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Summer Trip to Brighton

It had been hit and miss weather wise before our Carers Network coach trip to Brighton on Friday 29th August.  But fortunately for us the sun came out, and it turned out to be a lovely warm day.  So there was no need for umbrellas and wellies after all!

Over 30 carers were able to come along and enjoy a day out in Brighton, and the majority also decided to join the self-guided tour we arranged at the Royal Pavilion.

Royal Pavilion          IMG_6439

The feedback on ‘What was liked most about the trip’, was the fresh air, being by the sea and out of London for the day, the historical value of the Royal Pavilion, and being able to relax a bit.  And of course the beach and fish and chips!


There is always room for improvement when planning and organising events and trips etc – which is why completing our Feedback and Evaluation forms is important.  Based on the feedback received on ‘Is there anything you felt needed improvement?’ ,  it was suggested that a better meeting point for Westminster would be a good idea – especially as the coach just about made it through the small nearby streets to get to the Beethoven Centre.

Taking all the feedback into consideration, overall, it turned out to be a great day out.


Please check the website and look out for our latest newsletter, for any future up-and-coming events, days out, and other useful dates for your diary!


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Carers Network responds to Government consultation on the Care Act  

The Care Act is set to become law in April 2015 and the Government is consulting on the detailed regulation and guidance over the summer. Carers Network has responded – you can see our response below.

Carers Network broadly welcomes these regulations as they set out new recognition of the importance of carers and their entitlement to carer assessments and to be involved in support plans. The Act also recognises the need for the services that support carers to continue in their caring role when they are willing and able to do so.

Westminster and Hammersmith and Fulham local authorities are currently considering how they ensure that they meet all the provisions of the Act and Carers Network are working closely with them to help ensure that carers benefit from the changes.

Response to Care Act regs consultation

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You can still Sponsor our CEO

Our Chief Executive Sarah Mitchell is now back after spending her summer holiday walking 190 miles from one side of England to the other, to raise money for Carers Network.  The walk took Sarah over some of the toughest and most beautiful terrain in England from St Bees on the Cumbrian coast, through the Lake District, over the dales and moors of God’s Own Country (Yorkshire), finishing at Robin Hood’s Bay.

And it was all for a good cause – So far Sarah has raised a whopping £950!! -for Carers Network.  You can still sponsor Sarah by donating to Carers Network, and by getting your friends, family and colleagues to do the same:


Carers Network is a small charity and so, unlike giving to many of the larger charities, even £10 really does make a difference  to the people we work with. £100 allows us to rent a room for support group meetings for a month and if we are able to raise £200 we can run a daytrip to the seaside for carers. Every penny counts!

We’ve set up a Carers Network Givey account to make it easy to sponsor us. All you need to do is donate through our page, either using PayPal or a card, here.


Thanks for your support!  And well done for what you have raised so far Sarah.

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Carers Rights Day

Carers and professionals from all over Westminster were invited to attend our Carers Rights Day event on 27th November at the Mary Sumner House in the heart of Westminster – an apt venue of choice for a worthy cause. The theme of the event was ‘rights, advice, support’, neatly tying in with Westminster City Councils aim of building better communities and Carers Networks commitment towards valuing the carer in the community.

The tightly packed agenda had speakers from Disability Rights UK, Department for Work and Pensions, Citizens Advice Bureau, Carers Trust, Carers Action and Telecare Westminster, covering topics from Personal Independent Payment (PIP), the Care Bill, home adaptations, carers credit, best deals on energy, changes to benefits, welfare rights and carer activism.

Carers Rights DayConservative Cabinet Member for Adult Public Health Cllr Rachael Robathan, gave an opening speech, which included recent activities at the council to recognise carers in Westminster, namely the Westminster Carer Awards 2013, where ex – Chair for Carers Network, Betty Hippolyte, won an award for Carer volunteer of the year.

Carers also had the opportunity of visiting a range of information and advice stalls from external organisations including, Diabetes UK, Health Watch, Westminster Communications team, Citizens Advice Bureau, Munro Health Coop, Injury Prevention and many more.

The event was rounded off by entertainer ‘Shanks’ from Love to Drum who got the audience involved in making rhythmic beats on a range of percussion instruments.


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Westminster Carers Awards

On 15th October Westminster City Council hosted their first Carer Awards. The event was to recognise and thank carers who support a family member, friend or someone in the community with an illness or disability. With nearly 60 nominations and only four categories, the decision went down to the wire.

To our delight, ex Chair and trustee of Carers Network Betty Hippolyte won the award for Volunteer Carer of the year, which recognises carers who provide care and support to people through volunteering with a local organisation, a charity or the council and ensure carers have a voice, as well as supporting people in need. The award was a surprise to Betty who only found out a week before the night that she had been shortlisted for the award.

Betty’s exemplary commitment and dedication to her role as Chair and trustee for over 12 years was met with applause and heartfelt appreciation from guests and hosts Cllr Robathan and Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Hayms who presented Betty with her award and prizes donated from local businesses including St. James Theatre, SpaLondon, Rococo Chocolate, Anthologist restaurant. and Westminster Society.

Carers Network would like to congratulate Betty for her achievement and thank her all her hard work.

Well done Betty!