Herald - Issue 448

Page 44 • The HERALD • 26th October 2023 v SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SPECIALISTS v Health, Beauty & Wellbeing The Podium 023 8086 9080 3 Marchwood Village Centre, Marchwood One answer to foot problems • Callus/hard skin removal • Toenail cutting/filing • Thickened nail reduction • Corns • Fungal infections • Cracked heals • Verruca treatment • Athletes foot advice • Cuticle care 07546 748843 crystalsfhp@gmail.com GET BACK TO FEELING YOUR BEST WITH HYTHE & TOTTON CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 8 Drummond Court, Prospect Place, Hythe (Opposite Hythe Ferry) 023 8020 7826 81a Rumbridge Street, Totton 023 8086 3612 CHIROPODY/PODIATRY 07895 691290 Kerry Grassick BSc (Hons) Podiatry MRCPod KG PODIATRY First Floor, South Street Shopping Centre, Hythe SO45 6EB * LIFT ACCESS * Email: kerrythepodiatrist@gmail.com Tai Chi at Colbury e Colbury Memorial Hall Tai Chi group meet on Monday mornings. Led by New Forest Martial Arts Tutors, this group is a friendly place to improve your tness and health and takes place Mondays at 9.30am for a prompt start. Testwood Baptist Church’s monthly Bereavement Café is held in the lounge at M Johnson Family Funeral Directors, 26-28 Commercial Road, Totton. e Café is run on a ‘drop-in’ basis between 1pm and 2.30pm on the second Monday of each month and is not designed to be a counselling session. Visitors to the Café will receive a warm welcome and a supportive environment for re ection and conversation; a place to nd mutual support and encouragement. e kettle is always on with tea, co ee and a variety of cakes (including a gluten-free option) served by a friendly team of volunteers. The next Café session will be on Monday 14th November. For more information, please contact the Church on: 023 8086 0320 or visit: www.testwoodbaptist.org The Kettle is Always On New Autism Support Launched for Families and Carers across England Support is available for families and carers of autistic children and adults thanks to a new, free education programme. Autism Central aims to build knowledge and understanding of autism and empower families and carers to advocate for autistic people they support to get the right understanding and adjustments in place across the services they use. Commissioned by NHS England and informed by or co-produced with autistic people, parents and carers, the programme o ers one-to-one and group sessions complemented by high-quality online learning and information. Families and carers can also talk to people with similar experiences by joining workshops, drop-in sessions, co ee mornings or virtual meetups. Each session is delivered by parents and carers of autistic people who have been trained to share their knowledge and experience with others, as peer educators. Philippa Spicer, Senior Responsible O er for Learning Disability and Autism – Workforce, Training and Education at NHS England, said: “We have learned that, talking to people who share similar experiences helps people feel understood and get the help they need. Autism Central will work with families and carers of autistic people to become peer educators who will facilitate education and share their knowledge with others. They are here to listen, offer guidance, and tell others about services that are available in the local area.” Autism Central is the latest example of the NHS’s commitment to improving health outcomes for autistic people - including improving assessments and rolling out the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training on Learning Disability and Autism for NHS sta , and enhanced autism training for psychiatrists. e NHS is focused on investing in community services so people can receive support close to home, with the number of people with a learning disability or autistic people in mental health hospitals falling by around a third since 2015, despite the number of people diagnosed with autism increasing signi cantly. Tom Cahill, National Director for Learning Disability and Autism at NHS England, said: “We welcome the launch of Autism Central. Further sharing the experiences of autistic people, families and carers with their peers, will help to benefit and improve the quality of care and support.” Lisa Myers, Programme Director of Autism Central, said: “Autism Central is helping families to learn more about autism and the support available to them. There is a wide range of curated and new material along with signposting to learning resources. This wrap-around learning benefits from the experiences of autistic people and their families - and prepares other families and carers to advocate to get the best from the services they encounter.” e nine other organisations involved in Autism Central are Ambitious about Autism, Autism Alliance, Autism Education Trust, Autistica, British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD), Contact, Great Minds Together, National Autistic Society and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums. Information, guidance and events are all available on the Autism Central website: www.autismcentral. org.uk Families and carers can explore topics such as diagnosis, employment and mental health, and nd resources from partners and other trusted sources. ey can also search for a regional hub to nd sessions in their area and sign up to access further learning resources and personal stories from other parents and carers. e programme is looking for more parents and carers of an autistic person to become peer educators and help others. To nd out more, contact your local hub: www.autismcentral.org.uk/ nd-help