Carers Network are very proud to have been awarded the contract to support carers in the City of London. We will do everything we can to make this new service work for you. We are looking forward to getting to know you all now the service has started, and we want to provide you with some information which we hope will answer any questions you may have.
The latest City Carers e-bulletin can be viewed here
Support Groups for City Carers
Carers Network is committed to encouraging carers to gain confidence, make their own choices and support each other. Our vision is to support carers to support each other and lead their own groups. We have a number of social meetings and events, reaching an increased number of carers and empowering carers to peer support.
Further information on City support groups here
The Carers Network Advice Line for City carers is open every Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm.
City Carer Support Worker Rose Bernstein will be picking up the phone, so please do call – whether it’s because you can’t make it to a support group or you’d rather talk in private, do give her a call with queries or concerns, or anything else that’s on your mind. CALL: 07980 744 511
The first City of London Carers Forum took place on Tuesday 31 January 2017, 2pm – 4pm in the Ralph Perring room at the Golden Lane Estate (where the North City Support Groups are held).
A Carers Forum is a group run by carers, for carers, with the aim of addressing issues that matter to you, and making sure your voice is being heard.
Anyone caring for someone who is resident in the City of London can come to these meetings, where you can raise issues about the quality of local services, suggest ideas for the development of new services, or take part in local consultations or strategically important meetings with City of London, HealthWatch, or the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Next Forum: Tues 30 May 2017 (TBC)
Come along to take part and give your view on the issues the forum should address.
New Drop-in at Artizan Library from Monday 30 January 2017
We are starting a new monthly drop in service, which will take place after the East City support group at the Artizan Library.
You can turn up there with any questions you have on the last Monday of the month between 3.30pm – 4.30pm, or just drop by for a chat with the City support worker.
Who are Carers Network?
Carers Network is a local, independent charity. We’ve been providing support to unpaid carers in Westminster for 25 years, and in Hammersmith & Fulham since 2013.
What will the new service do for carers?
- We have employed a City Carer Support Worker, Rose Bernstein, who will work part-time, three and a half days a week. Rose’s job is to provide you with any advice, information and support you might need in your caring role.
- There’ll be a telephone advice line that runs every Wednesday from 12pm to 7pm, so you’ll have a chance to speak to your Carer Support Worker at a time that may be more convenient for you. Please call 07980 744 511
- We run two support groups per month, and invite speakers on issues that matter to you. Please see details here.
- There’ll be a monthly drop-in, where you can get face to face advice and support.
We’ll also be working hard to fundraise to do more, so now’s the time to tell us what you’d like! Some of the activities we’ve done before include training (like first aid), spa days, theatre trips, and mindfulness. We’re always open to new ideas too.
I was registered with the City carers service at Elders Voice, do I have to register again with Carers Network?
If you returned a form to Elders Voice which asked you to give your consent to sharing your details with us, there’s no need to worry: Elders Voice will have passed your details to us, and you will be registered with Carers Network.
If you didn’t return your form, or you didn’t get one, just get in touch with us on the number or email at the bottom of the page to register.
I still have questions, what do I do?
We know it can be a worrying time when services change, especially when you’re already dealing with everything that comes with being a carer, so if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch on the number or email at the bottom of the page.
Above all, this is your service, and the most important thing to us is that City carers get the service they want and need.
We look forward to getting to know you soon.