Health Hub in Sidemoor is the new home for services

By Tristan Harris Friday 07 March 2014 Updated: 07/03 10:30

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STAFF at EPIC (Empowering People in Communities) want people to know that services that used to be at The TRUNK in Charford are available at the Health Hub on Perryfields Road, Sidemoor.

Despite the move, all telephone contact details remain the same and it is open to the public from Monday to Thursday.

It has been a busy start to the year for the Health Hub which has already welcomed several new community services.

Among them are the National Careers Service which provides learning and training support and work opportunities. The trained advisors’ free and impartial advice is available by calling 0l527 873353.

The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), which offers free independent and confidential advice to help people resolve legal, financial and other problems, is hosted at the Health Hub between 2pm and 4pm each Wednesday. It is a drop-in service so no appointment is needed.

New courses include Feed Four for a Fiver which offers relaxed sessions to help people eat well on a budget.

Sessions, sponsored by the local Co-Operative, feature lots of learning, cooking, chatting and healthy eating in a relaxed atmosphere.

The weekly exercise classes, at 10.30am on Wednesday mornings, involve a mix of line-dancing moves, rock and roll steps and Tai Chi.

For both those courses, contact Maree at the Health Hub.

MoodMaster classes - a 12-week programme - run regularly at the hub, offering simple self-help techniques to enable people to deal with the stresses and strains of everyday life, such as worry, low mood and anxiety. Referrals can be made by GPs, JobCentre Plus, health workers and other support agencies.

Enrolment is taking place this month for the group sessions in April - ‘How to deal with stress and worry on Monday on April 28 and ‘How to cope with low mood and depression’ on April 30. Those wanting to find out more should call the hub and speak to Jane Taylor. There will also be one-to-one guided MoodMaster sessions as not everyone can make the group times. Referral for those will be done in the same way.

Stop Smoking advisors are based at the hub and, through its NHS Stop Smoking contract, offers free help and support to residents wanting to kick the habit. Call 01527 873353 to book an appointment.

EPIC also works with young people aged between 13 and 19, as part of its Worcestershire County Council positive activities contract.

These take place in a number of venues across the district, including Catshill, Rubery, Charford, Sidemoor and central.

Every Wednesday evening in term-time, between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, sessions are based at the Health Hub.

Art, crafts, pool, table tennis, cooking and computers with Internet access are among the activities on offer and there is a free minibus for the young people of Charford to access the health cookery sessions - they are just 50p.

Debbie Roberts, from EPIC Community Interest Company (CIC), said: “The young people have benefited from a large kitchen at the Health Hub and have been planning group cooking sessions.”

Weekly Sessions will also be run from St Andrews Church Hall in Charford, but due to its success, the minibus service will continue so more young people can have additional access to more groups.

For more information on EPIC’s activities and the Health Hub, call 01527 873353.

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