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Moulton Parish Council

Serving the people of Moulton

Hi, I'm Mary-Jane, your Community Connector!

I'm here to connect local people, build and strengthen support networks and, as a result, combat isolation and improve health and wellbeing.

I work alongside Moulton Parish Council and Moulton Surgery to promote our Health & Wellbeing Strategy. We organise informative and fun events and talks aimed at raising awareness and improving health and wellbeing for us all. If you have any thoughts, ideas, knowledge or experience regarding health issues that you feel would be of benefit to the community, then please email me at moultoncommunityconnector@gmail.com or phone Moulton Parish Council on 01604 492 318 or Moulton Surgery on 01604 644 126.

Upcoming Health & Wellbeing events' and information leaflets are on the display table at Moulton Surgery and will also be displayed at our brand new Community Centre from Spring 2017. I write a regular Health & Wellbeing Newsletter but please also like my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/moultoncommunityconnector/ or follow me on Twitter: @moultonconnect for the latest news and information.

See below a general outline of Health &Wellbeing events planned but if you have any more ideas about health issues or wellbeing that you feel should be shared, then please let me know:

March Family Safety Week: Meningitis Awareness, Road Safety, Autism Awareness, Hand Washing

April Depression Awareness Week

May 20.05.17 - Festival Stall: Sun Awareness Week, Healthy Eating, Walk to School Week, Mental Health Awareness Week and Deaf Awareness Week. Our first Veterans' Breakfast will be on the 6th of May. Veterans Breakfast.

June Annual Health & Wellbeing Event: Carers' Week, Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness, Parkinson's, Heart Care/Strokes, Fall Prevention, Arthritis, Osteoporosis Learning Disabilities, Blind (NAB), Breathe Easy/Asthma and Community Choir taster session, World Blood Donor Day, Bike Marking Day and Cycling Proficiency Road Safety

July Diabetes awareness, Obesity, andNational Blood Pressure Testing Awareness Week

August Breast Feeding Awareness Week

September Cancer Awareness Month MacMillan Cake Sale at GP Surgery, National Walking Month, Jeans for Genes Day, Sexual Health Week, October Fireworks Safety, November National Stress Awareness Day, Veterans' Breakfast.

December Drink Awareness/Dry January

We are very excited to be opening our brand new Community Hub on Sandy Hill Lane in April 2017 which will house the library, café, halls and meeting rooms and will be a place for everyone in our community to enjoy.

We have a vibrant and lively community spirit and I work to develop connections and relationships. We have set up the Good Neighbour Volunteer Scheme to help the more isolated people in our community who are in need of a neighbourly helping-hand, transport or just a little company. There are so many ways in which you can help:

Befriending someone in your community (visiting in person or even just making a regular phone call can make a huge difference in someone's life). As part of the visit, there may also be a practical purpose, such as reading a newspaper for a visually impaired person, mowing the lawn, or changing a light bulb. If you know anyone who may be interested in receiving this kind of support then please encourage them to get in touch.
• Volunteering as a Driver, accompanying residents to medical appointments or social activity. Helping in this way is vital for many residents to access local services and facilities.
• Being an Outings Helper, for example going to the cinema and assisting with mobility, carrying shopping or pushing a wheelchair.
• Being a Functions Helper and assisting us with light tasks at the Health & Wellbeing Events
• Organising a new interest group or talk to share your knowledge, experience, skills or expertise with others.

No matter what skills or experience you have and whether you only have 10 minutes or 10 hours a month, please do get in touch.