20s and 30s cancer support meet-up

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If you’re in your 20s and 30s and have had a cancer diagnosis, why not come along to an informal meet-up at Ye Olde Smack in Leigh-on-Sea.

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Share your thoughts, feelings and experiences with people who have their own cancer experiences at an informal hang out. Newbies and plus ones are welcome.

The meet-up takes place at Ye Olde Smack on Monday 22 October 2018 from 7pm. For more information and to book a free place, click the link below:

Trekstock Essex Meet Up October https://www.trekstock.com/Event/essex-meet-up-october

Film on how to go out your way

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A new film looks at how talking about your wishes for after death now can help alleviate the stresses of planning a goodbye and make sure you get the send-off you deserve.

In September St Luke’s Hospice released, ‘Your Life, Your Choice, Your Plan, Let’s Talk’. It’s a film created by St Luke’s alongside other prominent organisations in Basildon & Thurrock, & the long awaited premiere was at the magical venue, Old Regent Ballroom.

The short film shows a diverse group of people, talking about their own bucket lists, memories & things they may wish to happen at their own funeral.

Penny Meadows, St Luke’s Hospice, Wellbeing & Information Facilitator said, "The Dying Matters campaign this year aims to encourage the nation to take five crucial actions in order to be ready for someone’s end of life wishes. The message is that by focusing on five things you can do today it will make life easier for your family & loved ones when you die. No one likes to think about their own mortality, much less discuss it. So we are hoping that by raising awareness of these five practical steps, we can all discuss the matter while we are still in good health, as this will help alleviate problems that could occur later.’’

The five steps are:

  1. Make a Will
  2. Record your funeral wishes
  3. Plan your future care and support
  4. Register as an organ donor
  5. Tell your loved ones your wishes

Copies of the film are available for public use for a small cost. For more information, please contact Penny Meadows on 01375 648170 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Autumn 2018 issue of CCG Insight is out now!

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CCG Insight front cover September 2018

We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

The autumn issue features:

  • A quick summary of our Annual Report and Accounts, including details on our targets and expenditure;
  • An update on the health transformation programme from Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Plan;
  • Information on support for carers available at St Luke’s Hospice; and
  • A reminder on the importance of getting the flu jab.

You can find out more about all of these stories and more by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight – Autumn 2018 (issue 12) (1.36 MB)

Stoptober 2018 is about to start!

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The popular quit-smoking campaign which calls on people to give up smoking for October is back.

  • There are 1 million fewer smokers in England now than there were in 2014
  • Smoking prevalence in the east of England is currently at 14.2%

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The Public Health England campaign encourages people to quit by seeking expert help from stop smoking services together with stop smoking aids.

Six in ten smokers want to quit but most try to quit using willpower alone despite this being the least effective method. The most successful quit attempts use a combination of effective stop smoking support methods.

Over half (51%) of smokers who took advantage of stop smoking services and smoking aids managed to quit. The provider of the stop smoking service in Thurrock is Thurrock Healthy Lifestyle Service. Visit Thurrock Council’s website for more information. 

Free Diabetes Information Evening

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Free evening event in Thurrock for people with diabetes

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Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Diabetes UK will hold a free event to help people with diabetes know what services are available to them and to provide feedback on those services.

The Diabetes Engagement Evening will be held on Thursday 4 October at Committee Rooms 2/3, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays. The event aims to help people from the Thurrock area who have been diagnosed with diabetes, by providing them with essential information on the services available, what they should expect and how they feel the services meet their needs.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin.

Diabetes UK will provide information on the 15 Healthcare Essentials. Commissioners and providers will showcase local services available to people with diabetes in the area. This will be followed by a workshop enabling people to feedback on their experiences and tell commissioners how the services are working for them.

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