Helping you care for yourself

Unsure where to go for medical advice? Don’t know what to do when you feel unwell?

We have launched a website to help you. Here for you Hampshire provides advice on

common symptoms, illnesses and injuries, as well as information on the support

available to you when you are feeling unwell.

Have a look at the website here.

 

 

 

Helping Take Care of Yourself

Ageing Well in Hampshire

A consultation held earlier this year asked older people throughout Test Valley what their priorities and concerns were that if resolved, would enable them to live a full and healthy life. These results, together with responses from across Hampshire, have been used by Hampshire County Council to refresh their older people’s wellbeing strategy, Ageing Well in Hampshire.

Accessing transport and getting about easily was identified as the top priority for older people in Test Valley. This was followed by wanting to feel safe, both at home and when out and about.

Results from Test Valley, and how they compare to previous years and the Hampshire-wide priorities, are summarised in the table below.

Priority

Hampshire ranking 2014

TV ranking 2014

TV ranking 2011

Feeling safe when out and about

1

3

4

Feeling safe at home

2

2

7

Getting about on transport as easily as possible

3

1

1

Knowing about the benefits I am entitled to

4

4

3

Information about health and wellbeing

5

5

2

Information about what clubs and activities are available nearby

6

6

9

Knowing more about home maintenance

7

7

5

Finding out about physical activities I can do

8

9

13*

Finding a trustworthy gardening support

9

8

6

Knowing more about housework and cleaning services

10

10

8

*The 2011 survey had 16 questions. Priority 10 in 2011 was knowing more about energy saving and home insulation.

The full strategy can be found on the Hampshire County Council website by clicking here.

Andover lakes cycle FINALMAP

The Lakes cycle path is an attractive route suitable for all the family. It offers a wide, safe, and easy off-road route, taking in parts of both Charlton and Anton Lakes. Cyclists can join the route at any point, and cycle as much or as little of the 11km in one ride as they wish.

New or returning cyclists in Andover are being encouraged to try out the route, and challenge themselves to lengthen the distance cycled, or to shorten the time taken to complete it. Alternatively just take in the amazing views and hidden parts of town as part of getting fit, healthy and enjoying the place in which we live!

A map of the route is available and stickers along the route clearly define the way to go.

Maps can be downloaded from: http://www.myjourneyhampshire.com/sites/default/files/Andover%20lakes%20cycle%20FINALMAP.pdf

Romsey becomes the first Dementia Friendly market town

On Thursday 1 May, Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Jan Lovell, Romsey Town Mayor, Councillor Ian Richards, and Councillor Tony Ward, Dementia Champion for Test Valley Borough Council, will officially mark the achievement with an event at The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie in Romsey.
The event, which will take place from 2pm to 4.30pm, is open to anyone to attend. It will include singing, exercise demonstrations and a training session.
Andover Mind is leading on the Dementia Friendly Communities project to raise awareness of dementia so that people living with the condition can live their lives as normally as possible with the right support. The organisation has been working with Test Valley Borough Council, Romsey Town Council and local businesses and retailers in Romsey to train staff in awareness of the condition and put in place simple measures to ensure they are dementia friendly.
For more information on the Dementia Friendly Communities project http://www.hants.gov.uk/dementiafriendly

Ten Years of Healthy Walking

Romsey Health Walk

Test Valley Borough Council is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the launch of its popular Romsey Health Walk scheme. And it is inviting the local community to take part in a special walk to mark the event

On Monday 2 September at 11am, residents who have been involved in the initiative over the past 10 years are invited to meet at Romsey Sports Centre for a gentle walk followed by tea and cake.

The initiative was the first of many successful walking groups to be launched in Test Valley. The health walks are run predominantly by volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure local residents can keep fit in a safe, secure and social environment. They offer residents the chance to get out and about and explore the local area while enjoying the fantastic scenery and fresh air.

For more information, or to share your experience of health walks, please contact Laura Blake, Sports Development and Physical Activity Coordinator at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368000 or email lblake@testvalley.gov.uk.

Spotlight on Dementia

Dementia-Aware[1]

The Council is currently working with Andover Mind which runs the Dementia Friendly Community programme across Hampshire. On Wednesday 25 September 10am to 1pm, we are hosting a Spotlight on Dementia event at Crosfield Hall, Romsey. Anyone can attend including agencies, individuals, community champions, carers or service users to attend to raise awareness of the condition.

The aim is to provide an opportunity to raise awareness of dementia, learn more about the condition, the problems faced by a person with dementia or their carers as well as how the community can become more dementia friendly and highlight the local services that can assist.

If you would like to attend this event, which will be a combination of presentations, workshops and information stalls, please contact Clare Kavanagh at Andover Mind on 07827 317737 or email clare.kavanagh@andovermind.org.uk.