The Health Agency

What’s On September – November 2021

What's On Guide Sept - Nov 2021

The easiest way to refer into our services is by using our online referral form available on our services page or via this link. You can also refer by emailing frontdesk@thehealthagency.org.uk or by calling reception on 0131 453 9400

All our services are FREE unless marked (£) and are available to anybody living in South West Edinburgh. Please note many of our activities are currently being held online, you will be advised at time of initial appointment if this is the case.

THE HEALTH AGENCY SERVICES AND GROUPS

COUNSELLING SERVICE

1-1 counselling provides a safe space to talk about problems and issues that may be troubling you. You will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, while the counsellor supports you to find solutions to your problems. Service offered for 12 weeks.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

CBT is a 1-1 talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT can help you change negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Service offered for 16 weeks.

WOMENS GROUP -Thursday 11am – 12.30pm

A weekly wellbeing group for local women to meet new people, support each other and take part in activities of the groups own choice. These can include cooking, arts and crafts, creative writing, painting, outings, talks from organisations, issue-based workshops and more.

CARERS GROUP – Friday 10.30am -12.30pm

Caring can be a stressful & isolating experience. This weekly group is a chance for carers to come together, support each other and have some time for themselves. The group decides on different activities each week.

WILLOW GARDENING GROUP – Tuesday 1pm-4pm

The Willow Gardening Group is a weekly supported gardening group for those interested in getting involved in their local community garden. The group meets at 1pm at the Calders Community Garden and takes part in different activities each week.

WESTER HAILES WALKING GROUP – Thursday 10.30am

Come join us for a gentle paced health walk for up to an hour around the local area. The Health Agency Walking Group meets every Thursday 10.30am outside Wester Hailes Health Living Centre (Wester Hailes Train Station entrance). Pre booking required.

ANXIETY MANAGEMENT COURSE– Starts Monday 6th September 4.30-6.30pm
This 6-week online course is for anyone who wants to learn to manage their anxiety. This course aims to give you a better understanding of anxiety, more control, and improved coping skills.


SLEEP WELL COURSE – Starts Tuesday 28th September, 4.30-6.00pm

This 4-week online course is for anyone who finds it hard to fall asleep, has trouble staying asleep, or is interested in learning how to have a better sleep. The course explores why we sleep, how to establish a new sleep/wake routine, learn strategies to tackle troublesome thoughts, create new behaviours and develop relaxation/mindfulness skills.

MANAGING ANGER & IRRITABILITY COURSE – Starts Monday 18th October, 4.30-6.30pm

This 6-week online course is for anyone who wants to learn how to manage feelings of anger and irritability. The course will explore why we get angry, how to identify early warning signs, and use coping skills to manage feelings of anger and irritability.

MENS WELLBEING COURSE – Coming soon
A 5 week online coaching course to support men to feel better. This course will focus on practical and effective tools to feel better, freeing yourself from negative thinking and learning to go from a place of anxiety, doubt and overwhelm to feeling more motivated and energised. For more information on the course content contact Jean, jean@thehealthagency.org.uk. Waiting list is open.

THE HEALTH AGENCY PROJECTS

ACTIVE STEPS        

Active Steps is run in partnership with Health All Round and aims to support people to become more physically active & maintain a healthy diet in the long term through online and face-to-face exercise classes, access to gym and swim, and health behaviour change programmes. We will help you to make small changes in your everyday routines that will set you on track for a healthier lifestyle.

TASTING CHANGE

Tasting Change promotes positive food and health opportunities in SW Edinburgh. Activities include the garden kitchen community take away meal, volunteer opportunities, cooking groups and healthy eating workshops for parents and families, for those interested in gaining new skills in the kitchen and learning about meal planning and nutrition.

GARDEN KITCHEN COMMUNITY TAKE AWAY MEAL – Wednesday 1-2pm

A delicious takeaway lunch is available at our garden gate outside The Health Agency, every Wednesday between 1pm and 2pm. All the meals are freshly prepared and include produce grown locally. Grass Roots Remedies will also join us every second week handing out free herbal remedies and health advice. Everyone is welcome & social distancing rules will apply 

WESTERHAVEN CANCER SUPPORT SERVICE

Supports people living in South West Edinburgh who are affected by cancer, including carers, family members and the bereaved. Offering a range of services including information & support, 1 to 1 support, check in calls, yoga therapy, counselling, CBT, relaxation/coaching, healthy eating project, benefits advice, and group work.

WESTERHAVEN LONG-TERM CONDITIONS PROJECT

Supports people affected by chronic long-term conditions such as COPD and heart failure and long Covid. Offering a range of services including information and support, check in calls, yoga therapy, counselling, CBT and group work, referrals to gentle exercise programme and healthy eating project.

OTHER PROJECTS AT THE HEALTH AGENCY

HERBAL MEDICINE CLINIC (£)

Grass Roots Remedies offers affordable herbal consultations & medicines on a donation basis for local residents & staff based in Healthy Living Centre. For more info contact: Ally: clinic@grassrootsremedies.co.uk

What’s On June – Aug 2021

The easiest way to refer into our services is by using our online referral form available on our services page or via this link. You can also refer by emailing frontdesk@thehealthagency.org.uk or by calling reception on 0131 453 9400

All our services are FREE unless marked (£) and are available to anybody living in South West Edinburgh. Please note many of our activities are currently being held online, you will be advised at time of initial appointment if this is the case.

THE HEALTH AGENCY SERVICES AND GROUPS

COUNSELLING SERVICE

1-1 counselling provides a safe space to talk about problems and issues that may be troubling you. You will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, while the counsellor supports you to find solutions to your problems. Service offered for 12 weeks.

COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)

CBT is a 1-1 talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. CBT can help you change negative patterns to improve the way you feel. Service offered for 16 weeks.

WOMENS GROUP -Thursday 11am – 12.30pm

A weekly wellbeing group for local women to meet new people, support each other and take part in activities of the groups own choice. These can include cooking, arts and crafts, creative writing, painting, outings, talks from organisations, issue-based workshops and more.

CARERS GROUP – Friday 10.30am -12.30pm

Caring can be a stressful & isolating experience. This weekly group is a chance for carers to come together, support each other and have some time for themselves. The group decides on different activities each week.

WILLOW GARDENING GROUP – Tuesday 1pm-4pm

The Willow Gardening Group is a weekly supported gardening group for those interested in getting involved in their local community garden. The group meets at 1pm at the Calders Community Garden and takes part in different activities each week.

WESTER HAILES WALKING GROUP – Thursday 10.30am

Come join us for a gentle paced health walk for up to an hour around the local area. The Health Agency Walking Group meets every Thursday 10.30am outside Wester Hailes Health Living Centre (Wester Hailes Train Station entrance). Pre booking required.

MENS WELLBEING COURSE – Coming soon

Do you want to feel better? If yes, then this 5-week online men’s wellbeing coaching course is for you. Sessions will take place weekly on Zoom and will focus on moving forward from a place of anxiety, doubt and overwhelm to a place of excitement, motivation, and energy, teaching practical and effective tools to feel better.

IN OUR HANDS WOMENS HEALTH COURSE – Starts Tuesday 29th June, 1-3pm

This 5-week online women’s health course will focus on tools, practices, remedies and resources for relaxation, reconnection, and resilience. It will explore meditations for relaxation and look at the effects of trauma in the body and mind, providing tools and practices for support and healing.

TAKING CARE OF OURSELVES COURSE- Starts Tuesday 6th July, 10.30-1pm

This 8-week online course is for anyone who wants to become more able to manage stress and anxiety and make positive changes. The course will explore relaxation, meditation, coping skills and self-care.

MINDFULNESS COURSE- Starts Thursday 5th August, 1.30-3.30pm

This 8-week online course will teach people techniques and skills to become more mindful in everyday life. You will learn to gather the scattered mind, recognise reactivity to learn to let go and respond skilfully to thoughts. The course will take place online via Zoom.

THE HEALTH AGENCY PROJECTS

ACTIVE STEPS        

Active Steps is run in partnership with Health All Round and aims to support people to become more physically active & maintain a healthy diet in the long term through online and face-to-face exercise classes, access to gym and swim, and health behaviour change programmes. We will help you to make small changes in your everyday routines that will set you on track for a healthier lifestyle.

TASTING CHANGE

Tasting Change promotes positive food and health opportunities in SW Edinburgh. Activities include the garden kitchen community take away meal, volunteer opportunities, cooking groups and healthy eating workshops for parents and families, for those interested in gaining new skills in the kitchen and learning about meal planning and nutrition.

GARDEN KITCHEN COMMUNITY TAKE AWAY MEAL – Wednesday 1-2pm

A delicious takeaway lunch is available at our garden gate outside The Health Agency, every Wednesday between 1pm and 2pm. All the meals are freshly prepared and include produce grown locally. Grass Roots Remedies will also join us every second week handing out free herbal remedies and health advice. Everyone is welcome & social distancing rules will apply 

WESTERHAVEN CANCER SUPPORT SERVICE

Supports people living in South West Edinburgh who are affected by cancer, including carers, family members and the bereaved. Offering a range of services including information & support, 1 to 1 support, check in calls, yoga therapy, counselling, CBT, relaxation/coaching, healthy eating project, benefits advice, and group work.

WESTERHAVEN LONG-TERM CONDITIONS PROJECT

Supports people affected by chronic long-term conditions such as COPD and heart failure and long Covid. Offering a range of services including information and support, check in calls, yoga therapy, counselling, CBT and group work, referrals to gentle exercise programme and healthy eating project.

OTHER PROJECTS AT THE HEALTH AGENCY

HERBAL MEDICINE CLINIC (£)

Grass Roots Remedies offers affordable herbal consultations & medicines on a donation basis for local residents & staff based in Healthy Living Centre. For more info contact: Ally: clinic@grassrootsremedies.co.uk

The Health Agency is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in Scotland No. 181430, and a Registered Charity in Scotland No 027773.

Volunteer Kitchen Assistant wanted!

Tasting Change is looking for a Volunteer Kitchen Assistant to help out at The Garden Kitchen Community Takeaway on a Wednesday morning.

All our tasty meals are freshly prepared and include produce grown locally. If you’re interested in honing your skills as a budding chef, you can learn more about this role and opportunity by contacting Stacey on 07707 043 877 or email stacey@healthagency.org.uk

Tasting Change Family Friendly Cooking Workshops

Tasting Change family cooking workshop details

Tasting Change will be running a series of family friendly cooking workshops outdoors at the Clovenstone Community Centre starting later this month as part of their summer programme.

These workshops are suitable for families who are looking for some fun and FREE foodie-focussed activities to enjoy during the summer holidays. Sessions will also include a yummy lunch to enjoy at the end of the workshop that you have learned to prepare together. Perfect!

Spaces are limited, so if you would like to take part, please contact Stacey on 07707 043877 or stacey@thehealthagency.org.uk to register. The first session will take place on Tuesday 20 July and we can’t wait to see you!

Support Our DANCEATHON

As part of this years virtual Kiltwalk, Samantha, our Physical Activity Co-ordinator, will be fundraising for The Health Agency by taking part in a DANCEATHON 💃 She will be dancing from 8am – 4:30pm (allowing for 3x10min breaks) on Friday the 23rd of April and will upload pictures along the way! She will also record this as a ‘workout’ on Strava and share the screenshot once she completes the DANCEATHON 😃

Please support her efforts – any donations to The Health Agency would be really appreciated and can be made by following this link.

Keep your eyes peeled for more Kiltwalk fundraising challenges from our team. You can also get involved in fundraising for The Health Agency yourself! Email samantha@thehealthagency.org.uk or call 07928 895 874 for support with signing up!

Every penny raised will be topped up by 50% thanks to the generosity of Sir Tom Hunter and The Hunter Foundation.

Become a Member of The Health Agency

Would you like to join a group of people determined to make a difference to the lives of local people?

Do you live locally in Wester Hailes or South West Edinburgh?

Members are at the heart of our work. By becoming a Member you’ll be able to play a part in what we do and help make a difference to the lives of everyone we support through all of our projects and services. If you are over 16 years old and live locally in South West Edinburgh you can become a Member of The Health Agency. This membership entitles you to vote at our AGM and if you want to, stand for election onto our Board. Members also elect people to serve as Directors and take decisions in relation to changes to the articles themselves.

For more information or to request an application form call us on 0131 453 9400 or email siobhan@thehealthagencyorg.uk  

CommuniTea Workshops Coming Up!

The Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic will run free complimentary ‘CommuniTea’ workshops around herbalism, foraging and health. If you have ever wondered what the buzz around fermented food is about? Heard of Sauerkraut & Kimchi but not sure what they are? You eat them regularly but you would like to find out how to easily make your own? Come along to learn about the health benefits of fermented foods and make your own jar to take home.

A few different types of fermentation will be discussed, focusing on fermenting veggies, herbs and spices into delicious condiments to supplement your diet. Bring a clean jam jar and some positive energy!

Link to the Event.

Tips for staying healthy

Health All Round has put together some tips below to focus on.

Nutrition

Try to watch what you eat! Make sure you are having some fruit and healthier snacks. Remember, fresh, frozen, tinned fruit, and veg all count and will give our bodies vital doses of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Activity

Try to do a little bit of activity every day! Our classes will help you achieve the recommended 30 minutes a day. However, there are plenty of other options that you can access. Be careful that the classes you choose are appropriate for your level. It is very easy to sit for long periods, so make sure you get up and move around your home once every hour!

Sleep

At this time it may be easy to slip out of normal routines so try to stay in your sleep routine. Sleep is really important for our immune system and our overall health and wellbeing. Look at ways to get a better night’s sleep. Rather than reading at night which requires a light being on, why not try a podcast or audiobook?

Fresh Air

If you can’t get out for a walk, try and still get some fresh air every now and then. Open a window wide, use your back garden space if you can. Just take 5 – 10 minutes to get fresh air

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Why not use this week to focus on one of these tips and set some goals to work towards. Let us know how you get on! If you would like any further advice please get in touch.