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Singing away the dementia barriers

Since he set up Dementia Support East Sussex to promote singing as a means of combating the social isolation inflicted by dementia, chair Cliff Slack has been taken aback by the enthusiastic response the initiative has aroused. As the Christmas concert approaches, he brings  Nick Terdre up to speed with the progress made this year.

Posted 14:02 Wednesday, Nov 30, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Cliff Slack Dementia Support East Sussex Silver Tones Village Voices

Connie’s career in therapy

Connie the Colliedoodle, along with her minder, Sally Patricia Gardner, have combined forces to offer their services to Pets As Therapy (PAT), an organisation offering community based Animal Assisted Therapy across the length and breadth of the UK. Sally Patricia Gardener writes about her and Connie’s experience of being PAT volunteers.

Posted 07:21 Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Animal-Assisted Therapy Connie Lesley Scott-Ordish PAT Pets As Therapy Sally Patricia Gardner Shorelink Writers

World Mental Health Day event

At The Big Sleep for Seaview, HOT’s Zelly Restorick met Sharon Rhodes and discovered that she’s the catalysing energy behind the World Mental Health Day event, Love Hastings Love Yourself. Here Sharon introduces herself and the reasons why the event is important for the town’s residents.

Posted 20:37 Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Cllr Peter Chowney Dragon bar Hair Gallery Hastings and Bexhill Your Way Hastings Arms Hastings Borough Council HVA Love Hastings Love Yourself Mind Old Custom House Owl & Pussycat Sharon Rhodes Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust The Recovery College The Youth Council Time To Change Together UK World Mental Health Day

Love Hastings, Love Yourself

As part of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, ‘Love Hastings, Love Yourself’ is an all-day event open to everyone and anyone interested in mental health issues.

Cancer awareness roadshow in town

Have any questions or concerns about cancer? Hastings and Rother residents can find out how to make positive changes to their lifestyles and how to spot cancer symptoms earlier at a series of community events in July.

Posted 10:07 Tuesday, Jul 5, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Cancer Awareness Roadshow Cancer Quality Improvement Programme Cancer Research UK Clinical Lead for the Healthy Hastings and Rother programme CQIP Healthy Hastings and Rother Programme NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group

Solstice yoga on the pier

The druids will be at Stonehenge as usual for the Summer Solstice, but here in Hastings a traditional yoga celebration – the 108 Salutations – will be taking place on the pier, as the sun sets on the longest day of the year. Toby Sargent talks to one of the organisers to see what it’s all about, and whether the ancient ritual of yoga has any place in the 21st century.

Posted 13:30 Saturday, Jun 11, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: 108 Salutations Hastings Pier Rebecca Gildea Toby Sargent yogi

New dementia singing clubs across East Sussex

Dementia Support East Sussex, which promotes communal singing as a tool for helping dementia sufferers break through their isolation, has extended its activities with the formation of several new clubs across the region. Nick Terdre reports.

Posted 06:01 Wednesday, Jun 8, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: Bexhill Cliff Slack Dementia Support East Sussex Ditchling Fleur Sayers Heathfield Lewes Nick Terdre Sidley Suzanne Cheal

When the Black Dog bites…

The news of Sally Brampton’s death earlier this month came as a shock to her many friends in Hastings, and many, many more people who only knew her through her journalism. Sally often wrote about depression because she knew about it first hand. Below, Cllr Robert Cooke, Deputy Leader Conservative Group and Councillor for Ashdown Ward writes about his experience of depression.

Posted 17:47 Wednesday, May 25, 2016 In: Health Matters Tags: depression Hastings Robert Cooke
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