AIS Direct October 2019

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Autumn is upon us and we are up to the October edition of AIS Direct already!

In this edition there is a focus on looking after yourself both physically and mentally with great articles about healthy hearts, going sober for October, getting your steps in and World Mental Health Day.

And great news....The closing date to nominate a community champion has been extended until 6 October 2019 so read more about how you can get your nominations in now.

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.



Nominate your Community Champion

Community Champion

Nomination deadline extended - 6 October

Due to a slight issue with the online form, some people were not able to access it to nominate their community champion. The problem has been sorted out now so we have decided to extend the closing date for nominations until Sunday 6 October.

With only a few days 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 has now been extended to 6 October 2019 due to a previous technical fault with the online nomination form.

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Is your heart healthy?

Healthy Heart

Cardiovascular disease (those affecting the heart or blood vessels) is one of the main causes of death and disability in the UK, but it can often be prevented by leading a healthy lifestyle.

The Healthy Hearts website is designed to help people reduce their risk of stroke and heart attack, and help to lower the number of people dying prematurely from cardiovascular disease.

Visit the Healthy Hearts website for information on how you can improve your heart health and take steps to protect against cardiovascular disease.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research .

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the aim is to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support.

It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.  Everyone’s breasts are different, and your breasts can change with age and at different times of the month.  It’s important to get to know how your breasts normally look and feel.

Breast Cancer Care and Macmillan are valuable sources of information and support.

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Be a Soberhero this October!


Go Sober for October encourages people to go booze-free for the 31 days of October.

Whatever your reason for going sober this October you’ll find there are many benefits, whether it’s sleeping better, having more money in the bank or simply feeling healthier in general.

Have a look at these top tips for going sober.

The Drink Aware website is also a great source of information regarding all things alcohol related.

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National Work Life Week

Work Life Balance

7 October marks the start of Work Life Week 2019.  

National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. Employers can use the week to provide activities for staff, and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices.

Whether you’re an employee or an employer use this week to think about your work-life balance.

Our Family Information Service can provide lots of information and advice for working families.

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Get stepping!


Challenge 10,000 takes place this month across North Lincolnshire, it aims to encourage people to walk up to 10,000 steps a day as a means to help improve health and wellbeing.  Even if you missed out on signing up for challenge 10,000 you can still get moving this October. 

Enormous benefits can be reaped by getting moving more.  Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.  Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.  You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

On our activity guide are details of lots of walks and runs that take place in various locations throughout North Lincs.

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Alzheimer's Society newsletter

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Take a look at the Alzheimer's Society October newsletter. Lots of great articles to help if you are living with, or caring for someone with Alzheimer's/Dementia in North or North East Lincolnshire.

There is a lot of support in your community whether you are looking for information, advice or support or groups to get involved with. There's an opportunity to get involved in volunteering and allow someone to continue playing an active part in their community.

Read the newsletter and if you need any further help please call 01427 359247 or visit the Alzheimer's website.

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Driving in later life


There is a really useful 'Behind the Wheel' guide that can be downloaded from the Independent Age website.  It's full of tips and useful advice about how to stay safe and confident when driving in later life.  It also looks at what you can do when the time comes to stop driving.

If you have reduced mobility, find out more about how you can get a blue badge.

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World Mental Health Day 2019

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The World Mental Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year.  This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is suicide prevention.

Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.  Mental health is everyone’s business.  We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened.  Most of the time those feelings pass.  But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.

Many people don’t even feel comfortable talking about their feelings. But it’s healthy to know and say how you’re feeling.

Find out more about what you can do to look after your mental health.

The NHS and MIND both have some really useful information online.

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Carers' Support

Planning for Tomorrow

Planning for Tomorrow programme for Carers

The following sessions are available to book, each session is from 10am until 1pm and includes lunch.  Members of staff and a counsellor available at each session.

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

6th 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 and to book your place.

The course is Funded by the Carers' Trust

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National Arthritis Week 2019


Arthritis is thought to affect around 10 million people in the UK and can affect people of all ages.  If you are living with arthritis or feel that you may be experiencing symptoms of arthritis you may find that exercise, a healthy diet and getting a good nights sleep are all things you can do to help.  Find out more about the conditions, treatments and where you can go for help.

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North Lincolnshire SEND Local Offer

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Have you visited our Local Offer website?

Our SEND Local Offer website provides information on the support and provision available locally for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and their families.  It covers areas such as:

  • Education and training
  • Money
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Advice and Support
  • Preparing for Adulthood

The website has been divided into two main sections, children and young people, and parents and carers.  The sections are designed to meet the needs of each audience. There is also a Professionals section containing strategic documents and information.

If you would like to leave some feedback on the website please use this feedback form.

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What's On

What's On

Brick by Brick

Brick by Brick Family Funday


Saturday 5 October 2019 10am-4pm

Join us for an action packed day to celebrate the opening of our Brick by Brick exhibition. Meet LEGO® costume characters Emmet and Lucy, have a go at our LEGO® brick challenges, take part in a golden brick treasure hunt and a mini-figure safari competition and help us to complete a large-scale LEGO® brick mosaic*. And of course, we'll be inviting you to join us for some crafting on our ARTivity table, where our makes will be inspired by the theme of the day.

This is also your first chance to take a look around our brand new touring exhibition, Brick by Brick, which features artists who use LEGO® bricks in their work. The show includes a range of two and three dimensional work in a variety of scales, from jewellery to sculpture and showcases the wide range of creative approaches that artists take when using this iconic construction brick.

Find out more about the Brick by Brick Family Funday here.

*Please note that there is a £1 charge for the mosaic activity. All other activities are free.

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Black Orchid

Saturday 5 October, Black Orchid will be appearing at the Brigg Servicemens Club from 8.30pm. They will be singing hits from artists including:

Fleetwood Mac, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Police, Kaisers Chiefs, Abba, ZZ Top and much more...

This is a FREE event and everyone welcome.

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Calling all witches and wizards, ghosts and ghoulies; the Normanby Hall-oween Spooktacular returns on Sunday 27 October 2019, from 3pm to 7pm.

At this exclusive annual pass holder event, Normanby members will be able to enjoy spine tingling scare walks, creepy cheerleading shows, and fairground fun to entertain the whole family. The grand finale will be a bang-less firework display, set to a spooky soundtrack.

Bring along your carved pumpkin and contribute to a display illuminating the Stableyard, before picking out a Halloween treat. There’ll also be a selection of gruesome games to discover – take part if you dare.

This fright night is a special ‘thank you’ event to those who have bought memberships this year. The park will be closed to non-pass holders from 2pm on Sunday 27 October.

Due to popular demand, pass holders are asked to register for a free car parking ticket, through Eventbrite, prior to attending.

To ensure you don’t miss out on this bewitching event, buy your pass today on the Normanby Hall website.

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Memories at the Museum

Thursday 31 October 10.30am – 11.30am

Take a walk down memory lane and join our new discussion sessions for people with an interest in local history. Get together and chat about your memories with a member of our team who will have a selection of photos and items from the past. Each week has a different theme and we'd love to see your items and images too. Spark memories and make new friends over tea and coffee. Monthly dates until March 2020.

For more information call 01724 297055.

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The Ropewalk is a regionally acclaimed centre for the arts housing four gallery spaces, a sculpture garden, coffee shop and facilities for printmaking and room hire.

Ropery Hall is small scale venue for film, theatre, comedy and music.

The centre is situated slightly to the east of the Humber Bridge, on the southern bank of the River Humber. Stretching out towards the bank, at almost a quarter of a mile long, The Ropewalk was initially part of a rope making factory; opening in 1767, the factory eventually closed in 1989.

Visit the Ropewalk website for more information about What's On this autumn.

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