Norfolk & Waveney Mind’s Women’s Group

(11-1pm every session – 2nd & 23rd September, 14th October, 4th & 25th November & 16th December 2019)

Join Norfolk & Waveney Mind for their Women’s Group which is a friendly, informal group for social time in a comfortable atmosphere. Food and beverages will be available to purchase.

Any women aged 25+ are welcomed.

Location – The William Adams, Gorleston High Street, NR31 6RG

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Telephone – 01493 842129

E-Mail –

Suffolk Family Carers’ Family Drop-In Sessions

(10-2:30pm every session – 19th September, 10th & 31st October, 21st November & 12th December 2019)

Suffolk Family Carers are holding regular drop-in sessions at Turning Point Lowestoft, to help guide you with the challenges of having a drug or alcohol user in your family.

Come in and talk with Natasha the Family Support Worker for:

  • Basic Information & Advice
  • Registration with Suffolk Family Carers
  • Referral onto our Family Support Programme
  • Signposting to other Agencies

Either just turn up on the day, or call to book an appointment.

Call Juanita Rampley on 01473 835411, or e-mail

Women Like Me – First Steps Computer Course for Women

(10-12:30pm every session – Starts on 4th October 2019)

Do you want to feel confident using a computer? Have you always wanted to set up your own Facebook profile page? Would you like to know how to send an e-mail to your friends or family? Could you do with a little help to learn how to ‘surf the net’?

Then why not turn those questions into answers by joining Women Like Me’s next step-by-step 6 week women’s only computer course. Which starts Friday 4th October 2019 at 10-12:30pm.

It’s £30 per person – spaces are limited so booking and payment in advance is ESSENTIAL. For more information and to book please call 07837 354760

Location – The Kirkley Centre I.T. Suite, 154 London Road South, Lowestoft, NR33 0AZ

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Wellbeing Allotment Lowestoft

(10:30-1pm every session (excluding rainy days & bank holidays) – Mondays between April & October) 

The St Margarets Road Allotment will be open on Mondays between April and October from 10:30am-1pm (excluding rainy days and bank holidays). The allotment will be open to people aged 16 & over.

Enjoy a relaxed informal setting with like-minded people. No skills necessary, just an interest in gardening will do. Allotment may sometimes be Ambassador led. There are no toilets on site.

Please contact Steven Warner (Associate Coordinator) for further details on 07341 867140 or e-mail

OneLife Suffolk’s NHS Health Checks @ Lowestoft Library

(12:30-7:30pm every session – 19th September, 24th October, 28th November 2019)

If you are aged between 40-74 years of age OneLife Suffolk could offer you a FREE NHS Health Check, including a blood pressure and cholestrol check to assess your general health and risk of diseases such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease.

The access criteria for the health checks is:

  • That you are aged between 40-74 years of age
  • Not had an NHS Health Check in the last 5 years

No current diagnosis of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholestrol, diabetes, stroke, kidney disease or vascular dementia.

To book please contact OneLife Suffolk on 01473 718193 or e-mail

Location – Lowestoft Library, Clapham Road, Lowestoft, NR32 1DR

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Deadline for Submissions to the Ministry of Justice Review Panel Ends Today

(UK Government Consult Justice Website)

You may have heard that there is an open consultation by the Ministry of Justice around family court. Assessing the risk of harm to children and parents in private law children cases, even if this is the first you have heard of it.

Things won’t change if no-one takes action and we can promise you family court really does need to change as so many victims and children are being badly let down currently. The deadline for submissions to the family court review panel had been extended to Tuesday 27th August 2019.

This consultation is now closed (as of Wednesday 28th August 2019)

Domestic Violence: Child-parent abuse doubles in three years

(BBC News)

The number of reported crimes involving children attacking parents has doubled in the past three years, data suggests. Comparable data from 19 police forces in England, Wales and the Channel Islands saw annual incidents jump from 7,224 in 2015 to 14,133 in 2018.

Tom Madders, from mental health charity Young Minds said “The figures are alarming but they don’t surprise us. When a young person is behaving in this way towards their parents there is a high likelihood that there is some sort of mental distress involved and that young person is communicating that they do need some support and too often that support is too hard to access. People are reaching out for support and not getting it and often having to resort to calling the police as the only line of support”

Hot Flushes – Women like Me

Fortnightly Meetings – Saturdays 1-3pm – 13-27th July, 10-24th August, 7-21st September 2019

An informal support group for Women going through the menopause. A chance to come together to learn, laugh and grow.

Going through the menopause can be extremely daunting. So we have set up the group for Women to come along and chat – face to face – with others. To swap ideas on how to get through this chapter of your life.

Location – The She Shed, Lowestoft, NR32 2QL

Booking is essential (£2 per session)

Domestic abuse victims more likely to suffer mental illness – study

(The Guardian)

Research found that women who have been abused by their partner are three times more likely to suffer mental ill health. They will often suffer from depression, anxiety of severe conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder than other women, according to research.
The researchers from Birmingham University say that opportunities to spot the signs of domestic abuse, and to tackle it, are being missed. “There does seem to be significant under-recording of domestic abuse within UK primary care. We are not saying that GPs should be asking the question more,” said Dr Joht Singh Chandan, academic clinical fellow in public health and lead author.