Campaign to End Loneliness Pembrokeshire.

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A National Campaign to End Loneliness reached Pembrokeshire this week and was the focus of a day-long seminar at Letterston Memorial Hall on Thursday.

Supported by Big Lottery Funding and, in Pembrokeshire, by Pembrokeshire County Council, this initiative acknowledges that ‘Loneliness is horrible’.

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the horror not to be surveyed….the quiet devastation.”

Novelist Emily Dickinson described it as “…the quiet devastation, the horror not to be surveyed.”

Campaign to End Loneliness.

Discussion centred around a search for applied local strategies to help relieve loneliness in our communities and so improve lives; to achieve positive health outcomes and reduce the impact that, as research clearly shows, loneliness has on morbidity and mortality – yes, it’s a bigger indirect killer than heart disease and obesity and other chronic diseases.

Loneliness shortens lives and renders life unbearable for sufferers.

 

Adverse effects of loneliness on health:

  • Increased stress – associated with boredom, restriction of free movement – #campaigntoendlonelinessconfinement.
  • Weight gain or weight loss – effects of low mood, isolation – perhaps leading to insufficient or sub-optimal dietary intake / poor nutrition.
  • Depression and anxiety – and more severe risks to self, secondary to these.

What helps to relieve loneliness?

Here are just a few…. please add your own suggestions in the comments section below, following this article…

Sharing…

  • A heart to heart hug.
  • Therapeutic touch.
  • *Contact and communication…. Women tend to prefer face to face contact (more appropriate when anyone seeks ‘understanding’ or emotional support; whereas men enjoy ‘shoulder to shoulder’ activities – the Men’s Shed initiative is an excellent example of this – ‘tangible support’, working together to solve a problem.
  • *Meaningful invitations to share time together – even 10 minutes contact is proven to bring about a release of hormones that affect a positive sense of wellbeing (Oxytocin).
  • Singing.*
  • Conversation.*
  • Considered seating arrangements.*
  • Cultural sensitivity.*
  • Listening.*
  • Inter-generational meeting places.*

* These asterisks denote an interaction that can be facilitated when visiting someone who is lonely, and perhaps housebound and unable to access all that we take for granted;

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Nolan charity presents iPads and DVD players to Hywel Dda hospitals.

Nolan Charity Fund feature image

Great news for patients on Hywel Dda childrens wards –

Nolan Charity Fund recently presented iPads and DVD players to Bronglais, Glangwili and Withybush hospitals worth over £1,300.

The iPads and DVD players will make a huge difference to patient experience and will go towards making a stay in hospital as relaxing and comfortable as possible while keeping children amused during their illness.

The Nolan Charity Fund is a Welsh charity set up in 2015 by uPVC businessman Nolan Nicholas to work hand in hand for the benefit of worthy causes in Wales. Sarah Cleevely, Fundraising & Events Manager, Nolan Charity Fund, said: , “I was delighted to meet the staff on the new children’s ward at Withybush Hospital and to be able to present them with iPads and DVD players. I am pleased that the Nolan Charity Fund has been able to provide Hywel Dda Health Charities with this support and the children in its care. I hope the equipment we have donated will go some way in providing the children visiting Withybush, Bronglais and Glangwili hospitals with some comfort during their stay.”

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Inspirational Elly Neville celebrates 2 years of fundraising for cancer ward.

photograph of Elly Neville who is raising £100,000

On the 1st of May 2015 a five year old girl from Pembroke Dock decided that she wanted to start raising money to help the ward that treated her father. She was hoping on raising £50 but two years on, she’s closing in on raising nearly £100,000!

Her story is truly remarkable…

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Celebrating 35 years Hospice at Home

Feature image Memorial Service Father Paul Sartori celebrating 35 years of Pembrokeshire's Hospice at Home

Memorial Service Father Paul Sartori

The Paul Sartori Foundation, Pembrokeshire’s only Hospice at Home Service is hosting a very special memorial service at 1pm on 18th April 2017 at St David & St Patrick Catholic Church, Haverfordwest to celebrate the origins of the Foundation, and its namesake Father Paul Sartori.

Banner Memorial Service Father Paul Sartori celebrating 35 years of Paul Sartori Foundation

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Come to a Children’s fun day!

photograph Things to do in Pembrokeshire May 2017 community fundraiser fun day for childrens sensory play Puffin garden

Withybush staff fundraise for new garden at Children’s Unit

Staff at Withybush General Hospital are fundraising for a new Puffin Garden at the Puffin PACU (Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit) which is the newly named children’s ward at the hospital.

A charity fun day will be held on

Saturday May 13th

10 a.m to 4 p.m

at 

Haverfordwest RFC.

The Health Board regularly encourages healthy play and a new outdoor play area will be an important development for the play service team.

Sandra Jones, Play Service Manager for Hywel Dda University Health Board said…

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Escape from the world.

 

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Relaxation

Pembrokeshire hypnotherapist, Margaret Williams has shared this hypnosis relaxation podcast for use by anyone needing a little help to cast off from the world for a bit of you time.

Pamper yourself …

For the FULL VERSION use our PembsLifeOnline Free Mobile App – Download Here – where you’ll find the relaxation track – LOOK in the Relax Podcasts section.

You can listen to her audio here (Do not listen to this while driving or operating machinery) ….

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