NSUN bulletin 26th June 2017

Stay safe online

Stay Safe Online

Fraudsters have been conning people out of their money and possessions for centuries, but these days technological advances have given them even more ways to deceive and cheat you, and relieve you of your money.  By using the phone or Internet they can do so without your knowing anything about who they are, or their whereabouts – most likely they are not even in the UK.

The “bad guys” have three ways they can exploit:

  • Infect or take control of your computer, tablet or smart phone to steal your money,
  • Use your device to attack someone else.
  • Deceive you into handing over information about your bank or credit card details

Computer Friendly have recently started actively using Facebook and Twitter to help people be aware of Internet-based scams and fraud.

We are linked in to several Twitter and Facebook organisations who promulgate issues, such as Action Fraud, as well as adding more information of our own.

I thought the organisations in the Stronger Together networks may find it useful to have an easy source of reference for Internet scams? Would it be possible for you to forward the details of our accounts to them?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/computerfriendlyherts/?fref=st

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ComputerFriend3

We also have a lot of information on this on our webpage: http://www.computerfriendlystalbans.org.uk/safe.html


Ian Gotts


Hertfordshire Community Commissioning - Provider Engagement Events

Dates for your diary… Provider Engagement Events

All four Adult Care Commissioning teams are jointly hosting a series of conversations with local, regional and national organisations. We will be exploring a number of themes from July onwards

We want:

·       To engage with local, regional and national providers who want to be involved in service delivery across Hertfordshire

·       To stimulate growth and cultivate a competitive commissioning market

·       To obtain feedback and innovate the current ways transformation, integration and services are being delivered across the county

·       To learn from best practise in other areas of the UK

·       To feed into and inform the review of our Market Position Statements – documents setting out our commissioning intentions for the coming years

Theme, date and venue

Working with the Community First Strategy

1-5pm, 14th July – Hertfordshire Development Centre, Stevenage

Changing Community Services Together

9-1pm, 12th September – Hampson Park Community Centre, Stevenage

Transforming Supported Living for all

9-1pm, 28th September – Gadebridge Community Centre, Hemel Hempstead

 Providing Support in People’s Homes (Spot Accreditation for All Client Groups)

9-1pm, 16th October – St. Nicholas Community Centre, Stevenage

Launching the Accommodation Strategy

1-5pm, 13th November – Welwyn Civic Centre, Welwyn

Supporting individuals with substance misuse issues

1-5pm, 8th December – St. Nicholas Centre, Stevenage

Please email ACScommissioning.support@hertfordshire.gov.uk with the date or dates you are interested in, titled Provider Engagement Events. Agendas will follow closer to the event.

Please click here to view the full flyer.

NSUN 19th June 2017

Invitation to public meeting to discuss West Herts NHS spending plans

NHS Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),  the west Herts NHS organisation that plans and funds services locally, are holding some important public meetings this summer to seek the views of local people on future spending plans.

At the meetings we will be sharing proposals to reduce spending in response to growing financial pressures and the need to balance our budgets. We propose to focus funding on those areas which have the biggest impact on the health of our population and are considering changing access to some services.

The meetings are part of a big engagement process that’s taking place over the summer, starting on 26 June and running until the middle of August.

Join us at any of the meetings below to find out more and give your views either at the eventor by taking away information so that you can reply at a time that suits you.

Monday 26th June 7-9pm, Penn Chambers, Three Rivers House, Northway, Rickmansworth WD3 1RL

Monday 24th July 7-9pm, Stanborough Centre, St Albans Road, Watford, WD25 9JZ,

Monday 31st July 7-9pm, Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ

You would be welcome to come to any of these meetings but it would be useful to know how many people to expect so to book your place or for more information please email enquiries.hvccg@nhs.net or ring 01442 89888

If you represent a community group or have a meeting you would like us to attend to speak in more detail about our proposals please let us know.


NSUN 12th June 2017

NHS Involvement Opportunities

NHS Improvement Patient Representative Roles

The NHS Improvement Patient Safety team wants to hear from people with lived experience of using NHS services, their relatives, carer’s and the general public. It is seeking expressions of interest to join a network of people that will fulfil a range of roles contributing to its vision: “The NHS to become devoted to continuous learning and improvement in order to continuously reduce the risk of harm to patients during the provision of healthcare.”

The closing date and time for expressions of interest is 7 July 2017. For more details contact Nona Ahamat by email: n.ahamat@nhs.net telephone: 07701 371250 or post: NHS Improvement, 3rd Floor, area 3D, Skipton House, 80 London Road, London, SE1 6LH.

Click to view other current surveys and consultations.

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NSUN 22nd May 2017

Spot the Signs Newsletter May 2017

Welcome to the first Spot the Signs and Save a Life suicide prevention campaign newsletter.

There's information about the NEW Suicide Prevention Training dates for 2017 and about professional training for GPs and other organisations.

We have a new website and our Twitter account keeps growing with more than 100 new followers in April alone. Follow @SpotSignSuicide to join the conversation.

There's a summary of the fabulous work Spot the Signs did for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 and finally, there is a Latest Headlines of the latest suicide prevention stories, programmes and campaigns.

We will continue to build a stronger campaign throughout 2017 with new resources, training GPs, public and private sector employees, raising awareness and removing the stigma of suicide. Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Click here to view the full newsletter.

NSUN 15th May 2017

Surviving or thriving? : Mental Health Awareness week 8-14th May 2017

This week we’ll be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. This year the theme is 'Surviving or Thriving'. Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health issue. The focus of the week is to look at mental health from a new angle – rather than asking why so many people are living with mental health issues, the aim is to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. We’re pleased to be supporting this initiative, and we wanted to share with you how you can get involved.

Throughout the week we’ll be sharing news and updates to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week. Look out for:

• A live Facebook video Q&A with Director of Finance and HR, Bernice Cole, on her top tips on thriving workplace wellbeing. Join the session here on Friday 12th May 1pm

• A series of short videos sharing top tips from the head office team on how we manage our own self care

• Our CEO Poppy Jaman will be blogging on the week’s theme ‘Surviving and Thriving’ and sharing some insights on her personal approach to resilience

• Caroline Hounsell, Director of Product Development, Partnerships and Training, will be giving us her top five tips for thriving mental wellbeing

Photos of our activities in Head Office marking Mental Health Awareness Week

All of these updates and more will be shared on our social media profiles.


Twitter #MentalHealthFirstAid


We’ve recently launched our social media toolkit. It’s filled with digital assets that you can use on social media or in your email signature to show your ongoing support for Mental Health First Aid.

You can also access a range of assets on the Mental Health Foundation website – you can join in the social media ‘thunderclap’, find out what’s happening in your area or download online and offline resources to help you celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.

We love to hear your updates! Tag us in your posts on social media throughout the week so we can share how the Mental Health First Aid community is helping to raise awareness of mental wellbeing.

If you’d like to get more involved in future awareness campaigns, please do send us an email on media@mhfaengland.org to find out more.






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Hertfordshire Health and Community Commissioning Bulletin

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Please click here to view the full bulletin or for further information on any of the topics below.

New Leaf Wellbeing College
The college offers a range of free educational courses to help you take better control of your wellbeing, learn some practical skills and provide an opportunity for reflection. It is recognised that people are expert in their own wellbeing and recovery. People who have overcome life challenges help to design and deliver our courses. The courses help to increase knowledge and skills and promote self-management.

Listening, Developing, Transforming: Communities Together
The Community Wellbeing Team has been facilitating meaningful conversations in local communities across Hertfordshire. The aim of community conversations is to bring together key influencers that contribute to the health and wellbeing of their local population.  Discussing the future of community services in the health and social care landscape, our events have explored potential solutions which include local communities taking ownership and making commitments to realistic action in order to bring about sustainable change.  
Events have already taken place at North Herts, St Albans, Broxbourne &  Dacorum. With future events to take place at Welwyn Hatfield (27/4/17), Stevenage (2/5/17), East Herts (11/5/17), Watford (25/5/17), Three Rivers (26/5/17) and Hertsmere (TBC). Should you require any more information about these future events please contact Michael.Longfellow@hertfordshire.gov.uk or Tracy.Webber@Hertfordshire.gov.uk

Mindful Living with Cancer
Living with cancer can be one of the most challenging life events. This programme is designed to help you navigate the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the journey with greater ease, courage and acceptance. You will leave with practical tools and practises that empower you to live well in the midst of change and uncertainty

Rural Health Conference: 12th May 2017
Public Health England are holding a Rural Health Conference: Identifying the Problems and Finding the Solutions occurring on Friday the 12th of May. 
The event is a free full-day conference to explore rural health issues across the region and to identify actions and solutions to improve health outcomes for our rural communities.
The event is aimed at system leaders in the NHS, local authorities, health education, and the voluntary and community sector with an interest in understanding and meeting the needs of our rural communities.
If you are interested in attending, please register at the following link on the NHS England Events page: https://www.events.england.nhs.uk/events/1114/rural-health-conference

Please direct any questions or queries regarding the conference to Indu Rajasekar (indu.rajasekar@nhs.net).

Between the Ears Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics

What is Between the Ears Project?

Between the Ears Project aims to provide opportunities for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or experiencing hearing loss to meet and enjoy creative activities in a stress-free environment while also building confidence to pursue personal goals and be sign-posted for ongoing support for their condition. Come and meet new people in a friendly environment!

Upcoming groups:

-Deaf Awareness Communication Tactics (For the professionals) Dates: 6th or 23rd May 17 Time: 4pm - 6.30pm Venue: Ludwick Family Centre, Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL7 4PH Email: enquiries@talk-in-herts-counselling.co.uk

-Managing Your Hearing Loss Dates: Saturday, 6th May 2017 Time: 10.30am-1pm (including light lunch) Venue: Wellfield Road, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 0DA Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk or enquiry, Moreen@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

-Finale Dates: Wednesday, 24th May 17 Time: 6pm-8.30pm Venue: United Reform Church, Church Road, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6PS Email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

All groups are free, however booking is essential

General enquiries about the project, please contact us on email: Office@kaleidoscopeenterprise.org.uk

Please click here to view the timetable for future (and past) events.

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New Leaf 'Five Ways to Wellbeing' Course

Our ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ course runs in Stevenage in the evenings starting 26th April. Book your FREE space now before all the spaces are taken!

Five Ways to Wellbeing - The Healthy Hub, Lytton Way, Stevenage

Mental health should be everyone's business and this course gives practical ideas of how to connect with others; keep learning; take notice and give back. The course helps build on the things you already do and learn new skills. 

This course encourages you to plan ahead and take control of the ups and downs of daily living. 

The course runs in four parts:

26th April
3rd May
10th May
17th May

It will run from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

To book on this course or any of the FREE courses call 01442 864966 or visit www.newleafcollege.co.uk