Men’s mental health initiative shortlisted for prestigious award

The All To Play For initiative, which is spearheaded by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) in partnership with Active Norfolk and the Premier Foundation, has been shortlisted in the innovation in mental health category of the Health Business Awards.

It comes after All To Play For was named as community project of the year in the Norfolk FA Grassroots Football Awards during the summer.

Sessions are open to any men – both in and out of mental health services – who feel they need extra support with their wellbeing, while giving them the chance to take part in a game led by a qualified coach while socialising with others.

Man’s 18-month fight for care funding

Sylvia May, 73, has a number of conditions including fibrosing alveolitis, a lung condition from which 50pc of people die within five years, she has lived with the illness for 11 years and also has type 2 diabetes, severe rheumatoid arthritis and chronic kidney disease.

In June last year her husband Robert, 77, started the process of applying for NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding as caring for her became too much.

CHC is a complex package of health and social care funded solely by the NHS, and is often used for those with long-term complex healthcare needs, but despite not being able to walk, being catheterised, and often not being able to breathe Mrs May was not assessed as severe enough to access help.

A further blow was dealt when Mr May was told because his wife was not expected to die within two weeks, she could not access funds that way either, however commissioners said Mrs May had been granted funding for some nursing care and they would meet with Mr May to discuss his concerns.

Former Fatso’s restaurant reveals its £350,000 transformation

A former American diner’s £350,000 transformation could help to improve the reputation of one of Great Yarmouth’s main urban thoroughfares. The conversion was hailed as “a great success” by Philip Venning of the Heritage Lottery Fund who was among guests at the opening, he said it was unfortunate places like King Street had an undeserved reputation and that quality conversions that were going to be used well could help turn things around. Under the conversion, carried out by the town’s preservation trust which bought the 17th century building for £100,000, half the former merchant’s house has been converted to offices and counselling rooms for the Sue Lambert Trust, a charity which helps victims of abuse. Meanwhile, the other half has been turned into a four bedroom house for rent, and the basement will be used by St George’s Theatre for storage, rehearsal, and changing space.

Almost half of the Great Yarmouth borough do not have time to exercise, council survey claims

The borough council is currently looking at its sports and leisure offerings, which has involved research into the physical activity levels of its residents.

And of those who participated in the survey, 44pc admitted to having done no sporting activity in the past week.

Those who had not taken part in any sport identified shortage of time and cost as the main reasons for their lack of activity. The survey, which was completed by 397 people, also showed that eight out of 10 participants would like to do more physical activity.

The report comes as the borough council looks at how it can improve sporting opportunities, on Thursday, its housing and neighbourhood committee will discuss the survey’s findings and what priorities should be set to get more people active.

Mystery taxi driver wins big at Norfolk casino

The mystery person who won £54,000 at Grosvenor Casino in Great Yarmouth has been a member of the casino for 13 years and  won the money by playing a winning hand at Three Card Poker.

The lucky winner said he will be spending his prize money on a new taxi and has even offered free rides to staff at the casino.

Paul Brady, general manager at Grosvenor Casino Great Yarmouth said: “It is always thrilling when one of our guests wins big in our casino and this one has really driven our excitement.”


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