created by Rachel Hogg published on 30 November 2015

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock - car parks full, the perfume you have been 'hinted' to buy isn't in the shops, where can I get some sprouts?  Yes folks, it's nearly Christmas!  Stress - what stress!!

There have been some really useful snippets of information around this month and hopefully the following is of interest to you.

NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) recently produced new guidelines that 'health and social care services should work more closely together to ensure older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions receive effective care.  The guideline also recommends that older people with social care needs and multiple long term conditions have a single, named care co-ordinator who acts as their first point of contact'.  Follow the link to read the guidelines http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng22

ARC UK have been running a project since 2009 called 'Safety Net' which provides information and advice on the issues of 'Hate' and 'Mate' crime.  The project is predominately for people with Learning Disabilities however, I think the information is useful for anyone who is perceived as being 'vulnerable' in our community.  The following link takes you to a newsletter that provides up-to-date information and advice, as well as links to useful resources. http://arcuk.org.uk/safetynet/

'Living Streets' a UK Charity for everyday walking are carrying out an access audit in Hartlepool on behalf of the Borough Council on Friday 11th December.  They are particularly interested in the walk from St Joseph's Court to the Transport Interchange.  If you are over 50, have mobility issues and can spare 40 minutes of your time, then please contact cynthia.games@livingstreets.org.uk for further information.

For those of you who are 'Following the Build'

http://www.hartlepoolnow.co.uk/pages/home/follow-the-build/progress-of-the-new-centre-for-independent-living

Finally, have you seen a website called 'Friends Action North East'?  The website provides up-to-date information about events, places of interest and local services such as pubs/restaurants etc across the Region.  Nothing new there you might think, however this site focuses on how accessible these places are for people with disabilities/impairments using maps and links - check it out http://www.friendsaction.co.uk/

To finish on a lighter note - 12 Christmas Jokes that are that bad, you have to laugh! http://metro.co.uk/2014/12/26/12-christmas-cracker-jokes-that-are-so-unfunny-they-make-you-laugh-4987897/

My wings are aching and the eagle has landed, see you next year!

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