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Chair of Sutton’s People committee issues statement on borough services for children and young people with special educational needs

The borough’s acting strategic director of People at Sutton Council has been appointed to Board of Cognus.

“As Chair of Sutton Council’s People Committee I want to keep residents and families updated on our commitment to improve our services to children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities,” said Councillor Marian James chair of Sutton Council’s People committee.

“Following my commitment made at People Committee on 4 July, last week Mr Nick Ireland, acting Strategic Director of People at Sutton Council, was appointed as a non executive director to the board of Cognus. He is now agreeing our plan of action to more closely direct their work. We will soon also be able to announce the appointment of the independent expert to review the practice of Cognus and our working arrangements.

“I want to restate that we are absolutely committed to continue our improvement journey. Our plans to improve have been endorsed by the Department for Education and NHS England and they are satisfied with the progress we are making. I will continue to keep residents and families updated on the achievements as part of our drive to improve.”

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Keeping safe in warm weather

Keeping safe in warm weather

It’s important to stay safe in warm weather. Here are helpful tips to stay safe.

Stay out of the heat:

  • Keep out of the sun between 11am and 3pm
  • If you have to go out in the heat, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a hat and light scarf
  • Avoid extreme physical exertion
  • Wear light, loose-fitting cotton clothes

Cool yourself down:

  • Have plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks
  • There are Refill Stations across London to refill your water bottle for free. Take a look at the web page and download the app at
  • Eat cold foods, particularly salads and fruit with a high water content
  • Take a cool shower, bath or body wash
  • Sprinkle water over the skin or clothing, or keep a damp cloth on the back of your neck
  • Keep your environment cool: keeping your living space cool is especially important for infants, the elderly or those with chronic health conditions or who can’t look after themselves
  • Place a thermometer in your main living room and bedroom to keep a check on the temperature
  • Keep windows that are exposed to the sun closed during the day, and open windows at night when the temperature has dropped
  • Close curtains that receive morning or afternoon sun, however, care should be taken with metal blinds and dark curtains, as these can absorb heat – consider replacing or putting reflective material in-between them and the window space
  • Turn off non-essential lights and electrical equipment – they generate heat
  • Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house as evaporation helps cool the air
  • If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping
  • Electric fans may provide some relief, if temperatures are below 35°

Look out for others:

  • Keep an eye on isolated, elderly, ill or very young people and make sure they are able to keep cool
  • Ensure that babies, children or elderly people are not left alone in stationary cars
  • Check on elderly or sick neighbours, family or friends every day during a heatwave
  • Be alert and call a doctor or social services if someone is unwell or further help is needed
  • Keep medicines below 25 °C or in the refrigerator (read the storage instructions on the packaging)
  • Seek medical advice if you are suffering from a chronic medical condition or taking multiple medications
  • If you or others feel unwell:
    • try to get help if you feel dizzy, weak, anxious or have intense thirst and headache; move to a cool place as soon as possible and measure your body temperature
    • drink some water or fruit juice to rehydrate
    • rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms (particularly in the legs, arms or abdomen, in many cases after sustained exercise during very hot weather), and drink oral rehydration solutions containing electrolytes.
    • medical attention is needed if heat cramps last more than one hour
    • consult your doctor if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist
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Nursing programme released by University of Roehgampton

University of Roehampton – Nursing programme 

The University of Roehampton is currently developing its first nursing programme for September 2019. This unique Adult Nursing course will specifically focus on developing nurses to work in community or primary care settings. Service User and Carer involvement is a key part of the development and delivery of the programme, to ensure that graduates are fit for purpose and that they meet the needs of the community they serve. The University has an existing pool of Service Users and Carers, but they would very much like to increase this pool to reflect the diversity of the community. They are looking for people from a range of backgrounds and with a range of experiences of health and social care as a Service User and/or as a Carer. There are a variety of ways you can be involved, including:

  • Course design, development and evaluation
  • Student recruitment and selection
  • Sharing your story
  • Assessing students
  • Research

In return, they offer induction, training, support and remuneration for your time. You can be involved as much or as little as you would like.

To find out more, please email

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Would you like to be involved in research to better understand healthy ageing and dementia?

The CHARIOT Register 

The CHARIOT Register has been organised by the School of Public Health at Imperial College London. It is a list of individuals who would like to be contacted about research studies into healthy ageing and the prevention of dementia. Their research aims to better understand healthy ageing and dementia; the risks of developing dementia and other age-related diseases and what factors might protect against them. This will allow us to develop methods for early prediction or prevention. To join the CHARIOT register, you must be 50-85 years old and have no diagnosis of dementia or memory problems. For more information, please call 020 7594 7371.

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Save the date for Healthwatch annual meetinng

Healthwatch Sutton AGM 2019 – Save the Date! 

Join us at our Annual General Meeting, as we reflect on our year and celebrate our achievements. Light refreshments will also be provided. Please look out for your formal invitation that will be arriving in your inbox later this month!

Date: Thursday 29th August 2019
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Granfers Community Centre, 73-79 Oakhill Road, Sutton, Surrey, SM1 3AA 

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Reserve your place now for Community Festival’s tea party

You’re invited to attend Sutton New Town Community Festival’s tea party! It’s time to reserve a place.

WHEN: Sunday 11th August, 2 pm – 4:30 pm

WHERE: St Barnabas Halls

WHAT TO EXPECT: This event is open to everyone – a chance to eat, chat, and to be a part of your local community! We’re being professionally catered by Vintage Style Teas, and it’s going to be a treat.

Click here to see what we got up to last year!

Our event is free, but we ask for those booking a ticket to give a suggested donation of £2.50. This money goes towards our future community events.

To book a place for your community group, click the link below.

Reserve your place now!
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£90,000 update in borough’s gyms

Sutton sports centres will be undergoing an exciting £900,000 refurbishment project to bring users a number of updated facilities.

The improvements will include:  

  • Upgraded state-of-the-art gym equipment in the fitness suites
  • New and improved flooring and lighting
  • Decorating the gym area
  • New Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IF) equipment

These improvement works will take place at the following centres during these dates:

  • The Phoenix Centre – from 12th to 19th July
  • David Weir Leisure Centre –  from 19th July to 8th August
  • Westcroft Leisure Centre – from 6th to 28th August
  • Cheam Leisure Centre – from 24th August to 13th September

In order to carry out the improvement works, fitness equipment availability will be reduced during these times, so members are welcome to visit neighbouring Everyone Active Centres in the Sutton region while works take place. Please note the gym at The Phoenix Leisure Centre will be closed in full during this period.

Please be advised that all other areas of the centres will remain open as normal and all gym services will resume as soon as the works have been completed.

“We appreciate that this may cause some disruption to you, and would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience,” said a spokesperson.

“Please contact your local centre for more information.”

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MP signs letter calling for abolition of visa fees

Tom Brake MP has added his name to a cross-party letter to Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, calling for the abolition of visa fees for Commonwealth servicemen and women in the British armed forces.

Currently, Commonwealth citizens serving in the UK armed forces have the right to apply to stay (Indefinite Leave to Remain or ILR) in the UK after four years’ service. However, application costs have risen considerably in recent years and it currently costs almost £10,000 in visa fees for a service leaver to settle in the UK with a spouse and two children.

Tom Brake for Carshalton and Wallington said:

“During this divisive time, I am pleased to see this letter receive great cross-party support from over 130 MPs.

“The men and women who choose to join the UK’s Armed Forces put their lives on the line for our country every day. It is shameful that the Government is slapping them down with horrendously high visa fees.

“This demands in this letter must be listened to. I am glad to show my support to our fellow servicemen and women to stop the service charge and keep the best of the UK in the UK.”

Charles Byrne, Director General at The Royal British Legion, said:

“Charging exorbitant fees to those who have sacrificed so much to serve our country is no way to thank Commonwealth service leavers. We are pleased so many MPs across the House and from different parties agree with our Stop the Service Charge campaign, and that Tom Brake MP is joining the call to have these fees waived.  We hope the Government will listen to these serious concerns.”

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Top Sutton PT shows how you can enjoy that evening out without busting your calorie budget

Everyone needs to spend a little time enjoying themselves, which is why top Sutton personal trainer Aaron Choi has prepared a simple guide as to how to enjoy a meal out without busting the calorie bank!

“You can’t have a strict diet ALL of the time.. and eating out at a nice restaurant with friends or family is a good way to unwind and relax. While the calories may put some people off, there are definitely a few things you can do to minimise the damage,” said Aaron.


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Looking at the menu beforehand let’s you know what kind of food they offer. If you do this, you’re much more likely to choose a healthier choice as you have more time to think about it, rather than making a rash decision.

Carbs are the “more-ish” kind of foods that you can easily a lot of food, therefore most of your caloric intake is likely to be from them. If you replace a side dish of chips/rice/pasta with salad, you can easily take in 500 less calories over the meal.

A lot of restaurants will offer complimentary bread, but there can easily be 100-200 calories per piece. If you just eat your ordered meal, then this will save you a lot of calories as well.

Sounds boring I know. However, drinking calories is the easiest way to get them down. Every glass you have can be a couple of hundred calories. This also gives you some room to eat a little bit more!

Heres the big one. You can actually eat out guilt free if you manage your calories accordingly. Say if you need 1800 calories a day to lose weight, you look at the menu beforehand.. and you know you’re going to eat around 1200 calories when you eat out. All you need to do is limit your calories beforehand to 600, then there’s actually no damage done. Another option is to drop your daily calories by 200 for the few days before. As long as it evens out, you’re fine!