Colchester Castle Park gets Changing Places toilet

Improved toilet facilities have been installed in Colchester’s Castle Park to provide better access for disabled people. The toilet facilities next to the Park Café  have been refurbished to include toilets for men, women and disabled people as well as baby change facilities, a wheelchair ramp and improved steps for access. A Changing places facility has also been installed to help severely disabled visitors like … Continue reading Colchester Castle Park gets Changing Places toilet

Free water safety sessions to run in Suffolk and Essex

Free water safety sessions are being held for children in Suffolk and Essex this summer. Youngsters aged seven to fourteen will be able to learn vital water safety skills in Lowestoft, Harwich, Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton. Each session run by Swim England and RNLI will be an hour long and will teach children how to swim safely outdoors and what to do if they, or someone … Continue reading Free water safety sessions to run in Suffolk and Essex

Free Army Show sets to thrill Colchester

Soldiers and military veterans are set to be the stars at the return of a free show marking the Armed Forces Day in Colchester. The 16 Air Assault Brigade and Colchester Garrison Show will take place on Abbey Field on Saturday, June 29. Looking back in the town’s military history, the event will also mark the 75th anniversaries of airborne operations at D-Day and Market … Continue reading Free Army Show sets to thrill Colchester

Swimming classes launched for those facing barriers to participate

An organisation, supporting people with different disabilities, is launching swimming classes as part of its main activities in Colchester. The Sports for Confidence programme will see health professionals and sports coaches teamed up to deliver a wide range of physical activities for those facing barriers to participate. Swimming classes will be held at the Leisure World Colchester every Monday between 12pm and 1pm. Tom Doughty, … Continue reading Swimming classes launched for those facing barriers to participate

Essex launches a kit to improve mental health at work

A toolkit set to improve mental health at the workplace is being launched by Essex University’s Business School. The kit aims to create an environment where employees can disclose their mental health condition right at the start of their employment. It also promotes progressive tactics in the inclusion and recognition of people with mental health needs. Dr Maria Hudson, creator of the kit, used ‘action-learning’ … Continue reading Essex launches a kit to improve mental health at work

Eight easy ways you can reduce your vehicle emissions

National Clean Air Day takes place next week but how can you reduce emissions if you are a driver? The awareness day takes place on Thursday, June 20, and aims to improve public understanding of the possible dangers. Vehicles are a major cause for pollution and contribute to respiratory problems and other serious illnesses among people. Breakdown provider Green Flag has released a number of … Continue reading Eight easy ways you can reduce your vehicle emissions

A rise in drug-related deaths in the UK

In 2017, there were 3756 drug deaths in the UK, of which 2503 were deaths caused by misuse of illegal drugs. That’s 43.9 deaths per million. While this is not the highest in the world, it is one of the highest in the UK since 1993. Are the current drug policies in the UK efficient? Click below to watch the video I presented for Rebel, … Continue reading A rise in drug-related deaths in the UK

Number of stay-at-home sons and daughters reaches record high

Nearly a million more young adults are now living with their parents than two decades ago, a study suggests. According to Civitas think tank, the soaring rents, household bills and the decline in social housing make youngsters less willing to move out of their parental home. One in four 20-34-year-olds live at home, which is a total of 3.4 million and a third higher than … Continue reading Number of stay-at-home sons and daughters reaches record high

Hotel prices in Ipswich soar for Ed Sheeran’s 2019 gigs

Ed Sheeran’s fans are forced to  pay double and triple the usual price for hotels when he is performing in August. The Suffolks’ superstar is playing on four consecutive days on August 23, 24, 25 and 26 and hotel managers are already cashing in on the artist’s appearance. Hotels close to Chantry Park, where Ed Sheeran is performing, are already fully booked, despite the soaring … Continue reading Hotel prices in Ipswich soar for Ed Sheeran’s 2019 gigs

Pharmacists and physios to take over GP appointments

Credit: News Field More than 20 000 pharmacists and physiotherapists will take over GP appointments in a bid to cut NHS waiting lists. The changes aim to free up doctors to treat more patients with serious conditions, as the new staff will take responsibility of some of the 300 million GP bookings made each year. The five-year NHS plan was agreed with the British Medical … Continue reading Pharmacists and physios to take over GP appointments