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My Guide – The Hidden Service of Guide Dogs

My Guide is a service offered by Guide Dogs where a fully trained volunteer is matched with an adult with sight loss.  The volunteer can assist the visually impaired person to build confidence or access services or places which would be difficult, stressful or even impossible to access without sighted support.  The service is free and open to anyone who feels their sight loss is affecting their confidence to get out and about.

The Hull Mobility team currently have 34 partnerships across the Hull, East Riding and Lincolnshire areas.  The volunteers are helping people to attend the gym, go swimming, access shops and cafes and attend events, the list is endless.  The team are currently focused on recruiting volunteers in Hull who can give a few hours once a week or fortnight who can make a real difference to the lives of people living with sight loss

If you would like to know more about volunteering for My Guide go to the Guide Dogs website or drop Wendy Smith an email wendy.smith@guidedogs.org.uk and have a chat about it


Connect Well Social Prescribing Grant Round 4: Healthy Diet and Active Lives

Deadline 9am 5th November

Round 4 of the Connect Well social prescribing grants seeks to fund projects that support people in eating healthily and in raising their activity levels. Projects will be funded that reach those who face the greatest barriers to making healthy choices, and that adopt where appropriate, tiered approaches to suit the capacity of those with mobility and other restrictions.

The panel does not wish to support projects that focus wholly on weight loss or weight management, but rather wants to support projects that focus on healthy diet and increasing physical activity.

Eligible projects must work to achieve any or all of the following outcomes:

  • Promote a healthy diet and increased physical activity to those at risk of the impact of poor diet and inactivity, e.g. through education; information; access to healthy foods and activities, to enable them make manageable and sustainable changes.
  • Tackles the barriers to a healthy diet and increased physical activity faced by those most at risk of the impact of poor diet and inactivity, e.g. environmental and social pressures leading to poor diet choices and inactivity; lack of social or peer support for positive change; physical and emotional restrictions to increasing activity; cultural and language barriers to understanding; lack of access to healthy choices.
  • Motivates and engages those who are least active in achieving the PHE recommendation of 3 times 10 minutes of continuous brisk walking a day.

You can download the Guidelines and application form below

Social Prescribing Grants guidance notes

Application form Social Prescribing grants Round 4

Deadline for applications is 9am Monday 5th November 2018. Applications received after this time and date will not be accepted.

A briefing and networking session for this round will be held at the Legend’s Lounge, KCom Craven Park, Preston Road, HU9 5HE on Wednesday 9th October 2018 from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Please contact Jane Thompson on 01482 499035 or e-mail Jane.Thompson@nbforum.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Appeal from the Green Team (Goole)

The Green Team are a charity based in Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire, who operate a low cost, regular garden maintenance service for people who are elderly or disabled, with volunteers that work on a daily basis to support them.

They originally had 3 vans but at the end of June one of the vehicles was involved in a road traffic accident in which, sadly, one of their gardeners lost his life.

Just recently one of the two remaining vehicles was stolen.

The charity has been operating in the community of Goole (and surrounding areas – 10 mile radius) for twenty years. The impact of these losses means that

  • they cannot service all of the gardens of their customers.
  • they are having to turn some of their volunteers away.
  • they cannot generate much needed revenue.

They now desperately need a vehicle to ensure that they can continue with their service. If you know anyone that has a vehicle that they may consider loaning to the Green Team on a temporary basis, please contact them cheryl@thegreenteam.org.uk or ring 01405 837126

Emmaus Care 4 Calais Appeal

Emmaus are currently supporting the Care 4 Calais appeal and are hoping people will get involved and support.

There are currently around 1000 refugees sleeping rough in Calais, 500 in Brussels & 1500 in Paris.

These migrants have no access to even basic sanitation and many have not changed their clothes in weeks, leading to skin disease and similar problems.

They are appealing for donations of the following:

  • Clothing for males, especially small / medium sizes
  • Walking shoes & trainers smaller sizes 38, 39, 40, 41, 42
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Blankets
  • Small tents

All items can be dropped off at their store on Lockwood Street

Street Scene Select Committee – Dates released North East Lincs

Sent on behalf of Cllr Stephen Beasant

Hello, The dates for the Select Committee review into street scene have now been announced. Those of you who have expressed an interest in attending a select committee session will be sent an invitation to attend however members of the public are able to attend any open session should they wish.

To be invited to the select committee or to have a question presented at the select committee you must complete the survey as either a community/voluntary group representative or individual – link to survey is here.

Session 1: Wednesday 19 September

Opening presentation, questions to officers and consideration of the Cabinet litter bin review report.

Session 2: Monday 24 September

Public themed. Ward Councillors (collectively by wards) will be invited – 15 mins slots each. Cllr Brookes re: the grass cutting petition.

Session 3: Wednesday 26 September

Community themed. Community groups, voluntary sector, Town and Parish Council Rep, selected questions from the completed consultation – 15 min slots each. Consideration on the feedback from the consultation.

Session 4 (Private/Closed): Tuesday 2 October

Private session for re-grouping and initial deliberations.

Session 5: Thursday 4 October

Final session for deliberations and agreeing recommendations


All meetings will be held in the Grimsby Town Hall starting at 5.30 p.m.

If you have not yet given your views as evidence for the Select Committee review you can still do so here: https://streetscene.questionpro.eu

The Select Committee has been set up to focus on the quality of the local street scene.

There have been significant changes to Council’s Smarter Neighbourhoods Programme, which has resulted in alterations to the way a number of services, such as street cleansing and grass cutting, are delivered.

The main aims of the Select Committee include the following:

  • Understand the impact of these service changes on the ‘Street Scene’ in North East Lincolnshire
  • Identify areas of potential improvement focusing on building community resilience and increasing civic pride and make recommendations to the Council’s cabinet.

The Select Committee is due to hold four public hearings in September. More details about the hearings will be provided at a later date.

The Select Committee will look at the following topics that sit under two headings – the physical environment and environmental anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Stephen Beasant

Chair of the Select Committee

Take part in the Hull-timate challenge!

The Hull-timate Challenge is an obstacle course race taking place in Hull City Centre on 20th and 21st October. There will be 5km, 7.5km and 10km routes as well as a 1km children’s race

It is being organised by the Living with Water Partnership with the aim of raising awareness of the flood risk to Hull and Haltemprice, and to help residents and local businesses to understand what they can do to minimise the impact, should there be another flood.

They have also created the Humbrella Trail, an interactive walking trail alongside the race showcasing the work already going on across Hull and Haltemprice.

The trail covers a number of themes covering healthy choices, safety, money matters, environmental issues, positive mental health and volunteering.

For more information and to sign up for early bird fees, go to the website, or their Facebook page

If your organisation would like to take part, either with a stall or an activity, please contact jane.campbell@stantec.com by 21st September

Towards An Active Hull 2018 – 2028

Towards An Active Hull 2018 – 2028′ is a new draft ten year strategy from Hull City Council for increasing physical activity. It aims to empower, enable and support communities and individuals to be more active.

From the most recent Active Lives survey, to achieve the same ‘active’ rate as England, Hull would require an additional 7,550 adults (aged 16+) moving from the ‘inactive’ or ‘fairly active’ categories (based on 2015 ONS mid-year population estimates).

Hull Culture and Leisure and Hull City Council are keen to hear your views about the proposed strategy.

You can take part here

Live at Home Scheme Manager (Grimsby)

Deadline 16th September

Salary £24,000 per annum pro rata

Package Pension, 30 days holiday (inc. bank holidays), Childcare Vouchers, Life Assurance, Discount Scheme and DBS provided Job category/type Management Job description

Permanent – Part Time – 30 hours per week

Full driving licence and access to a vehicle is required.

MHA Live at Home want to enable older people to stay living independently in their own homes for as long as possible, with the best possible quality of life. Grimsby Live at Home do this currently with 3 social clubs, one to one befriending, outings, lunches, exercise, signposting, quarterly newsletter, telephone befriending, entertainment, big party events and more. This Scheme has been offering the above services for over 26 years and have wonderful volunteer support bases who offer a variety of help with all of these services.

The Live at Home Scheme Manager is responsible for developing and managing the Live at Home Scheme to meet the needs of older people within the local community. A pivotal part of this role is community development; as MHA want to bring communities together for the better. Maintaining and obtaining funding and partnership working are key in order to keep the scheme functioning and excelling in bettering the lives of older people and therefore confidence in funding bids and building solid working relationships are essential.

For more information go here

New text reminder service for elective patients

Patients awaiting a planned procedure at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust can now take advantage of a free text message reminder service.

Patients at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals, who have a mobile number on their records, will be automatically opted into the service.

SMS alerts have been used for outpatient appointments since 2014 but are now being rolled out for elective (planned) procedures including surgery.

Patients will receive two text messages, one seven days before their surgery and one two days before. The text will remind them the date and time of the appointment and the hospital site to attend.

When patients don’t turn up for their appointment it gets classed as a ‘Did Not Attend’ (DNA) and leads to a surgery slot being unused.

Patients wishing to opt out of the service can do so by following the instructions on the text message.

Cancer care in the next ten years – share your views

Deadline 9th September

In response to a call by NHS England to input into the development of a new plan for the next ten years, the Humber, Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance is asking stakeholders to share their views. The Alliance will then collate these views into a joint response.

For more information, go to the Humber Coast and Vale website