Sue from Rochester attempted to
quit smoking for the 3rd time in January 2012.
This time round she was really
determined, especially because her first grandchild was due
in the April; she wanted to be smoke free for his arrival. She
attended one to one sessions and used nicotine patches to relieve
her cravings. She found the support from the Stop Smoking Service
and her family invaluable.
Her advice to anyone who wants to quit
would be to: “…get support, treat yourself for not giving in,
and to always remember why you wanted to quit smoking in the first
‘Last week I went to see a nurse
at St. Mary’s Health Centre for results from my blood test
regarding my yearly diabetes type two check-up. I have been walking
on these health walks for approximately 2 years and this has
resulted in my last two
results being exceptionally good. Since walking my blood pressure
has gone down a lot and my cholesterol and glucose levels have also
Since retiring I get a lot of
enjoyment from these walks knowing it is doing my health good and
from the social side meeting lots of nice and interesting people.
Thank you and your team of walk leaders for all your hard
Like many children, Logan used to come
home from school and play computer games while eating crisps and
sweets. But all that changed when he joined MEND - Mind, Exercise,
Nutrition, Do It! - a free course to help families become fitter,
healthier and active.
The energetic eight-year-old said:
“…since joining MEND I’ve gone rock climbing, running,
swimming, played rugby and football. I love it. I can now run fast
and I play rugby for the Medway Dragons
Logan’s whole family went on to attend
MEND Graduates and volunteer to support other families on the
programme. Logan’s mum, Helen, now assists in the delivery of the
MEND programme helping families make small steps towards a
A well-known client to Bureau
management has been suffering from mental health problems for a
number of years. He doesn’t work and receives benefits.
Communication with the client is quite difficult as he speaks very
quietly, mumbles and is often incoherent.
The Bureau reviewed his finances and
found that after his normal living expenses, he could only make
token payments of £1 per month for his non-priority debts that
totalled over £6,000, but he was being pursued by debt collectors
for a review.
The Bureau, together with his Care
Worker and partner agencies worked to piece together information
about his debt and medical situation. This enabled us to approach
his creditors and his largest creditor has agreed to write off over
£4,000 of debt.