Healthier options takeaway reaches 150 outlet milestone

The 150th food outlet has signed up to a healthy food scheme organised by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Working in partnership with district and borough councils across Nottinghamshire, the county council has given a warm welcome to JM’s fish diner in Bassetlaw which has signed up for the Healthier Options Takeaway (HOT) scheme.

Healthier options takeaways are committed to offering healthier ways of preparing, cooking and serving food and drink to customers to give them more nutritious choices.

JM’s fish diner, based in West Street, Retford, completed a recent audit with Bassetlaw District Council’s environmental health scheme in order to sign up to the scheme.

Managed by John Massey, the business has been trading for 16 years and has pledges on offering lower fat spread; offering a meal deal for smaller portion sizes and the introduction of a five hole salt shaker.

John said: “It is good to be able to tell customers that we have healthy options available. Fish and chips enjoyed in moderation, and giving people details of the calorific value, mean they can form part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.

“We are proud to be the 150th outlet to be signed up to the Healthy Options Takeaway scheme in Nottinghamshire.”

There are lots of simple steps businesses can take to make their food healthier without compromising on taste, for example:

• Offering to grill, bake, poach or steam food instead of frying
• Removing salt from tables and counters so customers don’t just add it automatically
• Switching to wholegrain pasta, brown rice or wholegrain bread
• Offering a vegetable side or salad as a part of a meal option
• Switching from double cream to single cream, yoghurt or half fat crème fraiche
• Promoting water or low sugar drinks, or
• Offering smaller portion options for adults.

The scheme forms part of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy which promotes healthy food and environments. It is part of the strategy aimed at delivering healthy and sustainable communities.

Businesses who sign up to HOT benefit from free marketing material to help promote the scheme as well.

Councillor Dr John Doddy, Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Board, at Nottinghamshire County Council said: “We are delighted to reach this milestone of 150 businesses signed up to Healthy Options Takeaway scheme across the county. Together with our district and borough council partners, we’re aiming to increase the amount and variety of healthier options in takeaways across Nottinghamshire to help consumers to maintain a more balanced diet.”

Councillor Sue Shaw, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing and HOT Champion at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “I am really happy that the 150th sign up to the HOT scheme is here in Bassetlaw and it’s great to see that healthy options are firmly on the menu. I’d like to commend John and his wife Susan, and all of the HOT outlets across Nottinghamshire for their approach. I hope this encourages other takeaways to sign up and think healthy.”

In order to proactively sign up, businesses need to have a food hygiene rating above 3 and want to make some changes. They need to contact their local Environmental Health Food team at their local district council.

To find a HOT approved takeaway near you visit

Engineering job boost for Hucknall young man with autism

A Hucknall young man with autism has embarked on an engineering career thanks to a local business and support from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Scott Brown, 19, has been working for Miric Engineering Ltd, which produces hydraulic parts for earthmoving equipment, cranes, fork lift trucks and other uses, for the last 10 months.

He completed his college welding course last July and was looking for an apprentice position when his family found out about the Council’s i-Work service, which finds employment opportunities for adults with learning disabilities, autism and Asperger’s Syndrome and gives ongoing support.

His full-time engineering role in Miric’s production team involves monitoring and running machines which produce hydraulic fittings, using a forklift vehicle and assisting in its stores.

Scott said: “This role has given me a greater sense of importance and has improved my self-esteem. I find the work really engaging and I like the detailed work involving running two computer systems.

“I spent two years when I was at college trying to get an apprenticeship and I’m really grateful this company has given me a chance and is willing to invest in me.

“I love the people here and I can now afford a car which helps with my independence.”

David Yates, managing director of Miric, said: “I know how tough it can be for young people to get a job and unfortunately there are also a lot of prejudices about employing people like Scott.

“I’m delighted to invest in Scott as he is really hard working, thorough and has a great eye for detail, which means he spots production errors quickly.

“Although he sometimes needs a little more support than other workers, he’s never late, and is very respectful and well-liked by his colleagues.

“The support we have received from the Council is great and his support worker Joe is at the end of a phone if we have any problems and works closely with Scott if he struggles to grasp a task.”

Scott’s mum Karen Brown said: “This has been a whole family effort to make sure Scott is mentally ready for the world of work and we are so immensely proud of him.

“He’s truly broken down barriers and preconceived perceptions about people with autism and his job has really boosted his self-esteem.

“He often says he is proud to be supporting the British economy with his job. As his mother, I’m very grateful that Miric has seen his potential and has invested so much time and money into his training.”

The Council has so far supported 353 adults with a learning disability, autism or Asperger’s Syndrome into work and vocation-based training since the i-Work scheme was launched in 2008.

It is looking for other organisations in the county that can offer full or part-time paid work for adults with learning disabilities, Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.

It already works with a range of employers across the county including small businesses, Derbyshire Hotel, Boots, NHS Argos, Next, M&S, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Young people with additional needs find it more difficult to secure a job after leaving college and our i-Work project is designed to identify opportunities for them and give support to both the employee and their employer.

“There are many advantages to employing people with additional needs as research shows they are more likely to stay in one job for longer and they are often very reliable and punctual as Scott proves.”

Employers wanting to find out more should contact the Council on 0115 963 2638 or visit

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Vital lifeline for Notts carers looking after terminally ill loved ones

Nottinghamshire carers looking after a friend or relative with a terminal illness are being made aware of a free support service which includes emotional support and respite breaks.

The County Council is funding the Pathways Carer Support Service and offers carers looking after someone who is in the last six months of their life a range of support, including:-

• providing a listening ear, allowing carers to talk to someone about any worries and help identify copying strategies
• offering practical help with issues such as housing, financial and legal matters
• up to four hours a week respite breaks using professionally trained care workers.

The Council and health partners will be spending around £6.3m in 2018/19 supporting carers in the county, which includes short breaks, crisis support, personal budgets, and information and advice.

There are around 91,000 unpaid carers in the county according to the 2011 census, including 21,000 carers providing over 50 hours of care per week.

The largest group of carers in contact with the Council in the last year were female aged between 57 and 63, many of whom may be managing their caring role with other family or work commitments.

Glyn Owen, 87 from Worksop, is the main carer for his wife Jean, 84, who has multiple sclerosis and vascular dementia.
He receives support from the Council funded Nottinghamshire Carer’s Hub which helped him to access a personal budget for home care support, a grant for a new cooker and a cleaner once a week.

Glyn said: “I’ve been caring for Jean for thirty years but things got on top of me and I didn’t know where to turn.
“The Carer’s Hub has been marvellous and I attend their support groups with other carers and the companionship I’ve gained from this has been the best thing.

“The hub helped me fill out forms for things I’m entitled to such as a grant for a new cooker as my old one was dangerous.”

Councillor Stuart Wallace, the Council’s Chairman of Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “Understandably, carers looking after loved ones reaching the end of their life are often under much strain and the Pathways carer support service can be a vital lifeline during this difficult period.

“We also offer a wide range of support to other carers who play a vital role in helping people with care needs to live at home, so we encourage all carers to find out about the help that is available to them.”

Local carers can find out about the help and support available at a series of Nottinghamshire Carer’s Hub roadshows taking place until September.

The list of dates and venues are available by

Alternatively, contact the Nottinghamshire Carers Hub on 0115 824 8824 or


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Driver training for older Derbyshire motorists

Older motorists in Derbyshire are being invited to take advantage of training sessions aimed at keeping them safer for longer behind the wheel.

Places are still available on upcoming sessions lasting 90 minutes, they cover:

Derbyshire’s  Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure, Councillor Simon Spencer, said:

“Road safety remains a top priority for us and we are committed to investing in initiatives for all drivers, including for older motorists, to keep them safe on the roads for longer.”

Sessions are planned for:

  • Tuesday 26 June 2018, between 10.30am and noon, at Staveley Fire Station
  • Tuesday 10 July 2018, between 10.30am and noon, at Chesterfield Fire Station
  • Thursday 19 July 2018, between 10.30am and  noon, at Bolsover Library
  • Tuesday 14 August 2018, between 11am and 12.30pm, at Swadlincote Adult Education Centre
  • Monday 3 September 2018, between 10.30am and noon, at Ashbourne Adult Education Centre
  • Saturday 15 September 2018, between 2pm and 3.30pm, at County Hall, Matlock
  • Monday 17 September 2018, between 10.30am and noon, at Chesterfield Library

To book a place email providing personal details, preferred training date and location or telephone 01629 538060. 


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Six out of ten Notts abuse reports affect older people

Almost six out of ten adult abuse reports to Nottinghamshire County Council relate to people aged over 65 according to 2017/18 figures.

There were 2,786 abuse reports relating to people aged over 65 in 2017/18, 1,575 warranted further enquiries with people by the Council, and examples of abuse include physical, sexual, financial and neglect.

The Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board carries out training with key professionals such as social workers, care home managers and police officers to help ensure they report safeguarding concerns effectively.

The district breakdown of abuse reports affecting residents aged over 65 are as follows:

District Reports of Abuse Leading to full enquiry
Ashfield 442 249
Bassetlaw 441 278
Broxtowe 307 164
Gedling 353 181
Mansfield 411 252
Newark and Sherwood 472 279
Rushcliffe 312 153
Out of area 48 19
Total 2,786 1,575

Councillor Stuart Wallace, Chairman of the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, said: “We receive more reports about abuse affecting older people than any other age group and World Elder Abuse Day is shining a light on this important international issue.

“We should never tolerate any form of abuse so we encourage local people to keep an eye on older people they may know and report anything of concern to us, particularly if you believe they are being subjected to abuse or neglect.”

People who have concerns about an adult being abused should contact the County Council on 0300 500 80 80. For more information visit


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95-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder of home care worker

A home care worker has died after suffering head injuries at the home of her home care client, prompting police to arrest an elderly man on suspicion of murder.

A 61-year-old woman was rushed to hospital with head injuries at 7.10am on 24 May but died the next day shortly before 11am.

The home care worker had been working in a first-floor flat in Islington, North London at the time of the incident.

Police were called to the North London flat, after a neighbour heard a scream in the early hours of the morning.

Police have arrested and bailed a 95-year-old man, who is believed to have dementia.

In a statement the Metropolitan Police said: “At this early stage, it is believed that her injuries were sustained at a residential address in Holloway where she was working as a carer. A 95 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder”

“He has been taken to hospital as a precaution due to a pre-existing condition where he will remain pending transfer to a location where his complex health and care needs can be managed.”

Police have confirmed they are not seeking any other persons in connection with the investigation.

Established in 2009, City and County Healthcare Group is one of the largest providers of community-based social care services in the UK. It is commissioned by Islington Council.

Max Wurr, senior spokesman at City and County Healthcare Group, told “We were devastated that a member of our care team in Islington has died in hospital after paramedics were called to the home of one of our customers overnight.

“The cause of death has not yet been confirmed to us and we are assisting the police whilst their investigations are ongoing.

“Our thoughts are with the care worker’s family and friends as they deal with this tragic news.”

Anyone with information relating to this incident is requested to call police on 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

How loneliness can impact your physical health

The UK is in the midst of a loneliness epidemic.

Recent research from the Office for National Statistics has revealed a staggering 10 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds regularly feel lonely – three times the amount of Brits over 64.

Health professionals have even called for loneliness to be deemed a public health hazard as further studies have deemed it more dangerous than smoking and obesity on your health.

New research from Kings College London has looked at the detrimental effects of loneliness in young people and has found that not only can it impact your mental wellbeing, but your physical wellbeing too.

Published in Psychological Medicine, the paper “Lonely young adults in modern Britain: findings from an epidemiological cohort study” asked over 2,000 18 year olds about how lonely they feel and the impact this has on their lives.

The researchers found links between the loneliest respondents and physical health, with these participants less likely to be physically active, more likely to smoke and more likely to use technology compulsively – even favouring technology over other activities and obligations.

These respondents were also twice as likely to have anxiety, depression and other mental health issues.

Studies like these are just touching the surface on the enormity of the UK’s loneliness epidemic. There’s a high chance people you know might be feeling this way, so make sure you check in with your loved ones, especially the young people in your life, to see if they need someone to talk to

What to do after a dementia diagnosis

Free guide to download – what to do after a dementia diagnosis helps you to understand clearly how to move on with life after this news…

There is no right or wrong reaction to a diagnosis of dementia. Your loved one is likely to experience a wide range of emotions.

This may vary from relief that there’s an explanation for what is happening to them to shock, fear, shame, despair, guilt, denial and anger. This will differ from one person to another. One individual may feel overwhelmed by their emotions; another face them calmly and as confirmation of what they already suspected. Still, others may undergo a crisis.
All these reactions are normal and part of the process of coming to terms with the situation and learning to cope. The diagnosis will also affect you, other family members, friends and any employer.

Free guide: What to do after a dementia diagnosis
Robin Dynes, an expert dementia author has written a guide on ‘What to do after a dementia diagnosis’. The guide includes:

– Immediately after diagnosis
– Learn about the condition
– Planning ahead
– Supporting your partner/parent/friend
– Dealing with your own emotions
– Tips to help improve communication
– Practical day-to-day tips
– Organisations and sources of useful information

We hope that you find this guide of help during this time Click here to download your FREE guide: What to do after a dementia diagnosis –

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