Author: Joanne Harper

Communications and Marketing Manager Vacancy

We have an exciting opportunity for a tenacious, creative Communications and Marketing Manager to ensure the organisation has a clear brand in line with its values and ethos.

Position: Communications and Marketing Manager

Location: Birmingham

Hours: Full time (37 per week)

Salary: £30,000

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working including home working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Monday 11th October 2021 (midnight)

Interview Date: Friday 15th/Monday 18th October

The Role

As a member of the organisations management team, you will steer all marketing and communication activity including writing, editing, co-ordinating and publishing content across various channels, including web site, social media, video and print maintaining a clear and consistent organisational voice.

You will oversee the planning and implementation of communications and marketing campaigns with a clear understanding of who the audiences are and work with the services to effectively engage them.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Managing the web site and all social media profiles
  • Ensure consistency in messages coming out from different services and on different platforms
  • Work with frontline staff teams to encourage and facilitate the creation of media content and products in a variety of digital and physical formats
  • Design content with a view to search engine optimisation
  • Deliver in-house communications and social media training
  • Support the charity in linking what it already does to wider national public health campaigns related to the sector, e.g. Stoptober, Mental Health Awareness week, Campaign Against Loneliness
  • Provide communications support for campaigns and events
  • Design marketing materials and compile service newsletters (we currently use mailchimp)
  • Explore and test ways of utilising data for reporting, promotion and marketing
  • Contribute to the development of a record of evidence and statistical information to inform current commissioners and attract new business
  • Advise on organisational communication in relation to enquiries from press, politicians etc. but also the communicating of internal messages

About You

We are looking for an energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills and a high level of detail and accuracy.

You will have:

  • Experience in a similar role with experience of designing marketing and presentation materials
  • Knowledge of how to communicate with diverse audiences and audiences at all levels
  • Knowledge of how to effectively market new services/initiatives
  • Experience of designing marketing graphics for social media
  • Practical knowledge and use of useful tools (WordPress, mailchimp, canva being some examples)
  • Advanced working knowledge of Microsoft office suite (word, excel etc.)
  • Proficient in the use of Social Media
  • IT competent using a range of Microsoft packages and online tools

You may also have experience in areas such as Digital Marketing, Digital Communications, Digital Advertising, Communications Officer, Digital, Marketing, Marketing Officer, Marketing Executive, Digital Fundraising, Marketing Executive, Marketing Manager, etc. Communications, Communications and Engagement, Engagement, Digital, Digital Communications, Content, Corporate Partnerships, Supporter Engagement, Fundraising, Supporter, Programme, Programme Manager, Homelessness, Vulnerable Adult, Housing, Policy, Media, Donor, Major Donor, Marketing, Marketing and Communications, Marketing and Digital, Digital Communication, Digital Engagement, Fundraiser, Fundraising, Brand, PR, Public Relations, External Relations.

Previous Applicants need not apply

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To apply, please send your CV to recruitment@gatewayfs.org or complete an application form: Application Form GFS May 2021

If you require any further information about the role please contact Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing m.brown@gatewayfs.org

Service Lead Maternity Vacancy

Maternity Services Lead

We have created a new post to lead our elements of work focusing on maternity development and support.  Although a relatively small area of work at the moment the organisation has a strong track record in delivering maternity support and we are keen to restablish ourselves as a leading organisation in this field.  This role will manage our current work, further developing it and ensuring it is delivered in a way that is effective and to high quality.  As a member of Management Team the post holder will help steer and shape the organisation and play a part in the smooth running of day to day activity

Position: Maternity Services Lead

Location: Birmingham

Hours: Part time fixed term (6 months with the opportunity of extension)

Salary: £30,000per annum (pro rata

Closing Date: Monday 11th October(midnight)

Interview Date: Friday 15th/Monday 18th October

The Role

The post holder will be responsible for the organisations work in relation to maternity, pre and post natal services. This is an area of anticipated growth so the role will be about maintaining current provision and at the same time assisting with the development of bids and implementing new provision.

The post holder will be responsible for a team of staff that will include volunteers (although they will have indirect management of them) and they will be expected to maintain motivation and ensure they all receive the necessary support and training.  The role is also to develop the service, meet contractual targets and take decisive action where needed.

About You

Essential skills/experience will include:

  • Management of health, wellbeing or social care services
  • Working collaboratively with Primary or Secondary Care partners and/or Adult Social Care
  • Significant project/contract management experience and proven track record of achieving targets
  • Management of staff responsible for coordinating activity
  • Tendering and bid writing
  • Effective communication skills and ability to build and develop relationships at all levels
  • Demonstrable understanding of the current landscape in relation to maternity services, pre and post natal care
  • Experience of community consultation or co production initiatives would be highly desirable

Although not essential it would be useful if you had a background or experience in:

  • Clinical delivery or contract/service delivery within the NHS
  • Working within maternity services

Job description Maternity Services Lead (1)

An interview is guaranteed to suitably qualified and experienced people with disabilities

To apply, please send your CV to recruitment@gatewayfs.org or complete the application form: Application Form GFS May 2021

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

If you have any queries regarding the role, please contact Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or via email – m.brown@gatewayfs.org

Social Prescribing Administrator Vacancy

Social Prescribing Administrator

We are seeking an Administrator to work as part of our Social Prescribing Link Worker team, a team which delivers a range of wellbeing support to patients of more than 60 GP Practices across Birmingham and Solihull

Position: Social Prescribing Administrator

Location: Edgbaston

Hours: 25 hours per week

Salary: £18,278 per annum (pro rata)

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 3rd October (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

As Administrator you will be supporting the Senior Link Worker with administrative support ensuring that incoming referrals and queries are dealt with appropriately and within service level timescales. You will also

provide administrative support to the wider team of Link Workers

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Checking and assigning incoming referrals
  • Responding to queries and being a main point of contact
  • Collating and organising data
  • Collecting and disseminating information
  • Organising and supporting a range of meetings

About You

We are looking for an excellent communicator with fantastic interpersonal skills. You will have proven experience of delivering first class administrative support. Other key skills and experience needed include:

  • Good standard of education including English and Mathematics
  • Producing correspondence to a high standard
  • Excellent I.T. skills, specifically using Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise your own workload
  • Willingness to travel across Birmingham Able to work flexibly including some regular evening shift patterns

You may also have experience in areas such as Admin, Administrator, Administration, Administration Apprentice, Senior Admin, Senior Administrator, Administration Team Leader, Administration Supervisor, P.A, Business Support.

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Application Form GFS May 2021

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Family Support Worker Vacancy

We have an opportunity for a Family Support Worker to fully support the Early Help Assessment plan and delivery that responds to children, young people and their family’s needs with the objective of achieving the best family outcomes.

Position: Family Support Worker

Location: Birmingham

Hours: Flexible – full and part time considered

Salary: £20,000 per annum (pro rata)

Contract: Fixed term to end of March 2022

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 12th September (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

The Family Support Worker will work within the early help locality multi-disciplinary team to provide a timely and front line response to the needs of children, young people and their families; acting in accordance with local policies, procedures and priorities.

You will deliver evidenced based and practical interventions to positively effect change that safeguards and promotes the welfare of children and young people.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Supporting families referred ensuring external agencies are drawn in to provide relevant support
  • Manage caseload of families
  • Work closely with the core partners (Children’s Trust Early Help Team, Birmingham Forward Steps, Birmingham City Council and local schools and West Midlands Police) to ensure the optimum level of support is accessed by the family
  • Develop an up to date understanding of services that are available to families
  • Assist in the development of the Edgbaston Early Help Asset Register
  • Attend meetings, representing Edgbaston Early Help as required
  • Raise awareness of grants and other assistance available to families and where necessary
  • Under the direction of the Co-ordinator promote and use the early help assessment and relevant tools to identify the needs of children, young people and their family and to lead the development of an effective multi-agency support plan
  • Via effective outreach engage with children, young people and their families and actively promote their participation in early help assessments, support plans and interventions.

About You

We are looking for an energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with young people, parents and carers who are experiencing health, wellbeing or social care difficulties.

You will have:

  • Experience of delivering outreach or one to support work
  • Experience of supporting families and individuals with complex support needs
  • Experience of forging links and establishing relationships with partner agencies
  • Knowledge of VCSE organisations within the locality and support available for families
  • Good administration and record keeping skills
  • Good IT and Microsoft word packages (spreadsheets etc.) skills
  • The ability to use social media, ICT and digital platforms competently
  • The ability to manage time and prioritise own workload

You may also have experience in areas such as Family Support Worker, Youth Support Worker, Child Support Worker, Support Worker, Early Help Assessor, Early Help, Welfare, Young People, Family Services, Family Service, Outreach, Outreach Worker, Outreach Support, Social Services, Care, Social Care, Community Support, Community, Community Project Officer, Community Partnerships, Community Engagement.

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Application Form GFS May 2021

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Alternatively you can request an application form by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

Community Connector Vacancy

Community Connector

Many staff working across the public sector and voluntary sector don’t know what support, or organisations are available in a neighbourhood.  We are looking for a Community Connector to change this situation, and make sure all families can connect to support, help, activities, interests as part of a range of early help support.

The role involves building working relationships for Children, Young people and Families across Community, Voluntary and Statutory Organisation (including schools and training providers, Health Providers, Business and community stakeholders within the Locality Partnership).

Position: Community Connector (Edgbaston Early Help)

Location: Birmingham, covering Edgbaston

Hours: 37 hours per week (2 full time posts available)

Salary: £20,750 per annum (rising to £21,500pa following successful completion of Probationary Period)

Contract: Fixed term until 31st March 2022

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Sunday 12th September (midnight)

Interview Date: TBC

The Role

The organisation enables communities to work collaboratively and seamlessly with all the relevant statutory agencies and third sector organisations to identify early those most in need of support and enabling the most appropriate health, education, vocational and social support and interventions within a localised community setting. This forms part of its vision to apply a family centred and preventative focus in tackling need and inequalities though partnership working

The Community Connector will engage with all the many and various community and voluntary organisations in a locality, ensuring that the diversity of the city is reflected in the mapping of assets and support.

Duties and key responsibilities include:

  • Relationship building
  • Community engagement and mapping
  • Delivering training and support to professionals within locality to support understanding of the Early Help offer and support available
  • Social Prescribing and Digital Networking

About You

We are looking for a dynamic and energetic communicator with excellent engagement and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with young people, parents and carers who are experiencing health, wellbeing or social care difficulties.

You will have:

  • Experience of working in an engagement role with diverse community settings with statutory and third sector organisations
  • Experience of working with organisations that support vulnerable children, young people, families or groups
  • An understanding of information sharing, consent and confidentiality issues and risks
  • Experience and understanding of the importance of equalities, diversity and inclusion
  • An understanding of the lived experience of individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds

You may also have experience in areas such as Community Development Worker, Social Service, Social Services, Support Worker, Care Worker, Early Help, Social Work, Youth, Youth Worker, Support Service, Vulnerable Adult, Care, Care and Support, Social Care, Community Support, Community, Children, Young People, Family, Community Project Officer, Community Partnerships Manager, Community Partnerships Officer, Community Engagement Officer, Community Engagement

Community Connector Job Description

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Application Form GFS May 2021  (please return to recruitment@gatewayfs.org)

Applications can also be requested by telephone by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

Social Prescribing Link Worker Vacancy

Social Prescribing Link Worker

We have rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, we would love to hear from you!

Position: Social Prescribing Link Worker

Location: Birmingham and Solihull

Hours: Full and Part time hours available  

Salary: £21,500 per annum (£20,750 probation)

Contract: Fixed term to the end of March 2022 (with potential for extension beyond this date)

Benefits: The provision of workplace wellbeing support and activities, flexible working and a range of family friendly policies and subsidised parking.

Closing Date: Ongoing

Interview Dates: TBC

Social Prescribing Link Worker will be integrated into the wider multi-disciplinary team of a PCN. This is part of NHS England’s Long Term Plan, which commits to building the infrastructure for Social Prescribing in primary care.

The Role

Social prescribing empowers people to take control of their health and wellbeing through referral to ‘link workers’ who give time, focus on ‘what matters to me’ and take a holistic approach to an individual’s health and wellbeing, connecting people to community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support. Link workers also support existing groups to be accessible and sustainable and help people to start new community groups, working collaboratively with all local partners.

You will work as a key part of the primary care network (PCN) multi-disciplinary team. Social prescribing can help PCNs to strengthen community and personal resilience and reduces health and wellbeing inequalities by addressing the wider determinants of health, such as debt, poor housing and physical inactivity, by increasing people’s active involvement with their local communities. It particularly works for people with long term conditions (including support for mental health), for people who are lonely or isolated, or have complex social needs which affect their wellbeing.

About You

The Social Prescribing Link Worker will:

  • Be a good listener, have time for people and be committed to supporting local communities to care for each other.
  • Have experience of working positively with people facing complex social and emotional challenges.
  • Have a good knowledge of the area in which you’ll be based and what groups, activities and services are available there.

Although not essential it would be useful if you were trained in Motivational Coaching or Behaviour Change. The ability to speak one or more of the following “community” languages – Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Arabic, Somali, Romanian or Polish would also be advantageous

The service is delivered flexibly to meet the needs of patients so some evening and weekend work may be required.

An interview is guaranteed to suitably qualified and experienced people with disabilities. All successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

You may also have experience in areas such as Floating Support, Befriending, Community Family Worker, Social Worker, Community Navigator, Peer Support Worker, Welfare Support, Family Worker, Family Support Worker, Benefit, Care, Therapeutic, Therapy, Advice, Adviser, Health, Wellbeing, Social Care, Social Care Services, Health and Social Care.

Social Prescribing Link Worker Job Description and Person Specification

Instructions for Completing the Application Form May 2021

Application Form GFS May 2021 (please return to recruitment@gatewayfs.org)

Applications can also be requested by telephone by calling Maxine Brown on 0121 456 7820 or emailing recruitment@gatewayfs.org

 

Black, Asian and minority ethnic Maternity Voices: we want to hear from you

Do you have recent experience of maternity services? Are you from a Black, Asian or other minority ethnic background?

Maternity systems in Sandwell and West Birmingham are producing a COVID-19 Communications Plan, specifically designed to help them better communicate with women and families from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.

Now, Sandwell and West Birmingham Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP) is looking for service users to help co-produce the Plan.

Why is this Communications Plan needed?

During the pandemic, there has been a decrease in people accessing NHS services, including maternity services. However, it is vitally important for pregnant women and new parents, especially Black and Asian women, to seek help if they have concerns about their own or their baby’s health.

Evidence has long shown that maternal and perinatal mortality rates are significantly higher for Black, Asian and mixed-race women and their babies than for white women. And recently, it has been found that mortality involving COVID-19 disproportionately affects people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds. Emerging evidence indicates that Asian women are four times more likely than white women to be admitted to hospital with COVID-19 during pregnancy, while Black women are eight times more likely.

This Communications Plan is designed to reassure pregnant women and new parents that seeking help from the NHS is safe.

How you can help

First, click the link below to download the Plan (Word doc).

Draft-LMNS-BAME-Communications-Plan

When you have read the document, we would like to know your answers to four questions.

All questions are optional, so you can respond anonymously if you wish. However, if you would like to know more, or be more involved in producing the Plan, please include your name and email address where indicated.

When you’ve finished, press “Submit”, and your answers will be emailed to Che Maclaren, the Co-ordinator for Sandwell and West Birmingham MVP. You can also contact Che by emailing her at c.maclaren@gatewayfs.org

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Want to join the Maternity Voices Partnership as a Service User Representative?

Have you recently used maternity services in Sandwell and West Birmingham? Would you like the chance to improve women and families’ experience of perinatal care?

We are currently looking for Service User Representatives to join the Sandwell and West Birmingham MVP and help shape our maternity services for the better. Being a Rep could include coming to meetings (currently online), regularly giving feedback about local services, and attending focus groups – but you can be involved as much or as little as you like. Contact Che to find out more.

Bringing people together at Christmas: the Patient Health Forum

Last week the Patient Health Forum held their Christmas party, with singing, dancing… and a special visit from a certain Mr Claus!

The Gateway team was on hand to help, as ever, booking transport and making endless cups of tea, but for the party we made sure to include some special extras for this month’s event, including a Christmas quiz and some luxury Christmas cakes and treats. Forum favourite Reza entertained everyone with a selection of Christmas songs and dances that everyone could join in with, and even Father Christmas popped in with some presents.

The monthly meetings for the Patient Health Forum (also known as the Long Term Conditions Group) are a much-loved social event for many of the forum members, but we know that the Christmas party is especially important. Some people told us on Thursday that this would be the only social event they’d be going to over the festive season, and a couple of people told us they will be spending Christmas day on their own.

Experiences and expertise

As well as being a social group, the forum is actually an important part of the local NHS’s patient participation strategy. The group, which meets in Stirchley, is funded by NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, which uses the group to directly capture views and opinions from people with long term health conditions. This feedback is then used to improve local services, as the CCG explains on its website:

“By talking directly to patients with long-term conditions, we are able to ask them to help us with the design, improvement and review of health services, enabling them to draw upon their own experiences and expertise.” –NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG

If you’d like to get involved with the long term conditions group, or you know someone in South Birmingham who might benefit from coming along, call the team on 0121 456 7820 and ask to speak to someone about the Patient Health Forum.

Meet our MVP Chair: Chloe

In the summer, we welcomed a new Chair for our Maternity Voices Partnership: Chloe Cadby.

The role of Chair is a busy one, and we’re happy to say Chloe has thrown herself into it over the last four months!

Last week, a team from the MVP visited Solihull Maternity Unit to take the “15 Steps” challenge and feed back with their first impressions

The Maternity Voices Partnership is made up of maternity professionals (like midwives and doctors), and service users (women who have been pregnant and given birth and their family members) and it’s Chloe’s job to speak on behalf of services users in these external meetings.

So as well as attending the regular MVP sessions, which are once a quarter, she has also been attending focus groups, quarterly meetings with Bump, meetings with us here at Gateway, and other events like the “15 Steps for Maternity” walks we’ve organised.

As a mum of two children, who each had very different births, Chloe has had experience of the local maternity services herself. She’s also experienced in helping new mums, thanks to her work in Children’s Centres over the last few years. But she’s also very interested in making things better for others, as she tells us here.

“I love anything maternity. A few years ago I started volunteering in my local Children’s Centre and as part of that I’ve done lots of training, including a 12 week breastfeeding course, which means I can give new moms really useful, practical, help.

 

 

“When my baby was about four months old, I found out about the MVP meetings. At first, I wasn’t really sure what it was all about but I went along anyway because it sounded interesting and I could take him along with me.

 

 

“I continued going, and found myself reading up on everything we talked about, and learning more and more. So when the chair position came up, I went for it.

 

 

“I really like the idea of being able to feed back into the system through the MVP. I love hearing people’s birth stories, and at the MVP meetings we don’t just get to talk about our maternity experiences, we can share important opinions with maternity professionals, and they listen. We’re working together to make things better for other women and families.

 

 

“Eventually, I want to go back to work, and I’d love to work in this area if I can, so working with the MVP is a good foot in the door. Having children, you sometimes feel like your brain has gone to mush, but this is helping me to stay challenged and feel like I’m really using my brain. I love listening to others, learning more, reading up on what we talk about at each meeting. It’s a chance to really be me, not just a mom!”

 

Want to get involved?

If you have personal experience of local maternity services, we welcome all “service user” voices and we aim to make all meetings accessible and child-friendly. Call Reshma at Gateway on 0121 456 7820 to find out about the next MVP event.

“I love that it’s giving women a voice!”

Hear from Chloe in her own words in this short video.

Solihull Stop Smoking service

Want to quit smoking? Introducing the Solihull Stop Smoking Service

Did you know you’re three times more likely to quit with the help of a Stop Smoking service?

The Solihull Stop Smoking service is now part of the Solihull Lifestyle Service, so it’s FREE and easy to access if you live in Solihull, or have a Solihull GP.

How does it work?

Call free on 0800 599 9880
If you’d like to stop smoking, call the Solihull Lifestyle Service on 0800 599 9880, or ask your GP or pharmacist about stop smoking support. After a brief initial assessment, you’ll be put in touch with an NCSCT certified Stop Smoking Practitioner who will start working with you as soon as you’re ready.

At your regular one-to-one appointments, held at convenient times and locations, you and your Practitioner will create a tailored action plan together. You will be provided with information and access to stop smoking medications (prescription costs when applicable) and your Stop Smoking Practitioner will provide advice, support and encouragement.

What to expect

Vicky Masters is the Senior Practitioner for the Solihull Stop Smoking Service. Here, she explains what to expect when you start working with a Stop Smoking Practitioner.

Vicky Masters, Senior Stop Smoking Practitioner, Solihull Lifestyle Service

“Often people are quite nervous when they come to their first appointment, but they soon find we are friendly and helpful and they start to relax. It’s really important to be completely honest with your Stop Smoking Practitioner at the first session, as that is how we create your tailored plan.

“It’s a 12 week course and over those 12 weeks your Stop Smoking Practitioner will help you in sticking to your plan and keeping smokefree. Even if something doesn’t go quite to plan we will help you get back on track. The best way to quit smoking is with support and medication, and the Solihull Stop Smoking service can provide you with both!

“If you don’t know what medication you want to use, your Stop Smoking Practitioner will assist you and go through all the nicotine replacement products, such gum and patches, and also prescription-only medication such as Champix. You will have expert guidance on how to get the best out of your chosen medication.

“At each session you will have your carbon monoxide reading taken, which is a quick and simple breath test, and shows how much carbon monoxide is in your system. It’s really great when it goes to a ‘non-smoker’ reading and people tell us how much better they feel – sometimes physically, other times financially and also mentally.

“Stopping smoking isn’t an easy thing to do, but when people quit with support and motivation from the team it is so fantastic!”

Think you might be ready to make the change? Call 0800 599 9880 free or fill in a referral form and start your quit journey today!

10 self-help tips to stop smoking

from the NHS Live Well website

Think positive
You might have tried to quit smoking before and not managed it, but don’t let that put you off. Look back at the things your experience has taught you and think about how you’re really going to do it this time.

Make a plan to quit smoking
Make a promise, set a date and stick to it. Sticking to the “not a drag” rule can really help. Whenever you find yourself in difficulty, say to yourself, “I won’t even have a single drag”, and stick with this until the cravings pass. Think ahead to times where it might be difficult (a party, for instance), and plan your actions and escape routes in advance.

Consider your diet
Is your after-dinner cigarette your favourite? A US study revealed that some foods, including meat, make cigarettes more satisfying. Others, including cheese, fruit and vegetables, make cigarettes taste terrible. So swap your usual steak or burger for a veggie pizza instead. You may also want to change your routine at or after mealtimes. Getting up and doing the dishes straight away or settling down in a room where you don’t smoke may help.

Change your drink
The same US study as above also looked at drinks. Fizzy drinks, alcohol, cola, tea and coffee all make cigarettes taste better. So when you’re out, drink more water and juice. Some people find simply changing their drink (for example, switching from wine to a vodka and tomato juice) affects their need to reach for a cigarette.

Identify when you crave cigarettes
A craving can last 5 minutes. Before you give up, make a list of 5-minute strategies. For example, you could leave the party for a minute, dance or go to the bar. And think about this: the combination of smoking and drinking raises your risk of mouth cancer by 38 times.

Get some stop smoking support
If friends or family members want to give up, too, suggest to them that you give up together. There’s also support available from your local stop smoking service. Did you know that you’re up to 4 times more likely to quit successfully with their expert help and advice? You can also call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044, open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

Get moving
A review of scientific studies has proved exercise, even a 5-minute walk or stretch, cuts cravings and may help your brain produce anti-craving chemicals.

Make non-smoking friends
When you’re at a party, stick with the non-smokers. “When you look at the smokers, don’t envy them,” says Louise, 52, an ex-smoker. “Think of what they’re doing as a bit strange – lighting a small white tube and breathing in smoke.”

Keep your hands and mouth busy
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) can double your chances of success. As well as patches, there are tablets, lozenges, gum and a nasal spray. And if you like holding a cigarette, there are handheld products like the inhalator or e-cigarettes. When you’re out, try putting your drink in the hand that usually holds a cigarette, or drink from a straw to keep your mouth busy.

Make a list of reasons to quit
Keep reminding yourself why you made the decision to give up. Make a list of the reasons and read it when you need support. Ex-smoker Chris, 28, says: “I used to take a picture of my baby daughter with me when I went out. If I was tempted, I’d look at that.”