Blood and Platelet Doning

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Dancing Giraffe has always supported and encouraged Blood and Platelet Doning. We interviewed the Chief Executive, Susan Pattrick during National Blood Week (19th – 25th June) to find out what she has been doing to support the service. Blood Groups There are four main types of blood groups. These are O, A, B and AB […]

Charity Aims to Help People With Learning Difficulties Through Sport

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A charity has highlighted the reduced life expectancy of people with learning difficulties and called for action through sport to help improve their health and fitness. Special Olympics Great Britain organises year-round sport for people with learning, or intellectual, disabilities. The charity believes that encouraging them to engage in sport can not only help to […]

Care Workers: A Living Wage?

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For many elderly and disabled people, care workers provide the essential help that enables them to live independently in their homes. Yet there is increasing evidence that care workers are losing out financially as a funding crisis threatens to engulf social care. The care sector is a growing industry. Care workers help people with their […]

Tug of War Continues Over Cancer Scanner

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The long running tug of war between NHS Trusts in South Essex over a £2.5 million cancer scanner has taken a new twist, it was revealed last week. The life-saving PET-CT scanner, which uses dye to locate cancers, has been standing idle for two years following a dispute between Southend and Basildon hospitals as to […]

Funding for Sensory Rooms and Equipment

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As part of their support programme, the Lord Taverners have teamed up with Experia-innovations to provide special needs schools and organisations catering for children with disabilities in the UK with sensory equipment. Children with sensory impairments and autism have found that regular access to a sensory room or sensory equipment can have significant improvements on […]

New Dementia Day Centre

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To meet the demand for our specialist services, we will soon be opening a Silver Birch Dementia Day Centre at: St Lukes Church, St Lukes Road, Southend on Sea Open Mondays to Fridays 9.30am to 3.30pm There will be a full day of stimulating cognitive activities, singing, music, reminiscence, quizzes, outings, outdoor space including an […]


Seasonal food

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One-third of all the food we produce in the UK never gets eaten! So why not try eating more local, seasonal and misshapen food? By eating seasonally you can reduce the environmental impact of your food. The produce will be fresher, more nutritious and sometimes tastier. What is in season? Apples, cabbage, pumpkin, blackberries, pears, […]

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Sign up for Stoptober and quit smoking for good

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An estimated 200,000 people in Essex smoke, that’s around 17.6% of the county. This October, we are urging Essex smokers to sign up to Stoptober – a Public Health England campaign encouraging people to stop smoking for 28 days, offering support and encouragement every step of the way. Research shows that if you can stop smoking […]

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Southend Hospital AGM

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The  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2016 of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will take place on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 in the Boardroom,  2nd floor, Education Centre,  commencing at 9.30am. The public are invited to attend this meeting. A presentation will be given by the Trust’s Executives, reviewing the financial year – papers will be […]