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Local Events, Programmes, Services and Courses

What's On- Ledbury Children's Centre

Please click  to see what is up and coming at the Ledbury Children's Centre.

Epilepsy Day

Epilepsy Action are putting on an 'Open Day for people living with Epilepsy' at The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR, on Friday 17th March 2017.  

The day will run between 10:30am and 3:00pm with a buffet lunch provided.  You will need to book a place by telephoning 0808 800 5050, texting 0753 741 0044 or emailing


10:30amArrival and Registration
11:00amWelcome and Introductions
Beryl Sharlot, Epilepsy Action Trustee
11:15amSupport groups and volunteering with Epilepsy Action
Will Butterworth, Central England Manager, Epilepsy Action
11:45amEpilepsy specialist services in your area
Epilepsy Specialist Nurses from Hereford
Living with Epilepsy - a personal experience
Local people affected by Epilepsy share their story
2:20pmSetting up a coffee and chat group
Are you interested in setting up a coffee and chat group?
Beryl Sharlot, Epilepsy Action trustee
2:50pmClosing Comments
Beryl Sharlot, Epilepsy Action trustee

WISH - Wellbeing Information and Signposting for Herefordshire

WISH is a new website created in partnership between Herefordshire Council and Services for Independent living.  It is a tool to help the residents of Herefordshire find a multitude of local services in the county as well as information and advice.   There is information about social care, keeping people safe, living with a disability, health and wellbeing, caring for someone amongst much more.  It will help you to find activities in the county to keep active and healthy as well as to support you to remain independent in your home.

Let's Talk

Let's Talk is a free NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service.  Managing our daily routine can sometimes be a challenge and we all have to deal with a number of competing demands that can make us feel stressed, anxious or feeling low.  One in four people will experience these sorts of problems in any one year.  So in fact, it's really common but if the situation gets worse and starts to affect your daily like, then that is when seeking support can help you feel more like yourself again.  

Let's Talk offer guidance, courses and talking therapies that give you the skills and techniques to manage stress, anxiety and depression.  Their trained therapists and practitioners offer a wide range of courses and talking therapies to help manage difficult days, lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.  

Click here to go to the Let's Talk website for a list of available local courses. 

Click the link to see a copy of their latest newsletter. Let's Talk Newsletter April 2016

Let's Talk Perinatal Mental Health

Lets Talk is developing its services for women who are pregnant, and men and women who have children under 1 year.  All pregnant women and men and women with children under year are prioritised.  They should receive an assessment within 2 weeks and treatment one month after that.

We have developed a course called: Emotional Wellbeing for New Parents.  The course is designed for new Mums and Dads who are finding things a little difficult to help them maintain their wellbeing at this stressful time.  The 5 steps they will learn about on the group are:

1. Looking after yourself, addressing diet, sleep and activities.
2. Liking yourself, thinking in a balanced way, feeling more confident.
3. Finding happiness, time for relaxation and self-compassion.
4. Being with others, remaining connected.
5. Managing difficult days and difficult feelings.

The next course is at the Hope Centre, Bromyard from 15th April to 13th May 9.30 - 11.30 am.  Patients can refer through our Let's Talk website or the Hope Centre by telephoning 01885 488495.  More courses in other Children's Centres will follow.

Lets Talk have also started to use a guided self-help manual with women who are struggling after giving birth and in the first year.  It is called Gaining Control of Your Life with a Baby.  The workbook covers:

Understanding difficult feelings; setting goals; getting to know yourself; changing the way you behave; changing the way you think; bonding with your baby; helpful techniques; difficult days; useful information; six months on; further reading and helpful contacts.

Our Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners go through the relevant parts of the workbook on the phone, and pay particular attention to areas the new mothers are finding difficult. 

Click the links below for fliers on the up and coming courses for Emotional Wellbeing for New Parents:

Emotional Wellbeing Course for New Patients - Coningsby Children's Centre

Emotional Wellbeing Course for New Parents - Hope Centre

Addaction Hereford

Addaction offer a recovery focussed drug and alcohol service to the residents of Herefordshire.   Addaction accept referrals directly from patients, from friends or family members as well as from healthcare professionals such as your GP.  

To find out more information please visit the Addaction website by clicking here.  

Tel: 07773633324
Address: 6 Bridge Street, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 9DF

Contact the Elderly

Contact the Elderly is a small national charity that aims to alleviate the acute loneliness often felt by older people.  Once a month on a Sunday afternoon a group of 4 -5 volunteer drivers pick up a group of older guests and together they go to the home of a volunteer host where they can enjoy an afternoon together, chatting and enjoying each other's company.

It is the same drivers and older members that get together every month allowing for special bonds to form.  The groups go to different volunteer host's homes, but go back to the same hosts year after year.  This way the older people get to know families and individuals and once again they feel part of the world they have become excluded from. 

To become a member of one of the groups the older person will have to be over 75, live alone and be able to walk to a car only assisted by a helping hand.  Contact the Elderly is a free service.  

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for Contact the Elderly, or you are interested in attending a tea party as an older person then please call 0800 716 543 or visit

Click the link below to for more information about Contact the Elderly:

Older Guests Contact the Elderly Poster

Wheelchair Service - Herefordshire CCG

Herefordshire CCG are able to provide wheelchairs to those patients who require them.  If you think that you would benefit from a wheelchair please book an appointment to see your GP who can then refer you for assessment.  

Please click Wheelchair Service Information Leaflet - for more information about the Wheelchair Service in Herefordshire.

Active Now

A new Community Activity Scheme called Active Now has just been launched through Brightstripe Cultural Health C.I.C.

Active Now offers a variety of activities based in the community for all ages and abilities, run by a network of friendly fully qualified fitness instructors to support and motivate you.

All instructors are exercise referral qualified and some also specialise in cardiac rehabilitation, falls prevention, ante and post natal exercise, pulmonary rehabilitation and personal training skills.

Some of the the activities that are on offer are: walking for health, chair based exercise, pilates, tai chi, after school kids clubs, boot camps and gym for beginners.

Make the first step and call 01432 358232 to find the right activity to meet your goals and keep you motivated.

Click here for more information - Active Now

Get Set and Go

Herefordshire Mind have created an exciting new programme to help improve mental health, through physical activity.  Sessions are built around your needs and you'll get direct support from people who understand about personal challenges.  We'll help you find the sport or activity that works best for you.

Click here for more information - Get Set and Go

Expert Patients Programme 

If you suffer from a chronic illness or a long term health condition the Expert Patients Programme can provide you with advice on how to cope on a day to day basis.  Events are held around the County at various different types of locations to provide advice and information on chronic illnesses and the best way to cope in daily life.

For details of up and coming courses please visit the Wye Valley Trust Expert Patients Programme website page.

For more information please telephone: 01432 364463 or 07814477709 or email

Alzheimer's Society

Day Support at Harling Court

The Alzheimer's Society offer Day Support at Harling Court, Ledbury, every Thursday between 10am and 2pm.  This service allows carers to take a break safe in the knowledge that qualified care workers are providing support and stimulating varied group activities.

Get in touch with the Alzheimer's Society to book you free initial taster session.

Hereford Alzheimer's Society: 01432 371 137,

Ross-on-Wye Memory Cafe

Join the Alzheimer's Society at the Memory Cafe in Ross-on-Wye where you will be able to meet people with dementia, carers and professionals in a relaxed social setting for information and support.  

When: Last Tuesday of each month
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Where: Larruperz Centre, Grammar School Close, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7QD

Group Coordinator: Claire McCarthy
Telephone: 01432 371137
Mobile: 07803 118202

Malvern Talking Newspaper for people with Sight Impairment

Did you know that you can access sound recordings of both the Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter?

If you are interested in receiving these recordings please contact Norma Pottinger as below:

Phone: 01684 561935

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