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Alcohol turned my face yellow'

Suzanne, an ex-waitress from Nottingham, nearly died from drink and has damaged her liver so much that drinking again could kill her. She looks back at the days of her serious drinking and knows how close she came to literally dying for a drink. "I'd…

Ask the GP: smoking Q&As

GP Dr Michael Apple answers some of your queries about quitting and the health risks of smoking. I smoke fewer than five a day. What's the harm in that? Almost a third of smokers smoke fewer than 10 a day and often don't see the point…

Beach safety

Every summer, lifeguards respond to thousands of incidents on UK beaches. To stay safe at the seaside, be informed about the dangers and follow these simple tips. In 2014, lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) responded to 17,050 incidents, helping more than 19,350 people in difficulty on some…

Does the 'five-second rule' really work?

We've all done it - dropped some food on the floor, picked it up, given it a quick wipe and put it in our mouth. The theory is that if food dropped on the floor is picked up quickly enough, it's safe to eat. While some people are…

HAF Summer Activity Providers

Providers across Oxfordshire are providing sumnmer activities, with more signing up all the time. Activities on offer include football, multisports, art and drama, bushcraft and survival skills and more, all in a safe and welcoming environment. You can use the listings service Playwaze to look at…

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist public health training. We are trained in child development and protecting children. We are available to support you in pregnancy and will see you once your baby is born. We are also able to provide support…

Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF): Information for Families

Oxfordshire County Council has been awarded funding from the Department for Education to deliver a Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in 2021, as part of a national scheme.  The programme provides organised holiday activities for children aged 5-16, who are eligible for benefits-related free…

New winning team announced on Street Tag game

A community team in West Oxfordshire has been announced the winner of the second season of the community league of Street Tag, the free smartphone game app that offers rewards for exercise and daily activity. Since its launch in Oxfordshire in October 2020, the app…

Oxfordshire Holiday Activity Fund

The Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) helps boost the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people. It provides fun activities and access to a healthy meal for children aged 5-16 who are eligible for free school meals. Oxfordshire Holiday Activity Fund (HAF)…

Recognising the signs of domestic violence

Anybody can experience domestic abuse. Find out how to recognise the signs.  If you're worried someone might see you have been on this page, find out how to cover your tracks online. Anybody can be affected by domestic abuse and anybody can be an abuser. "Domestic…