Carers – Don’t Tone Alone!

Please vote for Carers Network!

Carers Network are approaching the Aviva Community Fund to support a project that will provide unpaid carers with personalised support to improve their physical health and live an independent, healthy and fulfilling life.

We need your vote to help us secure this funding!

You can find out more information and vote here

If successful we will deliver a 12-month project that will work to change the behaviour of carers, empowering them to enhance their physical, mental and emotional health wellbeing.

The project will include:

  • Personal Training Service for Carers
  • Wellbeing and information Workshops

We would like people to vote for this project because the potential benefits are so huge.

In addition to the personal wellbeing of the unpaid carer being improved, it allows them to provide better and more consistent care for their loved one.

This is of vital importance, because in the event of a carer falling ill, or being physically unable to cope with the burden of their caring role, there will be a huge impact on the wellbeing of the cared for person as well.

H&F Carers Forum: Fri 28 October

The next H&F Carers Forum will be on 28/10/16 at Bishop Creighton House, Lillie Road, London, SW6 7PH, 1.30pm – 3.30pm.

Please note there will be a guest speaker from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Council, with Sports Manager Jardine Finn attending to discuss physical fitness and present an overview of the health and fitness projects in H&F (as requested by members).

Download agenda for October 28 meeting here and minutes from the H&F Carers Forum held on 22/07/2016 here

Service User Only Workshops

NHS Central London Clinical Commissioning Group will be holding two service user only workshops

These specific workshops will look broadly at all of the service areas and include Adult Services, Children’s Services, Intermediate Care, Urgent Care and Specialist Services.

Service User Workshop 1Mon 24th Oct, MBR, 15 Marylebone Road, NW1 5JD (5th floor, Room 5.1) 11am -2pm, 

Service User Workshop 2: Tues 8th Nov, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, 64 Victoria St, London SW1E 6QP  (17th Floor Room 11) 12pm-3pm

NHS Central London Clinical Commissioning Group appreciate carers continued involvement to help shape local health services.

To confirm your attendance to either or both, please contact Sophia.malik1@nhs.net


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Tri-Borough Tender Of Carer Hub Services: Update for carers

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster City Council and The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea are going to tender their carers’ hub service across the three boroughs by the 31st October 2016.

They will have a meeting they to update carers about the tender on Friday 28 October at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton St, W8 7NX from 11.30am -1pm.

If you would like to attend this meeting please RSVP by emailing events@carers-network.org.uk  as soon as possible.


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Single Point of Access to mental health services

In Central, North West and West London a new 24/7 crisis helpline was launched earlier in the year to ensure people could talk to someone urgently about their mental health when they needed. 

This inventive idea makes mental health services quicker and easier to access and makes creating referrals easier.

The services accept referrals from carers, family members, the police, GPs, ambulance service and other professionals.

To access this service in Hammersmith & Fulham Ealing and Hounslow please call 0300 1234 244.

To access this service in Westminster Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Kensington & Chelsea please call 0800 0234 650 or email cnw-tr.spa@nhs.net

You can read more about services available in North West London at www.cnwl.nhs.uk, www.westlondoncamhs.nhs.uk and www.healthiernorthwestlondon.nhs.uk.

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October is Free Wills Month!

Visit the website now to take part – www.freewillsmonth.org.uk – all you need to do is scroll down, enter your details and follow the instructions to select a convenient solicitor from the list (you can also view on a map).

Call them to book your appointment, please remember to mention ‘Free Wills Month’ when you call. The charities are paying for a limited number of Wills, so the earlier you call, the better.

They have participating solicitors in more than 50 locations across England, Scotland and Wales so there should be a Free Wills Month solicitor close to you.

If they don’t have a location near you and you are unable to travel to any of them, unfortunately you won’t be able to take part in the campaign this time.

They will have another campaign with completely different locations in March 2017.

The website has a Will Planner which is a handy summary of the things you might like to think about before you visit a solicitor.

The Free Wills Month service is available only because the charities concerned are funding the promotion. They do it because they are dependent on legacies in Wills for such a large part of their income. So while you are not obliged to include a legacy to one or more of the charities, clearly the promotion is organised to encourage these wonderful gifts – they cost you nothing now but make a difference to these fantastic charities in years to come. It’s an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in a painless way!

Each Will written without a gift takes money away from the charities’ core work: please consider this when making your appointment.

Mental Ill-Health Recovery Support


St. Mary Abbot’s Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) is a charitable organisation that supports people in their recovery from mental Ill-health by providing purposeful activities.

They offer a range of supported work and training opportunities in a relaxed and friendly environment, to help people build both practical and personal skills, gaining experience and confidence that may lead onto further employment.

Their main projects include:

  • Music
  • Floristry
  • Bridge-building
  • Gardening
  • I.T.
  • Café

Who can Use Smart

SMART is for anyone with a mental health need. SMART also offers evening, weekend and drop-in activities that are open to everyone.


You don’t have to be a member to participate in SMART Clubs just drop in!

All events at The Basement, 5 Gertrude Street, London, SW10 0JN unless otherwise stated

Phone: 020 7376 4668 for further details or to book a place on limited number event