December 2021

Christmas jumper day 10th December 2021

Save the Children was established in the United Kingdom in 1919 to improve the lives of children through better education, health care, and economic opportunities, as well as providing emergency aid in natural disasters, war, and other conflicts.

They believe children shouldn’t be defined by their situation, but by who they are and what they can be.

Millions of children never see inside a classroom. Others drop out due to overcrowded classes, conflict, or simply because they're a girl.

That’s why they  work in the UK and around the world to help children keep learning, making friends, and building their futures.

In 2020 they helped 45 million children across the world get the medicine, good food and education they need.

They continue to help by:

· Using community-based approaches to prevent malnutrition. They also run outpatient feeding programmes to help children stay healthy.

· Giving parents the knowledge, skills & resources they need to support their child's early learning and development

· Giving thousands of girls the support they need to stay in education in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique and the DRC.




·     124m children/young people have     not started school or dropped out

·     Over a quarter of a billion children     are out of school

· 420 million children will not learn the most basic skills.


·  45% of child deaths are linked to   malnutrition.

·  Improved breastfeeding could pre vent the death of 823K under-5s

· In 2030, 129m children will suffer 'stunting'  as a result of hunger.


In the UK:

· THE23% fail to reach expected levels    of language development by 5

·    1  in 3 children living in poverty fall    behind with their education

·   27% of children from poor families       get 5+ good GCSE passes, compared to 55% of peers from wealthier families.


November 2021


Movember is a global campaign which aims to get people to talk about, raise funds and most importantly raise awareness for men’s Health issues, such as Cancers and Mental Health.

Movember is taking action on some of the biggest health issues faced by men, such as; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention on a global scale year round.


The idea is that by asking men everywhere to grow a moustache during Movember, the spotlight is shone on tackling male cancers and mens health awareness. For 30 days  in November, your moustache turns you into a walking, talking billboard for men’s health.


Movember funds research and supports the implementation of projects, either directly or through partners, in mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.


Since 2003, They have raised £598million and funded over 1,250 initiatives globally. 



· Men die 3.5 years younger than women in the UK

· Each year, more than 4,300 men die by suicide in the UK

· In the UK, 3 out of 4 deaths by suicide are men

· In England and Wales, suicide is the leading cause of death among men aged 20–34

· Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer amongst men in the UK

· One man dies from prostate cancer every 45 minutes in the UK

· Testicular cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young men in the UK

· Almost 35,000 men are estimated to be living with or beyond a testicular cancer diagnosis in the UK

By 2030, Movember has committed to;

· Reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%

· Halve the number of deaths from prostate cancer and testicular cancer

Reduce the number of men taking their own lives by 25%

They plan on doing this by ;

· Giving men the facts

· Changing behaviour for the better

· Influencing services models so they work for men

· Funding breakthrough research



October 2021


If you can make it to 28 days smoke-free, you're 5 times more likely to quit for good. Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your own health - and the health of people around you.

It's never too late to quit. Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK. Every year around 78,000 people in the UK die from smoking, with many more living with debilitating smoking-related illnesses.

Smoking increases your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions. Second-hand smoke comes from the tip of a lit cigarette and the smoke that the smoker breathes out. Breathing in second-hand smoke, also known as passive smoking, increases your risk of getting the same health conditions as smokers. For example, if you have never smoked but you have a spouse who smokes, your risk of developing lung cancer increases by about a quarter.

You can download the free nhs quit smoking app to help you quit. It allows you to track your progress, see how much your saving and get daily support. Smoking causes around 7 out of every 10 cases of lung cancer (70%) whereas being smoke free can prevent 15 types of cancers.

What happens when you quit smoking:

After 2-12 weeks blood will be pumping through your heart and muscles much better because your circulation will have improved After 3-9 months any coughs/wheezing/ breathing problems will be improving as your lung function increases by up to 10%  After 1 year your risk of a heart attack will have halved compared to that of a smokers.


September 2021

Alzheimer's Awareness

World Alzheimer’s Month is an annual international event, always held in September and run by Alzheimer’s Disease International. The aim of the month is to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Globally there is thought to be poor understanding and a great deal of stigma surrounding dementia, so the work of World Alzheimer’s Month is vital and is working to target the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as supporting those suffering with the disease.

Dementia is not a single disease. There are different diseases that can cause dementia. Many of these diseases are associated with an abnormal build-up of proteins in the brain. This build-up causes nerve cells to function less and ultimately die. As the nerve cells die, different areas of the brain shrink.

Overall its a degenerative brain condition that affects over 50 million people and which robs a person of their memory, competency, comprehension and behavioural awareness, usually slowly over years. It is a sad condition to live with or to witness in a loved one, there are over 100 forms of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer’s Disease at 50-60% of all dementia cases.

The different types of dementia tends to affect people differently, especially in the early stages. Other factors that will affect how well someone can live with dementia include how other people respond to them and the environment around them. A person with dementia will have cognitive symptoms (to do with thinking or memory). They will often have problems with some of the following:

Day-to-day memory – for example, difficulty recalling events that happened recently, concentrating,                                  Planning or organising – for example, difficulties making decisions, solving problems or carrying out a sequence of tasks (such as cooking a meal),                                                                                                                                                              Language – for example, difficulties following a conversation or finding the right word for something,                              Visuospatial skills – for example, problems judging distances (such as on stairs) and seeing objects in three dimensions, Orientation – for example, losing track of the day or date, or becoming confused about where they are.                                Mood Changes— may become more frustrated and irritable.


August 2021

Psoriasis Awareness

This month  National Psoriasis Foundation  takes opportunity to educate and inform sufferers on a range of topics varying from treatment, causes, triggers and management of the inflammatory and often irritating disease.

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales. People with psoriasis have an increased production of skin cells.

Skin cells are normally made and replaced every 3 to 4 weeks, but in psoriasis this process only takes about 3 to 7 days. This build-up of skin cells is what creates the patches associated with psoriasis. The cause of psoriasis is still unknown but specialists believe it's related to a problem with the immune system. Its believed it attacks healthy skin cells by mistake, in people with psoriasis.

Psoriasis can also run in families, although the exact role genetics plays in causing psoriasis is unclear. The condition is not contagious, so it cannot be spread from person to person. There's no cure for psoriasis, but a range of treatments can improve symptoms and the appearance of skin patches. For example; Vitamin D analogues or topical corticosteroids.Topical treatments are creams and ointments applied to the skin. Phototherapy may be used. Phototherapy involves exposing your skin to certain types of ultraviolet light.                                   

In severe cases, where the above treatments are ineffective, systemic treatments may be used. These are oral or injected medicines that work throughout the whole body.

 a treatment called phototherapy may be used. Phototherapy involves exposing skin to certain types of ultraviolet light. 

 In severe cases, where the above treatments are ineffective, systemic treatments may be used. These are oral or injected medicines that work throughout the whole body.

Statistics Psoriasis affects around 2% of people in the UK. It can start at any age, but most often develops in adults under 35 years old, and affects men and women equally. Most common form of psoriasis is Plaque psoriasis which is characterised by red, scaly plaques. 90% of people diagnosed with psoriasis are diagnosed with this type. Other types of psoriasis include guttate psoriasis and pustular forms. These cause distinctive nail changes and occur in around 50% of all those affected.

July 2021

Sarcoma Awareness Month

Deemed a “forgotten cancer” because of its rarity, sarcomas are cancers that start in bone, muscle, connective tissue, blood vessels or fat, and can be found anywhere in the body.

If more people knew what sarcoma was, they would get that lump checked out earlier. The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed, the greater the chance of successful treatment.

Sarcoma UK is part of a caring community of patients, carers, health professionals, researchers, and a wide group of supporters. They want you to feel part of that community, to feel that you have access to other patients going through a similar journey and can put you in touch with others in local sarcoma support groups or online support groups.


Talk to us 2021 - 1st July - 30th July 

Talk To Us is The Samaritans annual awareness-raising campaign. Samaritans are challenging the UK to become better listeners by sharing expert tips such as SHUSH Tips. Make sure to check out the Samaritans Stockport branch - they are awesome!!


June 2021

Deafblind Awareness

Deafblind is far more common than people realise. In the UK alone there around 400,000 people that are affected by sight and hearing loss.It affects everyone differently, some might need to adjust the settings on their TV or turn up the volume on the phone, and others might need assistance dogs, canes and more formal care.

But for anyone affected, everyday activities can be difficult and time consuming. Imagine trying to book a doctor’s appointment, meet a friend for coffee, or even make dinner if you can’t see or hear very well.

We're supporting Deafblind Awareness Week 27th June to 3rd July 2021

March 2021

United against Dementia.

There is still a shocking level of ignorance regarding dementia.

From understanding and recognising the symptoms to then have the struggle and fight for those with dementia traits to get a timely diagnosis. Many family carers find themselves facing all kinds of hurtful misconceptions and getting a diagnosis can leave them at their wits end trying to get the quality dementia care their loved ones are desperately in need of. With dementia, too often families are left to navigate an incredibly complex system alone...It’s hard for people who aren’t acquainted with the jargon and working in the sector to understand things like the differences between health and social care.

Our Partnership Manager is taking on Snowdon to help raise vital funds so researchers can get closer to a cure. It'll be tough, but we know Jo has definitely got what it takes.

Help us support her Just Giving page to help raise some much needed money for this wonderful charity.

Jo's Just Giving page


February 2021

Mental Health awareness and encouraging people to talk!

A guide for victims and survivors of domestic abuse

Our message to victims and survivors of domestic abuse
We know that if you are currently experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse you will know what being isolated and frightened will feel like. You might be worried about self-isolating with someone who is harming you. We’ve created this to help you think about what you might do over the coming weeks to stay safe.
You are not alone in this.
You are a survivor, equipped with the knowledge, strength and tools that help keep you and your family safe every day.
Below are some things you can think about if this is happening to you. Remember that you are an expert in your own situation and only take on advice that feels safe and relevant to you. It is important to try and think about the things that may change or make you more unsafe, especially thinking through now how you might get help if you need it. We also know that, like everyone, you could be worried about contracting the virus and the NHS website can give you advice around this.
Always remember that the abuse you are experiencing is not your fault.

General points to consider
Self-isolation means different things in different countries but usually it means only leaving the house for essential reasons. Unfortunately, this means you and the person harming you could end up spending more time together in the same space.
Also, we talk about Idva/Idaa in this guide but instead you may have a social worker or other professional that you trust. Think about who this trusted person is for you. Below are things you might want to think about:

Support from family, friends and neighbours
Family, friends and neighbours can be another way to get support that you need.
-Can you FaceTime or call someone you trust? Can you talk to them about what you areexperiencing and what your concerns are? Do you have a code word/phrase to let someoneknow that it is not safe to talk or to ask someone to phone the police?
-Could you set up with someone you trust a check in call so you know that someone willcontact you at certain times of the week?

How can you look after yourself?
-As much as possible stick to usual routines. Maintaining basic self-care like eating,showering, sleeping and exercising can all help your mental health.
-Take whatever breaks you can, walk around any outside space you might have, read amagazine, get the kids involved in an online exercise class.

General safety planning
Do you have a personalised safety plan?
-Think about what needs updating or changing because of what is happening now.
-It is ok to tell your specialist worker that the person harming you is living in the property, theywill not judge you and can better help you think about your safety.
-Can an Idva/Idaa or specialist domestic abuse worker help you do this?
-If you can’t see or speak to them are there other professionals you trust and can talk to?
-Do you have a supportive employer? Can you talk to them about what is happening?
-If you can, download phone apps which will help you. The Brightsky app will help you findservices and the Hollie Gazzard app turns your smartphone into a personal safety device.
-What is the usual pattern of abuse? E.g is it worse when the kids are around or not around?
-This might help you think about times when things might be calmer.
-What are your main concerns and worries?
These are the things you need to share with your specialist domestic abuse worker,trusted professional and if you need to ring 999 for help, the police.
-Will the person who is harming you be out of work or working from home?
-Will your family income be affected? How could this affect things?
-Does the person harming you use drugs and/or alcohol?
-How could their use change and what could this mean?
-Do you know how they might respond to self-isolation?
-Think about whether this might increase the sexual violence/ coercive control/physical abuse
-Do you think there is software on your IT? Any listening devices? Cameras in the home?
-How will this change the way you might get help?
-Do you know what your options are if you want to leave? Or what your options are if you wantto stay but want the person harming you to leave? The Idva/Idaa or specialist domesticabuse worker can help you think this through.

Safety planning suggestions:
-Have you talked your Idva/Idaa through the layout of your house so you can think about anyplaces of safety?
-If you had to leave in an emergency do you know where you would go? Remember manyshops/restaurants/pubs will be shut.
-If someone you trust is doing is your shopping for you could you write a message on theshopping list asking for help?
-Have a bag packed ready and if you can, leave this at a trusted friend/family/neighbor’shome:
-This should contain medical essentials, important documents includingpassports/driving license. Maybe the service you are in touch with could keep copiesof these documents?
-Have a code word/sign to signal you are in danger – set this up for family and friends to letthem know by text/FaceTime/skype. The code will need to alert them to contact the police ifyou are in danger.
-Teach the code to children who are old enough to understand what you are asking of themand why.
-Have a little bit of money hidden away in case you need this to leave.
-Do you need a separate mobile which you can use just to call for help? The service you arein touch with may be able to supply this.
-If there are times you know you can talk, share this with your specialist worker and agree howyou will reach each other.
-Use the fact that there are no online shopping slots available to go to the shop and speak tosomeone.
-Now would be a good time to consider whether there is someone else you could move in withe.g. a vulnerable family member who will need your support. Consider that you will be selfisolating for long periods.
-Silent calls to police – dial 999 – then 55 if you can’t talk – see here.
−The person harming you may use child contact to further control and abuse you. If you havecourt orders in place which are not being followed please contact your solicitor or the police toenforce them.
−If you have children living between two family homes this counts as ‘essential travel’according to the Government.
−For my guidance with here is more guidance about child contact orders during the crisis

If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police.
Telephone and email
If you are not in immediate danger, the following numbers might be helpful:

England: Freephone 24h National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Scotland: Scotland’s 24h Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline: 0800 027 1234 

Northern Ireland: 24h Domestic & Sexual Violence Helpline: 0808 802 1414
Wales: Freephone: 24h Life Fear Free Helpline: 0808 80 10 800

LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428

Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 Karma Nirvana,

UK Helpline for ‘honour’-based abuse and forced marriage: 0800 5999 247

Victim Support National 24 hour Supportline: 0808 1689 111

Websites and useful guides Accessing information online may feel like the best option for you at this time. If you do access any information online you may need to delete your browser history or use ‘private browsing’ as a way to hide your searches.
•SafeLives guide to staying safe online
•Women’s Aid guide to private browsing
•Guide to technology safety
•Making a safety plan, Women’s Aid
•The Survivor’s Handbook, Women’s Aid
•Guidance on economic abuse during COVID-19, Surviving Economic Abuse
•Karma Nirvana

Live chats and survivor forums

•Women’s Aid Survivors Forum

•Women’s Aid Live Chat

•Victim Support Live Chat

Samaritans can also be a source of support to you if you are generally feeling low and would like to talk to someone. They are a non-judgemental listening service that will not give advice or pressure you in any way.





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