Mind Your Head

First Aid for Mah-Jong

It may seem a strange combination but St John Ambulance are providing a Mah-Jong Workshop and Tournament on Saturday 17th March from 10.30 – 3.30 pm at their offices, Bridport Road, Poundbury. The beautiful and thought provoking Chinese game is a very ancient and traditional pastime, yet fun to play at any level. Tickets are £15, including a …

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Joining Forces

We are very pleased to announce that the Dorset Mental Health Forum is supporting the Mind Your Head Conference and Showcase by being a sponsor, providing delegates and a stand. We welcome them to be part of our steering group as they bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts. This is an exciting opportunity to make …

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Lord Coe Writes

The Phoenix Legacy and Mind Your Head Challenge have received recognition. These words were sent in a letter to us from Lord Coe last week: “We hope that hosting the London 2012 Games will help improve sporting facilities and provision across the country and the Phoenix Legacy is a perfect example of this. The work …

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Time to Change

Time to Change is England’s biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems face. It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime. Those that do are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination …

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Memory Service

Many people with memory loss and their families face a challenging future, either facing uncertainty about their condition or having to cope with a diagnosis and its prognosis. Added to these challenges are problems with navigating the maze of services provided by statutory, private and voluntary agencies. “Many are not aware of the services and …

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Invent Your Destiny

‘In the long letter of life, older age is the final glorious paragraph, not a hasty PS’ said U3A co-founder, Peter Laslett. The University of the Third Age now has over 800 organisations nationally with 40,000 interest groups within them. This can range from history, needlecraft, bridge, or wine appreciation, to computers and travel. There are …

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Dancing for the Brain

“I feel exhilarated after exercising my brain as well as my body”  This was a comment from one participant of the Activate Dancing group.  http://activateperformingarts.org.uk/2011/12/14/a-dance-a-day-celebrates-a-successful-term-in-dorset. You only have to watch Strictly Come Dancing to see how much thinking as well as physical activity has to go on. The brain thrives on mental and physical activity, …

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Why I got involved

Douglas Pigg is an invaluable volunteer for the Mind Your Head Challenge and this is his reason for getting involved. “I lead a fairly active social life centred on walking, fishing and being a volunteer for several local community groups, but I began to miss robust mental stimulation and started looking around for a club …

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Have Your Say

If you have ever wanted to express your thoughts or give feedback about local health and/or social care, you now have a voice. Your Local Involvement Network (LINk) gives you the opportunity to influence health and social care services in Dorset. It has been set up so you can help create services that meet your …

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