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Free mocktails at Tameside Wellbeing Corner!

Press Release: 03/09/2019

There’s no safe level for alcohol if you’re pregnant. And if you’re not sure why, why not drop in at Tameside Wellbeing Corner this coming Monday for a chat over a delicious and completely free zero-alcohol cocktail?
Midwives from Tameside Hospital will be on hand 10am-noon for an informal chat about why there’s no proven safe alcohol level for a pregnant woman.
The “mocktails” will be shaken between 12 noon and 2pm, when you’ll be able to meet representatives from Be Well Tameside (part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust), My Recovery Tameside (part of Change, Grow, Live), and the Orange Rooms (Tameside’s sexual health service), who will be able to answer questions about the effects even small amounts of alcohol can have on an unborn child.
As well as sipping mocktails you’ll be able to tap into support with helping to cut down or give up alcohol.
The Council and its partners are holding this event on Monday because 9 September 2019 is the twentieth International FASD Awareness Day. FASD, or Foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, is reckoned to affect 6-17% of children across the UK and its symptoms can include damage to brain, kidneys and limbs, as well as heart and bone formation defects. FASD can lead to:
  • Learning difficulties.
  • Problems with attention, judgment, language or memory.
  • Poor impulse control.
  • Problems with time, money or maths.
One type of FASD is called foetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS. Children with FAS have poor growth, facial abnormalities and learning and behavioural problems.
Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy, Tameside’s director of population health, said, “Fortunately FASD is completely preventable. But it’s important to remember that there’s no safe amount of alcohol for a pregnant woman.”
Cllr Eleanor Wills, Tameside Council’s executive lead for health, said: “Having had three children myself I’m relieved to hear one clear message for expectant mothers in Tameside – that there’s no safe amount of alcohol whilst pregnant.”
Mags Deakin, named midwife for safeguarding children at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, said, “Pregnancy is a unique time in someone’s life, so it is a golden opportunity for people to make changes in their lives, for the better, to improve their health.  The majority of parents want to do the right thing. They do tend to be quite honest about behaviours in pregnancy that could impact the child, so we are able to advise them.  It is our role to give them the right information so that they can make an informed decision about how they want to see out their pregnancy.”
Useful links and contacts
Be Well Tameside, part of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, is Tameside’s free NHS service offering support to help people to make small changes that can have big benefits to health and wellbeing, including support with cutting down or giving up alcohol. Be Well Tameside is based at Acre House, 51a Manchester Road, Denton, Tameside M34 2AF and can be contacted on 0161 716 2000 or by emailing It offers:
  • One-to-one appointments.
  • Regular contact and support to achieve your goals.
  • Practical tips.
  • Information about local groups in your area.
  • Help with accessing other services locally, such as mental health, debt, housing, volunteering and employment.
My Recovery Tameside, part of Change, Grow, Live (CGL), is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), young people, families, carers and affected others in Tameside. It’s based at 111-113 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7RL and 15 Thornley Street, Hyde, Tameside SK14 1JY. Its young people’s service is based in community venues across Tameside. Anyone wanting to refer to refer themselves or someone else to the service can visit My Recovery Tameside in person, by telephoning 0161 672 9420 or by emailing My Recovery Tameside provides the following services:
  • Early intervention and prevention services for drug and alcohol users.
  • Recovery services for drug and alcohol users.
  • Medical interventions for drug and alcohol users.
  • Aftercare.
  • Volunteering and peer mentoring.
  • Recovery services for young people and a service for 18-25-year-olds who use drugs and alcohol.
  • Services for those affected by someone else’s substance use.
  • Services for young carers.
The Orange Rooms – Tameside Centre for Sexual Health – is part of The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH). BASHH was formed by the merger of the Medical Society for the Study of Venereal Diseases (MSSVD, established 1922) and the Association for Genitourinary Medicine (AGUM, established 1992). As well as educating and training healthcare professionals, BASHH champions and promotes good sexual health and provides education to the public. It can be contacted at 2nd Floor, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7SR, 0161 342 7101.
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