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NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme webinar - 25 May 2022

As part of Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (Monday, 23 May - Sunday, 29 May 2022), NHS and Xyla Health & Wellbeing will host a webinar on NHS Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP). The 45-minute event will discuss the latest insights and outcomes from NDPP and how it is evolving to better support service user choice, widened access and those more likely to experience health inequalities.The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022 at 1PM. Please use the link below if you'd like to register:,0,0,0,0

Webinar on Type 2 Diabetes and Diabetes Prevention Programme

Please inform those who would be interested.

As part of Diabetes Week (Mon, 13 June - Sun, 19 June 2022), there will be a free webinar on Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 12-1PM discussing the risks factors associated with Type 2 Diabetes and the NHS Healthier You: Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP).The session is entitled "Are you at risk of Type 2 Diabetes?" There is no need to register. Those interesting in joining can do so by clicking on Microsoft Teams link at the scheduled time.The event is hosted by XylaHealth and Wellbeing

The Benefits of seeing a Diabetes Specialist

Dietician Seeing a Diabetes Specialist Dietician (DSD) can help diabetic patients in a number of ways, such as reducing the need of taking extra medication/insulin and increasing the variety of foods they eat. The leaflet can be share with patients when they are referred to help them understand the support they can receive from the DSDs and can also be circulated/displayed in practice communications.A URL can be used to share the leaflet with patients via SMS or email:

Have your say - Women’s Reproductive Health survey by 30 May

The Women’s Reproductive Health survey opened in mid-April 2022 and, already, there have been over 1,000 responses from City & Hackney residents, students, workers and more. About 25% of respondents are from non-white backgrounds, so it is important to ensure that our diverse local communities have their voices and views represented.Please share this survey with all women and those described at birth as female and who are now trans or non-binary; aged between 16 and 55 years; and who are living, working or studying in the City of London or Hackney.  The questions revolve around the outlook and experiences of women’s heath issues. Anyone participating in the survey, who provides their contact details, will be entered into a prize draw to win one of three £50 Love2Shop vouchers

Two new programmes starting at St Mary’s Secret Garden, Hackney, E2 8EL

Long Term Conditions Gardening Programme- Free 10 week programme starting on Tuesday 3rd May 2022 at 11:00-13:30

Bereavement Gardening Course-Free 10 week programme starting on Friday 20th May 2022 at 13:30-16:00

For more information, call or text 07944 966141 or visit for further details


For those awaiting Homerton fertility treatment, currently there are delays, so they have said you can contact their in-house counselling service. Please contact the department on 020 8510 7486/7638 Monday to Friday between 9am and 4:30pm. For any other queries or concerns, please email and they will arrange for a member of the clinical team to get in touch.


As part of the Transformation Programme, ELFT aims to engage with Older Adults to proactively address issues such as discrimination, neglect, and inaccessibility of mental health services across boroughs to develop services that are acceptable and effective for the diverse communities that we serve. 

In order to do this, we need to first engage in meaningful dialogue with Older People who are currently accessing (or are struggling to access) primary or secondary mental health care services.  

Your Mind Matters Community mental health services in City & Hackney, Newham, and Tower Hamlets are changing and we need your help! If you are 65+ and would like to help us TRANSFORM SERVICES for Older Adults, get in touch

We are creating a safe space for Older People to collectively discuss and address difficulties experienced within mental health services. Eligible participants will be paid for their time. ALL ARE WELCOME


Young Adult Carer Support Service for those aged 16-25

 City & Hackney Carers Centre is providing a Young Adult Carer Service for those aged 16-25 who support a family member or friend with a disability or long-term illness or condition.

The service offers 1 to 1 sessions with a support worker, assistance with understanding and applying for benefits, online workshops, access to counselling and life coaching, as well as the opportunity to meet and socialise with other young people in a similar situation.

Please share the flyer with those interested. They can immediately register for the service.

For any queries, please contact Ben Phillips or Liza Dodds via email or call 020 8533 0951.

Gardening Courses for Patients who are bereaved or have Long COVID

Follow the links below to find flyers with information about funded gardening courses for patients who are bereaved or who are coping with Long COVID.

Bereavement Gardening Flyer

Long COVID Gardening Flyer

New Dementia Programmes

Arts 4 Dementia is hosting a programme:

  • Art Wednesdays - Wednesdays 2pm - 3pm via Zoom. Currently ongoing. A weekly virtual opportunity for people with early-stage dementia and carers to socialise, engage creatively, share experiences and ideas – and enjoy a laugh – in an online video group chat. Drop in.  




ELFT Update - 24/7 Urgent Crisis Mental Health Crisis Line - The East London Mental Health Crisis Line Phone Numbers Are Now FREE To Call.

(The previous local call rate number is still operative, and will be until mid 2021.)

The City & Hackney Mental Health Crisis Line is now

Freephone  0800 073 0006.

Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

For Young People Under 18, please visit our

CAMHS specialist support advice page here >>

New Age Games Online Classes and Self-Led Walks

The New Age Games is a sport and physical activity programme for Hackney residents aged 50 and over. It can help you increase the amount of exercise you do and sustain it, contributing to a healthy lifestyle. Check out our current offer of online classes by visiting: 
For more ideas on exercising at home, visit, which includes a link to home exercise videos from Better Health, a resource from Public Health providing tools and information to help support you make healthy changes. To find out more visit: 
Looking for walking motivation or seeking inspiration to diversify your walking routes, then visit: and go to our walking routes section for self-led local walks. 
Digital skills and buddies project in Hackney
Hackney residents can find help with their devices by visiting our digital skills page for video how-to guides.
There’s also a digital buddy programme which is a new social connection and support project we’re piloting in Hackney.

Translated info on lockdown

The GLA have produced translated WhatsApp audio clips to explain the latest guidance and why we all need to follow it
We have also supported Doctors of the World in producing translated Wellbeing Guidance, which Londoners might find especially useful now that we are in lockdown. These resources and others are available on the Translated COVID hub. 

Hackney Play Association
The Hackney Play Association is a local charity providing free advice and some basic equipment to help parents get started in setting up and running their own Playstreet. 

Children playing out is vital to their physical and mental wellbeing. This is needed now more than ever before as child obesity and mental health issues amongst the young is on the rise and being outside and active can help to combat some of these issues.
Hosting a Playstreet not only benefits the children it benefits the community, bringing neighbours together and creating new bonds.
Further information is available by visiting

No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) Grant

This grant is for individuals or families without recourse to benefits or public funds who have been impacted by Covid-19. For a referral form, email: or ring 020 3846 6777.

Digital Support for Patients – Prescribing ‘digital skills’

We know that many services and day-to-day activities have moved online, but using the internet can be hard for some people to adapt to. If your patients could benefit from support to develop their digital skills, you might want to mention the following two services to them:

How-to videos

Short and simple video guides on covering Zoom, online shopping, searching the Internet, virtual group consultations, and more.

Digital buddies

We connect individuals with a buddy who takes them through what they want to do or learn, step-by-step over the phone. Please visit for more info or complete the form on your patient’s behalf directly at digital skills buddies

DfE funding available to support low income families with disabled and critically ill children

The Dept for Education is providing £37.3 million for the Family Fund in 2020-21, including £10 million specifically in response to COVID-19, to support low income families with disabled and critically ill children.   This includes helping to buy specialist equipment and devices.
See letter attached; more details on how to apply for the Family Fund can be found at:
Families must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Exercise programmes in Hackney from the 5th November

From Thursday 5th November the following programmes have been cancelled until further notice to protect people from the coronavirus outbreak:

New Age Games (online classes are available). For further information visit: 

Newly added online sessions is a chair-based activity, Monday, 10.30am -11.30am.    

Walkingtogether (self-led walks available to download inline with government guidance). For further information visit:

Fit 4 Health - Exercise after Stroke Scheme. For further information visit:  Unfortunately after getting the full programme back in mid October, we are now pausing until further notice. We are still accepting referrals to the scheme. 

A range of exercise online opportunities can also be viewed at:  Keep active — Love Hackney

John Scott Gardening Group -on hold for now

A small group of doctors started a gardening group in October 2018 to improve the appearance of the grounds.

We opened the group up to patients and service users in 2019 and have met a few times a year to do planting pruning and weeding around the front and sides of the building.

If you are interested in joining us -please email

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