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Fun and informative taster sessions to mark Mental Health Awareness Week May 14 – 20

To mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week at Community Learning MK, they are running some fun and informative taster sessions.

All sessions are open to anyone over the age of 18 and are absolutely free.

If you’d like to find out more and/or enrol please contact the admissions team on 01908 556700 who will be happy to help.

All sessions are running at the Rivers Centre, Trent Road, MK3 7BB

Embracing Self-Care For Life

Self-Care Week is an annual national awareness week that focuses on embedding support for self-care across communities, families and generations. This year’s theme is engaging and empowering people and the strapline is Embracing Self Care for Life.  The week runs from 13 – 19 November 2017.

Self-care for Life:

  • Take care of yourself so you can look after the important people in your life
  • You’re never too young or too old to look after yourself

If you’re GP has contacted you and offered a flu jab take them up on the offer – it’s free because you need it!

  • Q: What do I do if I get flu?
  • A: If you’re otherwise healthy, you can look after yourself at home by resting, keeping warm and drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

If you feel unwell and have a fever, you can take paracetamol or anti-inflammatory medicines such as ibuprofen to lower your temperature and relieve aches.

Stay off work or school until you’re feeling better. For most people, this will take about a week. Call NHS 111 or see your pharmacist if your symptoms get worse or last longer than a week.


  • Your local pharmacist is the health professional on the High Street.
  • For advice on managing your medicines when you have a long term condition, speak to your pharmacist
  • Ask your pharmacist for advice to help you self-care for life
  • Some community pharmacies are open longer, easy to get to and have consultation rooms for private conversations
  • Be prepared the moment illness hits, have a well-stocked medicine cabinet with painkillers and cough and cold remedies.

NHS 111:

Feeling unwell and unsure about whether you can care for yourself? Call 111 for advice, anytime and the call is free.

Over 5000 people in MK used 111 last month. Next time you’re not sure whether you can care for yourself, why not call them? It’s available 24/7 and calls are free!

NHS Choices:

Mental Health:

A healthy mind is just as important as a health body…

  • Connect – social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health
  • Be active – regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups
  • Take notice – studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being
  • Learn – continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life
  • Give – Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention. Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Further reading is available at:

CCG’s webpage on self-care:


Healthier You: A New Service to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Healthier you is a free service for people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes, delivered by Ingeus in partnership with Leicester Diabetes Centre.

Participants attend a series of group sessions where they are supported to make lifestyle changes that are proven to significantly reduce their chances of developing diabetes.

For more information speak to your nurse or GP.

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Are you a Carer? Carers MK can help…

Do you look after someone who cannot manage without you? This could be a family member, friend or neighbour who, because of disability, illness or frailty, cannot manage on their own.

If so you are a CARER and you are entitled to support for yourself.

CarersMK can help carers by providing:

  • up to date information and advice
  • training to help with your caring role
  • somebody to talk to in confidence
  • opportunities to meet other carers
  • access to events and relaxation therapies

Every year more than two million people in the UK become Carers. Becoming a Carer can be bewildering, confusing and frightening. No one is super human and all Carers need some support and back-up.

Recognising yourself as a Carer is the first step to getting the support you need. Many of us do not see ourselves as Carers: we are mums and dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and neighbours. We are simply doing what anyone would, caring unpaid for a loved one or friend, helping them through when they are unable to do things for themselves. The fact is that you are also a Carer and there are things that you need to know. No one likes to be labelled, but recognising yourself as a Carer can be the gateway to getting a range of help and support.

If you would like to receive support and information please download a copy of our Carers Referral form and hand it into Reception who will pass your details on accordingly.

Contact us:
Margaret Powell House
439 Midsummer Boulevard
Milton Keynes MK9 3BN

Telephone    01908 231703

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Find out more about Shingles Vaccinations


You have until the 31st of August 2014 to receive your vaccination against shingles. After this date you will no longer be eligible to receive the vaccination.

If you were aged 70 or 79 on the 1st of September 2013 (last year) and would like to be vaccinated against shingles please contact a member of our reception team to make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.

Thank you.