Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service Give Fire Safely To The Elderly

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) Ageing Safely Week which will run from 29 September to 5 October 2014.

The week will see Fire and Rescue Services across the country delivering messages to help keep older people safe.

Ageing Safely Week, running for the first time this year, has been scheduled to run in conjunction with UK Older People’s Day which is taking place on 1 October.

Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. With an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service’s work over the coming years.

Station Commander Alan Haley, Community Safety said:

“HWFRS identify those who are most at risk in their community, and undertake targeted prevention and protection activities to help them stay safe. In the year 2012 – 13, Fire service staff carried out nearly 4000 home fire safety checks (HFSCs) to households where there are vulnerable people. Over 2000 of these were households with a person over the age of 70 years”.

He continued:

“This is just a small part of the work that the fire service does with older people. We work closer with partner agencies to share resources and expertise and deliver integrated services to the local community to ensure that those most vulnerable are getting the help they need”.

CFOA President Peter Dartford said:

“CFOA Ageing Safely Week gives Fire and Rescue Services the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to protecting older people, particularly those who are vulnerable and may be most at risk”.

Finally, Station Commander Haley said

“Anyone unsure about the alarm they need should contact the Community Safety department for advice and to see if they would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check on 0800 032 1155. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.”

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Do You Have Excoriation Disorder ?

Excoriation DisorderExcoriation disorder (also known as dermatillomania, skin-picking disorder, neurotic excoriation, acne excoriee, pathologic skin picking (PSP), compulsive skin picking (CSP) or psychogenic excoriation is an impulse control disorder characterized by the repeated urge to pick at one’s own skin, often to the extent that damage is caused.

The first known mention of excoriation disorder in the print can be found in 1898 by the French dermatologist Brocq, describing an adolescent female patient who had uncontrolled picking of acne

Research has suggested that the urge to pick is similar to an obsessive compulsive disorder but others have argued that for some the condition is more akin to substance abuse disorder. The two main strategies for treating this condition are pharmacological and behavioral intervention.

Excoriation disorder is defined as “repetitive and compulsive picking of skin which results in tissue damage.”

Its most official name had been dermatillomania for some time. As of the release of the fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May 2013, excoriation disorder is classified as its own separate condition under “Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders” and is termed “excoriation (skin-picking) disorder.”

The inability to control the urge to pick is similar to the urge to compulsively pull one’s own hair, i.e., trichotillomania. Researchers have noted the following similarities between trichotillomania and excoriation disorder: the symptoms are ritualistic but there are no preceding obsessions; there are similar triggers for the compulsive actions; both conditions appear to play a role in modifying the arousal level of the subject; and the age on onset for both conditions is similar.

There is also a high level of comorbidity between those that have trichotillomania and those that have excoriation disorder. A notable difference between these conditions is that skin picking seems to be dominated by females whereas trichotillomania is more evenly distributed between the genders. Research has also suggested that excoriation disorder may be thought of as a type of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Excoriation disorder and OCD are similar in that they both involve “repetitive engagement in behaviors with diminished control” and also both generally decrease anxiety. Episodes of skin picking are often preceded or accompanied by tension, anxiety, or stress. During these moments, there is commonly a compulsive urge to pick, squeeze, or scratch at a surface or region of the body, often at the location of a perceived skin defect.

The region most commonly picked is the face, but other frequent locations include the arms, legs, back, gums, lips, shoulders, scalp, stomach, chest, and extremities such as the fingernails, cuticles, and toenails. Most patients with excoriation disorder report having a primary area of the body that they focus their picking on, but they will often move to other areas of the body to allow their primary picking area to heal. Individuals with excoriation disorder vary in their picking behaviour; some do it briefly multiple times a day while others can do one picking session that can last for hours.

Does this sound like you or someone you may know?

Individuals with excoriation disorder find that the disorder interferes with daily life. Hindered by shame, embarrassment, and humiliation, they may take measures to hide their disorder by not leaving home, wearing long sleeves and pants even in heat, or covering visible damage to skin with cosmetics and/or bandages. Activities such as typing may be painful for those who pick at their fingers or hands, or walking for those who pick at the soles of their feet

Word 4 Weapons Community Awards – 2014

Word 4 Weapons is a multi-award winning, faith based organisation founded in 2007 by Michael Smith to counteract the wave of knife and gun crime which is devastating our communities. Weapons are openly used on our streets leaving individuals in fear, injured or killed. W4W are doing something different to bring back the true value of life to a society that is becoming numb to violent crime. So far we have helped save lives by collecting over 11,000 weapons voluntarily handed in.

The Word 4 Weapons Community Awards is an event that recognises and celebrates individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to their community. Do you know someone worthy of a nomination?

September 23rd Is #BisexualVisibilityDay – Also Referred To As Celebrate Bisexuality Day and Bisexual Pride Day)

September 23 has been celebrated around the world as Bi Visibility Day or International Celebrate Bisexuality Day since 1999. The day aims to provide a platform to the bisexual community and their supporters and to bring global attention to the social, economic and cultural prejudices and challenges faced by bisexual people. A

time for bisexual people around the world to celebrate our attraction to more than one gender. And, the word “visibility” is key. Bisexual people make up more than fifty percent of the LGBT community, yet are often invisible because we’re perceived as straight or gay, depending on the gender of our partners.

Sometimes it’s tempting to blend in. Bisexuals regularly encounter the attitude that we’re “greedy” or that there orientation is just a rest stop on the way to gay town. They face disproportionate levels of substance abuse, suicide and eating disorders compared with there gay and straight counterparts. Advice columnists even encourage them to stay in the closet

Three bisexual right activists in the US started the International Celebrate Bisexuality Day in 1999. The main purpose of the day was to bring visibility to a community that has for long been ignored, marginalized and discriminated against. This was the first time that an observance solely for the bisexual community was instituted.

The day aims to celebrate the bisexual community, its culture, history and norms. It is also aimed towards bringing more visibility to bisexual persons and the challenges they face in the world because of such identification.

While records have shown that several cultures throughout history openly embraced bisexuality, in recent years the LGBT community and especially the bisexual community has been marginalized.

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Open Day – Bromsgrove Police and Fire Station

Bromsgrove-Police-and-Fire-Station-Cropped-395x298On Saturday, September 27, between 12 and 4pm, visitors will be able to have their fingerprints taken, be the subject of a ‘wanted’ poster or have a go-kart ride. A chip pan fire demonstration will also take place and guests will be able to talk to firearms officers.

Police dogs and their handlers will be in attendance, including mascot Peeler. The Wildlife Trust will be bringing along animals and police and fire vehicles will be on display.

Inspector Sarah Corteen, responsible for policing Bromsgrove, said:

“I welcome everyone to come along and have an enjoyable day out. This event provides us with the opportunity to build on the links and relationships we have with the local community, which is key to successful policing and partnership working.

“This open day gives us the chance to showcase our joint problem solving talents and give the community an insight into our work. With displays and activities for all the family to enjoy the day promises to be entertaining for all.”

Bill Longmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said:

“This open day promises to be fun and enjoyable for visitors of all ages and gives us, the police and the Fire and Rescue Service an opportunity to engage with local people, provide them with an insight into our partnership and to raise awareness of ongoing initiatives. We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible.”

Environment Agency, Search and Rescue and Community Safety Partnership will also be taking part.

The free event has been put on by West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Bill Longmore and is shared with Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

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