Free Health and Wellbeing Courses

‘Help Yourself to Wellbeing’ (HY2W) is a free seven week course designed to provide people with the knowledge, skills and tools to improve their health and wellbeing. The course aims to provide them with the confidence and motivation to set realistic goals for making changes to their lifestyle.

It aims to improve the health and well-being of people 16+ who live, work, study or are registered with a Bury GP by supporting and empowering individuals to take an active role in maintaining good health and wellbeing through the promotion of the self care principles.

Course content
– Week 1 – Introductory session, monitoring forms and discussions around health
– Week 2 – Behaviour change – why it isn’t easy
– Week 3 – Self esteem and confidence
– Week 4 – Dealing with stress and anxiety
– Week 5 – Healthy Eating, Alcohol and Smoking
– Week 6 – Physical Activity, Sexual Health and Managing Minor Ailments
– Week 7 – Dementia Prevention

Tuesday 23rd August 2016, 10.00am-12.00pm, then same time each Tuesday through to 4th October.
Thursday 22nd September 2016, 6.00pm-8.00pm, then same time each Thursday through to 3rd November.
Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 1.00pm-3.00pm, then same time each Wednesday through to 14th December.

The courses will take place at Bury Adult Learning Centre which is situated in Bury town centre, opposite the bus and Metrolink stations. 18 Haymarket Street, Bury, BL9 0AQ.

How do I book a place?
Telephone: 0161 253 7922
More information can be found on our Bury Directory page here.

Quote from one of their course participants:
“I recommend that everyone should go on this! I could not put into words and express the praise that I have for the course. All I can simply say is thank you.”

New Bury policy on Term Time Holiday Fines

The Prestwich and Whitefield Guide reports that families with pupils at schools in the Bury local authority area are not to be fined for taking their children on term time holidays, if attendance is otherwise good.

Bury Council has announced it is making the move after father Jon Platt won a landmark ruling against the Isle of Wight authority over term-time holidays earlier this year. A Bury Council spokesman said: “The High Court Case in May means that it is not legally sound at the moment to issue fines for short absences, where attendance is otherwise good”. The case is due to go to appeal and we await the outcome of that process and updated guidance from Government.

The Council stresses that even though they will not now face financial penalties, parents should still not be taking their children out of school for holidays.

Figures released by the Department for Education show that the number of penalty notices issued to parents in Bury for taking their children out of class rose from 647 in 2011/12 to 1,137 in 2014/15.

The Department for Education spokesman said: “The rules are perfectly clear — children should not be taken out of school without good reason. The evidence shows that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil’s chances of achieving good GCSEs, which has a lasting effect on their life chances.

Previously Liberal Democrats have called for more flexibility in term time holidays, but we need to balance this flexibility with ensuring the best chances for all children.

We would be interested in hearing your views!

Great British Tennis Weekend Comes to Prestwich

This weekend (30-31 July) the Lawn Tennis Association’s ‘Greater British Tennis Weekend’ comes to Prestwich with a family focused’ tennis open day in St Mary’s Park. Both days the event is 2.30-4.30pm, it is free, and rackets and balls are provided.

Family Tennis will be delivered weekly in St Mary’s Park until early October and families can book their place online through ‘I Will if You Will

Don’t forget we are lucky to have a very well established Prestwich Tennis Club where discounted membership starts at £60/year for new members and much less for under 25s, students and juniors.

Proposed Changes to 474 Bus (Prestwich – Eccles)

Changes are proposed to Bus Service 484 (operated by Arriva Northwest) which provides an hourly daytime link from Prestwich, Agecroft, Pendleton and Swinton to Eccles and Salford Royal Hospital, with the peak time extension of some journeys to/from Whitefield.

As part of measures to improve punctuality on the route the route and timetable of Service 484 will be revised to omit Mossfield Road, the Wardley estate and Kersal Road Road/Oaklands Road in Kersal Moor.

Please do let me know if you have any comments or thoughts on this proposals. The implementation date would be 31st October 2016. (Higher resolution copy of this map here.)

Bury Sports Awards Nominations Open

Nominations are sought for the 11th Annual ‘Bury Sports Awards’ – a chance to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in Bury, or achieving personal success over the last twelve months. There are ten categories which Individuals, Clubs, and Schools can be entered for. The deadline for nominations is 31st July 2016. Be great to see some local winners!

Nominations and more information are online here.

Reporting Back: Prestwich Township Forum

The first meeting of the Prestwich Township Forum in the new municipal year took place on Thursday 30 June 2016 at the Longfield Centre at 6.30.

The aim of the Forum is to bring together the Prestwich residents and the people that serve this community – Police, Councillors, Bury Council Officers, Local Religious leaders, Community Group leaders etc.

Prior to the meeting (5.30) there is a chance for local residents to meet the police, to allow them to raise issues they have, and to report any low level crime, ASB.

As it was the first meeting of the year, the main agenda item was to set out the work program for the year. To do this, those that attended the meeting were split into 6 groups.

These 6 groups were asked to list what they thought was good about Prestwich, and what is considered to be bad.

Below is a summary of the points raised.

Green Spaces – Heaton Park – The Clough – St Marys Park – Simister Wetlands – St Philips Park – Drinkwater Park

Transport Links – 3 Tram stations (Prestwich, Heaton Park, Bowker Vale) – M60 motorway junction – Buses running down both Bury New Road and Bury Old Road.

Location – 4 miles to Manchester City Centre (walking distance)

Eating / drinking facilities – Many Pubs, Wine Bars, Café’s, Restaurants.

Community Cohesion – A number of longstanding communities, that live and work together, without any conflict.

Safe – A relatively low level of crime, a safe place to walk at night alone.

The Longfield Centre – Needs better shops, and the appearance of the buildings to be improved – More Flowers / tubs / baskets etc.

The amount of traffic passing through – constantly busy

The state of the roads – many potholes, cheap repairs.

The state of many pavements – too many uneven pavements

Air Pollution – due to the amount of traffic

The Council Offices along with the Forum will now put together a plan to try to improve what is bad, and ensure what is good is maintained.

Reporting Back Health Scrutiny

I recently represented you at Bury COuncil’s ‘Health Scrutiny’ and reports back here:

Healthy Young Minds
A five plan has been drawn up to improve the emotional and mental health services to young people of the borough.
The current system is struggling to meet the needs of young people in need of support. The waiting time is too long between the child being referred (usually by doctors, schools, social workers) until they get the appropriate help they need.

The aim is to have a single point of access to children, which will identify what help the child needs, and arrange for them to get it.

If children can be educated to understand their feelings and their behaviour, the dangers they are exposed to, the potential consequences of their behaviour and thereby encourage them to make informed decisions that will have a positive effect for them and the lives they choose to lead.

Dangers can take many forms, drugs, alcohol, smoking, sexual health, internet grooming, CSE (child sexual exploration) depression etc.

This service is directed (but not exclusively) to children between 10 and 18.
Among teenagers, rates of depression and anxiety have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.

The professional agree that early intervention helps provide better outcomes, and a cost saving to adult mental health services.

Devolution in Greater Manchester, Update on recent developments in terms of Health and Social Care
In February 2015 Bury Council along with the other nine local authorities, and the 37 NHS organisations across Greater Manchester, signed a landmark agreement with central Government to take charge of health and social care spending and decisions in our region. This has a budget of £6 billion.

A plan ‘Taking Charge of Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester’ sets out the collective ambitions.
There are four main transformational themes within the Plan – Early Intervention, transforming community based care and support, Standardising acute & specialist care, Standardising clinical support.

All areas of health provision and social care will change. This will include GP’s, Hospitals, Walk in Centres, Residential homes etc.

As an example, to relieve ‘bed blocking by the elderly who are not ready to go home’, a new interim care facility could be made available, this would reduce demand on hospitals by 15%

A possible impact on Prestwich is around North Manchester General Hospital, which may become part of a single hospital service for the city of Manchester. This is still at the discussion stage, but if it went ahead it would have an impact on Pennine Acute/Care (which is the group it is currently part of).

As and when further information becomes available we will keep you informed.