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Carers Week 2016

Carers weekCarers Network celebrated Carers Week 2016 with a busy week of activities for both Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham carers!

We kicked off the week by co-hosting ‘Building Carer Friendly Communities’ with Carers Kensington and Chelsea at Kensington Town Hall on Monday 6 June.

This was an event for both Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea carers.

Here carers heard talks from Barclays Bank – on fraud prevention, third party mandates and power of attorney; The Commissioning Team, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster – on future carer services in the two boroughs; The Department of Work and Pensions Carers Allowance Unit – on carers allowance; and The Recovery and Wellbeing College – on how carers can benefit from attending courses at the college.

Throughout the day local services had stalls with lots of useful information for carers.

Carers from both boroughs were also be able to get health checks from the Health Checkers and free hand massages courtesy of Body Shop.

On Monday a group of H&F carers also enjoyed a trip to Chiswick House where they explored the historical house and beautiful gardens in the sunshine!

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 Carers enjoying the Chiswick House grounds

Then, on Tuesday 7 June a group of carers from both boroughs took advantage of a beautiful day and basked in the sun on a Thames River Cruise!

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All aboard! Carers on the Thames River Cruise

Wednesday 8 June saw us all celebrating Carers Network’s 25th birthday in style at the Beethoven Centre.

There was a tea and cake, a Laughter Workshop and dancing. Carers Time Bank members also demonstrated their skills!

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Carers getting into the party spirit!

The inaugural Great Carers Bake Off was a great success with some delicious baked creations on show and Westminster Carer Iwona Lynch was crowned the winner.

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Winning Westminster Baker Iwona Lynch with Carers Network Support Worker, and one of judging panel, Khursheda Ismoilzoda

On Thursday 9 June H&F carers attended Advice and Wellbeing Workshops at the Mencap Centre.

A light exercise session helped get carers’ pulses going and the day off to a racing start before H&F Citizens Advice gave a session on Benefits entitlement where carers found out what was new in this workshop dedicated to carers’ needs.

After lunch, carer caught up with the news & views from Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) where the group heard information on the CCG’s work with GPs and frontline health services and were a given the opportunity to help shape future services.

Carers were then able to relax and unwind by taking part in a mindfulness session at the end of the event.

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Carers taking part in the physical activity session

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Carers chat with H&F CCG and catch up on local news and opportunities to get involved.

Throughout the day local services had stalls with lots of useful information for carers. Free hand massages and health checks were also available.

Finally, on Friday 10 June carers from both boroughs enjoyed a fascinating and informative guided tour of The Houses of Parliament.

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 Hammersmith & Fulham Carers on the Houses of Parliament Tour

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Westminster Carers on the Houses of Parliament Tour

Carers Network would like to thank Karen Buck MP and Andy Slaughter MP for sponsoring these tours.