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Hepatitis Scotland e-Bulletin Christmas 2013

Welcome to the Christmas edition of the Hepatitis Scotland e-Bulletin! This bulletin features some useful links and info to help those affected by viral hepatitis to get through the festive season.

 

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Over the festive period there are many pressures put on finances. Between the increasing commercial pressure that focuses on gifts as a representation of affection, attending parties, getting in food and drink and well above inflation increases in fuel bills, it can be easy to overspend. 

The reality to those on low incomes or reliant on welfare is that household spending has been squeezed at a rate and amount not seen in the lifetime of many of those affected. With the impact of the "bedroom tax" becoming clearer, the little heralded decision not to uprate work allowances for universal credit to take into account inflation is icing on an ever-decreasing slice of welfare christmas cake that will disproportionately affect those on low incomes.
 

The decision to ignore inflation effectively decreases the amount someone can earn before their benefits are affected at a rate equivalent to tax at 65p in the pound!  
 

Over the festive period there are many pressures put on finances. Between the increasing commercial pressure that focuses on gifts as a representation of affection, attending parties, getting in food and drink and well above inflation increases in fuel bills, it can be easy to overspend.
The squeeze on everyday spending inflicted by the welfare "reforms" creates a situation where parents in particular may find themselves spending more money than they have to try to make their children's Christmas as special as possible. This can lead to debt worries in the New Year. Those who are affected by viral hepatitis, and particularly those on treatment, can find financial worries can greatly increase the impact of other stressors.

 National Debtline Scotland (0808 808 4000) has some very useful information and toolkits which may help with budgeting and debt management.  Citizens Advice Scotland  provides an impartial financial advice service. A video presentation by Vincent Chudy of Citizens Advice Scotland on this subject is available on the Hepatitis Scotland Youtube channel. General advice on getting by on a low income/budgeting can be found at Money Advice.
 

This checklist from Shelter Scotland provides some useful tips on preparing for winter; including staying warm while saving money on heating whether living in rented or bought accommodation. 

 

The happy (s)elf

At Christmas time some people may feel isolated, lonely, stressed or depressed. Christmas can put stress on families and relationships for all kinds of reasons. There are other health related strains for those coping with a chronic illness like hepatitis C.

Last year Waverley Care provided us with some useful tips from their life coaching and self management programme which may help to make Christmas that bit easier. You can view a short video of Amy Solon from Waverley Care sharing some of the key tips which we hope will help towards a Merry Christmas!

 

 

Waverley Care Life Coaching Program dates

The next Waverley Care Life Coaching program in Glasgow starts on Wednesday the 22nd of January at 11 am until 2.30pm. The course runs weekly for 7 weeks.
 

The next Dundee course runs weekly for seven weeks starting 24th February, Central Baptist Church, Ward Road, Dundee
11.00- 14.30 with an open day on 17th February any time between 11.00- 14.30 for anyone interested to come along for a cup of tea and to meet the trainers.
 

The program is designed for those living with Hepatitis C. It is run within a safe and supportive group environment giving you the chance to meet other people facing similar challenges. You can also learn new skills to help you make better informed decisions about managing your condition.
 

For more information in Glasgow contact Moira Washington on 0141 332 2520 or at moira.washington@waverleycare.org

 

For Dundee contact Amy Solon or Paula McFadyen on 0131 558 1425 or mobile: 07787 779 480/ 07720 955 518 or email amy.solon@waverleycare.org  paula.mcfadyen@waverleycare.org

 

Service's Christmas opening times

All Waverley Care services will close at 5pm on Friday the 20st of December and reopen at 9am on Monday the 7th of January.
 

C-Plus, Edinburgh: Office closes on December 24th and reopens on 7th January. However, and outreach and telephone service will be available on December 27th and January 3rd.
 

Positive Help Edinburgh: Office closed December 24th but driving services will be provided.  Closed 25th and 26th December and the 1st and 2nd of January.  
 

Positive Support, Lanarkshire: Office closes on December 24th and reopens on 7th January. An outreach and telephone service will be available on December 27th and January 3rd.
 

Turning Point have a number of useful out of hours contacts including Breathing Space, a mental health hotline,here.
 

NHS Inform can answer questions about health related issues at 0800 22 44 88, open 8am – 10pm, 7 days.
 

Drugs Action, Aberdeen    

Monday 23rd Dec Normal Services except Woodside O/R closed (6-8)
Tuesday 24th Dec NX & Helpline – Close at 5pm, Mastrick NX/Duty Open as Normal, all other services closed.
Wednesday 25th Dec All services closed
Thursday 26th Dec All services closed
Friday 27th Dec Normal Services
Saturday 28th Dec Normal Services
Sunday 29th Dec Normal Services
Monday 30th Dec Normal Services except Woodside O/R closed (6-8)
Tuesday 31st Dec NX & Helpline,m close at 5pm, Mastrick NX/Duty Open as Normal, All other services closed.
Wednesday 1st Jan All services closed
Thursday 2nd Jan All services closed
Friday 3rd Jan  Normal services resume.

Normal service times: 9am- 7pm

Contact

Hepatitis Scotland
91 Mitchell Street
Glasgow
G1 3LN

Telephone: 0141 225 0419
Fax: 0141 248 6414

 

Email:

enquiries@hepatitisscotland.org.uk 

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