From now on and for the foreseeable future, EBCDA's eBulletin will prioritise details on local community support and information available in East Belfast in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. There are sections with updates on: neighbourhood responses, statutory agencies, community services, funding information, and health & wellbeing news. This eBulletin will be refreshed and circulated every Wednesday. To be added to the distribution list email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NI Chest, Heart & Stroke will be launching a support service in August for survivors of coronavirus, to help them deal with the physical and psychological problems caused by the illness and to help build up their lung and general health. Covid-19 survivors can be referred to the recovery service in the first instance by a medical professional email@example.com.
Free online Stress Control classes will start again on Monday 11th January. The classes last for 6 weeks and will 'give you the tools to help you cope and become your own therapist', as one of the previous participants said of his experience of the course.
There is no need to register or login, all classes are streamed on the site, each class remains available online on catch up for two days.
East Belfast Covid-19 Reference Group, which emerged out of the original community response to the Coronavirus, have re-established their highly successful local Helpline 07783 631114 In addition to those seeking practical support it is expected there will be a rise in requests pertaining to mental health and employment services. The Helpline will be available Monday - Friday between 9.30am - 4.30pm
Action for Happiness Happier January 2021 Calendar
Action for Happiness Self Care Calendar for January 2021 is here.
How can we start this new year happier? Things have certainly not been easy over the last year, and we are still in difficult and uncertain times. The best way to try to handle our difficult emotions and experiences is by focusing on what we can control. This month, we're encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to try to boost happiness - for ourselves and others around us - to spread kindness and hopefully inspire others to do the same.
Hug in a Box parcels for those living with Dementia
We have developed our Hug in a Box scheme to ensure those living with Dementia and their carers feel supported in their homes during Covid-19. These parcels contain a range of activities and resources along with information on what support there currently is in their local communities. If you would like to request a Hug in a Box for a family memeber, friend or someone you care for email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 079224 23160.
As we are faced with the challenges and changing situation of COVID-19 we are aware that this will be a really anxious time for family carers. While we can’t offer you face-to-face support at the minute via the Carer Support Service we want to highlight the support that is still available for carers from the Belfast Trust.
The freephone COVID-19 Community Helpline is designed to ensure the most vulnerable in society and those most at risk of COVID-19 have access to support services such as food, medication and practical or emotional support.
**FULL GUIDANCE ON STAYING AT HOME** The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. Click here for the Government's full guidance