November Health & Wellbeing Update

This monthly Health & Wellbeing update aims to give you advice and guidance on all you need to know about staying healthy and looking after your general wellbeing.

In addition we are looking at:

Health & Wellbeing Advisors

We have a College Health & Wellbeing Advisor (Nurse) on site, term-time only, located in H block, on the following days:

Mondays 9am – 4.30pm
Tuesdays 9am – 5pm
Wednesdays 9am – 4pm
Thursdays 9am – 5pm
Fridays 9am – 4.30pm

The Health & Wellbeing Advisor visits Aldershot College once every three weeks on Wednesdays for an hour from 9am (room F8). If you would like to book in to see them around this to discuss anything, you can request a visit via health.advisor@farn-ct.ac.uk.

The Health & Wellbeing Advisor is here to help when you are feeling unwell , if you have any health and wellbeing issues, concerns or questions. Both Advisors are qualified registered nurses and have first aid training.

There are several services available to you, free of charge, and all of these services are confidential:

  • Health and Wellbeing assessments – support around healthy eating, keeping active, healthy lifestyles, sleep, emotional wellbeing, sexual health advice, and signposting
  • Sexual Health Advice – free condoms, free pregnancy tests, guidance with contraception and STI testing
  • Free period products

The Health and Wellbeing Advisor is supported by a team of first aiders who are on-call whenever the college is open.

You can get in contact with the Health and Wellbeing Advisor via email health.advisor@farn-ct.ac.uk, or by calling 01252 407067.

SUN (Service User) Network

Do you struggle to regulate your emotions? Do you have difficulties making and maintaining relationships? Do you ever feel like life isn’t worth living? You are not alone!

SUN is for people with traits or diagnosis of a personality disorder, or who might describe themselves as having complex emotional needs. Anyone over 18 registered with a GP in Surrey or NE Hants can join. A formal diagnosis of personality disorder is not needed.

You can become a SUN member by registering via their website at www.sabp.nhs.uk/sun, telephoning 01372 216700, or emailing sun.admin@sabp.net.uk for more information.

Community Support Information – Food Support

Community Grub Hub, 2a Window Way, Aldershot, GU11 1JG

Whether you are volunteering, donating, swapping or shopping, all will receive a warm welcome from the volunteers. Any individuals or families in food poverty in the Rushmoor area can go to the store and shop for what they need. All they ask for is a few details to sign up to a loyalty card, so they can report back to their funders and donors how many people they have helped.

Community Grub Hub are open every Tuesday from 10am to 6pm.

For more information, please follow the project’s Facebook page or email CommunityGrubHubStore@gmail.com

The Church of the Good Shepherd, Sand Hill, Farnborough, GU14 8ER

Free food essentials are available at The Church of the Good Shepherd, on Friday mornings for anyone to collect a bag of free food essential items (no questions asked).

The Larder Foodbank

The Larder Foodbank deliver food parcels to families and individuals in need on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. To receive a food parcel, you must be referred by a professional, e.g. your key worker/social worker, school/college, GP surgery, etc. They will need to call the Larder Phone on 07501 202 546, and leave a message with your details. They can then deliver a good parcel to you. For more information, please contact Abbie Edwards (Pioneer Community Worker) on 07845 175 158, or email community@goodshepherdchurch.org.uk

The Community Cupboard, The Vine Centre, 33 Station Road, Aldershot, GU11 1BA

Food sharing to reduce food waste and tackle food poverty in our community. Their cupboard is FREE for anyone, especially families needing help with food.

Get in touch if you need help – 01252 400 196
Opening hours: Monday 10am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm, Thursday 9am-4pm.

Free to anyone in community. Just go along, no need to being anything to donate.
Donate & Exchange: You are welcome to donate and exchange items if you’re able. Bring things you have in excess and see if there is something you’d like in return.

Farnborough Nuffield Health Club – FREE 10-day trial

Nuffield Health are offering students 10-day complimentary access to the Farnborough Nuffield Health Club, which includes full access to their fully equipped gym, swimming pool, steam room and sauna.

To redeem, go along to the Farnborough Club and show your Student ID.

This is a great way for you to kickstart your fitness journey in a safe and inspiring area.

Stress Awareness

Stress is a natural response to challenging situations and events. While everyone experiences stress to some extent, stress can be overwhelming when it is particularly intense or long-lasting, and negatively impacts our physical or mental wellbeing.

The toolkit below contains resources to support students to identify and manage stress. It contains lesson plans, tips and advice and support activities for dealing with stress in relation to college life, as well as potentially distressing events in the wider world.

Download the toolkit now.

Awareness Days

International Men’s Day – 19th November 2023

The three core themes for International Men’s Day in the UK which are used every year to help maximise participation are:

  • Making a positive difference to the wellbeing and lives of men and boys
  • Raising awareness and/or funds for charities supporting men and boys’ wellbeing
  • Promoting a positive conversation about men, manhood and masculinity

These core themes help to address some of the issues that affect men and boys such as:

  • The high male suicide rate
  • The challenges faced by boys and men at all stages of education and work including attainment, re-training, stress, redundancy and unemployment
  • Men’s health (including male cancers), shorter life expectancy, body image and workplace deaths – plus the health impact of Covid-19
  • The challenges faced by the most marginalised men and boys in society – for instance, homeless men, boys in care, school excluded boys and the high rate of male deaths in custody
  • Male victims of violence and crime – for instance, bullying, sexual violence, gang violence, and, those coerced into county lines and other criminal activity
  • The challenges faced by men as parents, particularly new fathers and separated fathers
  • Male victims and survivors of sexual abuse, rape, sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based crime, stalking. online image-abuse, sextortion and modern slavery
  • The negative portrayal of men, boys and fathers

Go to this link to read more about how you can support International Men’s Day.

Look out for the ‘International Men’s Day’ pop-up stand that will be outside the refectory on Monday 20th November!

Upcoming Events

Event:  Edenbrook Parkrun – free family event every Saturday
Where: Edenbrook Country Park, Emerald Avenue, Fleet, GU51 5DW
When: Every Saturday – starts at 9am

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate – it’s up to you! Please register before you first go along.

Event: Farnborough Leisure Centre – Public Engagement Event
Where: Farnborough Town Centre
When: Wednesday 22nd November 2023

Rushmoor Borough Council would like to invite you to go along and find out more about their exciting new Leisure and Cultural Hub in Farnborough Town Centre. 

The Council have organised an open event for Wednesday 22 November and would love to see you there. 

You will be able to hear from the Architects about the Council’s proposals for the new Sports and Leisure Centre and their plans to create spaces for Arts and Cultural events and activities. They will also give you an update on the wider civic quarter development and the town centre. 

The Council would like to hear from you too – so you’ll have the opportunity to tell them how you’d like the new Leisure and Cultural Hub to look and feel, how you’d like to use it and the sorts of activities you’d like to see there.  

Please pop along to one of their sessions at the council offices in Farnborough, from 4.30pm to 6pm or 6.30pm to 8pm.

It would be great if you could let them know you’re planning to go along by responding at the ‘Register Now’ button below.

If you can’t make it on the day but would like to be involved in the future, you can also use the link to let them know – or sign up to receive their email news for the latest updates at www.rushmoor.gov.uk/news 

There's still time to apply for September, enrol today!
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