Is a group of local people and organisations joining forces to improve health and wellbeing and promote independence in Cockermouth and surrounding areas. Our priority is to keep the community connected by promoting the fantastic groups, clubs, organisations and activities available to people of all ages in the Cockermouth area. If you would like more information or would like to get involved or if you would like to tell us about your group or activity please contact


Our outstanding Care Service is recruiting. Care workers needed in all areas. One of the highest hourly rates in Care Mileage and travel time paid. Walkers & Drivers can apply. Please call 01900 872030 to speak to our lovely people in the office

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Visit today and choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.


Why sign up? People who sign up are more likely to stay dry for the whole month. That’s because when you sign up you

•Get access to our free app, which helps you keep track of your month with features like a calorie calculator, unit

easier and more fun • Have help on hand - if you’re struggling, we’ll support you.

•Receive regular support emails with tips, tricks and information from experts in alcohol to make your month

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ActiveTOGETHER Healthy TOGETHER The World shrinks: Carer loneliness

Carers need to talk. Do you have a friend or a family member who cares for a loved one? Perhaps you know a work colleague who is caring. Maybe you are a carer yourself. Carers UK recently did some research with carers, 81% of those who responded said they felt lonely or socially isolated as a result of their caring role. They said that talking to friends or family helped them and that more understanding from society helps to combat loneliness. They also said that if they are working and caring knowing that that their workplace understood about their caring role made all the difference to feeling alone. So why don’t you think about those around you and whether they have a caring role. Pick up the phone, visit someone or if you are a carer yourself give our organisation a call. Simply put ITS GOOD TO TALK!

Caring is such an important part of life. It’s simply part of being human. Carers are holding families together, enabling loved ones to get the most out of life. They need all the support they can get. Think carer think contact.


What is Dry January? Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. Doing Dry January

• Enables you to take control of your relationship with alcohol.• Drives a conversation about alcohol: why do we drink it, what does it do, and how can we reduce the harm it can cause?

Why do Dry January? Taking part in the national ‘Alcohol Concern’ campaign is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, and save some serious money by giving up alcohol for 31 days.

•Reset your relationship with alcohol - realise you don't need it • New year, new you - do Dry January and feel healthier and happier as • you sleep better • your skin improves • you lose weight • More money in your pocket (the average person spends £50,000 on booze in

their lifetime)• Get healthier - through giving up alcohol •Amazing sense of achievement!

The Dance and Parkinson’s group is managed through the offices of the West Cumbria Parkinson's society and it is open to all who are managing the Parkinson’s condition and those whose lives have been affected by this. The general idea is to enjoy moving to music, learning to dance and dancing some easy social dances such as social foxtrot, waltz and cha cha cha. They keep everything light and group members join in as much as they feel able on any given day. They have a great team of dancers who partner and join in the fun which is all designed to help keep everyone moving with style. Every Wednesday in the King's Church hub in market place (formally Riversmeet). Doors open from 2.30pm and the class starts at 3.00pm ending 4.15pm. West Cumbria Parkinson’s Group collect £2 per session, tea and coffee provided. Call for more information Gill Greenhalgh: 01900 826500 West Cumbria Parkinson’s Society: 01900 825058

SafeTOGETHER Preventing outdoor falls

Tips to Stay Safe in the Community: Whether you are walking around the

park to stay active or just going to the shops, falls can happen outdoors. In public places, there are many things you can do to reduce your risk of falls. Be aware of where and when you walk: In the evenings, walk where there is plenty of light to help you see where you are going. If you see a tree ahead in your path, look for fallen leaves or tree roots that might push up the pavement. Watch out for cracks in pavements, holes, and changes in pavement levels. Be extra careful during and after stormy weather. Rain, snow, and ice can make any surface slippery. Be sure you are wearing the correct eyewear while walking. Bifocals or reading glasses make it harder to see hazards on the ground. Wear sunglasses on bright days to reduce glare.

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