External Events News

The Self Care Forum’s aim is to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life.  We also hope to create a self care movement, an evolutionary shift towards people being more informed and empowered to look after their own health and their family’s health and to understand when to self care and when medical intervention is necessary.

This is why the Self Care Forum is pleased to promote external events which have similar aims and this page is dedicated to organisations that wish to empower their population through local, regional and national activities.

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Involving Users in Developing Health Information, on Wednesday 17 May 2017, in London

The Patient Information Forum (www.pifonline.org.uk) believes that patients and carers should be seen as essential partners in the production of health information. Their needs and experience bring a unique perspective – without it there is no guarantee that the information produced will be relevant or easy to understand.

Patients see things that aren’t seen by health care professionals and they see things differently.  Knowing the signs and symptoms of a chronic condition is very different to knowing what it’s like to live with it.  Both types of knowledge are essential in producing high quality information.

If you  would like to develop your knowledge in this important area, please join us on Wednesday 17 May 2017 to learn more about how you can successfully engage users in the development of your resources. The event will share practical case studies and learning, and will support participants to consider:

  • Understanding user needs
  • How to involve users at each step of information resource development
  • How to involve disadvantaged groups, and/or go beyond talking to the most engaged users
  • Taking a co-production approach
  • Different methods for engaging and seeking feedback from users

PIF’s events are a great opportunity to network with others working in the field of health information and support.  A dedicated networking session will encourage delegates to share how you involve users and what challenges you face.

Stay up-to-date with the latest event news via Twitter @PiFonline and the conference hashtag #PIFinvolving.  Further details and information of how to book to attend this event can be found at: https://www.pifonline.org.uk/pif/?ee=86


andrewlewis Lydney Health & Fitness Week – 3rd June 2017

Are you interested in taking part in a coordinated Health and Fitness Week to be kicked off on the 3rd June at the the 2017 Lydney Festival?  The Festival, in cooperation with the Co-op stores, have offered us space on and off the stage at no cost to you.

This invitation is open to all clubs involved in sports and providers of health and fitness services in the Lydney area. In other words anyone involved in an activity which assists people improve and maintain good health.

If there is sufficient interest then, Club Ginger has agreed with the FODDC and Lydney Festival Committee, to co-ordinate on a voluntary basis, a series of activities.  Your participation should directly assist your business/club by reinforcing the knowledge of your services/sport to a significant number of people in the Lydney area.

The overall objective is to encourage more people to take up a combination of activities and healthy eating, to assist in the overall fitness of our community.

We envisage that during the week, Health & Fitness and Sports providers will promote and provide activities 1) at their own location 2) at the Festival site located at the Co-op Store on the 3rd June.

The idea of running this week, in conjunction with the festival, is that it should benefit each i.e. bring more people to the Festivals AND to the Health & Fitness and Sports providers.  Further through effective communications on the FODDC tourist sites it may also assist in bringing people to the Forest.

We envisage providers having a physical presence as well as a programme of talks and activities throughout the day of the 3rd June. For example Club Ginger is considering a spinning bike challenge on site and promoting a programme of taster sessions of different types of activities throughout the following week at our Gym.

Each provider participating can promote what is being done on the day and throughout the week via their own social media.  Similarly the Festival Organisers as well as relevant FODDC media sites will list the providers and activities.

If you are interested in exploring this idea further, please contact Alan Horne (galanhorne@btinternet.com)  before 30th March 2017, giving an outline of the sort of activities you might wish to organise.