A Better U

A Better U

Thank you for coming to the a better u page!

This is South Tyneside’s programme for supporting our residents to look after themselves (we call this self-care).

What self-care might mean to you…

  • Having more control over your health and the services you receive
  • Knowing how and when to seek support if you have a health concern
  • Having more knowledge and information to be able to manage a health concern or condition at home
  • Knowing what groups and support are available near your home

Our a better u programme will help residents to improve their overall health and wellbeing through self-care.

Self-care starts with healthy lifestyle choices. Change4Life South Tyneside can help you with stopping smoking, cutting back on alcohol, healthier eating, how to get more exercise and much more. For information about our Change 4 Life programme click here!

The self-care forum also has lots of information about self-care for healthy living and for common conditions such as back pain, headaches and children’s fever. Click here for the website!

BLISS=Ability, a local charity, offers a self-care course in various locations across South Tyneside. Self-care isn’t just about us; it’s about our families, friends and work colleagues as they can have an impact on our physical, mental and social wellbeing. This course looks at motivation, self-esteem, confidence and stress levels and also anxiety, nutrition and exercise. It is informal but very informative; everyone who comes along takes something positive away. These courses can be delivered flexibly to suit you, and can help anyone to self-care, whether you have a health condition or not.

To find out more about attending a self-care course, phone 0191 427 1666, or e-mail enquiries@blissability.co.uk

Breathe Easy groups provide support and information for people living with a lung condition, and for those who look after them. These groups are delivered by British Lung Foundation and you can just turn up to a group without booking or referral.

The groups take place every third Friday of the month, 2-4pm at St Gregory’s Church, South Shields, NE34 6NR.

For more information go to: https://www.blf.org.uk/BreatheEasy/Detail/South-Tyneside
Or contact Maureen Jones on 0191 455 9246 or the BLF Helpline on 03000 030 555.

YouTube has videos which can show you how to use your inhaler properly – just search “how to use inhaler” on www.youtube.com?

Information about self-care for other health conditions coming soon!

a better u workshops – these 2 hour workshops are delivered in various locations across South Tyneside, and will introduce you to the importance of self-care and how taking greater responsibility for your own health and wellbeing can help you to discover a better u.

To find out when these are on and book a place, please visit http://www.firstcontactclinical.co.uk/ or call First Contact Clinical on 0191 427 4685

A better u public voice – we want to hear from South Tyneside residents about how we can help you to self-care. If you would be interested in taking part in focus groups about self-care please contact Emma by e-mailing emma.hamblin@southtyneside.gov.uk