Chair’s Blog

Show your support during Learning Disability Awareness Week – 17 to 23 June 2019 

This year the themes for Learning Disability Awareness Week are sport and inclusion, and the focus will be on raising awareness of the benefits that sport and physical activity can bring to people with a learning disability. Mencap want as many people as possible, with and without a learning disability, to get involved in inclusive sporting activities in Read more


Ramadan starts in May for Muslim communities and we would like to say Ramadhan Mubarak to everyone. Festivals like Ramadan, Easter, Yom Kippur, Vaisakhi, Diwali and other religious events give us an opportunity not just to support those who observe them, but also to learn and understand more about the people they work with and the communities they Read more

Mental Health Awareness Week

As we are coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week,  I  wanted to chip in and do my bit to promote awareness of the importance of ensuring good mental health for all. The theme that the Mental Health Foundation have selected this year for particular focus is body image. We are bombarded  in the media with Read more

Spread the self-care message this Spring

Spring is here and the trees and flowers are bursting  into life, which is very pretty to look at but makes many of us start to reach for the tissues as we start sneezing with hay fever symptoms. Across the North East we are working with GP Practices, Pharmacies and A&Es to promote self-care of your symptoms where Read more

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other types of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set Read more

International Women’s Day 8 March 2019

Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day and there are festivities across the region celebrating so many fantastic women in the UK.  Find out more at The ethos behind International Women’s Day is empowering women and girls to make positive life choices.  So, could you help more women learn the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer?   Read more

Lets get digital!

The NHS Long Term plan was published recently and there is lots to digest but one key aspect that was central to the plan is Digital Care.  In short this means that accessing primary care and GP services will be increasingly possible using digital means above what is currently possible now. Many patients are already ordering their repeat Read more

Screening saves lives

Last week at an engagement event I heard from Tracey Lean, Cancer Prevention and Early Diagnosis Officer,  sharing more details about the No Fear campaign that is helping to increase the numbers of women having cervical screening. See the poster here:   She also spoke about something new here-  the salons for screening ‘screen stars’ approach that Read more

However you do it, make a conversation about mental health

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health. However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.  Events like Time to Talk are a great opportunity to raise awareness and take action. Together we Read more

A few seconds of discomfort could save your life!

I talked last week about health lifestyle choices and trying to prevent illness happening. This  week I have received my invitation for cervical screening – or ‘smear test’ . Now this is a good example of prevention. For us ladies the cervix is the neck of the womb and having some cells taken from there by the use Read more