18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week

This week 18th – 24th June is Cystic Fibrosis week, a weeklong national campaign to promote the awareness of Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic condition affecting more than 10,400 people in the UK. You are born with CF and cannot catch it later in life, but one in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing. The gene affected by CF controls the movement of salt and water in and out of cells. People with cystic fibrosis experience a build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, causing a wide range of challenging symptoms affecting the entire body. Wear yellow day 2018 A4 POSTER

People with cystic fibrosis often have to undergo a rigorous daily regime of treatments to stay healthy. This can include taking inhaled and injected drugs to clear mucus and fight infections, taking dozens of enzyme pills to digest food and having physiotherapy morning and night. People with cystic fibrosis may also need a transplant. Lung transplants are the most common type for people with cystic fibrosis, as usually these are the organs most affected by cystic fibrosis. However, some people will have problems with their liver, kidneys or pancreas, and may need these organs transplanted.

The (work) week ends with a Wear Yellow Day on Friday 22nd and the Trust is asking people take a #CFYelfie and post to show your support.

It would be great if people could get involved and don your sunniest yellow outfits to raise awareness and vital funds to support people with Cystic Fibrosis.

For more information please visit https://www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk/ or visit the Facebook page and see all the Yelfie’s https://facebook.com/cftrust

LGBT+ Durham County Council Consultation Survey

Durham County Council wants to help improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of LGBT+ people in County Durham.  “LGBT+” refers to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  More recently, the + has been added to be inclusive of all identities including people who identify as non-binary, questioning, intersex and asexual.

If you identify as LGBT+, are a friend/family member of someone who identifies as LGBT+, or work for an organisation dealing with the public (and therefore LGBT+ people) we want your views!

To find out more or to take part in the consultation please visit http://www.durham.gov.uk/consultation by 29th June 2018.

The survey for people working in a public facing organisation has 8 questions so should be quick to complete and asks about priorities, information needs or workforce development needs.

The results will be used to identify actions Public Health or other partners can take to improve the wellbeing of people who identify as LGBT+.  This could, for example, involve providing relevant information/training to help organisations become more LGBT+ friendly.