Latest news about health in Wolverhampton
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The Wolverhampton Integrated Respiratory Lifestyle (TWIRL) Group
We’re delighted to be one of the organisations supporting The Wolverhampton Integrated Respiratory Lifestyle (TWIRL) Project, alongside The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Compton Hospice, Wolves Community Trust, Age UK Wolverhampton and West Midlands Fire Service.
With the support of the Health Foundation, we have worked together to develop an informal community-based ‘breathing group’ for COPD patients. COPD is a condition where the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. This causes the airways to become narrower, which makes it harder to breathe in and out.
TWIRL will meet weekly on Wednesday afternoons at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton starting Wednesday 20 July. Patients can take part in fun activities like bingo and quizzes, and receive structured education to help them better manage their condition whilst being supported by volunteers and health care professionals in an informal environment.
For more details about the group, please e-mail WOLCCG.WCCG@nhs.net or call 01902 444878.
Dementia Friendly Community
The Alzheimer's Society granted Wolverhampton Dementia Friendly Community Status for 2017-18 after recognising the work taking place in the City to improve services for people living with dementia, and their families and carers. Joe Edwards, Dementia Friendly Communities Officer for the West Midlands, said: "The Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance has put in a great amount of work to achieve Dementia Friendly Community status. The dementia-friendly action of member organisations will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by dementia in the City."
To find out more about the Wolverhampton Dementia Action Alliance please visit the website or contact Susan Eagle on Susan.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dementia Friendly Award Winners
Wolverhampton Dementia Cafes:
Where: Linden House Cafe, Linden House, Tettenhall Road, WV6 0DD
When: 1st Tuesday of the month
Time: 10am - 12pm
Wednesfield Community Café
Where: Wednesfield Community Centre, Well Lane, Wednesfield, WV11 1XT
When: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Bilston People's Centre
Where: Wolverhampton Street, Bilston, WV14 0LT
When: 1st Friday of the month
Time: 2pm- 4pm
Help and support
A range of organisations offer help and support for people with dementia and their families and carers. They include:
Carer Support Team
The Carer Support Team offers a range of support for carers of adults living in Wolverhampton.
A Carer is anyone who provides support for a relative, friend or neighbour without payment. The person that you look after may have a mental health need, learning disability, physical and sensory disability or may be an older, vulnerable person.
The Carer Support Team can support you in your caring role by offering the following:
- Practical information, advice & guidance
- Carer's Assessment
- Benefits advice
- Emotional support
- Carers Emergency Card
- Carer Training
- Carers Cafe at the Lighthouse
- Information about Breaks for Carers
What is a Carer's Assessment?
This is an opportunity for you as a Carer to talk about your caring role and the impact it has on your life. You will then be able to work through a plan to support you in your caring role.
A Carer Personal Budget (also known as a Carer Direct Payment) is a sum of money paid by the council's Adult Social Care department to help to a Carer to pay for things which will help them in their caring role. It allows a Carer to have more control over how they are supported. To get a personal budget you will have to have had a Carers Assessment and you will need to be eligible. To find out more contact the Carers Team. You and the person who completes the assessment with you will create a support plan which will show how your support will be arranged, and how you will spend your personal budget.
As a Carer, there may be benefits, such as Carers allowance that you are entitled to. The person you care for may also be entitled to benefits that you may not be aware of. During your carer's assessment, you will be offered advice and support about the benefits you may be able to claim. You should always get advice when putting in claims as sometimes claiming certain benefits can have an impact on the benefits of the person you care for. For more information please contact the Carers Team.
Carers Emergency Card
Carers are offered an emergency card once they have had a Carers Assessment so that if the Carer was in an Accident or emergency the card would identify them as a Carer and a contingency plan can be put into place.
The Sound Doctor
The Sound Doctor produces high quality films about a number of medical conditions online. All the films are short, informative and interesting. They will help you understand more about your condition and how to look after yourself better.
If you or any of your family would like to access this large film library please email: email@example.com giving the name of your GP and practice. You will be sent a link to click on, and you then just need to create a username and password of your choice. That’s all you have to do! Please do recommend this resource to your friends and family if you think they will benefit from the information. As long as they live in this region they will be eligible for free access too
Support group for Patients on the Autism Spectrum
About the Group
We are a support group based in Wolverhampton for people aged 18 years old and over who have Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The group is supported by the Mental Health Empowerment Team from Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council.
Carers and professionals are also welcome.
We meet on the third Thursday of every month from 10.30am to 12.30pm
The group gives an opportunity for adults with autism to meet up each month in a friendly, supportive environment to share experiences and useful information, take part in activities and hopefully feel more part of the community. Also to feed back to Wolverhampton's Autism Strategy Group around the needs / experiences of adults on the autism spectrum.
Group Meetings usually involve arranged speakers. We also meet occasionally for a social event at other times of the week and day.
We are very open to suggestions for activities from group members.
The group is funded by Wolverhampton City Council.
Location of Group Meetings
Meetings take place at:
The Old School
73 Dudley Road
Bus Number 1 - This bus runs approximately every 6 - 7 minutes and can be caught in Darlington Street, Lichfield Street (near the Art Gallery) or Market Street or Snow Hill. Get off at the first stop on Dudley Road and the building will be on your right.
Contact: Amanda Williams
Tel: 01902 328978