AIS Direct August 2019

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Welcome to the August edition of the AIS Direct newsletter and a very Happy Summer Holidays from the Adult Information Service.

Are the kid's driving you mad yet? It's difficult to keep them occupied during the summer holidays but we've got lots on offer for you. Check out the various articles below and the Children and Young People's Activity guide. Here you will find lots of cheap and free activities taking place throughout the entire year, not just holidays.

Lots going on for adults too. Take a look at the Adult Activity Guide which hosts information on lots of groups, activities and things to do.  

If you know of any groups/activities taking place and they are not included in our activity guides, please contact and we will arrange to add them to our listings.

If you have any feedback on this newsletter, please contact


Get out and do something this summer holidays!

summer hols

The summer holidays are well underway, if you are looking for something to do this August look at our action packed activity guides for ideas:

See also the What's On section of this newsletter.

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Free swimming

free swimming

Free swimming sessions are back once again for the school summer holidays in North Lincolnshire.

From Saturday 20 July to Monday 2 September, children aged 16 and under can swim for free during any Summer Daze session at North Lincolnshire leisure centres.

Free swimming will be available at:

  • The Pods, Scunthorpe
  • Ancholme Leisure Centre, Brigg
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre, Crowle
  • Baysgarth Leisure Centre, Barton upon Humber
  • Riddings Pool
  • Epworth Pool

You can find all the Summer Daze sessions online at

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Walk the Way to Health


The Walking the Way to Health initiative aims to encourage you to walk more in your own community.

Being physically active on a regular basis can significantly improve your health and fitness and walking is ideal for building exercise into your everyday life.  It is also an ideal way to see the natural environment around you.

With Walking the Way to Health, led walks are free and most are no longer than 3 miles each.  There will be two trained walk leaders on each walk (one with first aid equipment).  There is no need to book, just turn up on the day!

Have a look at the walk timetables:

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Normanby Country Fayre

Normanby country fayre

Normanby Hall has revealed exciting plans to revive the Summer Country Fayre on 26 August – nearly a century after the last one was held at the park.

The fayre is from 10am to 4pm and promises to be a fun-filled day of activities for all the family.

Visitors will be able to enjoy all the fun of the fayre, including performances from local singer Mary Daw, street theatre, pony rides, and dog competitions and agility shows from Jerry Greens, Scunthorpe Obedience Agility Training Club and The Brigg Mutley Crew Flyball Team.

For further information, visit the council website

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Cancer Champion Training

Cancer champion

Cancer Champions - Early detection saves lives!

Would you be able to spot the possible early signs of cancer in a friend or relative?
If so, would you know how to approach the subject or what to suggest? Why not attend a half day
session and become a Cancer Champion?

Come and join a Cancer Champion training session. They are laid back and informal, run by people
like you (i.e. not doctors or people who speak jargon). You will learn about the early signs and
symptoms of cancer, how to approach the subject, and also the National Cancer Screening

Cancer Champion training will take place on Wednesday 14 August at 9.30am to 12 noon and
Tuesday 10h September at 1.30pm to 4pm at the Engineering UTC Northern Lincolnshire,
Carlton Street, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TA.

To book a place on the course please email
or phone Emma on 07519 120809.

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Do you know an everyday local hero?

Local hero

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service would like to find everyday local heroes.

A local hero can be anyone (carer, parent, teacher, volunteer, a friend) who has gone above and beyond to help or has made a difference to someone’s life.

On Friday 22 November, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service will host their annual Recognition Awards ceremony to celebrate the great achievements of staff and partners. 

This year, members of the public are being asked to nominate their local hero. The top three nominations will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the ceremony, where the winner will be crowned.

Share your stories and nominate your hero.

Submit a nomination.

Alternatively, if you would like a nomination pack by post: Email: Telephone: 01482 567423

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Remain independent in your own home with Telecare


Do you have a relative or friend who is a little unsteady on their feet?  If they fell over in the bath or shower, would they be able to get up again or would they have to struggle until help came?

Maybe you aren't as agile as you used to be or you're a little forgetful these days?

Perhaps you live alone and are wary of answering the door to strangers?

Would you feel safer if you knew help was at hand when you needed it?

'Telecare' is assistive technology that gives you the peace of mind to live independently. You may recognise it as the pendant alarm worn by elderly relatives, but it's much more than that. It's friendly, reliable assistance at the touch or a button, but it's also a sophisticated sensor system that monitors heat, movement, water and carbon monoxide. It can even automatically contact help when you've had a fall.

Telecare costs from as little as the price of a store bought coffee per week (plus set up fees), and local company Care Call can get you started with everything you need. If you receive a care package from North Lincolnshire Council, you may already be eligible for Telecare, just speak to your allocated worker.

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Respite care at Lindsey Lodge

Lindsey Lodge

Respite is a way for carers to take a break from caring. If friends and family provide a significant amount of care this may enable them to have a break from caring, for example, to take a holiday.

Lindsey Lodge has a dedicated nurse-led respite bed in a beautifully furnished room with en-suite facilities.

Anyone who would be eligible to receive services from Lindsey Lodge Hospice can book a respite bed. You don’t need to be attending already.

To book a respite bed you, your family or professionals involved in your care at home can contact Lindsey Lodge to enquire about vacancies.

Anyone eligible for our services is eligible for two weeks minimum respite per year, with an option for an extra week if the bed becomes available at short notice. The bed cost is £700 per week, inclusive of all nursing care and meals. It is booked from Thursday at 2pm to the following Thursday at 10am, this is to ensure a relaxed and flexible admission and discharge process.

Please call 07396561692, or email for further information, or to make a booking.

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Volunteering at The Carers’ Support Service

Do you have a few hours to spare?  Would you like to help others who are unpaid carers?

Could you:

  • Drive carers from their home to a peer support group
  • Assist us in providing information at events
  • Befriend a carer
  • Support carers within a peers support group
  • Visit or telephone an isolated person in their own home to offer support or information
  • Help to fundraise
  • Offer skills such as counselling or computer tuition
  • Qualified therapists can offer time to provide relaxation therapies

If you could do any of the above then the Carers’ Support Centre would love to hear from you.  You can contact them on 01652 650585.

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Support if you're feeling lonely


Most of us will feel lonely at some point but there are some experiences common in older age that can make it more likely.

Independent Age have produced a guide, 'If you're feeling lonely', which suggests things you could try which could help to reduce loneliness, as well as information about where to look for more help.

You can also read more about what to do if someone you know is lonely, it’s often hard to know what to do but the main things to remember are:

  • Make yourself available
  • Check how the person is feeling
  • Be dependable

Locally there are community wellbeing hubs which are there to provide advice and support for vulnerable adults in North Lincolnshire.  If you are feeling lonely or isolated then please feel free to contact your local hub on the numbers below.  Or just drop in and say hello.  You will always be given a warm welcome.

  • Barton and Winterton – 01652 634554
  • Brigg and Broughton – 01652 653384
  • Scunthorpe – 01724 296759
  • Epworth and Crowle – 01724 297771

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What's On

What's On

Music in the park

Music in the park on Sundays at Normanby Hall

Sunday 4 August - Beverley Brass Band

Sunday 11 August - Markham Main Colliery Band

Sunday 18 August - Salvation Army Band

Normal park admission fees apply, for more details about these and other events, visit the Normanby Hall website.

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Gunness Village Live Arts presents:


The Gunness Village Hall ( also known as the Sports and Community Centre) is a newly built venue with a licensed bar. Lucid, a folk rock band from the Isle of Wight, will be performing on

24 August 2019

7.30pm (doors open at 7pm)  £10 

Ticket hotline: 01724 783372

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Isle Community choir

Isle Community Choir

Under the inspirational leadership of Musical Director, Hannah Doherty, and excellent accompanist, James Longden, the Isle Community Choir continues to grow both in numbers and in ability. They are always looking for new members, who are guaranteed a warm welcome if they drop in at one of the rehearsals at 7.30pm on a term-time Wednesday evening at St Norbert’s Voluntary Academy in Crowle.

Contact choir secretary Gill Vickers on 01427 873947 if you would like to know more.

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Children playing

Children and Young People's Activity Guide

There are lots of activities for children, young people and their families to do in North Lincolnshire that are free and low cost.  Use the online calendar to discover what’s on for your family over the coming weeks.

If your child has a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND) there are some activities listed which are specifically aimed at your family. You can find them by clicking on the ‘SEND’ tag. You can also access Short Breaks. These provide an opportunity for a disabled child or young person (0-18 years old) to take part in free fun activities.

However, our aim is to help any child to access the activities they are interested in and remove barriers wherever possible. If your child would like to access one of the activities listed on our guide, but you are not sure if their needs will be met by the activity provider, please call us on 01724 296629 to discuss your needs. We will liaise between you and the activity provider to try and make the activity as accessible as possible for all.

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