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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 Time Bank: Card Making and New Walking Group

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Carers enjoyed lunch and turned their talents to Christmas Card making on 9 December at the Beethoven Centre. The Time Bank supplied the card making material; decoration and equipment, whist everyone got a chance to show their artistic talents. Carers welcomed the opportunity to do something creative which gave them the chance to eat, relax and chat to other carers. Everyone had a great time and commented that they wanted to do this again. “I really enjoyed the session can we have some more please.” If you would like the opportunity to try different types of arts and crafts then join the Cares Time Bank then take time out to learn a new skill and meet other carers. Call 020 8960 3033.

Small Steps Walking Group

Small StepsAre you interested in getting fit, enjoy walking but need some company then join the Small Steps Carers Walking Group. We will walk from Beethoven Centre to Queens Park then finish with some much needed refreshments.

  • Walking is a great for your health and well-being
  • Walking gives you energy
  • Walking lowers disease risk
  • Walking helps you lose weight
  • Walking makes you happy
  • Walking prevents dementia

Make Walking Fun!
Meeting at the Beethoven Centre, Third Ave W10 4JL. Walking route – Beethoven Centre to Queens Park
Start date: Thursday 25th February then every 4th Thursday of the month. Walk from 11am – 12.30pm
Contact Carers Network if you are interested in the walking group – Tel: 020 8960 3033

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Carers Network’s 2015 in Westminster

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The last 12 months at Carers Network in Westminster:

  • In 2015 Carers Network identified 369 new Westminster carers and carried out 403 Carer Assessments.
  • 52% of the new carers we are supporting are from BME (black and minority ethnic) backgrounds.
  • 64% of the carers we support care for 50+ hours each a week.
  • In 2015 we issued 121 Carers Emergency Cards.
  • The End of Life Carers Project supported 100 additional carers across the boroughs of Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham.

Last year Carers Time Bank also joined Carers Network; they have more than 80 members doing an exciting range of activities.

Across both Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham Carers Network has also just launched a new E-Bulletin which focuses on events, activities, issues and opportunities that will be of interest to carers.
Subscribe to the bulletin here.

In 2015 we raised funds for additional activities including a seaside trip; a weekend trip to Edinburgh for young adult carers; a number of spa days; theatre trips; reflexology treatments and a Christmas dinner for 150 carers.

Carers Network has also gained a number industry quality marks including PQASSO and the Carers Trust Quality Mark as a Centre of Excellence.

We also run the Tri-borough Providers Forum. This forum serves as a way of connecting together all organisations running carers services.

In 2015 we welcomed a dedicated full-time fundraiser to the team so that we can insure there is a pipeline of carer-specific funding in place for 2016-18.

We hope that 2016 will be another year and that we can continue to reach out and provide help and hope to even more carers across Westminster. If you would like to support us achieve our mission with a donation or are interested in doing any fundraising activity on our behalf please feel free to contact us on info@carers-network.co.uk

Find out about more of our Westminster services here and visit our events calendar here.

 

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International Mother Language Day

Family eventFAMILY EVENT:

International mother language day

Pimlico Library Sat 13 January

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Language, health and education, fun crafts

Church St library Wed 17 January

11.30am – 1.30pm

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Library Events: New Year New You

The libraries ‘New Year New You’ events are bigger and better with more fun, helpful information and pampering sessions than ever before!

They are also offering tasters of free library learning sessions.

More information can be downloaded here

The Road Show dates are:

Monday 25 January Church Street Library 10am onwards

Wednesday 27 January North Kensington Library 10am onwards

Friday 29 January Hammersmith Library 10am onwards

If you haven’t booked your space yet please get in touch asap with Kate Gielgud on kgielgud@westminster.gov.uk  T: 0207 641 8969

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White City Community Centre Over 50s Project

For all residents of Wormholt & White City Estate including Cleverly Estate , Batman & White City Close and surrounding streets

Download their full programme here

 

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FREE Tickets For Relaxed Performance at The Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre in Sloane Square, Chelsea have FREE tickets available for a relaxed performance of the play Linda on Saturday December 19 at 2.30pm.

Their relaxed performances are aimed at anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, sensory or communication disorders, or a learning disability.

Modifications are made to the show to tone down elements of the sound and lighting, and there is a relaxed approach to sound and movement from audience members during the show.

This is therefore a great opportunity for carers to sit back and enjoy a piece of theatre in a way that you might not ordinarily be able to.

To book your free tickets, please RSVP to boxoffice@royalcourttheatre.com by Thu 10 Dec stating:
-How many tickets you would like (these will be allocated first come first served)
-That you are from Carers Network
-Any other requirements you might have

Please note that you will need to attend the performance with the person you care for.

More information on the play itself can be found here: http://www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/linda
(This production has an age recommendation of 14+ and is not suitable for a younger audience).