Hertfordshire Community Commissioning May 2018

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Suicide Bereavement Survey 2017
In 2015, 6,188 people died by suicide in the UK.  Research suggests 60 people are impacted by every suicide, that’s 370,000 people affected a year.   
The Support After Suicide Partnership and the University of Manchester are working together to find out what the real impact of suicide is on the UK.  This study is the first of its kind. 
They are asking as many people as possible who have been affected by suicide to complete a 20 minute survey to tell them about how they were impacted. 
The survey is available at https://supportaftersuicide.org.uk/research/ and will be open until August 2018.  The survey collects anonymous answers. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 15th June 2018
The HSAB would like to encourage all partners to raise awareness on this important topic: 
‘Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.  
In March 2012, The United Nations General Assembly, in its resolution 66/127, designated June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations’ 
Please find attached a flyer detailing some ideas to promote the day.  There will be communications via Hertfordshire County Council but feel free to use your own communication team to raise awareness. 

Loneliness Survey
A survey of loneliness for both lonely residents and carers of lonely residents to complete.. the purpose of the survey is to explore how we can use technology to help tackle social isolation and loneliness.  This could be as simple as promoting all of the support services available for loneliness, from our research so far it is also likely that our target audience is the carers of lonely residents.  
The loneliness survey can be found at  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/loneliness.  However if a resident does not  have access to the internet we’ve also produced some paper versions of the survey, please return to: 
Loneliness Survey CHO310, Web Team,  Room 319, County Hall  Hertford

Library Connected2Work Event
If you need help with work or volunteering come to a Library Connected2Work event  
Finding the right volunteering opportunities or paid work is not always easy and it can be even harder if you have autism, or a physical disability or learning disability. In May and June we are offering a series of employment/volunteering information events in libraries across Hertfordshire.  These are especially for young adults who need extra support due to autism, or a physical or learning disability, but of course everyone is welcome. 
At Connected2Work library events visitors will learn more about:

  • How to find and apply for jobs and volunteer roles 
  • Where you can get extra help if you have a disability or autism 
  • Money and benefits advice 

There will be advisors from Job centres, Volunteer Bureau, HAFLS Skills for Work, Work Solutions, and demonstrations of the new Connected2Work webpage, and much more.  
Some events include FREE Getting a job – skills workshops delivered by Work Solutions on:

  • How to boost your confidence
  • Where to look for work  
  • Writing a good CV, applying and interviewing 

Getting a job – Skills Workshop dates and times

  • Welwyn Garden City Library – 23 May (11.30am–12.30pm and 12.30–1.30pm)
  • Hemel Hempstead Library – 31 May (11.30am–12.30pm and 12.30–1.30pm) 

Library event dates and times:

  • Welwyn Garden City Library – 23 May, 11am–3pm
  • Hemel Hempstead Library – 31 May, 11am–3pm
  • Watford Library – 4 June, 1–3pm
  • Bishop's Stortford Library – 7 June, 1–3pm
  • Oakmere Library – 12 June, 1–3pm
  • Stevenage Library – 13 June, 1–3pm

Please pass this onto any of your contacts who may be interested. More information at  www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/connected2work or contact Customer Service Centre on 0300 123 4049

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