This information has been compiled taking every care to ensure its accuracy. If you find that any of this information is incorrect or out of date, please contact the Guildford and Waverley Integrated Care Partnership, Independence and Prevention Team within Surrey Heartlands CCG (details below) or visit our Contact Us page.
- phone: 0300 561 1555
- SMS text: 07799 750 889
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Health and Wellbeing pack
We are now finding ourselves in a time where we are having to make a conscious effort to ensure that we are social distancing when seeing friends and family or going to the supermarket. Such changes to our day-to-day life can be unsettling. It is normal to feel anxious and more than ever, we need to take good care of ourselves, physically and mentally.
It is important to talk about how you are feeling. Befriending groups are available if you need someone to talk to. Please see a list of organisations below that could offer you support:
- Reconnections by Independent Age is a volunteer-led service that supports over-65s in rediscovering their love of life in the communities where they live. If you, or someone you know, is over 65 years of age and would like some companionship, encouragement and ideas to help you rediscover old interests and make new friends.
- phone: 01483 654 422
- Social Prescribing supports people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. Life events such as bereavement, an illness or a fall, can all trigger a downward spiral in our personal well-being. Social Prescribing can help to address these things by putting you in touch with people and activities that might help you to feel better. Please ask your GP or healthcare professional for a referral in to this service.
- Community Angels are volunteer befrienders offering telephone befriending to anyone who might need a chat during these difficult times. Trained local volunteers support adults of all ages across Guildford Borough.
- phone: 07825 799 309
Monday to Friday 12:00 - 14:00
- Age UK Surrey provide a ‘Check in and Chat’ service, where they will match their volunteer with an individual who would like a chat.
- phone: 01483 503 414
- web: www.ageuk.org.uk/surrey
Tips to help you stay well
- Eat as healthy as possible. The Eatwell Guide, shows how much of what we eat overall, should come from each food group to achieve a healthy, balanced diet.
- Stay hydrated. Drink at least six to eight cups of fluid a day.
- Stay active. There are various exercise classes available that you can follow on line to help you build and maintain strength and balance. Active Surrey have some very useful links on their website with various exercises that you can follow at home. Please visit www.activesurrey.com for more details.
- Maintain your health and wellbeing. Supported by the Health and Wellbeing Board, www.healthysurrey.org.uk helps you find self-care information, as well as signposting to local services available to you as a Surrey resident.
Let's Get Steady Falls Prevention Advice and Information
Are you worried about falling? Or have you had a fall that has knocked your confidence, which is now preventing you from doing the things you enjoy?
Let’s Get Steady offers practical advice and guidance to help reduce the risks of falls for individuals who have had a fall, are at risk of falling due to a long-term condition or are worried about falling.
Due to Covid-19, we are currently unable to run face to face sessions, so we have produced a series of Let’s Get Steady film clips which aim to raise awareness of falls prevention, support with wellbeing and empower people to make positive changes to their lifestyle, to enable them to live independent lives.
Before doing any of the exercises demonstrated in this film, please take note of the following safety points:
- Seek medical advice for guidance regarding appropriate exercise levels and precautions after surgery such as hip replacements, or if you suffer from ongoing medical conditions.
- REMEMBER - Exercise is not without its risks.
- Do not exercise on an empty stomach or after a big meal
- Ensure your environment is safe to partake in exercise i.e. free of trip hazards
- Wear suitable, comfortable clothes
- Wear comfortable flat, non-slip shoes with supportive backs
- Make sure you have water near by
- Exercise within your limitations; stop if you experience pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, nausea or chest pain
If you have any concerns, contact your GP.
Some of the films refer to documents contained in the Guildford and Waverley Falls Prevention Pack.
As we transition out of lockdown it’s good to know that help is available.
Reconnections works with over 65s to help people connect to what’s important to them.
Every journey is different, and the team recognise that people want to connect in a variety of ways. They listen to each individual and work together with local businesses and community partners to create a range of opportunities which enable people to rekindle their love of life. Residents in Guildford and Waverley can access this free service, which provides support for up to six months.
It’s not always fun or easy to go it alone so Reconnections will work with local partners to bring together a network of people who want to support each other. From ten-pin bowling to a meal out; forming a new band; sharing a trip to the cinema or a walk with the dog - everyone enjoys something different, and the Reconnections team will help match people to what will be fun for them and help them feel better connected. It can be hard to find that motivation or confidence, so the service offers one-to-one support along the way, usually starting with a cup of tea.
The team are supported by local volunteers who work alongside residents to understand what matters to them, helping them rebuild their confidence. It’s easy to volunteer and just an hour a week could make a huge difference. It’s very flexible and can be planned around other commitments.
For more information about Reconnections, to sign up to participate in the service or become a volunteer, visit www.ReconnectionsLocal.org or call 01483 65 44 22.
Check out the opinions of service user Shelley and volunteer Leanna in this video below, which helps to show what reconnections can offer.