June 14 to June 20 is the Diabetes Week. The week is about providing support for the people living with Diabetes and encouraging people to share their experiences of living with Diabetes. Tracey, a Community Champion, is a speaker volunteer for Diabetes UK. Read about her Diabetes Story in this blog as she talks about how she raises awareness about Diabetes.
Carers Week (7 to 13 June) is an annual national initiative to raise awareness about unpaid caring, challenges the unpaid carers face, and recognition of the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support. In this blog, Mollie Delaney, Sharon Hammond and Kemi Bandele- Forbes from Camden Carers, talk about the various initiatives the team at Camden Carers have taken during the pandemic to support unpaid carers.
Volunteers make a huge difference to our work, and we could not do what we do without them. The team of Healthwatch Camden recognises the vital role that the volunteers play and the impact they have had on the community. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work, determination, and the skillset they bring to the team, especially during this exceptionally difficult year. Thank You to all our amazing volunteers.
Miles Maier is based at Camden Carers and coordinates Camden Dementia Action Alliance, a network of over 50 organisations working to make Camden a more dementia-friendly borough. Camden Dementia Action Alliance believe that with the right support people with dementia can live a good quality of life, doing what matters most to them for as long as possible. In this blog, he discusses what help and support are available in Camden for those living with dementia and their families as we emerge from lockdown.
Sandra Wheen, a Camden resident, talks about her experiences of becoming a COVID-19 Health Champion, a programme run by Camden and Islington Public Health. She feels that the programme has empowered her and helped her in encouraging others to take up the COVID-19 vaccination.
A personal account by Nick Stone from Asperger London Area Group.
We have been receiving numerous calls from the residents of Camden about the various challenges they are facing in accessing the dentistry services in the Borough, especially in the last year.
Nana and Tomisin, sixth form students and the Health and Wellbeing Ambassadors of Fitzrovia Youth in Action (FYA), are our guest bloggers for this month. They are passionate about health and wellbeing and aspire to study medicine. They believe that as young people, they can be a force in influencing their peers, parents, family members and potentially the wider community, and help them make an informed decision on the COVID-19 vaccine. Read more in their blog.
There have been reports of a surge in domestic abuse cases since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Camden Safety Net (CSN), also known as Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisory Service, provides services to survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual violence as well as to children affected by violence