Recommended Reading – Friday Feminist Five

We would encourage everyone to take a closer look and subscribe to the “Friday Feminist Five” newsletter that Engender publish.

If you are on their mailing list, then each Friday you will receive a newsletter into your email inbox with the top 5 topics for that week. The information is very much aligned with the work that we do here at the Women’s Centre Glasgow to help, support and empower women in the local community and beyond.

Below is an extract from the newsletter that Engender published on Friday 31st July 2020. You can receive your own copy to your inbox every Friday by joining Engender today.

One: How has lockdown impacted women’s health services in Scotland?

Health and social care services, and decisions over how they are run, have a major impact on women. This is not only as service users with particular needs and experiences but as the majority of both older people and unpaid carers in Scotland. Women are less likely to receive treatment generally, as women’s pain and diagnosis are treated differently to that of men. Responding to Covid-19 has necessarily resulted in a significant reorganisation of the NHS. Screening, including breast and cervical screening programmes, has been paused indefinitely.

This cancellation and limitation of routine care may have particular consequences for older women and some BME groups who have higher risk of particular cancer diagnosis. Reduced routine appointments due to lower service provision may impact upon rural women who may have considerable distances to travel to access appointments. You can read more about our concerns around women’s health and Covid-19 in our submission to the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee here.

The Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Women’s Health are conducting a survey on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted women’s health services in Scotland. The survey is open until 7th August, and all results and comments will be anonymised. If you’d like to share your views, you can take the survey here.

You can read the full message online by following this link, but we would encourage you to subscribe to this newsletter yourself so that you never miss an issue!

Day 6 activities for babies

SENSORY BOTTLES


All you need for this is an empty plastic bottle of any size, but the smaller ones are easier for
baby to hold.
Fill your empty plastic bottle with
Water and fairy liquid – makes bubbles when shaken
Pasta, rice, lentils or any dry cupboard items
Water and glitter
This is just a few examples you can fill them with anything you have in the house.
I find the babies like the noisy ones and the dried items make different sounds too!

DAY 5 of activities for babies

TUMMY TIME


Get some soft toys and place them just out of reach of the baby. You can use one or a lot and place them around the baby so they are encouraged to move in different directions.

This encourages development of back, tummy and neck muscles, muscles in the arms and legs. It also helps older babies learn how to push themselves up and hold their bodies to get ready for crawling.

Older babies may get frustrated during this if they can’t get the toys, if this is happening either move the toys closer for easier reach or sit them up.

Older babies that are nearly ready to crawl can be placed near a wall so they can use it to push themselves forward.

DAY 4 activities for babies

4 WATER PLAY
Fill a shallow tray (on the floor for tummy time) or tray on babies high chair with water and allow baby to splash, touch and explore the water.
You can add toys, ice cubes or bubbles for extra fun!

A SERVICE UPDATE FROM LIFELINK

We were all delighted at Lifelink to have been successful in securing the Glasgow City Stress Service and to launch delivery of this service on the 1st of April 2020 to the communities of Glasgow. 

Current service update: COVID19

Given the current crisis and social distancing requirements, we have taken the necessary steps to provide a telephone counselling service to clients, with the option to extend to video sessions where required. 

We want to take this opportunity to reassure you that you can continue to refer as you would have done previously. We understand your surgery may be operating very differently from before, however you can still make referrals for patients that may benefit from our service even during this period of lockdown using the following methods:

Online:  https://www.lifelink.org.uk/make-a-referral/ 

By email: info@lifelink.org.uk 

By telephone: 0141 552 4434

Clients referred to Lifelink will receive a person-centred therapeutic assessment by telephone as near to time of referral as possible. Following this the most appropriate intervention will be discussed, offering direct access to a service that meets clients’ needs and eliminates waiting times and reduces risk of ‘downward spiral’ while people wait for much needed services. 

We are also encouraging referrals from and for individuals that may not feel that they require formal one-to-one counselling sessions but do feel that they would benefit from simply having someone qualified to talk through their stresses and anxieties with. We know that the current situation may leave a lot of individuals worried about getting in touch with us because they think that our team will be too busy dealing with other clients whose mental health situation is much worse, but we want to dispel this belief. We’re keen to encourage referrals from clients who might benefit from our more relaxed service during this pandemic – working with a therapist for a single session and developing some coping strategies may be enough to greatly improve their mental health. 

Once normal services resume you can also direct your patients to our wellbeing classes which they can register for directly with no prior assessment.

Our website at www.lifelink.org.uk provides more information on all of our services and will allow your patients to refer themselves directly.

Our management team are available should you wish to contact us at any time regarding any issues or even just to chat about the service.

You can contact our management team using the details below:

Carolirvine@lifelink.org.uk  – Operations Manager 0141 559 6713

Robertstewart@lifelink.org.uk – Service Manager (North West & South) 0141 471 9700

We look forward to working closely with you and your colleagues to support your patients and members of our local communities. 

Thanks,

The team at Lifelink 

Day 3 activities for babies

STICKY TAPE PEEL OFF

On baby’s high chair stick any kind of sticky tape and encourage baby to pick to off.
This activity develops hand/eye coordination, pincer grip and fine motor skill development

DAY 2 OF ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES

Day 2 of activities to do with a baby

TREASURE BASKETS
Fill a basket with random objects and let the baby explore. These could be anything but
please ensure there are no sharp bits and are OK for baby to put into their mouth.
Examples:-
a range of different coloured toys/objects
Silver items e.g. whisk, serving spoons
Natural objects e.g. wooden spoons, any wooden objects you have in the house
You can use any kind of basket and fill it with just about anything.

Latest updates on COVID-19

Long Term Social DistancingWhilst the UK and Scottish Governments are starting to consider what, if any, lockdown measures will be laxed, when and how, the update on social distancing rules will continue to at least the end of the year.  This means that no matter how much life may be returning to normal, we will still have to keep our distance.

The Importance of Looking After YouAttached is a self-care starter kit information pack which not only applies to your colleagues but to you as well.  The mental wellbeing of every single person is so important just now.  Whether a keyworker, homeworker or furloughed, employees in all organisations will be feeling the effect of longterm social distancing, missing physical contact with friends and family or being able to go the cinema, pub or gym.  The attached should be shared with all of your colleagues and anyone else you think could do with some helpful hints and tips on how to support themselves during these challenging times.

Domestic Abuse Increasing

A recent report to the Government has devastatingly shown calls to a national domestic abuse helpline rose by 49% and killings doubled weeks after lockdown.  Following the “surge” in violence, the report called for a Government strategy on domestic abuse during the pandemic.  “Safe spaces”, where victims can seek help, should be rolled out to supermarkets and other shops.  The Home Office said it was increasing funding to support helplines and online services.  14 women and two children had been killed in the first three weeks of lockdown.  The figure is the largest number of killings in a three-week period for 11 years and more than double the average rate. 

One of the hardest thing for any person whether male or female to do, is ask for help.  If you are the victim of domestic abuse or you know someone who might be at risk, now is the time to do something before becoming just another statistic.  Don’t wait until it’s too late, get help now!
https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/   Free phone – 0808 2000 247

Protecting lone workers

With so much social distancing now becoming the new normal, the number of people across all sectors who lonework is far more common.  The HSE has guidance for employers to keep loneworkers healthy and safe.  The HSE  Protecting lone workers: How to control the risks of working alone is for any organisation who now has loneworkers including self-employed people and homeworkers.  Employers have a duty of care to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff including  work-related violence, keeping in touch, and the impact of loneworking on stress and mental health.
If you don’t have a Homeworking Policy and/or Loneworking Policy, get in touch for a template

UP AND DOWN

Life is always full of ups and downs

Just like the wave of the ocean,

Up and down, changing,

Accept that and

Be kind to yourself.

Let go

Breathing Meditation

  • Sit on a straight-backed chair. Place your feet flat on the floor.
  • Be comfortable, with a relaxed but straight back. Place your hands loosely in your lap. Close your eyes.
  • Focus your mind on your breath as it flows in and out. Feel the rise and fall of your chest and stomach.
  • When your mind wanders, bring it back to your breath.  Be kind to yourself. Minds wander. It’s what they do. Realising that your mind has wandered and bringing it back to your breath is the meditation. It’s a little moment of mindfulness.
  • After five or ten minutes, gently open your eyes and take in what you can see, hear, feel and smell.

It is good if you have a quiet corner where you can sit. If you start to fall asleep, open your eyes and then just lower them for meditation. You can do it for longer if you wish, but the habit is important, doing it every day for 5 minutes or more, and keeping up the habit.  In that way, it becomes part of your life.

You may enjoy lighting a candle for meditation as it gives a peaceful atmosphere.