Self Care Week 2014

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Self Care Week 2014

05 January 2015

Students who took part in Self Care Week 2014

Health & Social Care students from Bracknell & Wokingham College are showing their support for Self Care Week by promoting the event within the college and volunteering at Bracknell Shopmobility in Princess Square.

Held between 17-23 November, the national Self Care Week aims to raise awareness of the support available to help people look after themselves across communities, families and generations. The theme this year is ‘Self Care for Life – Be healthy this winter’.

The students will be helping to promote self-care services in the local area throughout the week at both locations.

The college’s Year 11 Innovations group will also be getting involved in the week’s action by taking on a series of skipping challenges. Matthew Clift, Self Care Week 2014 Project Lead, has donated skipping ropes and goodie bags, containing items such as water bottles and sweatbands, for the occasion.

The students will be completing challenges such as how many ‘skips’ can they do in two minutes. They will record pulse rates and recovery times and discuss the varying factors that may have influenced the results, for example participants’ ages, fitness level, and general health habits.

William Hibbert, 18, from Bracknell, is a Health & Social Care student and has been volunteering in Bracknell Shopmobility advising visitors about self-care and keeping healthy:

“We’ve spoken to lots of people today already but it has been challenging trying to get the public involved in what we’re doing. We’ve been promoting the local alternative options for minor trips to A&E, for example making sure people know about the 111 number instead of 999, visiting your GP or the Urgent Care Centre.”

Louise Kirkham, Health & Social Care and Childcare Curriculum Manager at Bracknell & Wokingham College, arranged for the Health & Social Care students to be involved in Self Care Week:

“Our students are giving their time to an important community health event which will be helping to develop their confidence and communication skills, and their understanding of what public health programmes and health services are available within the locality.” 

Health & Social Care student Loice Omweri, 18, from Wokingham, has been enjoying her time talking with the public in Bracknell’s Princess Square:

“We’ve had a mostly positive response from people wanting to find out what we’re doing and take part in our questionnaire. We want to help people make the right healthy choices that may increase their overall wellbeing and prevent trips to the hospital.”

Matthew Clift said of all the students’ participation: “Bracknell Forest Council and its partners are delighted the students of Bracknell & Wokingham College are actively engaging in Self Care Week 2014. The students’ contribution to the event will undoubtedly help make it the most successful Self Care Week yet!”

If you are interested in our Health & Social Care courses or our Innovations programme you can visit our website http://www.bracknell.ac.uk/ or call 01344 868600 to find out more.

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