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Members Poetry Books for sale

The Poetry Buzz book has arrived! A compilation of poems written by group members, with the theme of wellbeing and mindfulness, has now been printed thanks to the support of Thompsons Solicitors. We will be selling the books at future events at the bargain price of £2 – all proceeds will go to the support group. If you can’t make it to an event but would like us to post one, please send a cheque for £2.50 (the extra 50p to cover postage) payable to Chesterfield Tinnitus Support to 34 Glumangate, Chesterfield, S40 1TX. Alternatively, you can call in at the office and pick one up – call 01246 380415 to check that we are here.

Christmas Concert

Join us for our Christmas Concert Friday 13th December 2019 at Whittington Moor Methodist Church, Scarsdale Road, Chesterfield S41 8NA at 7.30pm

Tickets cost £7.00 each.  Tickets are available by contacting Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Tinnitus Support Group on 01246 380415 or mail@tinnitussupopport.org.uk No payment can be made over the phone.  However, tickets will be available on the door.

Peak Performance Musical Theatre Company will be performing songs from the Shows.  They are well known in Chesterfield for their fabulous theatrical performances having performed at the Pomegranate Theatre.  To find out more visit their website http://www.peakperformancemusic.org/

Stress and Tinnitus

Can you be involved with a research study?

Tinnitus and stress Stress is known to have an impact on health, and is linked to tinnitus. For example, people who have more severe tinnitus report a higher level of stress and more stress symptoms than those who had milder tinnitus. Some people also link the start of their tinnitus with the occurrence of a stressful event. But it is not clear whether tinnitus acts as a stressor, or stress leads to or makes tinnitus worse. At the NIHR Nottingham BRC (University of Nottingham), PhD student Asma Elarbed is conducting research to answer this question. She is measuring “cortisol” which is an important human hormone that is released by the “adrenal gland” in response to stress. She is comparing the level of cortisol (from hair sample) in people who have tinnitus with those who do not have tinnitus, and before and after tinnitus starts. This will tell us more about the biology of tinnitus. She is also looking at issues that relate to stress and tinnitus, namely depression, anxiety, memory, and attention, to determine how all these factors relate to each other. If you would like to participate or to know more, contact Asma Elarbed at this email: asma.elarbed@nottingham.ac.uk

Wellbeing Walks

In conjunction with Walking for Health we are organising a series of Wellbeing Walks.  The walks will last 30 – 90 minutes and are suitable for most walking abilities. 

Look out for our next wellbeing walk coming in December

The walks are open for anyone who needs to walk for health and not just people diagnosed with Tinnitus.   The Walks are a great way to meet new people, have a chat, laugh and help to get fit.     Sponsored by the Community Fund.

Coffee and Chat

Join us for a Coffee and Chat at Monkey Park Community Cafe, 128a Chester Street, Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 1DN on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 10.30am – 12.30pm

The Cafe is not open to the public and so if you have recently been diagnosed with Tinnitus or suffering from ringing in the ears or head, this is a great meeting to come along meet our members, in a relaxed and friendly environment.  There will be an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences or concerns as well as chat to people who understand the condition.  Please feel free to bring along a partner, relative or friend.  Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.    Parking is on the road.

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The Poetry Buzz

Thanks to money from Five Ways to Wellbeing we were able to introduce our Poetry Buzz workshops.  These were fun and interactive and everyone was brave enough to share their work and supportive and encouraging to each other.  Many were surprised at their poetic achievements.  The project won most innovative project at the Voluntary Sector Awards in 2018

Thanks to the People’s Postcode Lottery we were able to secure money to continue these workshops.

We meet every month at Loundsley Green Community Centre, Cuttholme Road, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4QU from 1.30pm – 4.00pm.

October – Wednesday 30th – Halloween

November – Wednesday 27th – Garden birds

The feedback was all very positive.

The following question was asked “Three words that sum up how the Poetry Buzz has made you feel”

“Happy, Uplifted, Relaxed”

“Inspired, Happy, Joyful”

“Positive, Fun, Encouraged.”

Wellbeing Workshops

Our Wellbeing Workshops will begin again in September.

Understanding tinnitus and the perception of tinnitus is important in helping people to learn how to manage the condition. Within our Tinnitus Wellbeing Workshops we promote understanding of the mechanisms of tinnitus in a way that is easy to comprehend.   Peer support is important and the workshops provide this in a relaxed atmosphere. We have developed a range of support techniques and strategies that will help people to manage stress, not only to tinnitus but also other situations in life .

The Tinnitus Wellbeing Workshops run as a set of 4 which will take place at Loundsley Green Community Centre, Cuttholme Road, Loundsley Green, Chesterfield S40 4QU from 1.30pm – 4.00pm on

  • Wednesday 2nd October – Workshop 1
  • Wednesday 16th October – Workshop 2
  • Wednesday 23rd October – Workshop 3
  • Wednesday 6th November – Workshop 4

The workshops will be for a small group of people, they are really interactive and friendly allowing everyone to share their experiences, ask questions and learn from each other.

If you would like more information about the workshops or how to find the venue please contact Joanne on mail@tinnitussupport.org.uk or telephone on 01246 380415

Feedback from our workshops

“As a result of the workshops I have made changes and communicated better with the family and in social situations”

“The course has made me think about how Tinnitus has affected me.”

Soup and Socials at the Badger

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Soup and Social at the Badger Pub, 81 Brockwell Lane Brockwell Lane, Chesterfield, S40 4ED

This will be our last meeting of the year, which will be our AGM, promise it will be short.  Followed by entertainment.  We will share some of our poems from our fabulous poetry Buzz as well as eating a delicious buffet provided by the badger.  All welcome.

Previous meetings

I have no time for Tinnitus – Muriel’s Blog

I have no time for Tinnitus, for I’m as busy as a bee

living life to the full, like a bird that’s been set free.

You came into my life and left me in such a mess

until I realised that paying you attention was heightening my stress.

So I will suppress you, compress you and ignore you, until you set me free

for there is one thing you can be sure of, you will not feast on me.

 

I have no time for Tinnitus. I refuse to let you intervene

and strongly refute that you’ll prevent me from being the person I’ve always been.

Though we’ll always be together – I fully understand,

but be sure of one thing – that I will not allow you to take the upper hand!

There is life after Tinnitus, while as yet no cure has been found –

if we manage our condition and remain positive, we can turn our lives around.

Like the soldier back from battle, the war has left him lame.

He picks up the pieces and goes forward, so we must do the same.

 

I have no time for Tinnitus, so I’ll ignore you all I can.

You are very prevalent and the blight of many a man.

We must always remember that life is for living.

Tho’ events can beset us which are quite unforgiving.

So we must stay with the moment and never look back,

keep the present in mind so that we remain on track.

The future is for tomorrow – the past already gone.

 

So Tinnitus sufferers everywhere let us each and every one –

state, that we have no time for Tinnitus, with one united voice

for if we grasp the help that’s out there, then we do have a choice.

Finally, our message to Tinnitus – to leave you in no doubt

that our aim will always be – to try and stamp you out!