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Weight loss (unexpected and unplanned)

Sudden, noticeable weight loss can happen after a stressful event, although it can also be a sign of a serious illness. It's normal to lose a noticeable amount of weight after the stress of changing jobs, divorce, redundancy or bereavement. Weight often returns to normal when you…

Weight loss tips

Losing weight and keeping it off isn't easy, but it has many benefits. You may only need to make small changes to your lifestyle to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity is linked to serious health problems and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease…

What are my accommodation options? 16 to 17 year-olds

Many young people will keep living with their foster carer until they’re 18, however some 16 to 18 year-olds may feel they’re ready for more independence. If you feel this could be you, you may want to think about moving to a place where you…

What are my accommodation options? 18+ year-olds

Once you turn 18, additional accommodation options become available to you. Your leaving care coach will work with you to ensure you get the right option for you.

What does ‘children in care’ mean?

We use the term ‘children in care’ to refer to children and young people that we have a responsibility to provide care for.  Most children who are looked after by us are placed with foster carers. Some will live in residential homes and some may…

What happens when I leave care?

You officially leave care when you’re 18. It can be an exciting yet scary and stressful time. There's a lot to think about – potentially living on your own for the first time, having to pay bills and doing your own cooking and cleaning. You…

What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect is when someone is caused harm by an individual or group.  You can tell us if you have safeguarding concerns about yourself or someone else. This harm could be physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional or take many other forms and can be deliberate…

What is care and support?

Care and support describes the help some adults need in order to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like getting out of bed, washing, dressing, getting to work, cooking meals, eating, seeing…

What is insomnia and how much sleep do we need?

Sleeping trouble is the most widely reported psychological disorder in the UK, affecting a third of the population. Insomnia is defined as difficulty getting to sleep, difficulty staying asleep or having non-refreshing sleep. Having insomnia means that these difficulties happen three or more times a week, persist for at…

What to do if you've just been diagnosed with dementia

Whether your diagnosis came as a shock, or confirmed what you'd suspected for some time, it's important to plan ahead while you're still able to make clear decisions for yourself. If you've just been diagnosed with dementia, you may be feeling numb, scared and unable to take…
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