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Wednesday, 1 June 2022

CAREbank News June 2022


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Meet and Eat Cookery Time - https://www.wiseaboutfood.co.uk

Saturday, 21 May 2022

It's never too late to be active


Join this new Herts campaign to get more active if you are over 55 and receive a 10 day free pass to your local leisure centre between now to end of July. Check out the website below.


Find what’s right for you – enjoy a swim in the pool, try a class suited to your ability or explore the gym.  Make a plan to help you stay on track with a free planner to get you started which you can download at:


Call 01992 555627 or email: nevertoolate@hertfordshire.gov.uk  


Friday, 20 May 2022



There is now a very well established Bishops Stortford Ukrainian Guests Support group, with over 300 members helping to join dots on a full range of support for those who are being hosted with families in our locality. 

If you feel you want to help out in any capacity, get involved by emailing mione.goldspink@eastherts.gov.uk to join this Facebook group 

or find out more at:



Tuesday, 3 May 2022


Help someone who is feeling lonely
Loneliness is something that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives. There are plenty of simple actions you can take to help lift someone out of loneliness and in doing so, it might help you to feel less lonely too.

New ‘live safely with Covid’ campaign

• be kind – respect people wearing masks or keeping their distance
• be informed – know your level of risk and get good, trusted advice on managing it
• be vaccinated or boosted – ensure you are vaccinated when invited

• be safe – manage your risk when socially mixing (hands, face, space, fresh air)
• be prepared – if you get Covid, stay at home and get early treatment,
• be supported – Herts Help offer support on 0300 123 4044

Develop your strength and fitness
We should do muscle strengthening exercises twice a week. Carrying food shopping in from the car or walking uphill may help  build strength.
Plyometric training involves jumping and skipping and improves strength, muscle size & speed, and coordination.

Monday, 2 May 2022

Sunday, 1 May 2022




This year's theme is UNDERSTANDING & DIAGNOSIS as it is better to know how our brains are functioning as we age and know how to get advice and support for ourselves or anyone we know showing early signs of something more than normal age related memory decline.

There is a great deal of practical guidance and information on what next steps to take, what to expect during and after the diagnosis process, and what support the Alzheimer’s Society offers throughout. Because they believe it’s better to know.

There will be several local drop in events during action week where you can find out more about memory health and support. Please come along for a cuppa, cake and a chat on:

 Monday 16th May - Bishop’s Stortford, South Mills Arts Afternoon Tea

 Tuesday 17th May - Bishop’s Stortford, Grange Paddocks Drop-in Café
  and Virtual Bike Ride

 Wednesday 18th May - Hertford, Courtyard Arts Afternoon Tea and Crafts
 Wednesday 18th May - Bishop’s Stortford, The Star Pub Bingo Evening

 Thursday 19th May - Ware, Southern Maltings, Drop-in Café Sound therapy

 Friday 20th May -  Ware, Southern Maltings Freedom Fridays Cinema Launch

 Monday 23rd May @ 2pm - Little Hadham, Village Hall Red Chair
Relaxed Screening

Contact: claire.uwins@mac.com, 07595 674241 for details

Saturday, 2 April 2022



Print and share this month's calendar at: 

This month's focus is on becoming more active in your body, mind and socially. Being outdoors to get more natural light is great for your whole wellness and getting involved in a new activity or volunteering will lift your spirits after the winter months.


Food Waste Action - Find ways to cut costs and food waste, what’s in season and some great recipes. Find out more and watch their video to see the staggering impact the campaign had last year at: https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/

Eating more plant-based foods is great for your health, for farm animals and the environment.  Find out how to swap meat for nutritious alternatives, and why it's a good thing to do at: 


Walk for a simple way to feel better and get fitter - Walking is a low impact exercise, it's easy, even if you're not feeling your best. In fact, walking could help you feel more confident about taking those first steps to leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Try a walking catch up with a friend, listen to music or a podcast, or walk mindfully, focusing on what you see.  If you’re concerned about health conditions, find information on the Ramblers website including walking with asthma, walking with diabetes, walking with heart disease. 

More information at: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk

Friday, 1 April 2022

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Support for Ukraine


As we all do our bit in these terrible times some coordination is being organised to offer support and practical help to the people of Ukraine.

We are forming a community group for any Ukrainian refugees that are accommodated here through the government's ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, which was announced in March, so that they, and host families, all have a network to support one another. We are connecting to key community services, ie: NHS, council, church, to ensure dots are joined up to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people.  If you have offered a space in your home and are matched with a family in need, please contact Claire on 07595 674241 or email at: claire.uwins@mac.com to be added to the group.

In addition if anyone has any useful skills to offer;  professional counselling or can speak Ukranian, hairdressing etc… anything else that might help, please let the group know if you are willing to volunteer some time to help if needed?

In these difficult times we all feel helpless and upset by what we are seeing unfold. Whatever you can give, whether it be it space in your home, some of your time or financial aid, will go some way to helping the Ukrainian people in their hour of need. Please donate useful items or money generously to the key charities that are organising relief and support such as the Red Cross or DEC.



To find out more about the ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme including what financial support is on offer, please visit:


Friday, 18 March 2022

Isabel Hospice - Celebrating 40 years

40 years of care in our home, and yours

We are excited to be celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2022, with activities and celebrations planned throughout the year, as we look back on four decades of Isabel Hospice.

Since changing our name in 1982, when the Welwyn and Hatfield Hospice service was first established, one thing that has remained constant is our commitment to providing free end-of-life care and helping our patients and their families live every moment to the last. In the last 40 years, we’ve touched the lives of patients, family members, volunteers, staff, healthcare professionals, donors, business people … the list goes on!

We’re so proud to be celebrating our birthday, but we’re even prouder to hear your stories about how Isabel has touched your lives over the years. Join us as we look back over some of the key moments from our history, reshare our whole archive of Care News and share some of your stories from each decade.

Thanks to the fantastic support of our local communities, we are one of the oldest hospices in the area. We’re incredibly proud of everything your support has enabled us to achieve over the last 40 years.

Please join us throughout 2022 in celebrating this magnificent milestone by helping us to raise as much money as possible.