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Despite already achieving savings of £99 million Bedford Borough Council needs to identify further savings of nearly £21 million by 2024. Central government cuts and a rise in demand for some of our services means we face difficult times and some very tough decisions. ... See more
Dementia project will help with future planning More than 2,000 people living with dementia in Bedford Borough are being urged to make use of a one-to-one support project. Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes. Yet too many are facing the condition alone without adequate support. Alzheimer’s Society aims to change this, and in Bedford Borough is offering people living with dementia and carers direct support with advance care planning. The My Future Plans project is led by Sam Marshall, Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Support Worker in Bedford Borough. She said: “Many people recently diagnosed with dementia can feel overwhelmed or sometimes go into denial about their condition. “My Future Plans project enables people recently diagnosed and their families, to start to have a supported discussion on issues that might not have crossed their minds. “Conversations around an individual’s likes and dislikes such as a preference of care, especially towards the end of life, making a Will or a Lasting Power of Attorney for health and welfare and/or property and financial affairs, may be included in the service. “It can all be very daunting and it’s not easy for people to talk about. I take it step by step and explain the benefits of thinking about your future care and documenting your wishes early.” Dementia devastates lives; it slowly strips people of their memories, relationships and identities. Of the top ten causes of death, dementia is the only one that we can’t cure, prevent or even slow down. Sam said: “For people diagnosed with dementia it is even more important to make these decisions early, before the condition progresses and capacity reduces. By considering advance care planning you are taking control of your future care and reassuring loved ones when decisions have to be made. We assume our family know our wishes but this is still a taboo subject for many. “We want everyone affected by dementia to know that whoever you are, whatever you are going through, you can turn to Alzheimer’s Society for support, help and advice.” Alzheimer’s Society’s My Future Plans project also offers free training to health and social care professionals, helping to understand more about dementia and advance care planning. As part of this a number of volunteering opportunities are available. Sam is calling for anyone interested in supporting her, when delivering the training to health and social care professionals. In addition the project needs support in ensuring information is displayed in GPs, health centres, community venues and any other suitable locations across the Borough. Times and dates for volunteering can be flexible. Unite against dementia now and contact Alzheimer’s Society’s Bedfordshire volunteers officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07766 058767. To find out more about My Future Plans project in Bedford Borough, contact Sam Marshall on 01234 327380 or email email@example.com Alzheimer's Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We provide information and support, fund research, campaign to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, 1 million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051. Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year - that’s one every three minutes. Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK's first dedicated Dementia Research Institute. Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer's Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them. Let's take on dementia together. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Whatever you do, unite with us against dementia. Alzheimer’s Society relies on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk. Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk Follow us on Twitter @AlzSocEAnglia Like us on Facebook at ‘Alzheimer’s Society – East Anglia’ Alzheimer’s Society YouTube channel www.youtube.com/AlzheimersSociety ... See more
http://www.alzheimers.org.uk We provide information and support, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia. What is dementia? T...
Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment Our recruitment process for Wholetime (full-time) Firefighters opens on the 4 January 2019 and closes at 12pm on 8 February 2019. Starting Salary £22,908 per annum progressing to £23,862 per annum after initial training, up to a maximum of £30,533 Firefighters are proactive in Community Safety, delivering education and undertaking preventative activities within the communities they serve. Firefighters deal with fires in all types of premises and attend a variety of specialist incidents. These can include Road Traffic Collisions, Chemical Emergencies, Flooding, Water Rescue and Animal Rescue. In order to apply for the role you must first ensure you meet the following entry criteria: Live either within the Bedfordshire county border or within 10 miles of the boundary of the county of Bedfordshire (as determined by Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service's mapping system). Be able to prove your eligibility to work in the UK. You will be asked to supply evidence of this. You must have a full and current driving licence that entitles you to drive in the UK without restrictions by the date of pre-employment checks. You will be required to provide evidence of this during the recruitment process. Not be subject to any criminal convictions, which are not yet spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This includes any offences dealt with by a court of law, HM Services disciplinary procedures and any driving offences. A Disclosure and Barring Service check will be carried out prior to employment. Be 18 years of age by date of employment. Be able to swim and self rescue from calm water. Hold 3 GCSE’s at level 4 (grade C) or above in Maths and English, and one other subject (or equivalent). (N.B. Maths and English must be specifically stated in addition to your other qualifications.) This is a public-facing role and it is essential to have the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English. Full training in all aspects of the role will be given. If successful, you will be required to work a 24 hour shift system. The shift rota pattern is a 24 hour shift followed by 72 hours off. You will be required to wear a uniform. Please note that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service does not accept direct transfers from the on-call (retained) duty system to the wholetime duty system. In addition please note that any firefighters currently employed by another Fire and Rescue Service will be required to complete the full recruitment and selection process. The application form is an online process only and all submissions must be in by 12.00 noon on Friday 8thFebruary 2019. For more information and to apply please visit our website We are an equal opportunities employer that welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Message Sent By Thomas Warner (Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Prevention Support Manager, Bedfordshire) ... See more
Message from the Police! Did Santa bring you lots of presents this year? Remember to register your valuable Christmas gifts with Immobilise, which is part of the National Property Register. This system helps us track lost and stolen property and trace the true owners of anything handed into us. You can register any item with a serial number, from Rolex watches to tablet computers, and doing so could help us reunite you with any lost or stolen items. Visit immobilise.com Message Sent By Jon Vale (Police, Communications Officer, Cou) ... See more
To help you mark your property and register items on Immobilise we provide a number of products that also helps support its free provision. Read more
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1pm - 4pm: Creative art sessionsPaper crafting & mindful colouring. Or bring in your own work.Traditional table-top games including chess, jigsaws, dominoes& Scrabble. Lacemaking with Aragon Lacemakers. ... See more
We have been informed that there is a large mountain of bottles left next to the bottle bank. Please do not leave your bottles there if the bank is full, but call the number on the side of the bottle bank and let them know that it needs emptying. Or alternatively, call the Clerk on 01234 782827 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is not a magic bottle fairy that will put them into the empty bottle bank once it has been emptied, so someone will have to go up there and put any discarded bottles in the bank on your behalf. ... See more
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At an event held at Bedford Corn Exchange, Pete Smith won the Battle of Bedford bodybuilding competition taking the 'Mr Bedford' title. Amazingly, this is not Pete's full-time job...
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Starting Tuesdays 11.30am to 12.30pm at John Bunyan Sports & Fitness to include yoga and table tennis every week with a sporting activity of badminton, short tennis, walking football and rounders changing fortnightly*. ... See more