Christmas Gifts for Carers!

This Christmas, staff at the leading business advisory firm Deloitte organised a ‘Giving Tree’ and purchased gifts for over 200 central London carers!

Carers were invited to request a gift by filling in a card at Carers Rights Day events. These cards were then put on a ‘Giving Tree’ at Deloitte’s London office, with staff choosing a card and then personally buying the gift requested!


Carers Network’s Chief Executive Sarah Mitchell takes delivery of presents from Nick Allen, Senior Manager at Deloitte UK

Unpaid carers don’t get time off at Christmas, and get little chance to think about treating themselves. But this Christmas more than 200 Deloitte employees gave a thought and a personalised gift to local carers  this was such a kind and generous initiative and we’re hugely grateful to all at Deloitte for making this happen.”
Sarah Mitchell, Chief Executive, Carers Network


The treasure trove of gifts awaiting collection!

Carers were delighted to receive their gifts:

Thank you very much for this thoughtful gesture.” Westminster Carer

Such a lovely thing to do.” Hammersmith & Fulham Carer

Thank you so much for this generous gift – a wonderful surprise!” Westminster Carer

These gifts are greatly appreciated. It’s good to know that people do acknowledge our work.” Hammersmith & Fulham Carer

We would like to sincerely thank Deloitte staff for their generosity and for Nick Allen, along with the rest of the Deloitte Working Family Network, for coordinating the gift cards and present distribution!


Westminster carer Carol Walsh with her gift


Westminster Carer Souad Mohamad with her gift


Westminster carer Sunila Malhotra with her gift


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We Did It!

We are very pleased to announce that we were successful in the first stage of our Global Giving Gateway Challenge and raised £3,824 from at least 91 individual donors in 35 days towards our campaign to expand the Carers Time Bank! A big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who helped us and supported the campaign!

totaliser-we-did-itAs a result Carers Network has now won a permanent place on Global Giving which will enable us to access many other exciting fundraising opportunities!

But we’re not there yet! To complete the challenge we need to raise a total of £6,000 – which will enable us to help 50 carers share skills in our unique Time Bank.

Just £8 buys one carer’s materials for a skills workshop such as jewellery making, while £14 pays for recruiting a new carer to join the Carers Time Bank.

You can help us try and reach the target by donating or sharing the link to donate with your friends on social media!

Donate and find out more about the project here: http://bit.ly/carers-timebank


Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) Peer Support Groups – February-April 2017

The BEAD project is a partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and Adfam, providing practical and emotional support and information specifically for anyone bereaved through a loved one’s drug or alcohol use.

Cruse is the UK’s leading bereavement charity and Adfam is the national charity working to improve support for families affected by drug or alcohol use.

They will be launching a new round of their peer support group in the new year.

The group will be held in central London and will consist of eight weekly sessions, the first of which is on Tuesday 21 February 2017.

They have two highly-experienced BEAD peer support volunteers facilitating the group to provide emotional and practical support in a closed group setting to bereaved adults.

They know that this type of bereavement support can be very hard to come by and there only a few groups of this kind across the country.

Please see their FAQs for a full list of the dates and further information on the bereavement peer support groups.

Please note there is also 1:1 support available through BEAD, subject to a waiting list. See the BEAD flyer (pdf) for more information.

Please get in contact them on info@beadproject.org.uk if you would like to attend the group or have any questions.

Fulham Good Neighbours Shared Reading Group

Fulham Good Neighbours is starting a new reading group for local residents together with the national organisation – The Reader.

The Shared Reading Group is a place to relax, make new friends and share stories with others every week.

Everyone is welcome to just drop in, sit down and enjoy listening to a great story or poem — there’s no pressure to talk or read.

The group will take place EVERY Thursday between 11:00 and 12:30 at Rosaline Hall, 70 Rosaline Road, London, SW6 7QT starting from Thursday, 5 January 2017.


Have your say on gastroenterology and ENT services

Get involved and have your say about health services!

The CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Group collaborative (made up of Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing CCGs) are in the process of reviewing the Gastroenterology and Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) services provided in these areas.

The focus of the work will be to make it easier for patients to access gastroenterology and Ear, Nose and Throat services and to improve the quality of the service.

Central London CCG are reviewing these services on behalf of CWHHE Clinical Commissioning Group.

The services:

  • Hospitals provide a range of services for treatment of symptoms affecting the ear, nose or throat (ENT).  This could be treatment, as well as clinics for symptoms affecting the ear, nose or throat, together with a full range of audiological investigations and rehabilitation.
  • A Gastroenterology service focuses on the digestive system and includes the study, diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract. These may affect the swallowing tube, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, liver, gallbladder or pancreas.

They know that some of you will have experience and knowledge of these services and would like to use that expertise to help ensure they provide the right service.

If you are a patient who uses these services, or if you care for someone who uses these services, they would like to hear from you to hear about your experiences and suggestions for how services can be improved.

There will also be a series of monthly one-hour workshops between January and February to look at reviewing this service. They would value your participation in these workshops, so that they can ensure to develop the right service for patients and residents.

Please email Samira on samira.shariff@nhs.net if you’d like to get involved.

H&F Forum: Minutes from last meeting | next meeting date

The minutes from the H&F Carers Forum held on 28/10/2016 can be downloaded here

The next H&F Carers Forum will be:

Friday 27 January 2017 at 1.30pm-3.30pm.
Bishop Creighton House,
374-380 Lillie Rd,


Open Age Queen’s Park & Harrow Road Programme

Open Age run activities for the over 50s and membership is free.

The Activity Programme for the Open Age Queen’s Park & Harrow Road hub from Jan 9 to 21 March 2017 can be downloaded here