January 2017 Archive

Civvy Street Magazine - January 2017

25 Jan 2017 12:01:20

It's great to see that our Community Award is featured in a recent article by Civvy Street Magazine.

It's great to see that our Community Award is featured in a recent article by Civvy Street Magazine. Discover today: http://civvystreetmagazine.co.uk/disabled-angling-forum-wins-award-2/

Civvy Street Magazine

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Free delivery on all slippers!

24 Jan 2017 16:29:54

Enjoy comfort and warmth all winter and get free UK delivery worth £4.99 when you order any women’s or men’s slippers.

Enjoy comfort and warmth all winter and get free UK delivery worth £4.99 when you order any women’s or men’s slippers. Offer available for one week only – offer ends Tuesday 31st January 2017.

To take advantage of this great offer, simply add any women’s or men’s slippers to your basket and enter the offer code WDSFP when prompted. You’ll automatically receive free UK delivery worth £4.99. In-stock items only.

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To redeem this free UK delivery offer, simply add any women’s or men’s slippers to your basket and enter the offer code WDSFP when prompted. This offer only applies to women’s or men’s slippers on Cosyfeet.com. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer only applies to in-stock items. Offer expires at 11.59pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

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Older people to boost volunteer workforce in 2017

23 Jan 2017 12:11:38

With increased pressure on health and social care services expected throughout 2017, millions of older people plan to step in and help ease the burden by gifting their time.

New research from Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, reveals that 4.7 million people aged 55 and over plan to volunteer in 2017.

And the study shows they want more people to follow suit - nearly two fifths (37%) of 55s and over surveyed say the country needs more volunteers in the wake of health and social care service cutbacks.

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. It has 35,000 volunteers, a large number of which support older people in hospital – from providing practical help and companionship on wards and making a patient’s stay in hospital more comfortable to assisting older people on their return home. Given demand on services is set to grow, Royal Voluntary Service says more needs to be done to promote the benefits of volunteering, particularly to older people.

The study goes on to reveal the top three reasons older people want to volunteer: to give something back to the community (56%), to stay mentally and physically active (38%) and to meet more people (31%).

To find out more about volunteering for the RVS visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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Wassail your fruit trees

17 Jan 2017 09:02:41

The ancient tradition of apple wassailing, in which trees are protected from evil spirits to ensure a plentiful crop, has seen a resurgence in recent years.

The custom of wassailing dates back to pagan times but has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years as cider has gained popularity among drinkers. It entails celebrating good heath to the fruit trees and an encouragement to fruit well, usually taking place on 17th of January (old twelfth night). Not all wassails are the same but there is a loose "order of service" that tends to be followed.

A wassail queen (or king) leads a parade to a tree, often the oldest in the orchard. When she gets there, she dips a piece of toast in some mulled cider which is lifted and placed in the boughs of the tree to attract favourable spirits. More mulled cider is then poured round the base of the tree, and evil spirits are scared away with loud noises – sticks banged together, maybe even gunshots. Then the tree is serenaded by the crowd. Wassailing is still practised across the UK but is most prevalent in the West Country in places such as Pilton and Mudgley in Somerset.

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Blue Monday

16 Jan 2017 12:28:38

Nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’, today is said to be the most depressing day of the year thanks to a combination of bad weather, high debt and poor diet in the aftermath of Christmas.

Nicknamed ‘Blue Monday’, today is said to be the most depressing day of the year thanks to a combination of bad weather, high debt and poor diet in the aftermath of Christmas. Instead of feeling down in the dumps, why not brighten up your day with a pair of colourful shoes! Red is a great colour to lift your mood as it’s said be energising, exciting and helps motivates us to take action.


Daisy-Mae in warm red

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Make someone smile this year

9 Jan 2017 10:58:19

Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, want to make 2017 happier for older people. Find out how you can help in your local area.

Royal Voluntary Service, our charity of the year, want to make 2017 happier for older people. Whether it’s taking an older person to the shops, delivering a meal to them or even walking their dog, volunteers can make a big difference within communities by helping older people to have independent and fulfilled lives.

If you are interested in giving back to older people within your community, Royal Voluntary Service have a wide variety of roles and locations. Flexibility with times and roles means anyone from any background can volunteer.

Royal Voluntary Service embraces diversity. Their volunteers come from different backgrounds and cultures, and possess varied skills and experiences. Regular roles can be offered in lunchtime clubs and social clubs and shift work is available for services such as Befriending and Good Neighbours.

Whether you can spare a few hours once a week, once a fortnight or can give a couple of days each month, there is an opportunity to suit your availability. Royal Voluntary Service are very flexible with working hours and can tailor your time to your volunteering role; they understand how busy life can get and can adjust the best times for you to participate.

If you want to find out more about volunteering visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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Make your own birdbath

4 Jan 2017 12:01:24

There’s no need to go out and buy an expansive bird bath - you can make your own using an upturned dustbin lid, some bricks and some gravel.

Water is one of the most important things you can add to your garden to attract the birds. All birds need water for two reasons: drinking and preening. In the winter, birds need water to help wash down their food as their diets are usually drier than in the summer when juicy insects are available. They also need water to keep their feathers in good condition which helps them with body insulation during the cold winter nights.

There’s no need to go out and buy an expansive bird bath - you can make your own using an upturned dustbin lid, some bricks and some gravel.

How to make your bird bath

  1. 1. Lay out four bricks on your lawn. If cats visit your garden, make sure there is nowhere for them to hide within pouncing distance.
  2. 2. Put an upturned, galvanised dustbin lid on top of the bricks and make sure it’s stable.
  3. 3. Feel inside the lid. If it’s too smooth, birds may slip in the water. If that’s the case, add some gravel or pebbles to give them better grip.
  4. 4. Fill the lid with water and sit back and watch your feathered friends take a dip! In frosty weather, never use ice or de-icer. Simply add warm (not hot) water or gently knock out the ice and replace with fresh water.
  5. 5. Keep your bird bath clean. Water features will attract the most birds when the water is clean and fresh.

We would love to see photos of your DIY bird bath. Please send them to creative@cosyfeet.com and we’ll feature them on our social media pages or the website.

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How to make your New Year’s resolution a success

3 Jan 2017 13:05:09

Many of us will have made a New Year's resolution – maybe to lose weight, stop smoking or exercise more – but what's the best way to stick to it?

Many of us will have made a New Year's resolution – maybe to lose weight, stop smoking or exercise more – but what's the best way to stick to it?

Top tips to make your New Year’s Resolutions stick:

  • Only make one resolution. You’re more likely to succeed when you can put all your energy into changing one aspect of your behaviour.
  • Be realistic so you don’t set yourself up for failure. Try implementing changes gradually.
  • Write it down. This creates a greater connection between your thinking self and your doing self and makes the resolution appear more real than if you simply think it in your head.
  • Set yourself a measurable goal as it will be easier to achieve. For example aim to eat 5 pieces of fruit a day or run 3 miles without stopping by March.
  • Tell your friends and family about your goal. You're more likely to get support and you’ll want to avoid failure.
  • Give yourself a small reward whenever you achieve a sub-goal. This will help to motivate you and give you a sense of progress.
  • Don’t worry if you revert to your old habits from time to time. Treat this as a temporary setback rather than a reason to give up altogether.

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