Wellbeing Wednesday 5th October 2022

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday!  Jane is on holiday this week, hopefully somewhere sunnier than Argyll, so just a brief introduction from the Wellbeing Team today.

We have a number of topics for you this week, including breast cancer and domestic violence awareness, with links to further information if either of these topics are affecting you or someone you know.

We also have some information on dealing with money worries, our new AVCWise scheme and some energy saving tips from Home Energy Scotland.  

Finally we have a reminder on our Superwellness Nutrition Discovery Webinar on the 12th October and hope you can join us then.

Hopefully you will find something of interest this week and we look forward to hearing from you with any feedback or suggestions for future topics.

The Wellbeing Team

Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer can have several symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue.

Most breast lumps are not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by a doctor.

You should also see a GP if you notice any of these symptoms:

  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • discharge from either of your nipples, which may be streaked with blood
  • a lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast.


Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.

Breast cancer is often thought of as something that only affects women, but men can get it in rare cases. It grows in the small amount of breast tissue men have behind their nipples. It usually happens in men over 60, but can very occasionally affect younger men.

In order to help prevent breast cancer, regular exercise and eating a healthy, balanced diet are recommended, as they can help prevent many health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and many forms of cancer.

It’s also been suggested that regular exercise can reduce your risk of developing breast cancer by almost as much as a third.

If you’ve been through the menopause, it’s particularly important that you’re not overweight or obese. This is because being overweight causes more oestrogen to be produced by your body, which can increase your risk of some types of breast cancer.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic abuse is described by the UK Government as “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, and emotional.”

Domestic violence can happen against anyone, and anybody can be an abuser.

You do not have to wait for an emergency situation to find help. If domestic abuse is happening to you, it’s important to tell someone and remember you’re not alone and it is not your fault.

If you, or someone you know may be a victim or survivor of domestic abuse, the following websites have important information on how to seek help and support:

Getting help for domestic violence and abuse – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Domestic abuse – Victim Support

Domestic abuse: how to get help – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Domestic abuse – Citizens Advice

Home | Refuge National Domestic Abuse Helpline (nationaldahelpline.org.uk)

What is domestic abuse? – Women’s Aid (womensaid.org.uk)

Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men | Men’s Advice Line UK (mensadviceline.org.uk)

Galop – for LGBTQ+

Argyll and Bute Council Benefits, Money and Energy Advice:

With the cost of living rising, many people will be facing financial pressures. Argyll and Bute Council provides free impartial, confidential advice on welfare rights, complex debt to particularly vulnerable clients, and homelessness. The Council’s services can be found here: Advice services (argyll-bute.gov.uk) and Welfare Rights (argyll-bute.gov.uk)

Clicking the image opposite will also take you to the full document of advice and support services offered in Argyll and Bute. https://www.buteadvice.org.uk/benefits-money-energy-advice

Household Energy Saving Tips from Home Energy Scotland

Are you looking to retire early, with more money or simply want to top up your pension fund?

Did you know there is a new Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contribution (AVC) scheme available to Strathclyde Pension Fund members? Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVCs) – My Council Works

To find out more you can join one of the live webinars being run for employees of Argyll and Bute Council by booking at the following link www.avcwise.co.uk/book.  Register with the portal and then click on events to find a date and time suitable for you.

Reminder!! Superwellness Webinar on 12th October

Next Wednesday we have our SuperWellness Nutrition Discovery Session:

Webinar details:
Date:  Wednesday, 12th October 2022
Time: 12:00
Length of webinar: 50min talk, followed by 10min Q&A

Microsoft Teams: Click here to join the meeting

Simple steps to boost your health and feel great.

Argyll and Bute Council have teamed up with SuperWellness who provide webinars with various different wellbeing topics. The first offering is Nutrition Discovery:

Recent times have highlighted that it’s more important to look after our health. Positive nutrition and lifestyle habits can helps us prevent illness, feel stronger and more energetic. By making even small adjustments to what we eat, we can influence our brain chemistry to boost mood and our ability to cope with stress. This session uncovers a wealth of fascinating science-based facts and practical steps to make change happen.

  • We kick off with a quiz to warm up our brains
  • What our brain is made of and the chemistry of our emotions
  • Key insights on the 4 pillars of a healthy body and mind
  • Practical meal planning tips that fit with a busy life and working from home

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please see the survey below to have your say on what other content is delivered, you can choose 4 webinars from the 30 options available from SuperWellness:


As always, please let us know your thoughts and ideas about the items featured in our Wellbeing Wednesdays each week and send us your suggestions for future topics – we love to hear from you wellbeing@argyll-bute.gov.uk