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TRACK project addressed socially disadvantaged informal carers dealing with people affected by Alzheimer, to support them during their caring experience and beyond, by reinforcing their well-being, skills, and employability.

Safeguarding Ireland has urged the delivery of Adult Safeguarding Legislation to better protect vulnerable adults and reduce abuse.

In parallel, the organisation also called for the development of a Regulatory Framework for Adult Safeguarding and an independent National Advocacy Service.

The HEALTHY project aimed to create the proper scheme to support prevention and early detection of erroneous eating habits, diseases of nutrition, to raise awareness about the problem of unhealthy eating among our communities and to reduce as much as possible its effects. The HEALTHY project planned to guide and support the representatives of the target group, encouraging healthy eating habits and enhancing physical activities, in order to promote wellbeing and to develop the full potential of the community members.

The Community Safety Development Fund provides grants of up to £20,000 to community projects that aim to keep communities safe and secure. The hope is that these projects will allow for local areas to succeed and experience improved wellbeing. The 2019-2020 funding is now open for applications and applications must meet one of the seven Police and Crime Plan priorities, listed in the article.

The Sharpham Trust organises mindfulness retreats that aim to combat against burn-out in a variety of professions, one being teaching. Teachers are particularly susceptible to burn-out and frequently suffer from mental health problems. A recent study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders proved there is a link between teacher and student wellbeing. Teachers must be aware of the importance of maintaining good mental health.

At least 1 in 8 students are neurodiverse (this includes conditions such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASD and Developmental Language Disorders) but not all students arrive at college with a diagnosis or have had previous support for a variety of reasons. This may include moving around the education system (Looked after Young People) and lower recognition of traits in females.

Using online robust tools for screening for neurodiversity and assessing studying skills at induction allows for practical and student-centred support for those who require it in a timely manner.

Interactive apps can also support the student when moving from college into work. The Do-IT Profiler accessible web-based system allows this to happen.

4 July 2019

Melissa Smith is a newly qualified nurse who hopes to specialise as a stoma nurse. Stoma nurses care for patients before, during and after stoma surgery. As part of her study programme, she completed a Peer Tutor Programme which saw her train fellow student nurses in stoma care. Part Two of this blog post covers what he learned from training experiences and how this influenced her own approach to training others; CPD opportunities that arose; how many student nurses wanted to pursue a career in the same area; the kind of person best suited to the role as a stoma nurse; and what others can learn from her training experience. There is a link at the bottom of the post to Part One.

1 July 2019

Melissa Smith is a newly qualified nurse who hopes to specialise as a stoma nurse. Stoma nurses care for patients before, during and after stoma surgery. As part of her study programme, she completed a Peer Tutor Programme which saw her train fellow student nurses in stoma care. Part One of this blog post covers what stoma nursing involves and what was discussed in the training session she provided. There is a link at the bottom of the post to Part Two.

1 July 2019

Four months ago, Tony, 72, could not stand or walk unaided after suffering a stroke in 2010. Four months later, and having attended Lancashire Adult Learning’s chair-based exercise classes, Tony is back on his feet – an improvement he calls ‘life-changing’ and something he did not think would happen again. Tony is a shining example of the positive results Lancashire Adult Learning achieves through its provision and what makes our dedicated staff tick and continue to improve lives.

Engaging older generations in voluntary roles can benefit charities and organisations, society as a whole and the older people themselves. Volunteering at a more advanced age can hold many benefits for the volunteer’s health and wellbeing, ensuring that they exercise their brains and keep active. It can also allow them to keep enjoying things they are passionate about and put their skills to good use. 

Mental health problems in students in tertiary education are on the rise. Counselling services have seen a major increase in those requesting support and more students are dropping out of university courses due to mental health issues. This blog post suggests that the problem must be dealt with by open conversations across the education sector and also between the education sector and the health sectors. 

2 May 2019
by Ruth Spellman

Ashton Sixth Form College provide a variety of Higher and Adult Education courses focusing on the health sector. This post outlines what a one-year short health course can do for a group of mature adult learners. It suggests it's more than the sum of its parts. 

1 May 2019
by Jo Fletcher-Saxon
Thursday 12 December 2019, United Kingdom

Westminster Health Forum – The health workforce and key issues to the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

Westminster Health Forum will be holding a key seminar in London in December, which will consider the health workforce and key issues for the NHS People Plan, focusing on leadership, wellbeing and professional regulation. It is a key event for anyone working for the NHS in a medical or healthcare role. Tickets are priced at £230+VAT.

Sunday 20 October 2019, Latvia

Lekcijas par vispusīgu bērna attīstību līdz 3 gadu vecumam

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20. oktobrī Krāslavas māmiņu klubā viesosies medicīnas psiholoģe Ludmila Vasiļjeva, kuras darba ikdiena rit Daugavpils Reģionālās slimnīcas Dzemdību nodaļā. Ludmila pastāstīs par bērnu emocionālo, motoro, psiholoģisko, sociālo, fizisko attīstību no dzimšanas līdz 3 gadu vecumam, balstoties uz metodiku "Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development TM (III)", kuru ir apguvusi Kembridžas universitātē
Thursday 12 December 2019, United Kingdom

Westminster Health Forum – The health workforce and delivering the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation

The Westminster Health Forum will be holding The health workforce and delivering the NHS People Plan: leadership, staff wellbeing and professional regulation event in central London on Thursday 12th December 2019. The seminar is CPD certified. 

Tuesday 31 December 2019, Lithuania

Organizacijos kviečiamos dalyvauti psichikos sveikatos kompetencijų didinimo darbuotojams programoje

Didėjantis gyvenimo tempas, besikeičiančios gyvenimo, darbo sąlygos ir augantys darbdavio reikalavimai verčia žmones darbovietėje suktis intensyviau. Nepriklausomai nuo organizacijos dydžio, dėl per didelio tempo vienas iš trijų darbuotojų gali patirti stresą darbe. Natūralu, jog stresas yra žmogaus kasdieninio gyvenimo sudedamoji dalis: trumpalaikis, lengvas stresas darbe kartais net padeda susikoncentruoti, motyvuoja įveikti iššūkius, tačiau ilgalaikis, sunkus stresas gali neigiamai paveikti ne tik darbo rezultatus, bet ir žmogaus sveikatą.

Tuesday 8 October 2019, Netherlands

Conferentie Taal en Gezondheid

Als taal een probleem is voor de gezondheid van jouw cliënten.........en hoe jouw dienstverlening hierop kan aansluiten.

Friday 6 September 2019, Ireland

International Literacy Day 2019: Literacy changes lives

It is with pleasure we invite you to a free half-day conference to celebrate International Literacy Day 2019, 'Literacy changes lives: Why we need to work together to close the nation’s literacy gap'. The conference, which will look at how literacy changes lives, will focus on how we can all work together to help close the nation’s literacy gap and to create a more inclusive society.

Epilepsy is one of the most common chronic neurological disorders affecting around 1% of the population worldwide. The report 'Epilepsy Priorities in Europe' (2013) reports that 50% of the 6 million people with epilepsy in Europe are affected by stigma (


Urban gardens are expanding around the world to encourage local production and consumption, social inclusion, dialogue and the adoption of a sustainable way of life. Indeed, whatever its shape, its size, each of them seeks the achievement of common objectives: social, educational, ecological, aesthetic, fun. Thus, they implement participative practices in their design, management and mode of operation.

Benenden Health has released a wellbeing guide in partnership with HRZone, which enables users to ‘develop an age-diverse health and wellbeing strategy’ and meet the wellbeing needs of a multigenerational workforce. It provides a detailed description of the five generations currently making up the UK workforce and discusses ways to meet the needs of all of them. It will be most beneficial for employers and senior managers and is free to download.

Building on the award-winning Acting for the Future project, Smashing Times is the lead partner on Theatre for Positive Mental Health, promoting collaborative exchange and mutual learning between five partner organisations across Europe. The programme brings together artists and educators to explore the use of creative processes to promote positive mental health and coping strategies for dealing with stress and anxiety.

On the basis of the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework, a complete programme structure was developed, containing a total of 5 interrelated modules organised under 3 themes:

  • Foundational skills
  • Managing social care with ITCs
  • Providing home care through ICTs.

The Virtual Learning Environement was created by using Drupal Commons and Moodle 2.5: 5 platforms were created: an original one in English and 4 for the piloting partners in their local languages (France, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Spain).

The paper deals with the question of the ability in people with a lower level of literacy, or individuals who are functionally illiterate, to define and understand the notion/concept at the level that implies its verbal-logical aspect, that is, their reliance on the system of verbal-logical relations that stands in the notion background.

Mental health charity Time to Change has created a useful resource to help line managers and colleagues spot mental health issues and have conversations about problems. This year Mental Health Awareness Week and Learning at Work week coincide, so the resource focuses on mental health in the workplace and provides activities, materials and templates to help generate discussion. 

Active Minds specialise in creating games and activities that encourage those suffering from dementia to engage and use their memories. With 91% of carers agreeing that these games help to improve wellbeing and frustration in their patients, Active Minds’ collection of jigsaw puzzles will be particularly appealing to those working in the mental health or healthcare sectors.  

Universities UK has created a framework that can be used to implement an effective mental health and wellbeing strategy across UK universities. It offers advice for tailoring the framework to individual universities and ensures that the benefits of taking a whole university approach, which incorporates senior leadership at all levels, is understood and harnessed. 

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