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Carers Week: Trips and Activities for Hammersmith & Fulham Carers

CARERS WEEK 2017: 12 JUNE – 18 JUNE

It won’t be long until Carers Week 2017 is upon us!

This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

We have a jammed packed programme of FREE events and trips lined up to celebrate the week.

Monday 12 June, 10:45am: River Cruise. Back by popular demand, we’ll be kicking off the week by embarking on a river cruise. We have tickets available that will enable you to hop on and off the boats as many times as you like during the day. We’ll be meeting at Westminster Pier at 10:45am where you can collect your ticket, and we’ll depart on the 11:20am boat to Greenwich.

 

Tuesday 13 June, 11am – 3pm: Health and Information Day, 11am – 3pm, White City Community Centre, W12 7QT. Here, Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided. 

 

 

Wednesday 14 June, 2:30pm – 5pm: Group Tour of Westminster Abbey. This tour will be given by the Abbey’s expert guides and be followed by refreshments and a talk revealing lots of interesting history about the Abbey – along with points of local interest. (Please note that if you have mobility issues the room where the group will be meeting at the Abbey is only accessible by stairs).

Friday 16 June, 3pm: Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Here the group will meet outside Westminster tube at 2.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 June, 11am – 1pm: Art-focused Workshop at Queen’s Gallery. As a bonus this year, we also have an extra activity at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road – with the gallery hosting an art-focused workshop where you can engage with and experience the exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where you create your own artwork.

To register for any of these events or trips please call 020 8960 3033 / email events@carers-network.org.uk

Tickets for river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour are prioritised on a first-come first-served basis for carers who did not go on these trips last year.

To ensure as many carers as possible have the chance to be involved, carers will not be able to initially book onto both the river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour.

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Carers Week: Trips and Activities for Westminster Carers

CARERS WEEK 2017: 12 JUNE – 18 JUNE

It won’t be long until Carers Week 2017 is upon us!

This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

We have a jammed packed programme of FREE events and trips lined up to celebrate the week.

Monday 12 June, 10:45am: River Cruise. Back by popular demand, we’ll be kicking off the week by embarking on a river cruise. We have tickets available that will enable you to hop on and off the boats as many times as you like during the day. We’ll be meeting at Westminster Pier at 10:45am where you can collect your ticket, and we’ll depart on the 11:20am boat to Greenwich.

Wednesday 14 June, 2:30pm – 5pm: Group Tour of Westminster Abbey. This tour will be given by the Abbey’s expert guides and be followed by refreshments and a talk revealing lots of interesting history about the Abbey – along with points of local interest. (Please note that if you have mobility issues the room where the group will be meeting at the Abbey is only accessible by stairs).

Thursday 15 June, 11am – 3pm: Health and Information Day, The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Rd, W2 5ES. Here, Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided.

Friday 16 June, 3pm: Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Here the group will meet outside Westminster tube at 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 June, 11am – 1pm: Art-focused Workshop at Queen’s Gallery. As a bonus this year, we also have an extra activity at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road – with the gallery hosting an art-focused workshop where you can engage with and experience the exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where you create your own artwork.

To register for any of these events or trips please call 020 8960 3033 / email events@carers-network.org.uk

Tickets for river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour are prioritised on a first-come first-served basis for carers who did not go on these trips last year.

To ensure as many carers as possible have the chance to be involved, carers will not be able to initially book onto both the river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Carers Week press release

This week Carers Week celebrates the hidden army of unpaid carers who look after family and friends across the region, and we also celebrate Carers Network – the local charity that cares for the carers.

Carers Network was set up by a group of carers in Westminster in 1991. From their group created to support one another the charity grew and now provides expert advice and support to more than 3,500 carers in Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham. Caring can be incredibly isolating and impact every part of a person’s life, over the years Carers Network has worked with thousands of carers to help them find the support and the encouragement they need in their caring role.

Carers like Amy*, 55, who has cared for her severely disabled son for 35 years. Years of caring have taken their toll on Amy’s physical and mental health, often leaving her anxious and exhausted. When the DWP started investigating her income last year Amy became extremely anxious about their intentions. When Amy called on Carers Network for help her support worker was able to visit her in her home and to work with her to contact the DWP and get some clarity on their investigations. Having her Carers Network support worker attend the DWP appointment with her meant that Amy felt reassured about the outcome.

Amy told us ‘Carers Network doesn’t judge me – they help me. I trust Carers Network to look after me. It makes me feel that it is not just me that is carrying the burden.’

Carers Network is celebrating 25 years of helping people like Amy, who have no one else to turn to. We are also working hard to ensure that our charity is able to support carers for another 25 years, by raising new funding from charitable trusts and donations. Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/carersnetwork

‘As the population ages the case for recognising and supporting unpaid carers is all the more compelling,’ says Sarah Mitchell. Chief Executive of Carers Network. ‘Three in five of us will be a carer at some point in our lives. Not all of us will need support but for those who do it is essential that independent charities like Carers Network continue to exist and to provide the support and advice that carers need when they need it most.’

Notes for Eds

Carers Network birthday party: Wednesday 8 June 1-4pm, Beethoven Centre, W10 4JL

Find out more about Carers Network’s services www.carers-network.co.uk

@carersnetwork

*not her real name

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Carers Week at Stephenson House

Central and North West London NHS Trust have a busy Carers Week programme.

Pop down to see them at Stephenson House

 

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