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Royal National College for the Blind

Have A Go Activity Weekend

Free for young people aged 13 to 17 with a visual impairment

The Royal National College for the Blind (RNC)

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th February 2019

Join us for a fun weekend!

Try sports such as Goalball and VI football

Art, music and drama

Bowling, golf and lots more

Free overnight accommodation for accompanying adults/siblings

For more information and to request a booking form call 01432 376 621 or e-mail


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NHS "Help Us, Help You"

The new NHS "Help Us, Help You" campaign supports the public to stay well over the winter months.

This winter NHS England and Public Health England are helping the public to better understand what actions they can take to manage their own health and get the best out of their NHS.

During the winter months, "Help Us, Help You Stay Well This Winter" highlights that by following the expert advice of NHS staff, the public can take the right steps to stay well prevent an illness getting worse, or get well again sooner.

If you are eligible the best way to help you to avoid flu is to have the flu jab.  This year the flu programme is bigger than ever with 24 million people in England being offered the flu jab.  In addition older people across the country are being offerd a more effective vaccine as part of the programme which is providing a record 8.5 million doses free of charge.

The campaign help to educate the public on how best to use a number of services.

  • NHS 111 - you should phone 111 for urgent but non-life threatening medical needs where a specially trained advisor will be able to tell you the best course of action.
  • Extended GP hours - appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcar professional are now availablein the evenings and weekends, either at your local practice or another nearby NHS service.
  • Community pharmacies - at the first signs of winter illness or for minor health conditions that do not require a GP appointment, you should visit your local pharmacist who is a qualified healthcare professional and could be able to give you something to help more quickly.

The NHS "Stay Well This Winter" campaign highights that for some people, such as those with underlying health conditions, older people, pregnant women and young children, winter ailments can be more serious and they are more likely to end up in hospital or need to use other NHS services.  Exposure to cold indoor or outdoor temperatures increases blood pressure and can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. 

"Help Us Help You" therefore also encourages people most at risk from cold weather, including those with long-term health conditions and their carers, and the elderly, in particular those who are frail or who are over 70, to prepare for the lower temperatures to prevent them from falling seriously ill.  This includes keeping warm, stocking up on prescriptions receiving a free flu jab if eligible and checking in on elderly neighbours and relatives.

To find out more about how you can help the NHS help you this winter including leaflets in easy read, large print, audio, BSL and Braille visit




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MSSC - Merton Sports & Social Club

A message from the MSSC Committee:

MSSC OPEN MIKE MUSIC NIGHT - Tuesday 15th January

Happy New Year to all MSSC members and friends!  Please join us for the first social of 2019 - a merry, musical evening - to herald the beginning of a new year packed ful of MSSC events and activities.

MSSC's Open Mike Music Night on Tuesday 15th January will be an opportunity for budding artists to perform a song, poem or piece of music, lasting around 3 to 5 minutes, in front of an audience of fellow MSSC members and friends.

To book a performance slot, please contact Richard no later than Sunday 3th January, either by e-mail at or by phone on 07500 913 223.

WHERE:    The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, SW19 2DX

WHEN:      Tuesday 15th January 2019

TIME:        7.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Support is available on request should you wish to be met at Colliers Wood Station or a nearby bus stop.

The bar will be open as usual and tea and coffee will also be available.  A light snack will be on sale during the interval.

Please let us know what to expect by Sunday 13th January and inform us of any special dietary requirements.

May we also remind you that the MSSC weekly swimming session at the Canons, Mitchas has been moved to the earlier time of 8.00 to 9.00 p.m.  The cost remains £3.00 per swimmer.  The first session of 2019 will take place on Thursday 10th January an door to door transport within the borough of Merton is available on request at a further cost of £3.00 per head.  Please get in touch for more details.

Look forward to seeing you soon. 

MSSC Committee

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Tate Britain Audio Description Tours

The tate have released dates for audio descriptive tours in January and February.  For more information contact Marcus via e-mail or telephone him on 07733 110244 or you can look at the website


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SES Water

During spells of freezing weather water pipes are vulnerable to leaks and bursts.  There are a few simple steps that can be taken to keep pipes warm and safe during winter months.  For more information go to or e-mail or telephone 01737 72000