AIS Direct - March 2020

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Welcome to the March issue of AIS Direct. 

Some great articles inside this month including; have you ever considered becoming a foster parent? If you would like to know more, why not attend one of the monthly Fostering events. See article for more information.

Are you claiming everything you are entitled to? Independent Age can offer you lots of useful advice including advice regarding benefits. See article for more details.

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



World Book Day

World book day

Thursday 5 March 2020 is World Book Day!  Get involved…Celebrate stories.  Love reading.

It’s never too early to get children interested in books.  The Imagination Library is a fantastic scheme open for all children in North Lincolnshire aged from birth to four years 10 months.  Each month a carefully selected book will be posted to your child and the book is totally free.  However, you must register to get your free books.  Either visit your local library or children’s centre or follow this online link

For details of your local library click here.


It's Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer Month takes place in March.  7300 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year so it's important to raise awareness of the disease.  By raising awareness more women might be able to spot the symptoms earlier and the earlier a woman is diagnosed with ovarian cancer the more likely it is that she will respond to treatment.

The Target Ovarian Cancer website has information and guides regarding symptoms and diagnosis.

The NHS website is also a great source of information.

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North Lincolnshire Fostering


An outstanding place to foster

Taking the time to look into fostering is a first step towards a rewarding challenge for some people. Thank you for making that first step to help make a difference to a child’s life.

Fostering involves looking after children or young people in your own home while their own family is unable to do so. Some children may return to their birth families or other family members. Some may move on to a permanent home through adoption. Others may remain in foster care until they are ready to live independently.

People interested in becoming foster carers will be treated fairly, without prejudice and with respect at all times. Prospective foster carers are considered in terms of their capacity to look after children in a safe and responsible way that meets the child’s development needs.

Come along to a Fostering Information event:

  • 19 March 2020 at Church Square House, 30-40 High Street, Scunthorpe at 6pm
  • 22 April at Brigg Children’s Centre, Grammar School Road at 6pm
  • 20 May at the Old School Inn, 10 Battle Green, Epworth at 6pm

Further information is available on the council website Fostering page

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Independent Age - Moneywise


Money can be tight at times, especially once we retire and find ourselves living on a fixed income while our fuel bills, travel costs and general living expenses go up every year. Yet many older people are missing out on hundreds of pounds of entitlements they could be due, or paying over the odds for their bills.

Our guide could help you boost your income and cut your bills – by claiming benefits you may not have realised you’re entitled to, getting help with energy costs and shopping around to find the best deals for you.

Visit the Independent Age website for lots more useful advice.

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Side by Side - for Dementia


What is Side by Side?

Side by Side is a volunteer-led service which helps people living with dementia to continue to play
active roles in their communities. The service helps them to lead fulfilling lives, and reduces
loneliness and isolation.

What’s your idea of a good time? Going to the football, catching a movie, a jog around the park, a
good old mooch around the shops? Whatever you love doing, Side by Side is our service to help
you keep involved with your community.

Your Side by Side volunteer will help you to keep on doing the things you love – and try new things
too. The idea is that you meet up, decide what you’d like to do, and then do it together. It’s all about
having fun and feeling good – you’ll both be making a big difference to each other’s lives.

If you are interested in accessing Side by Side or Volunteering for us, you can contact the local office on:
T: 01472 359 247 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Or you can contact our Customer Care Team number on: 0330 333 0804
(Monday to Sunday 8am till 10pm )

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Join the Great British Spring Clean in North Lincolnshire

spring clean

Litter heroes in North Lincolnshire are being called on to take part in this year’s Great British Spring Clean between 20 March and 13 April 2020.

The biggest ever litter campaign gives people the opportunity to get involved in cleaning up their community and country to really make a difference.

North Lincolnshire Council has backed the campaign for many years to encourage people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish that lives around communities.

Last year’s Great British Spring Clean in North Lincolnshire saw around 400 volunteers from 40 groups collect over 1,000 large bin bags full of rubbish.

Join the ever growing band of people who have had enough of other people’s litter, are willing to donate their time to help clear it up and want to see an end to littering.

If you would like to get involved in the big clean up, get in touch with the council on 01724 297670 or email The council can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect.

In addition to making the council aware, register your involvement online. This will ensure that all clean-ups in North Lincolnshire are recognised and your clean-up is shown on the map along with others taking place up and down the country. You will also be able to download the guide, get advice and tips.

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Volunteer Independent Visitors - could this be you?


Do you have a few hours to spare and feel that you could help support a child or young person?

Volunteer Independent Visitors are needed in North Lincolnshire to support a child or young person, and make a difference.

An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who spends time with a child or young person who is in the care of the local authority and who has little or no contact with the adults in their family.

Through doing activities and going on trips out together it is hoped that volunteers will become a mentor and friend that will provide the young person with a support that is independent of the ‘professionals’ within their life. Volunteers are there just for them and meet about once a month for a few hours.

People interested in becoming an Independent Visitor volunteer can find out more details on the Independent Visitors page, by emailing, or calling 01724 297256 for an informal chat about the role.

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Age UK Lindsey are looking for volunteers


Age UK Lindsey provide drop in sessions at Scunthorpe Central and Scunthorpe Hub for people who need 1 to 1 friendly support with using their device and getting online.

Friendly and cheerful individuals with some knowledge of iPad/iPhone, android tablets/phones, computers, laptops and mac books are needed!  Individuals don’t have to be experts in everything, but just have some knowledge to be able to support people in getting online.  They’re ideally, looking for individuals to be softly spoken and able to listen.

If someone is interested in volunteering they can contact Tony on 07715 406995​ (between 6pm and 8pm - Monday to Friday) or pop along to one of the above sessions.

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Changing Places toilets

Although there are a vast number of accessible toilets in the region, standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of every person with a disability.  Changing Places toilets are different to standard disabled toilets as they have extra features, special equipment and more space to provide a safe and clean environment for the people who use them.  A list of Changing Places toilets can be found on the council website

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Blue Badge Scheme

Blue badge

Do you know if you’re eligible for a Blue Badge?  The aim of the scheme is to help people with enduring and substantial mobility issues caused by visible and non-visible disabilities to access goods and services, by allowing them to park closer to their destination.  The scheme is open to people irrespective of whether they are travelling as a driver or a passenger.

Find out more about the Blue Badge scheme.

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Carers' Support Centre

Carers Support service

Relaxation in the Lavender Room at the Carers’ Support Centre in Brigg

Take time out to de-stress, relax and unwind in the calming surroundings of the Lavender Room.  Recharge your batteries and face the rest of the day with renewed energy and vitality. 

Relaxation therapies help your body release those feel-good hormones that make you feel happy inside.

Beauty treatments, reflexology and types of massage including Indian head, Shiatsu or back, neck and shoulder all available.

Appointments in the Lavender Room are available to anyone however, prices are substantially reduced for carers.  Treatment prices are £10.00 for carers and £15.00 for non carers.

Call 01652 650585 for more information or to book your appointment today!

Treat yourself – you are worth it!

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What's On

What's On

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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In the Stitch Zone

Do you want to stitch for pleasure, learn new techniques or improve your existing skills? Or do you want to enjoy stitching and chatting with like-minded people? The Stitch Zone welcomes stitchers of all abilities. Learn a variety of embroidery stitches and techniques, working at your own pace, or take part in workshops, all with expert help and advice from textile artist and tutor Alex Hall.

Stitch Zone takes place on Mondays at Scunthorpe Central between 1pm and 3pm. Contact Adult Community Learning on 01724 862217 for more details and to book your place.

£5 per session, £30 for seven sessions.

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Music Evening with Brooks Williams at The Steel Rooms

Friday 27 March 7pm – 10pm

Tickets £15 includes vegetable shepherd’s pie with goats cheese mash, served with garlic bread.

Find out More!

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KLIX Family Film Sessions at Kirton Town Hall!

KLIX Family Film - Sunday 8 March 2020 at 3pm

KLIX Community Film - Saturday 14 March 7.30pm

Contact Kirton Town Hall, DN21 4LZ on 07752 246255 for more information.

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Workshops at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

There a lots of fantastic workshops taking place at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe, DN15 6TA.  Have a look at the all of the events and workshops or phone 01724 297070 for more information.

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