Mayor’s Curry Night – 13th November 2018

The Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon

invites you to join her at  Red Indian Restaurant

49 Wigmores North, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6PG

01707 333993

info@redindianrestaurant.co.uk

 Tuesday 13th November 2018 at 7.00pm

Please book directly through the restaurant and pay on the night

The cost of £20.00 per person includes a three course meal and a welcome drink

All proceeds will go towards The Mayor’s Charity Appeal:

 Riding for the Disabled Association Digswell Place Group

Charity Number 1163233 (Merged with 1074341)

Family Fun Afternoon 13 October 2018 – 2-4.30

WHSPAA and  Monks Walk  School we are hosting a family fun afternoon at Monks Walk – 13th October 2- 4:30

We will be playing non-competitive games such as badminton, table tennis, archery, tug of war, a little dancing ..

It would be great if anyone would like to get involved in helping to plan and support the day – or just get involved on the day – Any help greatly received!  Please contact Sarah Scotland scl_scotland@yahoo.co.uk

For more details please click here Poster family time

Welwyn Hatfield Council Civic Awards 2019

The Civic Awards, Welwyn Hatfield Borough’s highest accolade, are presented each year to people for a range of achievements.  These include, but are not limited to, service to the community, bravery/courage, environmental work, arts and sport, education and heritage.

We will need contact information about the person you are nominating as well as the First and Second people making the nomination.

There are also two special categories:

Community Award

Please tick this box if you wish to nominate the person for the Mears sponsored Community Award

 Young Person’s Award

Please tick this box if you wish to nominate the person for the University of Hertfordshire sponsored Young Person’s Award for anyone aged 21 or under

Nominations Forms can be completed online:

 http://www.welhat.gov.uk/civicawards

Awards are given for a wide variety of reasons to people from all walks of life.

Candidates are nominated by you – Welwyn Hatfield’s residents – and from these nominations up to five award winners are selected by a judging panel chaired by the Mayor.  The common factor and criteria in all candidates is the extraordinary commitment, dedication, energy and effort they have shown in their particular field or towards achieving a particular goal.  Each award consists of a personalised trophy, a certificate and a cheque for £250.  The recipients’ names are also entered into an official Civic Awards book where their achievement is recorded for posterity.

Nominations can be submitted at any time.  However for inclusion in the Civic Awards 2019, forms must be submitted by Friday 18 January 2019.  The judging panel will then consider all nominations and the awards will be presented at the Annual Council Meeting and Reception on Monday 20 May 2019.

Further details:

Call 01707 357000 or email contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk

New Monthly Group for Girls (Age 12-18 yrs) on the Autistic Spectrum or with ADHD

 

Join us for monthly meetings, email 

 

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

 

In aid of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month coming up, would you like to find out how little things you do can make a difference to people living with dementia? Come to a Library Dementia Friends session to learn more and explore some of the Memory Boxes and other items from the Reminiscence Collection. Here are the upcoming sessions:
Thursday 27 Sept 10.00 – 11.15 Welwyn Garden City Central Library
Visit: www.dementiafriends.org.uk or all 0300 123 4049 for more information.

Dementia Courses

Dementia: Awareness (supports units DEM 201/301 and Dementia Core Skills Education Framework – Standard 1)

 This course is an introductory course to the types of dementia. It covers the importance of timely diagnosis and the basic anatomy and physiology of the brain. The symptoms will be defined broadly and this will be related on a basic level to the types of dementia found in their setting. Other factors that cause confusion will also be covered such as delirium, depression and the environment.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course candidate will be able to:

  • State the different types and prevalence rates of dementia
  • State the key functions of the brain that are affected by dementia
  • Describe the risk factors for the most common causes of dementia
  • State common sign and symptoms
  • Describe the experience of dementia, recognising it is unique to each individual person this will bring in different realities
  • Identify reasons for a timely diagnosis
  • Describe the possible impact upon having a diagnosis for a person and their family members
  • State other factors which can cause confusion / memory problems.
  • Identify how individual behaviours and perceptions of dementia can impact on the quality of care experience of dementia

Target Group:  All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                09:30 – 16:30                              Duration:                      1 day

Date: Venue:
24th September 2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
1st October 2018 Robertson House, Stevenage
6th December 2018 Robertson House, Stevenage

Dementia: Communication Skills (supports unit DEM 205 /308 and Dementia Core Skills Education Framework – Standard 5)

 The course provides a basic over view of how internal and external factors influence communication in an individual with dementia. This session provides a range of communication tools to enable the candidates to work in creative ways to respond flexibly to the changing needs of the individual with dementia. This course also looks at specific communication problems such as dealing with different realities and challenging behaviour as communication.

At a basic level this course encourages participants to consider the importance of communication as a foundation for relationships which provide the platform for positive interventions.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course candidate will be able to:

 Identify ways to assess the communication strengths and abilities of the individual with dementia

  • State how dementia can impact on communication skills
  • Identify other factors that might influence the individual’s ability to communicate
  • Describe a range of communication strategies that could be adopted at different stages of dementia
  • Describe techniques to overcome the barriers to communication
  • Describe how information about an individual’s life history can strengthen communication
  • Apply active listening skills
  • Explain how assumptions and beliefs influence effective communication
  • Explain how challenging behavior is a form of communication

Target Group:  All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                        09:30 – 16:30             Duration:                            1 day

Date: Venue:
28th November 2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
4th March 2019 Robertson House, Stevenage

Dementia Risk Reduction and Prevention

 The Black Friars Consensus put ‘dementia risk reduction’ on the Government agenda in 2014. Following which, the Care Act 2014 introduced responsibilities of prevention. Last year the Cochrane review of prevention strategies in dementia care was published: a landmark publication.

This course considers how evidenced based research might be used to introduce risk reduction strategies into social care practice. It explores risk reduction strategies for individuals over the life course, including pre and post dementia.

Participants will be given opportunity to discuss support for a person and their family through the diagnosis process. Post diagnosis, a person centred approach is taken when considering positive strategies to adopt

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the three levels of risk reduction
  • Describe tools that may be used to identify lifestyle risk factors.
  • Identify at risk groups in own services
  • Explain practical strategies that can be put in place to minimise risks
  • Identify the benefits, and process, of diagnosis
  • Describe person centred ways of providing post diagnostic support

Target Group: All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                        09:30 – 12:30                     Duration:                ½ day

Date: Venue:
5th September  2018 Robertson House, Stevenage

End of Life in Dementia Care

 Living well with dementia also includes supporting a person with dementia to die well. The main aim of this course is to develop knowledge and understanding that may help participants provide enhanced support to people with dementia, and their significant others, towards the end of life.

Participants will have the opportunity to identify factors which may impact upon a person’s experience and discuss ways of overcoming these barriers.

Participants will explore the potential impact of caring for a person at end of life on one’s own wellbeing and identify a range of support mechanisms.

Course Outcomes

By the end of the course candidate will be able to:

 Describe how people’s belief systems, including religious and cultural, may influence their approach to end of life care.

  • Explain what is meant by the terms ‘end of life care’ and ‘palliative care’
  • Identify what makes death a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ experience
  • Describe challenges when supporting a person with dementia at the end of life.
  • Describe ways of overcoming potential barriers when supporting an individual with dementia at the end of life.
  • Describe the purpose of advanced care planning including: ‘advance statement of wishes’ and ‘advance decision to refuse treatment’.
  • Identify other professionals who may be involved in end of life care
  • Identify the possible impact upon, and describe appropriate support, for significant others
  • Describe the potential impact of caring for a person at end of life on one’s own wellbeing and identify a range of support mechanisms

Target Group: All staff, volunteers, family carers, direct employers and their PA’s working with people with dementia

Time:                     09:30 – 16:30                             Duration:                   1 day

Date: Venue:
7th December  2018 Box Moor Trust, Hemel Hempstead
21st February 2019 Robertson House, Stevenage

To book please send a booking form to: Workforce Development and Partnership Team, SFAR201, Farnham House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2FQ, Email:  pvi.learning@hertfordshire.gov.uk

All courses are FREE OF CHARGE

Charity Commission publishes questions for the 2018 charity annual return

The 2018 annual return service will be available by the end of August. It will include new questions which have now been published, so you can start preparing.

The tailored annual return has been developed following a consultation in 2017. The Charity Commission has said: “We recognise that for some charities the new questions will create additional work. Certain questions will be optional this year to give you time to put the systems in place to collect the information easily, requiring less effort in future.”

You can find out more and access the new questions here.

Source: NAVCA

Paul Streets: The value of small is far bigger than imagined

Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation describes how a visit to the buzzing Hive Avon in Bristol brought home the value of small charities.

A visit to the buzzing Hive Avon in Bristol brought home the value of small charities, writes our CEO Paul Streets.

The Hive Avon works with people who have learning disabilities and their families in Bristol and surrounding areas. It is based in an unprepossessing building some way up a hill beside a shabby garage on the outskirts of Bristol. It has one full-time staff member, a couple of part-timers – including the chief executive – and about 30 volunteers. It has an income of about £100,000 a year. When I visited earlier this year it was celebrating its 50th year and was buzzing with people and ideas for how it could do more.

Read more from Paul Streets,

Source: NAVCA

Anglia Ruskin’s Charity and Social Enterprise Management course – 2018 intake

A hundred and twenty third sector leaders have now graduated from Anglia Ruskin University’s Cert HE in Charity and Social Enterprise Management.  With modules in social enterprise, leadership and management, marketing, finance, HR and social impact, the two year part-time course is an excellent introduction for those in any type of management role.  Our students come from the smallest voluntary organisation right up to national and international giants of the sector: we can adapt to this because all the focus is on applying the learning to your own organisation.  Even better, this focus means the impact is felt at your organisation, not just on you as an individual.  Distance learning gives you the flexibility to fit around your work, and we even offer supporting face to face workshops free of charge to our charity and social enterprise students.  Our state of the art Virtual Learning Environment, along with a host of new content, is set to enhance the experience still further for new students. You even get 8 free workshops (in Cambridge) to augment the experience.

Our next intake is at the end of September 2018.  Applicants in the East of England may qualify for a 50% Provide or Britvic bursary (limited availability).  To find out more visit www.anglia.ac.uk/csem

Study Charity and Social Enterprise Management online, with workshops in Cambridge or London.  Two year part-time university training designed for third sector leaders.   Visit www.anglia.ac.uk/csem for details

T: 0845 196 6888, M: 07906 617004 

E: andrew.brady@anglia.ac.ukW: www.3rdsectorfutures.co.uk

GET OUTDOORS, GET ACTIVE

 

  • IMPROVE YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH

  • CARE FOR YOUR COMMUNITY’S GREEN SPACES

  • LEARN NEW SKILLS AS A TEAM

 

 

To sign up or find out more, contact Sam Harbour on 01707 255183 or sam.harbour@groundwork.org.uk