Talk Community Newsletter

Talk Community Newsletter

20 September 2021

Fantastic new Talk Community resource launches today!

We’ve launched a new online falls prevention resource, to coincide with Falls Prevention Awareness Week (20 to 24 September). The annual awareness week aims to highlight the different measures older people can take, to try and prevent themselves from having a fall.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults aged over 65, who live at home, will have at least one fall a year, with around half of these having more frequent falls. Although the majority of falls don’t result in serious injury, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead to medical complications, hospitalisation or loss of independence.

Our free online resource is full of fantastic information, top tips and short films, which will help more people in Herefordshire to see what they can do to look after themselves and reduce their risk of falling, especially as they get older. It’s a great way to help more people stay healthy, active and independent for longer and gives families additional support to help older loved ones.


Our top five tips for staying steady and preventing a fall, are:

1) Stay active, eat well and keep hydrated

2) Remove trip hazards in your home and garden

3) Always wear well fitted footwear

4) Be aware of raised shop doorways, pavement changes and uneven surfaces

5) Regularly review your medication and have your eyes and ears tested

To find out more about what you can do to help yourself, a loved one or people in your local community, to reduce the risk of falling, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/falls.

We’ve launched another new Talk Community Hub (we’re definitely on a roll now!)

The launch of our latest hub in St Peter’s Church in Hereford, takes our total number of hubs up to a whopping 28 and we’ve still got more to come!

St Peter’s Talk Community Hub is held every Monday from 11am to 2pm and is run by a fantastic group of friendly volunteers, who are available to help residents access wellbeing information and signposting to hundreds of different services, groups, activities and events, taking place both in Hereford and across the county.

To find your nearest hub or if you’re considering becoming one of our Talk Community Hubs, visit www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/hubs.



New funding available to provide sessions for parents with children under three

Herefordshire Council has announced new grant funding for local charities, community and voluntary groups to provide early education sessions for parents with children under three years old.

Each group can apply for funding of up to £6,000, which must be spent by 31 July 2022, to provide sessions which create opportunities for families to:

  • Socialise and meet others in their local community, to help with any feelings of isolation
  • Gain an understanding of child development, along with ideas for play activities to do in the home
  • Understand how they can apply for nursery education funding and receive Start for Life information

It’s a great opportunity for children and their parents or carers to meet and socialise with other children and families, in their local community, to help support and develop communication skills and build friendships.


To find out more, including the full eligibility criteria, please visit Herefordshire Council’s website. The closing date for all applications is 12pm on Friday 8 October 2021.

Keep Herefordshire Warm webinars: Book your free place today!

Our colleagues at Keep Herefordshire Warm are offering a brilliant range of free online sessions to parish councils and community organisations, throughout the autumn, which can help you better support local residents.

Health and Cold Homes: How a cold home affects our health

Tuesday 21 September 10am – 10:30am

Energy Welfare: What is fuel poverty and how to spot it
Tuesday 21 September 2pm – 2:30pm

Healthy Homes: Combines the above two sessions
Thursday 23 September 11am – 12pm

Energy Funding for the Home: How to improve the energy efficiency of a property and fund it

Tuesday 16 November 10am – 10:30am

Saving Money and Energy: Our top energy saving tips and how to be energy bill aware

Tuesday 16 November 2pm – 2:30pm

Energy Funding and Saving Money: Combines the above two sessions
Thursday 18 November 11am – 12pm

If you complete all four sessions, you’ll receive a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accreditation.

Unable to attend a session? Don’t worry, the team can tailor the training to meet specific organisational needs and are happy to deliver it whenever works for you (providing you have at least ten or more people signed up). To find out more, e-mail conniec@severnwye.org.uk.

The webinar details and how to register are all listed on our what’s on calendar.

Covid-19 update

There is still local and national Covid-19 information and support available.

Local data: Understanding Herefordshire Covid-19 summary website

Local information: Herefordshire Council website

Local vaccinations: Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group website

National guidance: Government website

Urgent medication supplies: NHS website / call NHS 111

Talk Community helpline: The helpline is still available to help
residents, who don’t have support from family, friends or their local
community, with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending (this
includes those who are self-isolating).

Call: 01432 260027
E-mail: talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk
Online: Coronavirus
- Talk Community support

www.talkcommunity.org

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