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St Martins Housing Trust strives to address the needs of single homeless people. We offer emergency accommodation, care, support and development to enable everyone to achieve their f full potential and a greater level of independence.
After a successful event for World Mental Health Day and World Homeless Day, we look back at how it all came together on the day with visits from local press, the Mayor, the Sheriff and most importantly YOU! The work that went into making that day happen
came from our Members Mix, both full time and casual staff, volunteers, the agencies who had stalls here on the day and members of the public who simply heard about the day and wanted to get involved. We had over 100 people through the doors and around 25 people picked up vouchers to access the free services. Read about one person's experience recorded by the EDP here http://bit.ly/2g9vg1G and some TV coverage from That's Norfolk here http://bit.ly/2xIyvET. Many thanks also to our friends at Future Radio and Radio Norfolk who also supported the event.
Coming up in November we have a Building Better Habits course beginning 1st November, running for 4 sessions over 4 weeks. This course can be used as a structured programme for anyone wishing to work towards abstinence from alcohol or drugs. The course is accredited with NOCN and you gain a nationally recognised award on completion of the course. All you need to do is call and book a space with your name and number 01603 699150.
Keep your eyes peeled for information on our Christmas party - yes; the C word is back!
Last year a young RAF service man went missing. The 23-year-old, based at RAF Honington in Suffolk, vanished after a night out with friends in Bury St Edmunds on September 24 2016.
Police said Mr McKeague had a history of falling asleep in unusual places, including in bins.
A bin lorry was seen on CCTV near Brentgovel Street in Bury St Edmunds around the time Mr McKeague was last seen, and it took a route which appeared to coincide with the movements of his phone.
The bin lorry linked to the disappearance of Mr McKeague was initially thought to have collected an 11kg (1st 10lb) load, but police said it was later found to be more than 100kg (15st 10lb).
Us at Newsletter, want to issue a warning to our members, if you do find yourself on the streets this winter, please dont sleep in wheelie bins. As well as the danger of the bin being emptied with you in it, sleeping in full wheelie bins can cause asphiyiation, due to the lack of oxygen and ventilation.
DON'T SLEEP IN BIG WHEELIE BINS
Our World Homeless Day Mural
A big thank you to Belona who has been running the Press Ahead journalism course at Under-1-Roof for the last two months. Everyone who participated has learnt so much and this newsletter is a direct consequence of all her efforts. If you want to try your hand at writing an article for the newsletter or you have an opinion you want heard then please come and join the editorial team between 11am and 12am every thursday. We need your contributions and enthusiasm.
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Our 2018 calendar is now for sale. It contains
Art, Images and Poetry from our members
along with information about our courses.
It is now available from Under 1 Roof
for £9.99 with a 20% discount with a
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that the NHS estimates to affect approximately one in 15 people in the UK between September and April.
It can be particularly severe during December, January and February. For some people, SAD is so disabling that they cannot function in winter without continuous treatment. Others may experience a milder version called subsyndromal SAD or 'winter blues'.
It occurs throughout the northern and southern hemispheres but is extremely rare in people living within 30 degrees of the Equator, where daylight hours are long, constant and extremely bright.
With the nights drawing in and the days getting shorter we need to make sure we look after ourselves as a lack of sunlight depresses many. If we were animals we would be hibernating. Its time to really think about our mental health and take proactive measures.
HOW TO COMBAT THE WINTER BLUES
Typically people may experience one or more of the following:
Sleep problems - usually oversleeping and difficulty staying awake but in some cases disturbed sleep and early morning waking.
Lethargy - lacking in energy and unable to carry out normal routine due to fatigue. Heaviness in the arms and legs.
Overeating - craving for carbohydrates and sweet foods, which usually leads to weight gain.
Depression - feeling sad, low and weepy, a failure, sometimes hopeless and despairing.
Apathy - loss of motivation and ability to concentrate.
Social problems - irritability and withdrawal from social situations, not wanting to see friends.
Anxiety - feeling tense and unable to cope with stress, loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities.
Loss of libido - decreased interest in sex and physical contact.
Weakened immune system - vulnerability to catching winter colds and flu.
Mood changes - for some people bursts of over-activity and cheerfulness (known as hypo-mania) in spring and autumn.
What can you do about it?
Make sure you eat well, at least one hot meal a day. If your body is not getting everything it needs, your brain will suffer.
Take vitamins supplements. Vitamin B complex is available inexpensively from a number of discount stores.
Light boxes and bulbs can help in the darkest months.
Get as much sun as you can. Even when its cold the sun does shine.
Get up earlier and make the most of the little daylight we have. Adjust your body clock to the seasons it will help with sleep.
Exercise if possible. Even a short walk a day will help.
Speak to friends and tell them how you feel. The more we talk about our mental health the easier it becomes.
10th October 2017
REVIEW OF WORLD HOMELESS DAY
THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD AS WE THAT OUR LEFT GROW OLD
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM NOR THE YEARS CONDEMN
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
It was a good day, the toasties and bean soup were great, and the atmosphere was welcoming. There was a good turnout and we had stalls from NRP, Shelter, Hope into Action, Matrix, City Reach, and St Barnabas Counselling Centre, as well as guest appearances from the Mayor and the Sheriff of Norwich. Throughout the day we had various taster sessions including yoga, boxercise, and mindfulness; a gadget and phone clinic; and two music sessions, one with Jumpstart and one where we had our in house band 'The Undies' play.
We also offered free showers, haircuts, clothing, food and launderette services.