Ox All In - Friday 4th June 2021

Ox All In - Friday 4th June 2021

Read on for:

  • Here for Health online health chat – Thursday 10th June
  • How to guides for patients attending appointments online
  • InterAct Stroke Support
  • Alzheimer's Research Thames Valley event
  • Eating Well for Less workshop - SIGN UP TODAY
  • COVID rates almost triple in Oxfordshire
  • Oxfordshire firefighters virtual school visits
  • Join the walk to school challenge
  • Keep up to date through our Facebook group
  • Link to all previous CSG Bulletins here.
Lots of love Oxfordshire!

The Oxfordshire All In Team

Here for Health online health chat – Thursday 10th June

In celebration of National Smile Month, Here for Health at Oxford University Hospitals, will be hosting an online health chat about nutrition, smoking and oral health in partnership with Community Dental Services and Stop for Life Oxon.

All are invited to attend this event on Thursday 10th June from 11am – 12.30pm and take part in a discussion about healthy lifestyles.

For full details, including how to register, see this event poster:

New video and how to guides for patients attending appointments online

Additional guidance and resources have been created for NHS patients to support online consultations. These accessible guides and resources are available to anyone considering using video technology as part of an NHS consultation. They are designed to be relevant to any technology or clinical setting.

The new resources include:

  • Video consulting with your NHS – a quick guide for patients
  • Video consulting with your NHS – Frequently asked questions for patients
To find out more about these guides or to watch a video about online consultations see here:

InterAct Stroke Support

InterAct Stroke Support is an award-winning charity that takes professional actors into hospitals and stroke clubs to deliver live, interactive readings. Covid-19 has meant that the project is now delivered virtually, using technology such as Zoom and also via telephone.

Stroke survivors or anyone that might benefit from having a live interactive service with a professional actor is welcome to take part in this free pilot project which is also available for groups.

There is also a linked Podcast called Right Side of the Brain which can be accessed at:

For more information about the InterAct project please visit:

Alzheimer's Research UK event - Thursday 17 June 2021

The journey from Reading to Oxford: Building roads to save memories is an Alzheimer's Research UK event on Thursday 17 June 2021. This free, open to all, virtual event which will go behind the scenes at Dementia research labs in Oxford and Reading.

Scientists from the Thames Valley Research Network will provide an insight into Alzheimer's research followed by a Q&A session. Jane Thomas, an Oxford poet, will be performing a piece written specially for this event.

To book a place click on the link:

Free online workshop for parents on Eating Well for Less, 16th June 1pm-2.15pm

Would you like to eat more healthily as a family, but you're not sure where to begin or how to manage it without breaking the bank? This workshop helps the whole family to eat well for less including:
  • Tips for a cheaper, healthy shopping basket
  • Healthy meal planning to make the most of the food you buy
  • Recipes for tasty, simple and healthy low-cost meals
Henry are running a Free online Eating Well for Less workshop for parents on 16th June at 1pm - 2.15pm. Parents will also receive a free set of resources once they sign up.

The deadline for sign up is TODAY (4th June)

All parent referrals need to be emailed directly to Cathy (cathy.kemp@henry.org.uk) and HENRY will need parent email and postal addresses (to send the resources) and phone numbers. HENRY also need to know parents have consented to being contacted by HENRY about the workshop.

COVID rates almost triple in Oxfordshire

People in Oxfordshire are being urged to continue to follow public health guidance as the number of cases in the county have risen significantly in recent days. A total of 146 cases were recorded in Oxfordshire in the seven days up to 28 May compared to 58 in the week up to 21 May. This equates to 21.1 cases per 100,000 compared to 8.4 cases per 100,000 the week before.

Ansaf Azhar, Director for Public Health in Oxfordshire, said: "Throughout the country we are seeing cases go up and Oxfordshire is no exception. To some degree it was expected that there would be an increase when lockdown was further eased. However, now that cases are clearly on the rise, it serves as a reminder that the virus is still very much in circulation.

"We have vaccinated significant numbers of people, but by no means all of the population. The new variant of concern that was first identified in India is now present in the county, with over two dozen cases reported as of 27 May. This is being closely monitored as is the overall case rate in the county.

"While we want people to enjoy their new-found freedoms, it is important that they keep themselves and others safe. Make sure you remember the basics – from washing your hands regularly to keeping your distance. And alongside the mantra of 'hands, face, space', fresh air is key. So now that summer is here, do take advantage of the warm weather and meet people outdoors where you can. It is indoors where COVID particularly has a field day.

"We continue to urge people to take up the offer of a vaccine when it is made and to regularly get tested through the many options available. Both of those things help counter the spread of the virus.

"With so many people having now been vaccinated, we are making incremental progress against COVID-19. But the virus is constantly evolving - as we can see from the rapid spread of the new variant - plus a significant proportion of people are not yet vaccinated or have only had their first dose. So we all need to continue to be careful.

"I've asked people to continue to be cautious and use their common sense so many times over the past 15 months that I am sure people are fed up of hearing it. However, that message applies now every bit as much as it did back in March 2020 when the pandemic first hit.

"Let's do all we can to keep cases under control. We have more weapons at our disposal now than ever before, but common sense and discipline remain central to combatting the virus. I would ask people to continue to deploy both so that we can keep Oxfordshire open and keep our communities safe."

Case rates by district:

  • Cherwell: 8.6 per 100,000
  • Oxford 26.2 per 100,000
  • South Oxfordshire 28.9 per 100,000
  • Vale of White Horse 27.2 per 100,000
  • West Oxfordshire 13.6 per 100,000

Oxfordshire firefighters delivering virtual school visits during pandemic

Children across Oxfordshire have continued to learn all about fire safety over the last year with school visits from firefighters being replaced by videos and online classes. The online sessions delivered by Oxfordshire County Council's Fire and Rescue Service have aimed to deliver educational content concerning fire safety covering what being a firefighter involves and when to dial 999.

The importance of children knowing their home address; detail of what a smoke alarm is and the importance of testing one have also been included. Plus information on different types of fire kit – including entertainment for youngsters in watching which firefighter can get dressed the quickest.

Firefighters from Bicester Fire Station alone have delivered nearly a dozen of these session so far and each one has been valued by the primary schools. Oxford city firefighters based at Rewley Road have also been engaging with primary schools in Oxford to continue delivering their educational content in new innovative ways. They've been recording videos and hosting visits online for classes ranging from reception to Year 5 classes. Each session typically lasts between 30 minutes and one hour.

Bicester firefighter Chris Philpott said: "We really enjoy these visits as it is the next best thing to actually going into schools, and without fail after every single one of the visits they have emailed thanking us and highlighting how much both the children and adults enjoyed it.

"Whilst we could not physically attend our usual school fire safety visits, we really wanted to continue engaging with our communities. As a crew, we worked hard to deliver the virtual visits in a safe and modern way".

If your child's school might be interested in booking a virtual school visit or receiving more information to help support them or the children's classes, please ask them get in touch with community.safety@oxfordshire.gov.uk

Pupils in Oxfordshire get active and join the walk to school challenge

Hundreds of school children across the county got active in May by clocking up thousands of steps as part of Oxfordshire County Council's annual Walk to School Week (17-21 May 2021). The week is an extension of the 'WOW' project supported by the council's public health team over the past two years. Run by Living Streets, the year-round walk to school challenge encourages children to collect badges each month as a reward for making journeys actively.

Nine schools are currently participating in the walk to school challenge, with another 11 signed up to join in September. This year's challenge focuses on the walking superpowers that benefit individuals, communities and the planet.

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive at Living Streets said: "Walk to School Week is a fun, inclusive, free and simple activity, which improves the physical and mental wellbeing of children and celebrates walking for all. Pupils enjoy the health and happiness that comes from walking, while schools and local communities enjoy reduced congestion and pollution. We're thrilled that families nationwide were able to join us and enjoy the fresh air, fun, freedom, and friendship that walking to school brings."

The council's public health team seeks to promote, improve and protect the health of local people. It's all part of the council's commitment to thriving communities – to help people live safe, healthy lives and play an active part in their communities.

About 'WOW'
WOW is a behavioural change programme that incentivises primary school children, their parents and teachers to travel actively all, or part, of the way to school – using 'badges' to 'gamify' walking to school.

Find out more about the project on Living Streets website:

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Posted: Mon, 07 Jun 2021 20:14 by Liz Cruse

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