Health and Wellbeing

Computer drop-in sessions- Are you ‘Well Connected’? Face to face help tailored to fit your needs. Second and fourth Wednesdays from 10am- 12pm at the Alcester Unionist Club, High Street. Contact Wendy for further information on any of the activities on this page on 01789 766084 or email info@alcester-tc.gov.uk or see Facebook. We are also now looking for volunteers.

Repair Cafe is back!  Pop along with your broken item to the Depot, Eric Payne Community Centre on the fourth Thursday of the month between 2 and 6pm.

Cook and Eat your Tea restarts on 29 September 2021 and runs until the summer 2022. Learn how to make a simple nutritious meal and pudding from scratch. Each course lasts four weeks- Wednesdays from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.

Are you feeling lonely ? Information for carers and those who are alone.

New Warwickshire Care Services Directory 2021/22A free guide to help people looking for care and support in Warwickshire. The Directory contains plenty of useful information about accessing social care, funding care, staying independent and moving to a care home etc. Hard copies are available from the office or phone 01789 766084

Defibrillators in Alcester- Do you know where the nearest defibrillator is? Speed is essential! Defibrillators are available at the following locations.

Other useful organisations

Did you know VASA covers a wide area of the Stratford & Warwick districts providing volunteer drivers to take people who otherwise couldn’t get to health/medical appointments and now social inclusion journeys. Please call 01789 262889 and press 1 to request a driver. VASA Volunteer Drivers are also needed in Alcester!

The Silverline– Helpline for older people- open 24/7

Alcester Dementia Café 01789 488088

Age UK Warwickshire 01926 458100

South Warwickshire Prostate Cancer Support Group– Invitation and information.

Atrial fibrillation- find out more at NHS Choices or the British Heart Foundation.

Alcester Foodbank 07733551926

Citizens Advice (Stratford upon Avon) 08448552322

The Greig Leisure Centre 01789 400073

Stratford Time bank

Elderberries Community Group is due to return in October 2021. They usually meet every Wednesday from 11am – 3.30pm at Jubilee Court Community Room, for over 55’s in Alcester. It offers enjoyable and varied activities, a 2-course home cooked lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea. Cost is £3.00 including lunch! Email elderberriesgroup55@gmail.com for further information.

ALCESTER’S HEALTH AND WELL-BEING CO-ORDINATOR

A picture of Wendy Sherwood

Wendy Sherwood works at Alcester Town Council as a Health and Well-being Co-ordinator. She plays a key role in developing initiatives that maximise the quality of life for people in Alcester.

The NHS recommends 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life. They are:

  1. Connect – feeling close to and valued by other people is a fundamental human need and so social relationships are critical in promoting wellbeing.
  2. Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety
  3. Take notice – taking time to appreciate your surroundings and to “savour the moment” can help wellbeing
  4. Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction
  5. Give – participation in social and community life often makes people happy

All the projects and initiatives developed by the Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator have been based on one or more of these principles.

Alcester Town Council has recently delivered an exercise programme for older people, called, Alcester – Get a Move On! Footage of the project can be found here  https://vimeo.com/580688707
The Repair Café and Well-Connected Computer Group are ongoing activities, and the Cook and Eat your Tea will restart in September 2021 until the summer 2022. Other new projects in the pipeline are Men in Sheds and Craft and Chat.

For further information about any activity or project or to talk about volunteering opportunities, please contact Wendy by email: info@alcester-tc.gov.uk or by phone on 01789 766084/07434664435