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The Senior Citizens Forum wishes
you a very Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year
T E L F O R D & T H E W R E K I N
Message from the Chairperson
Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas again? After a
mild autumn we are already experiencing some
very cold weather. Please see our article on pages
12 & 13 about being prepared for emergencies at
home, such as your heating breaking down.
For 2016 we are planning to hold our open forums
at different venues around the area, (see page 5),
which is what many of you asked for. On January
20th in Wellington we will welcome David Evans, Joint Senior
Responsible Officer for NHS Future Fit programme, so don’t miss your
opportunity to ask your questions about our hospitals.
By the time this edition has been printed we will hopefully have
enjoyed a fabulous Christmas Lunch at the Whitehouse Hotel to help
get us in the festive mood. I’d like to wish all our members and readers
a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year, and I
hope to see as many of you as possible at our events in 2016.
Thank you for supporting the Forum!
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IS THE NHS
JAN 20th 2016
10.30am - 12.30pm
On Wednesday, January 20th, we welcome back David Evans, Joint
Senior Responsible Officer for NHS Future Fit programme, to update
us on how the programme is progressing.
The Future Fit programme was implemented to improve and tackle
current challenges in acute and community hospital services in
Shropshire and is driven by a partnership between clinicians and
In October NHS leaders took the decision to delay the decision on a
preferred option for emergency services in the area, stating that the
deferral will allow more detailed work to be carried out into financial
and staffing challenges.
So the debate continues. This is your opportunity to understand the
current situation in more detail and ask the questions you want to ask.
Free entry, open to all.
Plus advice and information stands, including Telford & Wrekin
Council seeking your views on the budget cuts. (see page 12)
Refreshments available, plus our 50/50 draw
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our Forums in 2016 will be in:
January 20th: Wellington
March: Woodside or Madeley
April: High Ercall
May: St Georges
June: Ironbridge Gorge Area
Sept AGM: The Place, Oakengates
We will provide details of each event in future newsletters.
Look out for information about our March and April events in the
Congratulations Dave on a brilliant effort!
Forum member Dave Cooke reached his goal
of 100 times up the Wrekin (making a total
of 1000 miles in all!). He wanted to walk the
same number of miles as his wife's father
who, when captured at Dunkirk during WW2,
marched 1000 miles to a POW camp on the
Russian Polish border. (Dave added a few
comfort stops for coffee and sandwiches!).
This is the level that Dave has achieved since
joining the Walkabout Wrekin group. Dave
walked Coast to Coast (200 miles) raising
funds for Severn Hospice, and this year
Hadrian’s Wall (90 miles) raising funds for Air
We assure you that not all of Walkabout Wrekin’s walks are this long
and this strenuous so if you would like to join them check out the
website www.walkaboutwrekin.org.uk or ring 01952 276534 for
November 9th at Dawley Christian Centre
Shropshire Deaf & Hard
of Hearing Forum
tel: 0845 833 9585
Tom Kane, Chairman of the Shropshire
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Forum, told
members of the difficulty and isolation
faced by people who suffer from deafness
and hard of hearing. He also warned that
the number of sufferers will increase.
There is legislation protecting people at
work, but socially the prolonged use of
earpieces and spending a large amount of
time in an environment with high noise
levels could be hazardous to your hearing.
Tom introduced his hearing dog, Harley,
who helps him to know when the phone is
ringing and the alarm clock goes off.
A big thank you to Tom
and Sally Joyner
(Lip Reading & Deaf
Awareness Tutor) for
helping us to organise the
event, and also to the
attended to give advice
and information. (Details
on the opposite page)
tel: 01743 364644
Sight & Hearing Loss Support Shropshire
Rural Community Council
tel: 01743 342168
Guide Dogs www.guidedogs.org.uk
tel: 0845 3727431
Telford Macular Group
tel: 01952 771164
West Telford VIP Group (Visually
Impaired) tel: 01952 250110
Sight Loss Shropshire
tel: 01743 210808
WATCH Alarms www.watchalarms.co.uk
tel: 01952 217151
Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin
tel: 01952 739540
tel: 01952 276534
Paul Booth, Wrekin Rotary,
explained that the Telford Tree
of Light was introduced 20
years ago, but is now supported
by around 5000 names. It
enables people to make a
donation to charity while
remembering their loved ones
at Christmas time. You may use
the application form link on their
website to sponsor the name of
your loved one and to make
Exciting news - we are now ready
to start rolling out this service! If
you care for somebody who has
been diagnosed with dementia
and you think that listening to
music might help them, then
please contact us.
We will to talk to you about
providing a play list of music that
they used to enjoy listening to,
whether it be classical, rock or
pop. This will be provided on a
small MP3 player with headphones,
fully portable so that the
music can be listened to whenever
and wherever they want.
The equipment is yours to keep for
as long as it is needed. We will
simply ask you to agree to keep it
in good order and return it to the
Forum when no longer required.
We will also ask you to complete a
simple form a couple of months
after you have started using the
equipment to let us know if it has
made a difference to the person
that you are caring for.
To be amongst the first to give this
a try please contact Anne-Marie
on 07552 975676
Stay Well, Live Well
My name is Sharron and I’ve been
attending the monthly ‘Stay Well’
group at Bridle Court for some
time now, and have recently
started to attend a ‘Friendship’
group which is on the first Thursday
of the month.
Before I started going to these
groups I would just stay in the
house looking at my four walls all
day and every day. I felt lonely,
afraid and depressed.
I’ve met a lot of interesting
people at these groups, and I am
no longer afraid of going out of
the house on my own. I feel I
belong and that in some way I
We have started doing activities
at these groups and I’ve tried my
hand at some things I would
never have dreamt of doing,
which has given me new interest
and confidence in my abilities.
A few weeks ago I managed to
paint a sea scape scene. (See the
picture on the right). Until that
day, the only thing I was interested
in painting was my nails!!
So yes, I think that attending these
groups has been good for me
and taken me out of myself. I’m
not so shy and timid as I used to
be because I know I am liked for
the person I am.
When using public
transport please be
very careful when
stop. Recently there
was a tragic accident
when an elderly
person lost their life as
a public service bus
made an emergency
stop when approaching
a bus stop. Arriva
have the following
notice or similar, on
Before you reach
your stop please ring
the bell and stay
seated until the bus is
I have passed all the
letters you had sent to
me ab out the
changes made to
bus services, to the
General Manager of
Arriva Telford. I’m
afraid that he has so
far failed to respond. I
also stated in my
letter that the people
of St Matthews Road
and Celandine Way
have, for the last 4
years, been asking for
a bus service.
I suggested that the
newly introduced 5A
service could include
these streets on their
A s f r o m 1 4 t h
November they have
made changes to the
No6 route cutting out
Turreff Avenue and
Donnington Parade. It
now continues past
Aldi on the way to the
town centre. The
No7A has gone and
the No7 also goes
past Aldi and around
Turreff Avenue and
on the way to
Oakengates and the
I am still awaiting a
reply from the council
to my email asking
about the consultation
on the relocation
of the bus station. The
c o n s u l t a t i o n
c o n c e r n i n g t h e
construction of a new
footbridge with lifts at
T e l f o r d C e n t r a l
Railway Station is to
be after Christmas. I
w i l l k e e p y o u
With regard to the
traffic wardens I have
been told that there
are now PCSO’s
operating in Newport
If you have any item
you would like the
Action Group to
investigate for you
please write or email
Anne-Marie Davies at
the address on page
3 and she will pass
them on to me. Or
you can use our new
enquiry box on the
page, found at
I would like to take
this opportunity to
wish you all a very
Merry Christmas, and
a Happy and Healthy
New Year from ETAG.
Technology ….Don’t be digitally excluded!
Everything’s getting so smart these days!
What on earth is a smart TV?
TVs have been getting bigger and better in recent years, but keeping
up with the latest developments can be a bit of a challenge.
A smart TV is a clever TV as it has integrated internet capabilities. This
means that as well as doing the job of a normal digital television, it can
do a similar job to a computer. A smart TV needs to be connected to a
broadband internet service by cable or using your home Wi-Fi.
Smartphones offer more than traditional mobile phones, as they can
connect to the internet, enabling you to send and receive emails and
use the internet and use apps (programs) that use the internet such as
news, weather and music services. They can be overly complicated
and many of their features may be more hindrance than help if all you
want to do is make calls and maybe send text messages, but the trouble
is there are very few simple feature phones available anymore, and
if you need a new one you may find that a smartphone is the only way
to go. But this needn't be bad news if you use email and the internet.
Look for a phone that’s simple to use, with a large screen and text that
can be enlarged.
Forum Computer Learning
One to one tuition -
Learn in your own home
£16 for 4 lessons
Get started using a computer or
tablet, or if you already know the
basics, get help to learn more. If you
haven’t got your own computer our
volunteer tutor will bring one along for
you to borrow.
Computer Drop in Sessions
Hartshorne Court, Burton Street,
Dawley, Wed, 10am - 12noon
Oliver Court, Ladycroft, Wellington,
Wed, 2pm - 4pm
Newport Cottage Care Centre,
Upper Bar, Wed, 12noon-1pm
We still need more tutors! Could you help someone learn to use a
computer and get online? To enquire please contact us now,
tel 07552 975676 or 07932 828333 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us on 07552 975676 or 07932 828333 for more details or for a chat about
learning or tutoring.
Strategies for Successful
Ageing - a free online course
How do you feel about ageing?
What choices are you making to stay
happy, healthy, socially-connected
and active as you age? A free fiveweek
online course, presented by
distinguished academics and
physicians at Trinity College Dublin,
looks at world-leading research in
successful ageing, which may
challenge many of the assumptions
you have about growing old.
for more information.
More Online Courses…...
Several other free online courses are
available at www.futurelearn.com/
Have you ever
considered a Pen Pal?
Would you like to exchange emails
with another older person somewhere
in the world?
There are many websites where you
can register and search for a suitable
pen pal. Some sites may charge
a small fee, some are free like
Visit this useful website and also Telford
Public Transport on Facebook for all
up to date local bus, coach and rail
service information. Find details of
local services operating over the
Were you born on
26th September 1939?
If so, Outline Productions are creating a new history TV
documentary series and would love to hear from you
if you were born on that date.
Please contact their production team at
or call 0207 424 7643 to leave your details.
Unfortunately we don’t yet know the name of the programme or the
channel, or exactly what the programme will be about, but it is for
one of the major broadcasters.
The winter months are always the
least convenient time for your boiler
to break down or pipes to burst.
If you have a problem…
If you think there is a water leak turn
off the water to the whole house (find
out where the mains stop tap is) and
prevent the water leaking further by
draining the water from the cold
taps. If the leak is from a single
appliance, then it can be stopped by
turning off the isolation valve located
next to the appliance.
If your heating breaks down make
sure you keep warm while waiting for
help as best as you can wearing lots
of layers and using blankets and a
hot water bottle. Use a portable
heater if you have one, or get into
bed to keep warm!
A leak in your hot water system
means you need to switch off the
gate valve which is likely to be found
in your airing cupboard if you have a
hot water cylinder. Then hot taps
need to be turned on to remove any
hot water in the system. If you have a
combi boiler, there will be lever
isolation valve located under the
boiler to stop the water entering your
If your electricity goes off first check
with your neighbour to see if they still
have power. If it’s only your home
that’s out, your trip switch may have
turned itself off. If it has, try turning it
back on but if it switches off again
then one of your electrical appliances
may be faulty. Once the appliance
has been turned off your electricity
will stay on. If you have a prepayment
meter it may have run out of
credit? If it's in credit and still not
working, then call your supplier. You
may have a fault with your electrical
wiring somewhere, so call a qualified
electrician as soon as possible.
If you think there is a gas leak turn
the gas off at the meter using the
emergency control valve unless the
meter is located in the basement, get
fresh air immediately, do not smoke
or use any naked flames/flammable
gases and do not turn on/off or
operate any electrical switches or
appliances. Call the emergency
number: 0800 111 999
Beware the cowboys and
Building work horror stories also
tend to crop up during the chilliest
months. The need to get things
sorted out quickly means there are
countless tales of cowboy traders
taking advantage of older people
more likely to rush decisions to get
a job done. Tales of older people
being scammed and ending up
paying over the odds for a simple
job are enough to make the task of
getting your repair work done
So what can you do to
Get Home emergency cover -
Corgi, Surewise, Direct Line, British
Gas, the AA and many others offer
home emergency cover either as
part of your home insurance or on
a separate policy. They will
provide you with a 24 hour
emergency number to call in the
event of leaks or heating loss,
depending on your cover.
Find a reliable tradesperson -
The best way by far to choose a
reliable plumber, electrician or
builder is by word of mouth from
family and friends or you can visit
shropshire, or tel 0345 678 9000
to find the name and
contact details of a
Keep emergency contact numbers
where you can find them quickly in
Keep a torch and spare batteries
handy in case there’s a power cut,
in preference to candles. If your
home phone relies on electricity,
consider having a mobile phone
and keep it charged.
Consider investing in a safe
portable heater in case your main
heating breaks down, but avoid
ones fuelled by liquids.
Domestic Cleaning Services
Honest and reliable,
Call for a free consultation
Sessions at Wellington
Civic Leisure Centre
Sundays 5.15pm - 6.15pm
The club welcomes people of all
ages with all disabilities and
special needs, such as, stroke
recovery, autism, ADHD, mental
health issues and cerebral palsy
etc. Helpers are welcome to
accompany swimmers where
needed. For more information
please contact :
Terry Lawlor, 01952 617002,
Every year in Telford and Wrekin, it is an honour for the Council to unite
and bring people together on Holocaust Memorial Day. On 27 January
2016, three special events with the theme, ‘Don’t stand By’ will be held at
The Place Theatre in Oakengates.
All of the events will offer an opportunity to remember the millions of people
killed in the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in
Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. We will also be taking time to honour
people and to stop and think about our actions and behaviours, and to think
about what we can do to not be bystanders to hate crime and prejudice, nor to
international threats of genocide.
All of the events are free and open to the public, please come along to learn,
remember and reflect.
Open exhibition 9am – 1pm and 3.30pm – 5.30pm
The exhibition will contain display materials on the Holocaust, other genocides
and on this year’s theme. There will also be an opportunity for people to
decorate footprints to add to bunting for the venue.
Civic Ceremony of Remembrance 2pm – 3pm
The ceremony will provide us with an opportunity to think about how we can
challenge prejudice and discrimination wherever we may see or hear it. A
memorial candle will be lit to accompany a minute’s silence.
Talk by the British Red Cross 6pm – 7pm
Unfortunately we know that anti-Semitism, racism, war and hate crime have not
gone away. Join with us to hear about the work of The British Red Cross in the
holocaust and the subsequent work of the organisation, with refugees in times
Someone once said,
‘I wondered why someone didn’t do something. Then I realised I am
More information can be found at www.telford.gov.uk/HMD
or by calling 01952 382131
Living Well, Our Plan
for FAMILY CARERS
FREE for Carers
Learn the communication tools and skills to gain the confidence to
know you are providing the very best possible care for the person
Join us for this six-session programme in 2016
Fortnightly Mondays:-Jan 04, 18, Feb 01, 15, 29 and March 14
10:00 -1:pm at The Place, Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP
“ I wish I had done this 10 years ago when mum was first diagnosed. I
experienced dementia the hard way by trial and error! ” Louise,
Book and contact: Julia Pitkin
07886 690026 email@example.com
You’re warmly invited to
FORGET ME NOT TEA
At St Andrew’s Shifnal
We meet at St Andrew’s
Church, Church Street, Shifnal, TF11 9AJ on the
3rd Thursday of each month, at 3.00pm.
We all enjoy sharing a lovely cup of tea together -
come for a cuppa & cake!
Our songs and prayers are accessible and open to
everyone, irrespective of beliefs.
There’s no charge, just come along, a warm
welcome awaits you.
For more information, speak to Sarah Thorpe on
Come and join
us on the 4th
Thursday of every month to watch
an old musical and enjoy tea and
cake at St John’s Church, Saltwells
Drive, Muxton, TF2 8RJ, 10am -
12.30pm (film starts at 10.30am)
For more information contact Jo
Lefroy on 01952 604281.
Both are particularly suitable for anyone living with dementia, their family and friends.
Adult education under threat –
act now to support the WEA!
The Department for Business
Innovation and Skills, which funds the
WEA (Workers Educational Association)
and other adult learning
institutions in England, has been
asked by the Chancellor to suggest
cuts of 25% and 40%.
Less than 6 per cent of Government
spending on education and training is
devoted to adult further education
and skills. Further cuts, on top of the
24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to
the Adult Skills Budget already
announced this year, will have a
devastating impact on a service that
is life-changing for many people.
Research has shown that adult
education improves health and
wellbeing, develops confidence and
builds better communities.
The WEA needs you – its greatest
advocates – to help. Individual letters
or emails to your local MP and the
Chancellor, plus spreading the word
on social media and signing the
petition will make a big difference
and make sure that adults are not
forgotten when cuts are being made.
Thank you for your support.
The petition can be found on
COURSES BEGINNING JANUARY 2016
Course Day Time Location Starts Fee
Life Drawing Tues 7 - 9pm
Tai Chi for
Enterprise – a
Way of Shaping
Wed 10am – 12
1 – 3pm
2 – 4pm
2 – 4pm
Park Lane Centre,
ART FOR BEGINNERS Maggie
Free if in
Free if in
Free if in
Free if in
Free if in
“I joined this course after I retired and I needed to find a
new hobby to socialise. I have never done painting
before. This class has enabled me to learn new painting
techniques and try new things and also socialise with
people. All the basic painting equipment is provided so it
is very helpful especially for those of us who are on a
limited budget. This art class has made a difference to
my skills and my health and wellbeing. It gives me the
opportunity to leave the house and keep my brain active.
I would recommend this course to anyone”.
We all have our own Christmas traditions; writing letters to Santa, putting out
mince pies and carrots on Christmas Eve and many more! Have you ever
wondered about the many different ways people celebrate at this time of year
all around the world?
In Germany, Austria and some parts of Switzerland, St Nikolaus (the saint on
whom many countries base Santa Claus) is accompanied by a scary devil-like
character as a warning to children to be good.
In France there's a similar figure called La Pere Fouettard, whilst in Italy a good
witch called La Befana delivers children's presents on January 6th using a
broomstick rather than a sleigh. But if you have been bad, expect lumps of
In the Netherlands Santa Claus is called
Sinterklaas and instead of the North Pole,
lives in sunny Spain and arrives by
steamboat with a helper called Black Peter
rather than an elf.
Across Scandinavia a gnome like character - called Tomte in
Sweden and Nisse in Norway - is believed to protect barns
and brings presents too. Every Christmas the children leave a
bowl of porridge out for him.
In Greece basil is wrapped around a cross and used to sprinkle
holy water around the house to ward off mischief making
goblins called killantzaroi. It's also traditional to burn old
shoes for good luck in the following year.
Ukrainians decorate their Christmas trees with spider webs.
Legend says that a magic spider once visited a poor family at
Christmas and turned the webs into gold and silver.
Further afield in Brazil children get their presents in
their shoes rather than stockings, from Papa Noel.
Skates are the order of the day in Venezuela,
where, in the capital Caracas, roads are closed off
so that locals can blade to morning mass – they
even tie pieces of string and dangle them out of
the window so, if they oversleep, passers-by will be
able to tug on the string and wake them up!
During the run up to Christmas in Mexico is the Festival of the Radishes when
farming folk carve the vegetables into human figures, including those from
Of course down under Christmas falls in
summer, where, tradition has it that
Father Christmas swaps his reindeer, to
give them a chance to rest after flying
all that way, for 'six white boomers' or
kangaroos. It's also traditional to enjoy
a barbecue on the beach.
Traditional Christmas Food is often very
different too. Curried goat is often on
the menu for dinner in Jamaica and Christmas is marked by the 'John Canoe'
parade, which dates back to the times of slavery, where people dress up in
wacky masks and costumes.
Czechs are taught not to eat anything on Christmas Eve until a special dinner is
served so that they can try and see a mystical 'golden pig' appear. In Greenland
the dish of the day is Kiviak, decomposed bird that has been wrapped in
sealskin and buried under a stone for several months. They also feast on
mattak, slices of raw whale skin.
While in Poland they place a piece of iron under the Christmas dinner table to
make sure everyone has strong legs. The table legs have to be strong too –
there are traditionally 12 courses, two of which are carp.
Finally in Iceland they take no chances and have 13 Santas! These Yule lads,
more troll like than our traditional Father Christmas, traditionally come down
from the mountain one by one during the days of the festive period leaving
presents or rotten
potatoes depending on
the child's behaviour.
They have strange names
so when you are
decorating your tree this
year or hanging stockings
up – just feel grateful
your gifts aren’t being left
by Door Sniffer and Meat
No one should have no one
Over 1 million older people haven’t
spoken to a friend, neighbour or
family member for at least a month.
No one should have no one at
Christmas and yet this year many
older people will have no one to
share it with. Will you help us
answer a call from a lonely older
person and give them muchneeded
Sign the petition:
£5 could help answer a call from a
£25 could help an Age UK
£75 could go towards vital research
a befriender - spend one or two
hours a week visiting an older
person in their own home to
provide companionship and a good
a telephone buddy - be a friendly
voice at the end of the phone,
ringing people from the Telford
Age UK office.
in one of the many day centres -
making drinks, chatting, serving
Call Age UK on 01952 201803
for more details
The John Lewis Christmas TV advert is helping to raise awareness
for Age UK. Amid increasing hype around John Lewis’s seasonal
advert, which has come to mark the beginning of the Christmas
shopping season for many, the department store aims to use its
profile to help raise hundreds
of thousands of pounds for
It will also encourage staff and
customers to join up with their
local branch of the charity to
care for elderly people who
might otherwise be alone over
The Information Advice
and Advocacy Service for
adults in Telford with care
and support needs
We provide information and
Access to carers’ services, welfare benefits for carers and those who
are cared for, community care, services to promote and support
independence, budgeting and paying for care, personal budgets,
support and coping strategies for dealing with long term health
Mon - Fri,
9am - 5pm
5 ways to prevent a fall
STAY ACTIVE – between 50 and 70 we lose 30% of muscle strength, but this can be
balanced by regular physical activity; 30 minutes 5 times a week is the recommendation.
Gardening, housework, cycling and walking all count. Yoga and Tai Chi classes
cut falls in the over 65’s by 26%.
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE – 60 year old eyes need 3 times more light than 20 year old
eyes! You should consider swapping your lightbulbs for brighter ones: LED or
halogen bulbs are better than energy saving ones, although of course they are not as
efficient. A table lamp that is 2 feet away from where you are sitting will provide 25
times more light than a ceiling bulb.
STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES – calcium is critical, but magnesium and vitamin D are
just as important. Make sure your diet includes plenty of milk, cheese, yoghurt, leafy
green veg, pulses and beans, dried fruit and oily fish. The main source of vitamin D is
the sun between April and October. The government recommends a vitamin D
supplement (10 micrograms) for all over 65’s.
FALL PROOF YOUR HOME – tape down or remove worn/frayed carpet, tape trailing
extension leads to the skirting boards and clear away clutter especially in the hall,
landing and doorways.
ASK YOUR GP FOR A MEDICATION REVIEW – some 36% of over 75’s are on 4 or
more drugs and some – such as high blood pressure and heart medicines – are
associated with dizziness.
For a free guide please visit www.saga.co.uk/magazine/health-wellbeing/
The Community Preventing Falls through Exercise Programme is a
preventative service helping older people to recover from falls, and to prevent them
from falling again. Participants come along to our weekly one hour sessions and join a
small group exercise programme, which helps them maintain their mobility and
improve their muscular strength and in the end, helps them to maintain their
The programme is delivered by highly qualified and trained instructors who encourage
the participants to join in, but also tailor the exercises to their needs and abilities. The
sessions include a range of chair based exercises and stability standing exercises with
the use of support and also unsupported also.
Anyone can join the programme if you are at risk of falling, and it’s wheel chair
friendly too! If you would like to join or know someone who could benefit from joining
our classes please contact Jude Bailey at Fit4All to check availability in sessions
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 07456 505553)
Members of the Council Cabinet and Council officers will be at the Senior Citizens
Forum event on January 20th. (see page 4) They will be able to talk to you in more
detail about the budget and the cuts that the Council is proposing to make. Please
come along and have a look at the budget display. Have your questions answered or
your views noted as part of the annual budget consultation.
Look after your
feet this winter
One in three people over the age of
65 has foot pain, stiffness, or aching
feet. A lot of the problems derive
from poorly fitting shoes, however
obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular
disease, osteoporosis, knee, hip or
back pain can all increase the
likelihood of foot problems.
Painful or uncomfortable feet don’t
have to be a natural part of ageing,
and can be alleviated with some
regular simple care. But if you’re
having trouble looking after your
feet, you're not alone.
Age UK reports that nearly one in
three older people can’t cut their
own toenails. Problems tend to
happen if you're less mobile than
you used to be, particularly if you
have difficulty bending down and
poor eyesight can also make it
harder to look after your feet.
You're also more prone to foot
problems like corns, blisters and
foot infections in later life as the
skin becomes thinner and less
Your feet will remain in better
condition if you have a regular foot
routine. This includes:
cutting and filing toenails and
keeping them at a comfortable
smoothing and moisturising dry
and rough skin
keeping your feet clean and dry
checking for cracks and breaks in
the skin and blisters
looking for signs of infection like
nail fungus or other obvious
early problems, and seeking
wearing suitable footwear
wearing warm socks/suitable
slippers at home in winter to
keep your feet warm, warm
lined boots for outdoors, and
bed socks are a good idea for
seeking treatment from a
professional chiropodist or
Keep your feet moving with some
daily exercise, even if it’s just
getting up and walking round your
home. If you have mobility
problems, spend a few minutes
regularly throughout the day
stretching your ankle by slowly
pointing your toes forwards and
Foot Health Practitioner
LLB (HONS) MCFHP MAFHP
Do you have corns, hard skin, cracked heels, thickened nails?
Or maybe your toenails need a trim?
I will be happy to visit you in the comfort of your home
for a fee of £22.50
01952 249258 or 07814 307848
Free swimming for over 50’s to end
The council says the cut to free
swimming for the over 50s in
Telford & Wrekin is needed after
the government this summer
announced further in-year cuts to
councils’ public health budgets,
which for Telford & Wrekin is
thought to be equivalent to almost
So far this year just over 3,000
people over 50 have taken up the
free swim offer, showing that the
number of over 50s swimming at
council pools has already gone up
by just 50% since the start of the
free swim this April.
From January, residents over 50
with a Telford Loyalty Card (TLC)
will be charged £3.65, £1.10 less
than the cost of a standard swim.
Residents over 50 in receipt of a
range of benefits may be entitled to
a Concessionary Telford Loyalty
Card that would allow them to
swim for just £1 a time.
To find out if you qualify for a
Concessionary card, please contact
your nearest leisure centre.
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F J A N U A R G N I C N A D Y
Here are some useful phrases for responding to Christmas
presents you would rather not have received!
Well, well, well ...
I don’t know what to say!
That’ll be really useful…. what is it?
If I hadn't put on so much weight recently it would have fitted me perfectly.
Oh, I’ve seen these in the shops.
Where did you manage to find this?
I must make sure the dog doesn’t get hold of it.
Just my luck to get this the very year I promised to give all my gifts to charity.
It’s just a shame about my allergy.
Unfortunately, I am about to enter MI5's Witness Protection programme.
You must help me eat them.
These sell well at the charity shop.
Frankly, I don't deserve this.
Really, you shouldn't have.
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