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Diabetes Workshop at Caritas Anchor House

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Diabetes Workshop at Caritas Anchor House

26th August 2016
Caritas Anchor House is based in Newham, an area of high deprivation and where more people than average develop diabetes, particularly type 2.

There are currently over 20,800 people living with diabetes in the borough and more than 1,600 people are newly diagnosed each year.[1] Current estimates place five million people in England at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which costs the NHS £8.8 billion every year.

The holistic Aspirations Programme at Caritas Anchor House supports each of our residents in their journey from homelessness into sustained independent living, including their health and wellbeing. As part of this programme, we hold wellbeing and awareness workshops, and this month we focused on diabetes.

The workshop was attended by 27 residents and led by the Health Inclusion Team’s nurse, who runs a weekly nurse surgery at Caritas Anchor House and is familiar with our resident group. The nurse helped residents to understand the risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, which can include heart disease, stroke or kidney disease, as well as advice on how they can make changes to their lifestyle and stay healthy.

Keith Fernett, Chief Executive of Caritas Anchor House said "When people are homeless, it can be difficult for them to properly look after their mental and physical health. That’s why at Caritas Anchor House, we don’t just provide our residents with a roof, but with the services and support needed to look after their wellbeing and how to stay healthy.”

[1] Newham CCG: http://www.newhamccg.nhs.uk/services/diabetes-in-newham.htm

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