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Join the fight against dementia.

A major UK study, run by scientists at King’s College London, makes it possible for members of the public to support dementia research from the comfort of their own home.

The PROTECT Study is an online project that aims to understand what happens to our brains as we age and why people develop dementia. It is gathering valuable data on how the brain changes with age and investigating which factors in mid-life affect our risk for the disease. Certain lifestyle factors such as exercise, smoking and blood pressure have been found to affect our risk of dementia, and there is increasing evidence that our genes play a role too.

Participants in PROTECT provide lifestyle information about themselves and complete online assessments to measure their abilities in areas such as memory and reasoning. By repeating these assessments each year, the PROTECT investigators will monitor how they change over the study and gather data that will help develop better approaches to prevent and treat dementia in the future. To help answer the study’s genetic questions, participants are also asked to provide a sample of their DNA through a simple at-home kit.

Prof Dag Aarsland, Chair of Old Age Psychiatry at King’s College London and a Lead Investigator for the PROTECT study, says “The great thing about online projects is that you are breaking the geographical boundaries between eager participants and research departments. PROTECT is something you can simply do from home and shape around your own lifestyle. Although the tests are not demanding in nature, their future value to researchers will be indescribable.”

Who can join the PROTECT Study?  You can take part in the project if:

  • You are aged 50 or over.
  • You live in the United Kingdom.
  • You have not been diagnosed with dementia.
  • You have access to a computer and the internet.

PROTECT is actively looking for people to take part and has an overall target of 50,000 participants across the UK. The study itself is due to last a period of 10 years, but participants can choose to stay involved for as little or as long as they like.

 

Keep updated on related research

Other than advancing dementia research, taking part in PROTECT means you would be joining a stronghold of 24,000 participants from across the UK! You would be kept updated on the project through the PROTECT newsletter, and can read up on fascinating findings from an array of scientific fields — dementia, schizophrenia, addictions, autism and more — through the King’s College London newsfeed.

You would also be the first to hear of new exciting sub-studies hosted on the PROTECT platform, and have the opportunity to take part in novel research such as the popular Brain Training programme. Although the Brain Training study has now ended, the games are still available and free to use by all PROTECT participants.

If you’ve always thought about taking part in research but felt uneasy about drug trials or the prospect of clinic visits, then this could be the study for you.

To find out more about PROTECT or to enrol in the study, please visit www.protectstudy.org.uk

Their friendly helpdesk team can be contacted via email or phone:

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0207 848 8183

PROTECT is funded by the National Institute for Health Research Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre

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I signed up to this as soon as I read about it in the latest magazine. In common with lots of people I'm sure, I have come into f... Read More
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Thank you to all our volunteers!

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Leighton Buzzard Day Conference – The Rothschilds in the Vale of Aylesbury

As the sun rose on Saturday May 19th it promised to be the start of a perfect day for the big event, our day conference, the first that Leighton Buzzard group had ever held. It had been a long while in the planning, and although we were fully booked at an early stage there were last-minute nerves as we anticipated the arrival of our guests for the day.

There was another big event on the same day, which we thought might affect attendance, but in fact it didn’t seem to matter, and of course those who were so inclined could record it all and watch it at leisure later in the day.

Our first speaker, Susan Brooke, is a freelance art historian and guide at Waddesdon Manor. She explained how the Rothschilds built their wealth and financial expertise on the basis of being trustworthy and reliable guardians of their clients’ wealth, and as they rose through the ranks of society they were keen to impress, building magnificent houses and filling them with the most opulent treasures they could find. Contrary to other families who had amassed great wealth, they were careful not to squander it so as to pass the baton to the next generation.

The second speaker, Catherine Taylor, is head archivist at Waddesdon Manor, and gave us a fascinating history of the different Rothschild homes in our area, together with entertaining stories of some of the occupants. She also emphasised the considerable philanthropic work undertaken by the family, together with the various trusts and foundations which were set up over the years.

After a delicious and very varied bring and share lunch, attendees had the opportunity to visit Ascott House, a Rothschild home just half a mile from where our event was held in Wing Village Hall, either exploring the treasures displayed in the house or enjoying the beautiful and extensive gardens. Others opted for a walk round the village. Tea and cakes were offered on their return to the hall before setting off on the journey home.

We received some lovely comments during the day, including “Just a note to say all three of us from North Beds. Villages enjoyed Saturday very much. Interesting speakers and we were very impressed with Ascott House and the lovely gardens", and, “Thank you and your NWR colleagues for giving us all such a good day.  
It was all so well organised and you had made the venue look so inviting. Ascott House is delightful and the gardens and wonderful - mind you such good weather helped! Many thanks.” Thame NWR

We went home tired, but relieved it had all gone well and that everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves. Who knows, we might even organize another event one day!

Jo Thomson

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National Conference now open to non-members

We are delighted to be able to release a few tickets for our national conference 'Nature versus Human Innovation' to non-members.  Why not bring a friend to find out more about NWR and enjoy a day of fascinating talks, stimulating discussion and engaging workshops. The main conference takes place in Chester on Saturday 23rd June, with optional events on the Friday and Sunday as well, so why not make a weekend of it?

Tickets for the Saturday conference are just £65 for non-members and all the details can be found on our booking site here

Tickets for NWR members are also still available, please do book soon as many of the workshops and wrap-around events have limited spaces and some are already booked up!

 

See you in Chester in June we hope!

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Important information for all members...

New General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws mean that we need your permission to stay in touch for any reason beyond basic membership functions, even if you’ve given us permission before.

Staying in touch is the best way to get the most from your membership. Whether you want to find out about nearby events, theme related information and activities, the national conference, or sign up to the TTT, we’ll keep you up to date. What’s more, you can hear first-hand about all the exciting developments of NWR - including activities for our 60th anniversary in 2020.

There are always new opportunities to get involved, so whatever matters to you, don’t miss out. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NWR_GDPR by the 31st May and update your preferences to allow us to stay in touch.

You can change your preferences at any time by contacting the office.

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Opportunity to get involved in celebrating 100 years of votes for women

Would you like to be involved in a public artwork celebrating 100 years of votes for woman?

PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on women and girls across the UK are invited to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

On Sunday 10th of June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing green, white or violet, the colours of the suffragette movement, the PROCESSIONS will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops. Community banner-making will also take place up and down the country – why not make an NWR banner to display?

More details and how to register can be found here.

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Radio Time for NWR!

Great photo of our Chair of Trustees, Josephine, at local radio station Forest FM, just before she was interviewed live on air about a new NWR group she is helping to set up.  Great publicity for us and I hear she was a natural on air!Josephine ForestFMinterview2

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Would you like to get involved in a new social history project?

Have you seen this project inviting people to tell the story of their grandmother?
The 'Tell Me About Your Granny' project is aimed at connecting people with their family history, through celebrating the wonderfulness of our grandmothers, but also to build a collection of social history stories about women and women’s lives for the generations that will follow.
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Competitions

Competitions

​We aim to organise occasional exciting competitions with great prizes. This enables our members to bring their creative juices to the forefront and shine. We always strive to put together a judging panel of experts in the area of the competition. We don't have any competitions running at present but please keep an eye on our social media and news feeds for details in the future.

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Membership Survey

Have you responded to the member's survey yet?

Please do send in your responses before the 29th March when the survey will close, we have already had some great feedback via the survey.

Member feedback is important to us so that we can understand your needs and what you value most about belonging to NWR. It will also help with planning for the next 3 years - including planning for our 60th anniversary in 2020!

Many of the questions are the same as the ones we asked in 2016, this is so that we can compare the data to see how we are doing. A summary report will be available to all members later in the year.  Thanks for your help on this!

If you still haven't taken part please use this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SC3TSR8 

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Penny White
When was the survey sent out? It seems to have missed me by. Is it possible to have a link here so I can complete it?
Saturday, 17 March 2018 12:09
Sara Jane Murray
Hi Penny, I will put it in the members news section on Monday, Thanks!
Sunday, 18 March 2018 14:14
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The impact of NWR, a member's quote...

For International Women's Day, March 8th, we felt this quote from an NWR member says it all. To all our NWR members, and women and men across the world we'd like to ask you to join us in celebrating this day and make sure your voice is heard...

 

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International Women's day

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first March 8 IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific. Make IWD your day - everyday!

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Carlisle Conference almost sold out!

Carlisle Branch members are very excited about their forthcoming conference on Thursday 19th April 2018, which includes three fascinating women all with links to Cumbria talking on the theme of 'Chaos'.

115 of the 120 tickets have now been sold so do book soon if you would like to attend.

Registration will be between 10.00 & 10.30am and the conference will close at approximately 4.00pm. 

The cost is £30.00, which includes a delicious buffet lunch. Tea and coffee will be available throughout the day.

 

 

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Flying the flag for Falkirk...

The Falkirk NWR group have had an excellent wrticle written about them in the Falkirk Herald, and have had 4 new people come along to meeting as a result.  Click on the link to read the newspaperfull article here

 

 

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NWR Conference 2018 - booking now live!

The 2018 conference - Nature versus Human Innovation - will take place between the 22nd and 24th June in Chester.

Come and join us for stimulating talks and discussion, exciting wraparound events and lively workshops.

The Conference is for all members of NWR: women from all over the country will be joining us in the beautiful city of Chester; why not stay an extra few days and explore the area?

Please go to www.eventstop.co.uk/event/892/nwrconf2018 to find out more about the conference agenda and to book your tickets.

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Eggheads Team Update

Wow – what can I say, thank you so much to everyone who put their name forward for our Eggheads team. We had over 50 NWR members who were ready to take on the smartest team on television (you’re a braver bunch than me!), with many more of you getting in touch to say what a good idea you thought it was to try and get a team together.

Names were pulled out of a hat to choose the team as we were so short of time and we have now put the application in to Eggheads and are waiting for the producers to get back to us to say whether we have got through to the next stage.

We got some great suggestions for team names, but the most popular suggestion was ‘Lively Minded Women’ which sums you all up perfectly, so that is the one we submitted.

I’ll keep you informed on what happens next and let you know the team members once we have finalised details. Thank you everyone who got invoved.

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How to self publish your creative writing...

We know that many NWR members are very creative, with many of you writing peoms, short stories and even novels.  Here, NWR member Sally Krykant offers some advice on getting your work self published...

I have been writing for many years on and off. I began when my children were small and used to enter short story competitions. When I realised I wasn’t getting anywhere, I did an Open College of the Arts Creative writing course and improved, getting a few short story anthologies to take my work. However, I then changed direction completely and became a psychodynamic counsellor. During that time I hardly read a novel. My attention was concentrated on theory books and papers but I always knew I would return to writing.

Thinking psychodynamically has helped me enormously with writing, helping me to empathise with characters and think on many different levels about plot and developing story lines.

It is very difficult to get taken on by publishers. One absolutely needs an agent these days and so I knocked a few doors with negative response. Curtis Brown Associates in London gave me some encouragement when I sent them my manuscript for Seeds of Doubt, telling me it was a lot better than many they received and to keep on with the project. I joined a couple of writing groups and met people who had self published their work. At that time I was almost tempted to go with a vanity publisher but was warned off by many writers I spoke to on the Suffolk Writers website. There is a long article in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook which warns writers not to go the vanity route – too expensive, those handling you do not necessarily have a publishing background or interest and also your work can be pulped if it doesn’t sell.

Self publishing has been an easy and inexpensive way of getting my book onto the shelves. Createspace is a part of Amazon. Firstly, you need someone you trust to proofread your manuscript. A fellow writer read mine. Next, you need to have it set out in the way it will be laid out. Createspace list all you need to know on their webpage. Finally, you need a book cover. You can either choose one from their examples or commission one yourself. I chose to have a young artist, who I found on Suffolk Writers, design mine. When you feel everything is in place you then need to send it across on a pdf file. It is then displayed for you on the account page which you will have set up. You will see your book in animated form on your computer and turn the pages, checking for layout errors. An ISBN number is automatically assigned. They will send you a paper copy for the last proof read.

As soon as you give the go ahead you can start ordering books to sell yourself, and your book is immediately for sale on Amazon Books. You can either do all of this yourself for very little or pay Createspace for services as you go along, but I would simply advise anyone to do it this way. You are in complete control. I felt I was collaborating with people rather than being taken over.

Sally Krykant

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My first NWR meeting!

As many of you know, I started as the website and publicity coordinator with NWR at the start of October and one of the things I was very keen to do was to visit a local group and attend an NWR meeting.

My local group is not very ‘local’, sadly, but last week I travelled to Kendal to meet the group there and attend their November meeting... and I couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome.

Although I feel I am starting to get a good feel for the organisation and I had spoken to many members about their experiences with NWR I still wasn’t exactly sure how the meeting would work. I didn’t even know the topic for the discussion!

My first impression as I walked through the door was of the warmth and openness of the members. Everyone seemed pleased to see me and I was immediately found a chair and welcomed to the group – no mean feat as it was a busy meeting with (I think) 14 or 15 people attending. The group started promptly and began their discussion – no time for chat or gossip and I realised that the motto of ‘NWR – more than coffee and a chat’ certainly applied to the Kendal group. The topic for discussion was revealed: PUBLIC CONVENIENCES...

What?

Really?

How on earth could we discuss toilets for an hour and a half? I honestly thought we would run out of conversation very quickly, or that the discussion would descend into horror stories of bad experiences...

How wrong could I be? The discussion was fascinating and wide ranging. Members came with information about the Kendal Courtesy Toilet Scheme where local businesses and organisations provide free use of their loos now that the Council run facilities have closed. We also discussed whether councils should be providing free toilets when their spending was under such scrutiny and cuts. Another member gave a fascinating talk about a charity for people who have a condition called paruresis where they find it impossible to ‘go’ in public toilets (a more common problem than you would think and one which has huge impact on people’s lives. Check www.ukpt.org.uk for more details). We also talked about the futuristic high-tech toilets in Japan which automatically wash and dry the user; and how the technology is being used here in the UK to help people with mobility problems to maintain their independence. In between these quite serious discussions we had had some more light hearted moments – including a quiz!

It was only once everyone had been given the time to present their bit of research did we break for coffee, biscuits and a chat. This was a lovely opportunity for me to get to know a few of the members and find out more about why they joined NWR (and why they stay!).

My overall feeling? The Kendal group were exceptionally friendly and welcoming. Everyone was given time to talk if they wanted to and everyone was included. The discussion was stimulating and fun. And yes, I did learn a lot.

I’d like to thank all of the ‘lively minded women’ from Kendal that I met last week. I hope to see you all again soon – and next time I will come prepared!

For those of you who would like to see a photo of us all that evening, head over to the NWR Facebook page at www.facebook.com/nwr.uk  I am the one in the middle of the photo holding what looks like a large tea cup; but as you can probably guess after reading this post is actually something quite different!

 

Sara Jane

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Calling all quizzers... NWR needs you!

All NWR members should have received an email about about the NWR 'Eggheads' Team.  We are hoping to apply for the next round of filming to see if NWR are smart enough to beat the Eggheads (I know we are!) but we need to get a team together before the 5th December; less than a week away!

Please contact Sara Jane, our website and publicity coordinator ASAP if you would like to take part... and if you are not a whizz at quizzing then make sure you encourage anyone else in your group you think fits the bill.

If you didn't receive the email and want more information please contact SJ by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - but be quick!

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Country theme information now available!

The country theme information for Romania is now available to download from the website for your groups to take part next year.

You need to login to the Members dashboard and it can be found under the Resources tab and then programme planning.  If you are not sure how to log in, get in touch and we can help.

If you do not have the facilities to print the pack then you can request a paper copy from the office.

 

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