Covid Information Champion Update – 11th August 2022

Welcome to the Community Information Champion newsletter. In this edition you will find information on health and wellbeing related news and also the latest Covid-19 related information.

In this week’s newsletter, read about:

  • How to get and support with the cost of living and claiming pension credit.
  • Covid-19 Vaccine information.
  • Free Bowel Screening tests for those aged 60 -74.
  • How to access a free 12 week weight management programme – including a course designed for specifically for men.
  • Free online sessions to help support children and young people with their body image.
  • Find out how Community Help Hertfordshire can help  support you with everyday tasks.
  • Information on free mental wellbeing courses and services.
  • Find out about free or low cost activities in the county this summer.

I hope you find this weeks content both useful and informative. 

Thank you all for your continued commitment and support, it is very much appreciated. Keran 
Communications and Engagement Lead
Communities 1st

Cost of Living

With the rising cost of living, it’s important that those eligible for Pension Credit are claiming it.
You could be missing out on not only a top up on monthly income but also help with other costs such as heating bills, housing costs, NHS dental care and if you are over 75 you can get a free TV licence.

To check if you are eligible call 0800 99 1234. 

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Covid-19 Information

COVID cases are on the rise. Don’t let COVID spoil your summer
Getting your jabs is the best way to prevent illness and stop the spread of the virus. You can also book appointments via the National Booking Service at NHS.UK, calling 119 or find your local walk-in site.

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Bowel Screening

Have you completed your bowel screening test?

Everyone aged 60 to 74 is entitled to free bowel cancer screening every two years. If you’re registered with a GP, the test is automatically sent to your home along with instructions and a free return envelope. Bowel cancer is the 4th most common type of cancer, and screening can help prevent it, or find it at an early stage, when it’s easier to treat.

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Weight Loss

Need help losing weight or want to eat healthier?
Oviva, in partnership with Slimming World, runs a free 12-week programme of weekly sessions to give you control of your health, providing information on how to best manage your weight and to help make long-term lifestyle changes. Choose how you’d like to be supported – whether it’s in a group or online. With the right support you can kickstart your journey today and create healthier habits, improve your health and wellbeing and reduce your risk of becoming ill.

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Shape Up Men

If you’re 18-65 and live in Hertfordshire, why not join other men on this free 12 week weight loss course – starting in September.

What have you got to lose?

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Are you a parent/carer of a young person struggling with their body image and/or their relationship with food?

First Steps ED Skills for Carers is a four-week programme offering free online workshops for you and any older siblings, supporting a young person with their body image, disordered eating and/or eating disorders in Hertfordshire.

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Community Help

Help and support with everyday tasks

Do you still need help with your shopping, dog walking, building your confidence to go out or use public transport again? 

If the answer is yes, you can get in touch with Community Help Hertfordshire by emailing or find out more below.

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Mental Health

If you’re looking for help to support your mental wellbeing then look no further

New Leaf College have a whole range of free courses and seminars for all Hertfordshire residents aged 18+, focussing on mental health recovery and aiming to help increase knowledge and skills, and promote self-management.

From September, in person classroom sessions are back in Stevenage, Watford, Ware, and Hemel Hempstead. Online sessions will also continue.

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Herts Mind Network Reach Out

If you’re aged 10-17, or a parent/caregiver & would like some emotional support, advice and information, you can call/instant message @HertsMind ReachOut Team, Mon-Thurs 5-8pm on 01923 256391.

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Summer trips

School’s out and fun is in for summer!

County Council have put together a big list of ‘no cost’ or ‘low cost’ activities in our county, as voted for by Hertfordshire residents, providing a whole world of wonder for children and their parents. There are lots of suggestions suitable for the entire family and for those short journeys, getting there by walking, cycling, scooting or even taking the bus, is all part of the adventure. 

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