AIS Direct September

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Welcome to the September edition of the AIS Direct newsletter. 

There are a variety of articles for you to read this month including:

  • if you, or someone you know is suffering with their mental health, did you know there are Network Cafés taking place around North Lincolnshire and you can pop in for a chat, no appointment necessary? See article below.
  • do you know someone who gives their time tirelessly volunteering to help others? Or someone who deserves recognition for their personal achievement in overcoming barriers or excelling in a sport or the arts? If yes, why not nominate them for a Community Champion Award. See how in the article below.

Your feedback is very helpful to us, if there is anything you would particularly like to see in future editions or if you have any comments to make please email us

If you would like to look back at previous copies of the newsletter, visit the AIH website



Adult Information Hub


The Adult Information Service (AIS) provides free, impartial information and guidance on services, activities and what’s on for adults across North Lincolnshire.

We aim to provide an efficient, accessible information service to support adults, carers and their families in North Lincolnshire.

Take a look at our Adult Information Hub website where you will find lots of useful information and advice on staying independent, support in your community, support for carers, activities and groups for you to get involved in and general information on care and support.

Adult Hub activity guide

Further details on groups, activities and leisure can be found on the Adult Activity Hub website.

The information is maintained by North Lincolnshire Council and includes the names of activities, descriptions, contact details and opening hours.

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Network Cafe

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If you are experiencing mental health problems and you would like to talk to someone, why not drop into one of the Network Cafés? No appointment is necessary.

The Network Cafés offer practical advice and information and they offer mental health skills sessions, which staff will book people into via the drop-ins.

The sessions are currently taking place in all of the Network Cafés and include:

  • Living Mindfully - How to introduce mindfulness to our everyday lives
  • Managing Stress
  • Motivate Me - A course about goal setting and keeping motivation high for making positive changes
  • Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds - Explores how taking care of ourselves physically impacts positively on our mental health

Drop in sessions are a community based initiative delivered by the Adult Mental Health Social Work Team.  

  • Mondays 1pm to 4pm Café INDIEpendent, High Street, Scunthorpe
  • Wednesdays 9am to 12noon Baysgarth Leisure Centre, Brigg Road, Barton
  • Thursdays 1pm to 4pm Epworth Community Hub, High Street
  • Fridays 9am to 12noon Brigg Youth Centre, Grammar School Road

For all enquiries please call 01724 296633 or 01724 297000

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Vote for your Community Champion

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With only a few weeks left to nominate for this year’s Community Champion Awards, North Lincolnshire Council is looking for people with remarkable achievements to be recognised.

There are 23 awards in 4 categories, Inspiration, Achievement, Community and Volunteering. See the council website for a full list of the awards or download the leaflet which also contains the criteria for each award.

The awards ceremony is taking place on Thursday 28 November 2019 at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe to recognise unsung heroes.

Nominate your Community Champions online, where you can also find out more details.

If you are not able to nominate online, call 01724 297270 during office hours or email: for a form.

The closing date for nominations is 30 September 2019.

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Carer's Support Service

Carers Support

Planning for Tomorrow

New sessions for Carers helping them to plan for their future.

4 September 2019 - My Future Care Plan - This session focuses on end of life care and palliative care and the support available to you.

9 October 2019 - The Role of a Funeral Director - An open and engaging talk by a local funeral director, with an opportunity to ask questions.

6 November 2019 - Life After Caring - We will look at the practicalities and emotions of when your caring role ends, and constructing a life after caring.

Please call 01652 650585 for more information. Booking essential. Each session is from 10am until 1pm and includes lunch.

Find lots more information and support for carers on the Carers' Support website.

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Peggy's World - Restorative Service

Peggy's world

Peggy’s World is now offering a restorative care service.  You may know this as respite, or carer break services.  The aim is to restore balance for a family by offering a flexible approach to support for families in the earlier stages of dementia, or just simply getting older and need company and low level support. 

Peggy’s World will be open 24 hours a day, with stays from one night to eight weeks.  The rooms are all en-suite and they aim to maintain independence as far as possible.  They also offer rehabilitative care for those who may be discharged from hospital but not quite confident enough to go home. 

There is a separate kitchen for carers and those who wish to remain independent, or need a cup of tea at 2 am!  A staff member will always be around to chat to if needed.  Any current care packages in place for people can also continue if a person is staying at Peggy’s World, as long as they are CQC registered. 

If you would like to know more, or arrange an assessment or visit please contact Cathy Gibbs or Tilly Brock on 01724 808108. Further information is available on the Peggy's World website

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, will be back in October 2019. 

Stoptober has been responsible for over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you on your quitting journey including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Reasons to stop smoking:

  • Save Money - You'll have much more cash in your pocket. If you smoke a packet a day, you could save around £250 each month
  • Protect your Family - Quitting helps protect your loved ones from harmful second-hand smoke – reducing their risk of developing asthma, meningitis and some cancers
  • Feel Healthier - No matter how long you've smoked for, quitting can help improve your health straight away

Click here to visit the Stoptober website. 

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What's On

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Do you want to get out and meet people, join a group to improve your fitness or maybe there's an activity you've always wanted to try but never got round to it?  Below are some ideas to get you started.

If you prefer to speak to someone, call the Adult Information Service (AIS), who can provide you with a list of activities in your area. Call 01724 296607. Friendly, helpful staff are waiting for your call.

  • The Adult Hub Activity website has a wide range of groups and activities for you to get involved in. It is very easy to search by type of activity, area or if you have additional needs. 
  • Community Wellbeing Hubs are a great place to meet people and socialise. Wellbeing Hub contact numbers.
  • Foresight Limited operates throughout North and North East Lincolnshire to meet the needs and requirements of disabled people, their families and carers. For further information, contact them directly via their website or call 01724 271381.
  • Check out the Carers’ Support Centre there is always lots of groups and activities for Carers in North Lincolnshire. 
  • North Lincolnshire Council – What’s On pages on the council website. Lots of information about upcoming events, exhibitions and places to visit.  

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Walking the way to health

Walking the way to health

Walking the Way to Health is an initiative that aims to encourage you to walk 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 a perfect way to see the natural environment around you.

Visit the council website for more information and check out if there is a walk near you.

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Buggy Fitness

Buggy fitness

Buggy Fitness takes place at Normanby Hall Country Park and runs every Thursday at 10am, during term time only.

We meet in the courtyard outside the Cafe area. The perfect way to meet other mums, enjoy the park and fresh air, while enjoying some fitness.

Session will include a warm up around the park, core exercises, stretching and even some mat Pilates and yoga.  Ideal for any fitness level, these sessions are developed to help mums improve general health and fitness.

If you have any concerns please get in touch at anytime.

Suitable for Mums from 6 weeks post natural delivery and 8-10 weeks post C Section.

Sessions cost £4 per adult and baby. Siblings welcome to join in at no extra cost.

Pay as you go, so simply just turn up and pay on the day. No advance booking required, making it nice and easy. A £3 car parking charge applies. Annual membership holders park for free.

If bad weather conditions are forecast sessions will be cancelled in advance.

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Reading Friends - Newschat

Reading Friends

Thursdays 10.30am to 12noon at Scunthorpe Central - Carlton St, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire DN15, UK

Meet with others to talk about news and current events. Just show up and join in; no need to book your place. All welcome.

Newschat is part of the Library Service’s Reading Friends programme.

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