To Live With Dying Website

To Live With Dying’ is a website for residents in East Suffolk. It is a portal to information and support around subjects related to death, dying and cherishing life.

Death is a natural process and one that comes to us all, albeit in many different ways. It is part of life, yet many of us are hesitant to talk about it, or plan for it. This website will guide you to local and national resources that provide helpful information and support. From how to live with a life-limiting illness, to finding bereavement and practical support when someone dies. It has been created by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Suffolk County Council in collaboration with local health and wellbeing organisations.

By talking about death and dying in our everyday lives and making plans for the future, we can cherish every moment of the life we have and improve the experience of end of life, for both for ourselves and our loved ones.

Woodbridge Library – open for browsing

Woodbridge Library is open for browsing Tuesday 0930-1700, Wednesday-Saturday 0900-1700, Sunday 1000-1300 but closed on Monday. There is a one-way system in place which must be followed. Out-of-hours book return available. Please come and visit us – we miss you!

Please phone the library on 01394 330855, email woodbridge.library@suffolklibraries.co.uk or go to the library’s web page at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/visit/locations-and-times/woodbridge-library/ for current information.

Reintroduction of overdue charges

  • Suffolk Libraries has reintroduced charges for overdue items. This will only apply to items borrowed on or after Monday 5 October which are due back on 2 November onwards.
  • Library loan periods will remain at four weeks.
  • Charges for DVDs have also been reintroduced.

Most libraries have a book drop facility so you can drop items off without having to come in. You can also renew your books online.

Libraries are offering access to computers for tasks such as Universal Credit applications and job seeking. Photocopying and printing are also available. Customers will have to contact their library directly to make an appointment to use a computer and there will be cashless payment options for paying for printing and photocopying/scanning.

Suffolk Libraries aims to reintroduce normal library opening hours when and where possible over the coming months with the aim to get libraries back to their pre-lockdown opening hours by the end of the calendar year. As with all these plans, everything is subject to changes in government advice and local COVID-19 infection rates.

Suffolk Libraries has the following safety procedures in place:

  • Staff and customers are required to wear a face covering and hand sanitisers are available for everyone.
  • Limited numbers of customers are allowed in each library and everyone is asked to respect social distancing and one-way systems.
  • It is now mandatory for Suffolk Libraries to collect information from customers for the test and trace

However, we would ask that anyone with any COVID-19 symptoms refrain from visiting until they’re feeling better in the interests of customers and staff.

You can still download and stream free eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers, films, documentaries and music. Suffolk Libraries is also running events online to enjoy from home at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/whats-on and via Suffolk Libraries YouTube channel.

Customer service for Suffolk Libraries is available Mon-Fri 9-5pm, closed bank holidays. Leave a message out of these hours.

Up to date information can be seen at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/

Elections open for ESNEFT governors

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) is inviting students with an interest in healthcare to consider standing for election to its Council of Governors.

The trust, which runs Colchester and Ipswich hospitals together with a range of community health services, is inviting anyone who would like to get involved or has an interest in shaping services for the future to apply.

ESNEFT has nine public governor vacancies to fill and three staff positions. They are:

  • Public: Colchester – two vacancies
  • Public: Ipswich – four vacancies
  • Public: Rest of Essex – two vacancies
  • Public: Rest of Suffolk and South Norfolk – three vacancies

Anyone who is interested in standing can find more information and a nomination form at www.cesvotes.com/ESNE2020. Further help is available from the returning officer, who is available by calling 020 8889 9203 or emailing ftnominationenquiries@cesvotes.com.

Nominations are open until 29 September.

For more information about the role played by ESNEFT’s governors, visit www.esneft.nhs.uk/about-us/how-we-work/council-of-governors/ or contact the Membership Office.

FREE training from OneLife Suffolk

Behaviour Change Skills Training

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• Learn new skills
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• Help others to make positive changes to their lifestyle

Register FREE at www.onelifesuffolktraining.co.uk/learn/making-every-contact-count-mecc
If you would like any more information please email training@onelifesuffolk.co.uk

To learn more about our healthy lifestyle services which are completely FREE please go to www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk

East & West Suffolk Mental Health Services

People in east and west Suffolk have been working together over the past few years to improve NHS mental health and emotional wellbeing care and learning disability and autism services.

Those discussions – which have involved service users, carers, education leads, GPs and mental health experts – have helped develop changes that we think will make things better. We hope these proposed changes will mean that people in east and west Suffolk will be able to get the help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally and emotionally well.

This is built on the long-term strategy which was developed during 2018 and involved more than 4000 service users, carers and people who work in healthcare, social care and education. These discussions have continued and they are called #AVeryDifferentConversation.

Now, we are asking you to check these plans. We want to know if you think we have got things right. We would love it if you took a few minutes to let us know.

Visit the website www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/averydifferentconversation between 14th September 2020 to 30th October 2020 to learn more about our plans and add your voice to the conversation by filling in the survey.