to warn others who may suddenly notice similar problems, because if she had not waited a couple of weeks before seeing her doctor, her sight could have been saved. She is not elderly, and runs two businesses, so for her it was a major change to her life. It concerns the condition Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD).

Here are the symptoms which may include:
1. Visual distortions, such as straight lines seeming bent.
2. Reduced central vision in one or both eyes.
3. Decreased intensity or brightness of colors.
4. A well-defined blurry spot or blind spot in your field of vision.
5. A general haziness in your overall vision.
6. Abrupt onset and rapid worsening of symptoms.

Although the reader noticed the wavy lines when she was changing figures in her spreadsheet, she also then realised that all horizontal lines appeared to "wave" at her. A quick test with an optician would have uncovered the condition.

Cancer Awareness Presentations 21st March 2018

On 21st March 2018 HDU held a Cancer Awareness event, when Macmillan attended and gave two presentations. The first on Sign & Symptons, and the second on Welfare Benefits for those who have cancer.
Here they are:
1. Signs & Symptons
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2. Welfare benefits for those with cancer:
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Get Warm Stay Warm info 2018

There are grants and winter warmth tips to help those in need this time of year. This includes those who have increased vulnerability to the cold (aged 60 or over, or experiencing long term health conditions or a disability or responsible for children under 5 years of age)

  • Find out about home energy grants

  • Benefits and finance options

  • Make your home more energy efficient

  • Improve your heating and insulation

  • Help with your energy tariff and supplier switching

  • Find the best installation company for your needs

  • Advice on how to generate your own heat and electricity

  • Check out these posters:
    Poster 1 Click Here Poster 2 Click Here Poster 3 Click Here for further details


    Hereford Council has launched a new website which helps people when considering what benefits might be available to them
    "BetterOff" is a service for people who live in Herefordshire. BetterOff will show you the benefits you are entitled to and will help you to apply for them online. BetterOff also provides information on how to find and apply for jobs.It is available in many different languages too.
    Check out these four sections

  • Your Money

  • Applications & Appeals

  • Jobs & Volunteering

  • Advice & Information

  • Click here to view the link.

    Community Transport info

    As bus cuts have made an impact on rural residents, you may find these community transport services useful

  • Bromyard Community Transport: 01885 488452 (9.30am - 12pm Monday to Friday)

  • Dore Community Transport: 0845 2020144 (9am - 12pm Monday to Friday)

  • Hay and District Dial-a-Ride: 01497 821616 (9am - 12pm Monday to Friday)

  • Community Wheels: 01568 615785 (9am - 2pm (Monday to Friday) This covers Hereford for any car journeys

  • Hereford Dial-A-Ride: 01432 277622 (9am - 2pm Monday to Friday). This covers Hereford for D-A-R journeys

  • Ledbury Ring & Ride: 01531 635503 (9.30am - 12.30pm Monday to Friday)

  • Leominster Community Wheels: 01568 615785 (9.30am - 12.30pm Monday to Friday)

  • Ross Area Transport: 01989 765595 (9.30am - 12.30pm Monday to Friday)

  • Dementia Friendly Environments

    Following the successful event HDU held on 11th October at Hinton Community Centre, Hereford, you may find these presentations useful to read.

    Hate crime and reporting it

    Hate crime whether about disability, gender, race or religion affects many people, and there is a specific website to give support and information about where to turn. It even has the appropriate colour settings to aid those with sight impairments or dyslexia.
    click here to view the link.

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