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Wellbeing (Adults)

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Wellbeing

Research has shown that being lonely or isolated can affect people‚Äôs health and wellbeing. Being lonely presents as much as a risk to health as smoking or alcohol consumption and is more of a risk than obesity or lack of exercise.  Loneliness and social isolation can affect everyone but older people are particularly vulnerable after the loss of friends and family, reduced mobility or limited income.

In this section of the Peterborough Information Network you can find information on a range of help and support including:  befriending, counselling, community groups and support groups.

Information on COVID-19 support can be found on the Adults Information Service COVID-19 page.  Local support groups can be found by searching on 'COVID-19'.

Survey - Let's talk about Loneliness

We are running a  ‘Let’s Talk About Loneliness’ survey targetted at groups and organisations across the county tackling loneliness to make their voices heard. We want to map out the opportunities available to people across the county to connect with members of their community and understand where help is available, and the support these groups might need. 

We are also aiming to create a network of organisations addressing isolation and loneliness, giving these groups the opportunity to connect, share best practice, and collaborate on future projects and bids for funding. 

Please fill in the survey: Let's talk about Loneliness (smartsurvey.co.uk) 

The survey will run until Thursday 20 May 2021

Stay Well this Winter 2020 / 2021

Your local Stay Well this Winter programme is a network of partners who work across the local health and social care system to mitigate the risks associated with cold weather to the health and well being of our most vulnerable groups who live in cold homes due to fuel poverty.

If you are at risk of or living in fuel poverty, there are several ways in which your local Stay Well this Winter programme can help you access the services, information and potentially even financial support to keep warm and well this winter, whilst reducing your energy bills.

View the 'Stay well this winter 2020/21' webpage to view more detais

Get involved

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There are lots of ways that you can combat loneliness and social isolation.

Examples are:

The Peterborough Wellbeing Service

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The Peterborough Wellbeing Service

The Peterborough Wellbeing Service is run by Peterborough Council for Voluntary Services (PCVS). They are able to point people in the right direction for a range of services and supplies including:

  • Short term support if someone is poorly
  • Support after leaving hospital
  • Replacement radiators, energy advice
  • Handyperson support
  • Support for people who have experienced a recent death of a loved one
  • Support for people who have brain injuries and strokes
  • Support for people with physical disabilities and their carers including access to sports facilities
  • Support for people with poor hearing and/or eyesight
  • Support for people with mental health issues
  • Nutrition and exercise classes
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Befriending and social interaction through community groups, sitting service
  • Support for carers and their families
  • Safety, security and access to your home
  • Managing finances
  • Cleaning and gardening

Some services are available free, but some services may be charged for.

For more information call Jan on 01733 342683.

Safe + Well

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Daily living aids service to help Peterborough residents be safe and well

Peterborough’s new Safe+Well Service, provided by NRS Healthcare, supports local residents who may be older, disabled, recently discharged from hospital (or caring for someone that is) to find ‘daily living aids’ to help with everyday activities and stay independent.

Contact Safe+Well on 01480 415719 or for more information or visit www.safeandwell.co.uk/cambridgeshire

Eat well to stay healthy

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There are benefits for everyone if we stay fit and healthy. Healthy people tend to have a better quality of life, have more independence, are able to make more of their own choices and have better life chances. 

Eight tips for healthy eating

  • Base your meals on starchy carbohydrates (potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals)
  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Eat more fish - including a portion of oily fish
  • Cut down on saturated fat and sugar
  • Don't get thirsty
  • Don't skip breakfast

More information can be found on NHS.UK/Live-well

Stay fit to stay independent

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Advice from Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health at Peterborough City Council

“It’s never too early or too late to take steps to ensure that you remain fit and independent for as long as possible. A combination of strengthening exercises at least twice a week and 150 minutes of aerobic exercise is best to build, or maintain fitness. (Find out more about exercising - www.nhs.uk.) 

Doing the right type of strengthening exercises is important.  You can find out more on our Stronger for Longer page.

Promoting positive mental health in Peterborough

H.A.Y. (How are you) Peterborough

H.A.Y. (How are you) Peterborough are bringing together everything in Peterborough that promotes positive mental health. From a friendly ‘how are you’, to activity groups and much more – it’s all taking care of our mental wellbeing.

Mental health isn’t something that is good or bad; it’s a continuum, a sliding scale, a constantly shifting state for each and every one of us. We all have mental health and so we all need to take care of our mental health – we don’t wait until we’re physically under the weather to do things we know are good for keeping us physically healthy and the same should be true of our mental health.

H.A.Y. Peterborough put a spotlight on all those things going on in the community that are good for our mental wellbeing.

Click on this link to be taken to the H.A.Y. Peterborough website to find lots more detail

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