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Want to book a library PC online?

Did you know that you can now book a library PC online? Simple - go to https://arena.yourlondonlibrary.net/web/bexley/home and book your slot. It's free to book and free to use!

Alzheimer's Society Roadshow

The Alzheimer's Society Roadshow will be coming to the Broadway in Bexleyheath on Thursday 6 & Friday 7 November from 10am - 4pm.

The Roadshow has been touring the UK since June 2011, providing members of the public with information, advice and support about dementia. This is an opportunity for visitors to receive free, tailored, and confidential advice if they are worried about their memory or that of a loved one; living with dementia, or caring for someone with dementia, from local trained Alzheimer's Society staff.

IT courses at Bexley Libraries

Bexley Libraries will be running intermediate level IT courses for those with basic computer skills.
Courses in October

Thamesmead Library - Introduction to Touch Typing - Monday 20 October 10.15am
Erith Library - Introduction to Touch Typing - Tuesday 21 October 10.15am
North Heath Library - Getting to know your iPad - Friday 24 October 10.30am
Sidcup Library - Introduction to Family History - Friday 24 October 2.30pm

Places must be booked in advance. Course fee is £15.

For more information, call 020 8303 7777 and ask for libraries.

Hospice volunteers sought

A team of volunteers are being sought by a Hospice charity.

Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice is calling for local people to join its team of volunteers to help more people in the local community.

Roles include Hospice Neighbour volunteers to help people with everyday tasks in the home and to provide some respite and support to their carers. Volunteers are also needed to help people with life-limiting illness to plan ahead and discuss what is important to them about their future care.

An information meeting and training session will be held on November 12 at Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice, 185 Bostall Hill, Abbey Wood, London SE2 0GB. There will be subsequent training sessions throughout the month and in to December.

All volunteers will undergo a comprehensive training package.

To find out more, please contact the Volunteers' Department on 020 8320 5812, email vanessahill@gbch.org.uk or visit Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice.

Erith Cemetery

The Memorial Terrace at Erith Cemetery, Brook Street, Erith, DA8 1DY offers new burial space in a unique and tranquil setting overlooking adjoining parkland.

Using a newly developed burial system it has been possible to create burial spaces at Erith Cemetery on an embankment which was previously seen as being unsuitable for traditional earthen graves.

This system has made it possible to form the first of a series of terraces containing a selection of fully memorialised burial chambers, raised sarcophagi, and mausoleum for below and above ground burials.

Subject to availability, the burial facilities may be purchased for immediate or future use. Prices include the lease, first interment and memorial.

Contact parks&openspaces@bexley.gov.uk or call 020 8303 7777 and ask for cemeteries.

Bexley's Post-16 Directory

Bexley's Post-16 Directory for 2015/16 has just been published and is winging its way to secondary schools across the borough.

The Directory provides an overview of the range of courses, in different subjects and at different levels, that are available to Bexley secondary school students for 2015/16 once they reach 16.

Schools will be distributing them to all their year 11 students. Copies are also being delivered to the colleges, work based training providers, and libraries in the borough for residents to collect from there.

An electronic version of the directory is also available to download from www.bexley.gov.uk/rpa together with a list of dates for all the Post-16 Open Evenings for all the schools and colleges in the borough, which are due to place in the next few months.

For more information visit www.bexley.gov.uk/rpa

At-risk Londoners urged to take up free flu vaccination

London's most at-risk groups are being encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu as part of the Public Health England (PHE) seasonal flu campaign. The campaign is targeting people of all ages with a health condition, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2 to 4, as uptake rates amongst these is known to be relatively low.

Other groups eligible for the free flu vaccine are those aged 65, who have historically better uptake rates in London (around 73%) than other at-risk groups and health care workers.

For most healthy people, flu is a mild illness with a recovery time of up to a week. However, older people, the very young, pregnant women and people with a health condition, particularly chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease, or those who have a weakened immune system are at particular risk from the more serious effects of flu.

Despite figures showing that people with flu are approximately 11 times more likely to die if they have an underlying health condition, only 52% of Londoners aged 6 months to 65 years living with health conditions took up the free influenza (flu) vaccine free during 2013/14.

Pregnant women are one of the at-risk groups being urged to get vaccinated this winter. Pregnancy naturally weakens the body's immune system, increasing the risk of a mother and unborn baby becoming seriously ill from flu but last year less than 40% of the capital's expectant mothers had the flu vaccination.

Although last year's flu season was less severe than some we have seen, flu is an unpredictable virus that can vary in intensity which reinforces why all at risk groups need the annual flu vaccination. Those eligible for a free flu vaccination on the NHS should contact their GP or pharmacist. 

Do you have a room to spare at home?

We are looking for local people to become Shared Lives Carers, to provide both long-term and short-term accommodation within their own home. You must have a bedroom to spare, live in the borough, and have the commitment and genuine desire to help others. After being carefully vetted, carers are provided with full training and ongoing support. Shared Lives Carers receive a fee, with the amount paid varying depending on the needs of the person being cared for.

This may include a person with a learning or physical disability, or an older person who wishes to share a family home in the local community.

As part of Shared Lives Week, Bexley's Community Living and Support Scheme will be in the Bexleyheath Broadway Shopping Centre on the 13 and 14 October. Please feel free to drop by and have a chat.

Improving fitness at Sidcup Leisure Centre

Would you like to lose weight or just feel a bit fitter? Then Sidcup Leisure Centre may be able to help.

The Parkwood-run facility, located on Hurst Road in Sidcup, is offering free tours to see what the Centre has to offer. From next week the tours will also include a chance to see the significant investment that Parkwood have made in upgrading almost 30 pieces of gym equipment.

The Centre offers a wide range of facilities and activities and also employs fully qualified staff that can produce tailor made programmes for any shape or size.

For more information or to book a tour call 020 8302 0556, or visit the centre.

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