Category Archives: Activities

Introducing HealthMakers Pop In! Starting Thursday 1st June!

From June we’ll be holding informal HealthMakers drop in sessions at the corner café at Bracknell Open Learning Centre.

In addition to our scheduled courses, we’d like to invite you to join us for this exciting new part of the HealthMakers programme.

Come and have a cuppa, a chat and get support from others in the HealthMakers community.

And if you can’t come this time, we’ll see you next time! Pop In whenever you’re free.

If you’re interested in registering for one of our free 6 week courses but aren’t quite ready, this is a great way to meet others who have already attended as well as those who are just dipping their toe in the water. Or maybe you’ve already completed the course and would like the chance to socialise with like-minded people.

Either way, we’ll provide the tea and coffee, you provide the conversation. Have a natter, ask questions, sit and listen, it’s entirely up to you.

They will be run First Thursday of the month – 10.30am – 11.30am, and Third Monday of each month – 2pm – 3pm.

We hope to see you there.

For more information on HealthMakers you can visit :

www.facebook.com/HealthmakersUK

www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk/HealthMakers

Pop-in Dates:

Thursday 1st June 10.30 – 11.30
Monday 19th June 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 6th July 10.30 – 11.30
Monday 17th July 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 3rd August 10.30 -11.30
Monday 21st August 2pm – 3pm
Thursday 7th September 10.30 – 11.30
Monday 18th September 2pm – 3pm
 

Joint and Back Pain, Falls – Free Chair Based Yoga

Joint Pain, Back Pain, At Risk of Falling? Mobility Issues? Just want to get stronger?

Bracknell Based Chair Based Yoga for patients  for over 50ies

Please find below a leaflet for new chair based yoga starting Thursday 27th April. Promotion is also being circulated on Facebook – https://facebook.com/BFCHealth/videos/417547891944644/

When: Thursdays from 27th April 2017, 1.30 pm to 2.30 pm

Where: Great Hollands Community Centre, The Square, Great Hollands, Bracknell, RG12 8UX

 

 

 

New Years Resolutions 2017

NHS supported Activities, Resources and Services for better Self Care in 2017 – click here to download this post. and here for a print version

happy_family_2We all want to be healthy and happy this year. What better time to form a good New Years Resolution? And what better if the New Years Resolution is free? Therefore I have put together a little leaflet pointing out a few opportunities in Bracknell, that may help you in your quest for better health. You may not know about some of the resources.

But first, click here to sign up for the Newsletter on our website for information about free self care resources in Bracknell & Ascot. We send you short and non-promotional information about opportunities that are generally free and government funded.

Free Weight Loss Classes with Slimming World

If you are obese (BMI over 30, for a BMI calculator click here) you qualify for a free slimming world voucher from your GP surgery. They may print it for you or ask you to make a nurse appointment. (Note, if you have diabetes you even qualify with a BMI of 28)

Free / reduced cost Gym membership

Go and see your practice nurse for a so called “Activate” Referral for free / reduced price exercise.

Health Walks

One, two and three mile walks with a visit to the cafe afterwards. Second and fourth Saturday of the month at 10.30am. Call 07443 499207 for more information. Postcode: RG12 7DE.

Sandhurst Health Walks

One hour walk, open to all abilities. Monday to Friday, 9.30am. Start from Sandhurst Town Council, Yorktown Rd, Sandhurst, Berkshire GU47 9BJ. Call 01344 774754

Summer evening walks for people of average fitness are also available from Horseshoe Lake car park on Wednesdays at 7pm, starting on Wednesday, 27 April. Visit the Health Walks website for more information.

South Hill Health Walks

One, two and three mile walks with a visit to the cafe afterwards. Every Saturday at 10.30am. Call 07443 499207 for more information.

Smoking Cessation

Free service with https://www.smokefreelifeberkshire.com/ call 0800 622 6360 or text QUIT to 66777.

Supported Beginner Exercise

  • Bracknell Leisure Centre – Thursday (11-noon) January 12th to February 16th [FREE 6 week course]
  • Great Hollands Community Centre –  Fridays 10:30 – noon [£2] Starts 13th Jan
  • Priestwood Community Centre – Mondays 10am -11:30am [£2] Starts 16th Jan
  • The Parks Community Centre – Tuesdays 6pm – 7pm [£2] Starts 17th Jan

Alcohol Problems:

Drinking too much? Problems over Christmas with the family? Relationship on the rocks? Click here for local AA information. If you don’t like AA and you are looking for a professionally led service, contact the iHub for New Hope.

Drugs Problems?

New Hope is a professionally led service to help your daily life by either helping you to ditch drugs or prescribe drugs, which let you function in your environment better. Click here for more information.

HealthMakers

For help to live with a chronic condition or health problem, contact Healthmakers for their new courses. A great community with inspiring people help you to fulfil your goals much easier. Its free coaching and much more. Contact: HealthMakers@berkshire.nhs.uk or telephone 01344 415947.

Blood Pressure

Start taking control of your Blood Pressure and buy your own equipment. Click here for more information and to download a clinically approved BP monitoring chart in accordance with NICE guidelines.

Free Falls Assessment

If you or someone you know would like to receive a free falls risk assessment please contact us via; email at info@fallsfree4life.co.uk , telephone FallsFree4Life Bracknell on – 01344 534019

Check Your Pulse

Missing a beat in your pulse can be serious. Click here to learn to check your pulse and do it regularly!

Bowel Cancer Screening Awareness

If you are over 60 you qualify for screening. Don’t throw away your kit, you could be throwing away your life. Click here for information on how to get a new kit and how to do the test.

Cervical Screening – Smear

Ladies over the age of 25 years can have a smear every 3 years. Women between 50 and 64 can have a smear every 5 years. Contact your GP surgery if you have forgotten your smear.

Free NHS Health Checks

If you are over 40 and haven’t done your free NHS Health Check, yet, hurry and book it before you forget it. Contact your GP surgery and ask for a Free NHS Health Check appointment.

Free NHS Chlamydia Screening Home Testing Kit

If you are under 25 years old and concerned about Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, text REACH followed by your full name and address to 80010.

 

 

The Green Gym

jealottshillThe Green Gym® is a new, free facility for residents of Bracknell
and Ascot who are struggling with mental health problems such as
depression, anxiety, stress and dementia.
The Green Gym®, based at Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare, includes
a combination of:
• Fun exercise trails to improve strength
• Gardening activities
• Horticultural education
• Tea and coffee breaks
The Green Gym® is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from
10am until 1pm.

Download a flyer for the Green Gym here

To find out more visit: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/greengym or
email Green.Gym@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

Week of Walks

Are you up for the WOW! Week of Walks?

Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th October 2016

To celebrate our 80 green open spaces and our friendly communities, The Bracknell Forest Society has organised a WOW! (Week of Walks). All local groups are challenged to walk, run, cycle or horse ride a circuit: schools, colleges, playgroups, businesses can do their circuits during the week; Scouts and Guides can take evening walks by torchlight and neighbourhoods can decide on a weekend walk. Groups can organise their own routes, or on the borough council website there are local circuits as pdf files available at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/walking.

A number of walks, by neighbourhood and in date order, usually lasting about an hour, are organised throughout the borough for anyone to join. Celebrate our renowned sense of community and take part!

Click here to download WOW! Certificate templates to fill in and record your group’s walks, runs, cycle or horse rides.

Let’s make the WOW! Week an annual event!

Neighbourhood Day – Sunday 9th October, 3pm

Bracknell Forest is known as a very friendly borough. The WOW! Week ends with a Neighbourhood Day on Sunday 9th October. At 3pm residents are invited to take a plate of food to share to their nearest green open space, say hello to someone new and catch up with old friends. Plenty of spaces have playgrounds for youngsters and older children will be able to bring a soft ball. Neighbourhoods can organise their own welcoming get-togethers, however the larger venues are listed here and hosts have been organised to welcome you. Children are invited to bring a decorated pennant to be attached to a line of bunting.

Pick up your sticker and wear it with pride!

copied from the original resource: http://www.thebracknellforestsociety.org.uk/WOW.html

 

More Back To Fitness Classes – new, free & NHS supported

NEW: Back to Fitness classes (Open to all – 8 week courses) – FREE

These classes are designed for people, who are currently unfit and not exercising much. If you belong to this category of people and sign up you are likely to feel fitter, reduce your risks of falling and improve your overall health.

Priestwood CC – Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 from July 26th

The Parks CC – Wednesdays 17:30-18:30 from July 27th

Owlsmoor CC – Thursdays 9:30-10:30 from August 4th

NEW: Fit 4 All (Open to all – ONGOING) – £2 – includes tea and coffee.

These classes are for patients, who want to take the opportunity of ongoing exercise programmes following on from the Back to Fitness Classes.

New class starting on August 8th Mondays 10-11:30 @ Priestwood CC (inc half hour social/refreshments time) from

Fridays 10:30 – noon @ Great Hollands CC (inc half hour social/refreshments time)

 

More Back To Fitness Classes – new, free & NHS supported

NEW: Back to Fitness classes (Open to all – 8 week courses) – FREE

These classes are designed for people, who are currently unfit and not exercising much. If you belong to this category of people and sign up you are likely to feel fitter, reduce your risks of falling and improve your overall health.

Priestwood CC – Tuesdays 11:30-12:30 from July 26th

The Parks CC – Wednesdays 17:30-18:30 from July 27th

Owlsmoor CC – Thursdays 9:30-10:30 from August 4th

NEW: Fit 4 All (Open to all – ONGOING) – £2 

These classes are for patients, who want to take the opportunity of ongoing exercise programmes following on from the Back to Fitness Classes.

New class starting on August 8th Mondays 10-11:30 @ Priestwood CC (inc half hour social/refreshments time) from

Fridays 10:30 – noon @ Great Hollands CC (inc half hour social/refreshments time)

 

Health Walks 2016

NEW: Due to popularity WEEKLY Health Walks from 23/7/2016

2016 Health Walk Diary (see below)

  • Health Walks are for people, who have not walked with a group before or who are recovering from illness or surgery
  • There is an option of a 1 mile slow walk.
  • They now occur weekly.
  • Choice of a 2 or 3 mile walk.
  • They set off in the car park of South Hill Park.
  • Starting time is 10:30am.
  • Health Walk Saturday June 18th with special guest Dr Philip Lee, MP.

Picture with Dr Philip Lee, MP for Bracknell and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice

Responsible: Brian Poulton, Publicity Officer at South East Berkshire Ramblers:

Check the South East Berks Ramblers web site (www.sebr.org.uk) if you wish to participate in more strenuous walks or activities.

All walkers are invited to join in the Atrium Bar for a drink after the walk.

Health Walk Diary 2016

Health Walk No 1 Saturday 02/01/2016
Health Walk No 2 Saturday 16/01/2016
Health Walk No 3 Saturday 30/01/2016
Health Walk No 4 Saturday 13/02/2016
Health Walk No 5 Saturday 27/02/2016
Health Walk No 6 Saturday 12/03/2016
Health Walk No 7 Saturday 26/03/2016
Health Walk No 8 Saturday 09/04/2016
Health Walk No 9 Saturday 23/04/2016
Health Walk No 10 Saturday 07/05/2016
Health Walk No 11 Saturday 21/05/2016
Health Walk No 12 Saturday 04/06/2016
Health Walk No 13 (Dr Philip Lee, MP) Saturday 18/06/2016
Health Walk No 14 Saturday 02/07/2016
Health Walk No 15 Saturday 16/07/2016
Health Walk No 16 (and weekly thereafter) Saturday 23/07/2016

Due to the increasing popularity of the Health Walks these walks will now happen weekly starting 23/7/2016

Posted by Dr M Kittel