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Engage Update - 22 January


Stroke Prevention Day - 25 January 2024
 

This year’s Stroke Prevention Day is on Thursday 25th January and we need your help. 

The Stroke Association will be using the occasion to raise awareness of a condition called atrial fibrillation – or AF – an irregular heartbeat, which is one of the leading causes of serious strokes.   

Around one in five strokes is linked to AF, but it can go undetected if you don’t know what to look for.

They have produced a short video introducing the risk of AF and what to do to check if you have it. 

AF often has no symptoms and a stroke can strike without warning. 

 

Check your pulse (Stroke Prevention Day 2023)
Check your pulse (Stroke Prevention Day 2023)
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However, early diagnosis and effective management of AF can dramatically reduce the risk of stroke so it’s vital to be aware and for people to check their pulse regularly. 

After checking at home, they are asking those who suspect they have an irregular pulse to contact their GP practice. The practice will then decide an appropriate next step (e.g. appointment with a practice nurse). 
 
Please help to spread this message to your friends / family / patients / wider network, whether face-to-face, in newsletters or on social media. 

To help you, they have produced a social media toolkit for those who use Linkedin / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram. 
 
Thank you for supporting this important campaign. 

 

Scottish Refugee Council - Peer Support

We are forming a group as part of the peer project at the Scottish Refugee Council, and we would like to invite the asylum seekers and refugees you work with to join us!
 
The peer project aims to create a supportive community for asylum seekers and refugees, where they can connect, share experiences, and provide each other with valuable support. We believe that by coming together, we can make a real difference in the lives of those who have been displaced.
 
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining our project group, we would greatly appreciate it if you could share this information with them. 
 
Please feel free to forward this email or share our contact information with anyone who might be interested. We are more than happy to answer any questions or provide further details about the project.
 
Thank you so much for your support and for helping us spread the word. 
 
Rahaf Sharif
Peer Volunteer
rahaf.sharif@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk

 

Funding Opportunity - Preventing Harm from Tobacco, Vaping and Second Hand Smoke

Renfrewshire Health Improvement Team

We are looking for organisations to develop programmes of work that focus on preventing the harms from Tobacco, Vaping and Second Hand Smoke.
Bids should focus on work in relation to parents/carers and include one or more of the following outcomes:

  1. Raise awareness of tobacco, vaping and/or second hand smoke with parents/ carers
  2. Prevent/reduce exposure to second hand smoke
  3. Provide support to access Quit Your Way Services
  4. Embed discussions about smoking, vaping and second hand smoke as part of ongoing prevention and education
  5. Upskill staff in relation to tobacco, vaping and/or second hand smoke information

The themes of interest and types of approaches that we have received in the past are provided below for information. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and previous examples do not have a specific focus on parents/carers.

*CLOSES 26 JANUARY*

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