LINKING HANDS CHARITY UK

help@linkinghands.org.uk


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We have now set up in our New office at

Office 5

Unit 1  Evergreen Venture Park

Barton Road

Wisbech

Cambridgeshire

PE13 4TP

Telephone: 01945 474319 for appointment.

We hope to be able to offer the following services totally free:


  • Bereavement Counselling for families and there friends
  • Cancer support Group.
  • A Depression Group.
  • Help and Friendship Group.
  • One 2 One Counselling For Depression. 
  • Dealing With Racial Problems.
  • Dealing with a Loss of a pet.
  • Bullying and Slavery.
  • Diabetic Help.

and many more free services will be available to help those in need.


Dr. Ted's
Topic's Of The Month 

There are so many forms of Depression and some times we don't even know that we are depressed,

Please take time to read the following and don't feel ashamed if you are depressed it is a real illness and now help is at hand to help you get better, just call us or email drted@linkinghands.org.uk as we understand or go click on the Heads Together Charity link below.

Please visit our Charity Links page as well.


IS MY MIND NOT WORKING AS NORMAL OR

AM I JUST GOING MAD ???    

Anxiety, fear and panic

Most people feel anxious or scared sometimes, but if it's affecting your life there are things you can try that may help.

Support is also available if you're finding it hard to cope with anxiety, fear or panic.

 

Symptoms of Anxiety

Anxiety can cause many different symptoms. It might affect how you feel physically, mentally and how you behave.

It's not always easy to recognise when anxiety is the reason you're feeling or acting differently.

¨ faster, irregular or more noticeable heartbeat

¨ feeling lightheaded and dizzy

¨ headaches

¨ chest pains

¨ loss of appetite

¨ sweating

¨ breathlessness

¨ feeling hot

¨ Shaking

 

Mental Symptoms

¨ feeling tense or nervous

¨ being unable to relax

¨ worrying about the past or future

¨ feeling tearful

¨ not being able to sleep

¨ difficulty concentrating

¨ fear of the worst happening

¨ intrusive traumatic memories

¨ obsessive thoughts.

 

Changes in Behaviour

¨ not being able to enjoy your leisure time

¨ difficulty looking after yourself

¨ struggling to form or maintain relationships

¨ worried about trying new things

¨ avoiding places and situations that create anxiety

¨ compulsive behaviour, such as constantly checking things

 

Symptoms of a panic attack

If you experience sudden, intense anxiety and fear, it might be the symptoms of a panic attack.

Other symptoms may include:

· a racing heartbeat

· feeling faint, dizzy or light-headed

· feeling that you're losing control

· sweating, trembling or shaking

· shortness of breath or breathing very quickly

· a tingling in your fingers or lips

· feeling sick (nausea)

 

A panic attack usually lasts 5 to 30 minutes. They can be very frightening, but they're not dangerous and should not harm you.

try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. You could also contact Samaritans, call: 116 123 or email: jo@samaritans.org if you need someone to talk to

· use calming breathing exercises

· exercise – activities such as running, walking, swimming and yoga can help you relax

· find out how to get to sleep if you're struggling to sleep

· eat a healthy diet with regular meals to keep your energy levels stable

· consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website

· listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides

search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS apps library.

 

try talking about your feelings to a friend, family member, health professional or counsellor. You could also contact Samaritans, call: 116 123 or email: jo@samaritans.org if you need someone to talk to

search and download relaxation and mindfulness apps or online community apps from the NHS apps library


DO

· use calming breathing exercises

· exercise – activities such as running, walking, swimming and yoga can help you relax

· find out how to get to sleep if you're struggling to sleep

· eat a healthy diet with regular meals to keep your energy levels stable

· consider peer support, where people use their experiences to help each other. Find out more about peer support on the Mind website

· listen to free mental wellbeing audio guides

Don’t

· do not try to do everything at once – set small targets that you can easily achieve

· do not focus on the things you cannot change – focus your time and energy into helping yourself feel better

· do not avoid situations that make you anxious – try slowly building up time spent in worrying situations to gradually reduce anxiety

· try not to tell yourself that you're alone; most people experience anxiety or fear at some point in their life

· try not to use alcohol, cigarettes, gambling or drugs to relieve anxiety as these can all contribute to poor mental health

 


Have I got Dementia ?

Getting a diagnosis

1 If you are concerned about your own memory, or you are worried about changes you have noticed with memory, communication, personality or behaviour of someone close to you, it is important to consult a GP as soon as possible, so that an accurate diagnosis is made.

2 Going to a GP for a check-up can identify potentially treatable conditions that initially look like dementia but are not. Depression, vitamin B12 deficiency, delirium, stress, thyroid problems, infections, or vascular problems can all affect a person’s alertness, memory, or brain function.

3 Why is it important to recognise and diagnose dementia in the early stages?

What are the possible signs and symptoms that may indicate a person could have dementia?

How is a diagnosis made?

What if the person won’t go for investigations and tests?

What if the GP won’t make a referral to a Memory Service or Clinic for a specialist assessment?

Planning ahead if you’ve been diagnosed

Research

Why is it important to recognise and diagnose dementia in the early stages?

We know that seeking a diagnosis can be scary or overwhelming, and some people feel that they’d rather delay finding out. There are four main reasons you should take steps to get a diagnosis as soon as you can.

· For some people, it can be a relief to know what their condition actually is, and why their memory, behaviour, or the way they feel is changing. A diagnosis also benefits the wider family and enables them to understand what is happening and how they can help

· A diagnosis helps the person with dementia and their family to get the best treatment, support and plans in place as soon as possible. This includes looking at finances, legal issues and making decisions for the present and the future

· A timely diagnosis can help the person stay well for longer by increasing their awareness of the condition and how they and their family can make adjustments to improve their quality of life

Although there is no cure for dementia at present, medication and other interventions can be used to help manage and lessen the symptoms

What are the possible signs and symptoms that may indicate a person could have dementia?

A change in:

· short term memory

· thought processes

· concentration level

· communication, comprehension and word finding

· motivation level

· ability to perform everyday tasks

· personality, mood, behaviour or social functioning

All of these signs and symptoms may be due to potentially treatable causes, so it should never be assumed that one or more of these signs and symptoms is definitely an indication of dementia.

How is a diagnosis made?

Firstly, before the GP refers the person for a specialist assessment of dementia, they should assess whether the person has a treatable underlying condition, such as: depression, vitamin B12 deficiency, anxiety, sensory impairment or infections. The GP should conduct an examination, organise some blood tests and ask questions to reveal physical or psychological conditions which could be the reason for the signs and symptoms experienced.

In addition, the GP should also ask when the symptoms started, and how these affect everyday living and whether these problems started suddenly or more gradually. It may be helpful to have a family member, or a person who knows the person well, present at this stage so they can say what changes they have noticed and how this affects the person and the people around them.

The GP should also briefly test the person’s memory and cognitive abilities, asking the person to:

· state what day, date and year it is

· name some common items, from pictures, or as answers to questions

· remember and repeat items to test concentration and short term memory

· complete a drawing

If all physical or mental health conditions have been ruled out as possible causes of the changes in memory, behaviour and personality, the GP may then refer the person for further investigation. This could be at a memory service (a place for specialist assessment and diagnosis of dementia), at a clinic or with a specialist.

The memory service, clinic or specialist should take a detailed medical and family history from the person with symptoms of dementia. It is helpful if a family member, or someone who knows the person well, goes to this appointment, and speaks with the person conducting the assessment to help with this process, and/or writes a short letter outlining what the issues are and how it affects the person being assessed.

Next, the memory service, clinic or specialist should assess the person’s cognitive abilities by asking specific questions, sometimes called a ‘mental state examination’ or ‘cognitive testing’. These usually include tests of attention, memory, verbal fluency and language, as well as testing their visuospatial abilities, by asking the person to copy diagrams or draw a clock. In addition, they will ask questions about the person’s abilities with everyday tasks such as shopping, housework, driving, and self-care, such as washing and dressing.

Lastly, the memory service, clinic or specialist should request an MRI or CT scan to examine the brain for any abnormalities.

Stay Safe from the Virus

The next few weeks are going to be critical for everyone as we all battle together to fight off this virus.
I personally would like to express my thanks to everyone who is involved in the saving of peoples lives that's everyone from the doctors and nurses to care workers and delivery workers who looking after the elderly and very ill at there own homes.
All we need to do is follow the guide lines and stay safe.  Click Here to go to NHS website.   




Competition Time

Entry is free and open to all, 
See Below for details.



Young Stars 2021

Young Stars Awards 2021 is in four age groups this year, 
4yrs. - 7yrs.   8yrs. - 11yrs.   12yrs. - 15yrs    16yrs - 18yrs.

We are looking for children who have been good with
caring for the people and the world we live in.
They might have just spent time to help a friend to cope with an illness or they might of spent time just being a good friend.Caring for animals, do the shopping, cooking a meal, walking the dog, tiding their room, been good at school,
Collecting rubbish from the beach. 
These awards are for the Young Hearts of Gold. 






Hearts of Gold

Entries are now open 

Click on the Download Button below

Please email us to get an entry  form in a word document file.  help@linkinghands.org.uk

March 2021 Winner

Rachel Elliott

A teaching assistant at a Fenland school has been named as the first winner of a charity’s Hearts of Gold Award 2021.

Rachel Elliott, who works at Peckover School in Wisbech was nominated for a Linking Hands Charity UK’s Hearts of Gold Awards 2021, which are open to anyone from across East Anglia including Fenland, by parent Sarah Dodkin.

She and her husband Ben, nominated Rachel for her incredible work with their eldest son Finley who suffers from Battens Disease, a neurodegenerative disease during lockdown.

Sarah, who has two other sons, Arthur and Harrison, said: "Finley has two amazing teaching assistants, Rachel and Emma Thompson, and they are both incredible with him and his learning. We specifically nominated Rachel for her work with Finley during lockdown as she went above and beyond creating the work for him.

“As a team Rachel and Emma are amazing. Rachel is an incredible and vital cog in Finley’s learning. She has been his one to one for three years and has always been amazing but over lockdown we have seen first hand how amazing she is and how much time and effort goes into every lesson for Finley.

“Finley lost most of his sight a couple of years ago and struggles with the onset of childhood dementia but this hasn’t impacted his confidence, his ability to learn alongside his peers or learning to adapt to a new life and that is because of Rachel.

“She has learnt Braille alongside Finley and has trained herself in all sorts of techniques that allow her to adapt everything within the classroom so that Finley is always included completely. The work over lockdown she produces for Finley every single day is absolutely mind blowing.

“ She Brailles his work, records her voice so he can hear her asking questions or giving instructions. She creates tactile resources such as maps and grids and Finley has a variety of activities every single day to keep him motivated, engaged and on a level with his peers.


“She even spends weekends making him tactile games for him to play with his two brothers such as Ludo. Lockdown could have been a difficult and potentially life changing experience for Finley and he could have lost many of his skills taught at school but thanks to Rachel he has improved, excelled and loved it. Thank you Rachel you really have a heart of gold.”

Linking Hands Charity, which is a self-supported charity offering a range of free services such as bereavement counselling and cancer support, is run by Steven and Linda Schooling from Leverington and they launched the awards last month to recognise anyone who has helped others during the pandemic.



With the awards, which have been sponsored by SCS Business Awards Ltd and WEP Fabrications, there will be a winner - or maybe more depending on nominations - each month up to November and then in December there will be overall winners chosen from the monthly winners.

Winners will receive a personalised mug and a plaque to mark their success.

To nominate your hero download an entry form from

www.linkinghands.org.uk

and email help@linkinghands.org.uk 


sarah.cliss@iliffepublishing.co.uk



True Friendship Award

Kevin Sinfield MBE

Hearts of Gold 2021 true friendship award has gone to ruby league legend Kevin Sinfield MBE for his efforts in helping his best friend and former team mate Rob Burrow MBE to raise money MNDA and at the same time helping the family to cope with the condition." Nice one Kevin "

Leeds Rhino's

True Friends: click on the pictures below to enlarge them.

Time to show we care

Fundraiser by Sian Jones : Official Fund Raising Page for Rob Burrow Fund (gofundme.com)
Rob Burrow played his entire career with Rugby League team Leeds Rhinos and won every honour with the club as part of their golden generation. A hard working and dedicated player, his fearless performances made him one of the most respected players in the Rhinos ranks.

He was a tough competitor on the field who gave his all for the team and had the ability to create a piece of magic that was a trademark of the Rhinos team.

In December 2019, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) at the age of just 37. Rob has three children under the age of eight and is battling hard to raise awareness and support fundraising to aid research into MND.

The Leeds Players Association are supporting Rob and his family through this Go Fund Me account with all proceeds initially going to the fund to support Rob with dealing with his diagnosis and his wife and three young children.
Rob and his family have been supported by his best friend Kevin Sinfield MBE who has raised over £2 million pounds for MNDA by running marathon's.

Hearts of Gold Awards 2021

Why not give someone a nice surprise to say thank you for being such a special person.
Enter them today just email help@linkinghands.org.uk why they are so special and we will then contact you by email
If you are under 18 please let an adult know what you are doing.

Courtney's New Designed Certificate 

LINKING HANDS CHARITY UK 
Is the new way to seek the help you need in order to get you back on your feet,
and the good news its totally free to everyone.
Email: help@linkinghands.org.uk
Tel; 0787 115 8696 - 01945 474319


We Also Aim To Get Charities To Work  More Closely Together In Order To Have Fun And Raise Lots Of Money.

"BRINGING CHARITIES AND PEOPLE TOGETHER AND HAVING FUN"

Hello and welcome to our website.

This website is designed to bring together people from all walks of life and to get all charities to work more closely together by supporting each others events, and at the same time bringing a more quality of life to those who suffering from pain and loneliness and also to support those who  have lost someone special.

On the links pages their is a dedicated page for sending your kind thoughts to those in need of help just fill in the email form below.




Steven Schooling (Founder)

" Its not what we do on our own, its what we do together that brings the best out of us all,
By being together we become much stronger and we can then start to build a better world for us all to live in"


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