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New autism support group

Brand new tri-borough support group for carers of people with autism spectrum disorders, organised by Carers Network and National Autistic Society West London.

First meeting on Thursday 29th January 2015, 10am – 12pm at North West London Commissioning Support Unit15 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5JD

Register your interest with Lydia Hodges at Carers Network on 0208 960 3033 or Lydia.Hodges@carers-network.co.uk

Health service simulation event 13 November

Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (covering Westminster except for north Paddington and Queen’s Park) are looking at how to develop more integrated services for patients. They invite patients and carers to join clinicians to a public event on 13 November to look at how a more integrated service might look. Actors will help present a series of scenarios.

The event is on Thursday 13 November

Great Hall, Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London W1U 5AS

Lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP hazelguha@nhs.net to attend.

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Carers Rights Day 28 November!

Don’t miss our Carers Rights Day events on Friday 28 November. Find out about local services, support and advice at our many stalls and short talks.

Join us in:

Westminster 10-12pm, The Westminster Archives, 10 St Ann’s Street, London SW1P 2DE – Westminster tube

Hammersmith and Fulham 2-4pm. Dawes Road Hub, 20 Dawes Road, SW6 7EN – Fulham Broadway tube

Carers Rights Day Flyer

Carers Rights Day is about getting carers the information and advice they need to claim benefits, access practical support, and find out how technology can help take the pressure off!

Some key features:

  • Citizens Advice Bureau
  • Department for Work and Pension
  • Natwest

Housing, finances, benefits and homecare services – Hear about local services that can help, and ask questions.  This is a free event open to carers and professionals.

Please call Carers Network for more information, and to let us know you will be attending.

Westminster 020 8960 3033 – Hammersmith 020 7386 9417 or Email: events@carer-network.co.uk




Care Act guidance published

On 23 October the statutory guidance associated with the Care Act was published. This sets out how the Act will work in practice when the first phase of the reforms comes into effect in April 2015. You can see the guidance here. (note: the guidance is 506 pages long but is accompanied by an easy read version).

A  summarised  and simplified version of the Care Act has been produced by Carers Trust here.

Shape local health services – free training for carers

If you are a registered patient, service user or carer living in Hammersmith & Fulham or Westminster there are lots of opportunities just now to get involved in shaping the local health services. Would you like some free training to help you to get more involved in planning and buying local health services?  If so, click here to get more information about the Healthwatch Tri-borough free training sessions, running into January 2015.

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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!


Techy Tea Party – FREE IT Training For Carers


Tuesday 9th September was National Techy Tea Party Day.
Techy Tea Parties were held across all EE offices to help the nation get connected.  At a Techy Tea Party EE’s digital champions will help you understand how being connected can work for you, over some tea and biscuits.

EE digital champions will answer your questions and help you build confidence in using technology. You’re also invited to bring any of your own mobiles, laptops, tablets or equipment you’d like to learn more about.  Their champions will also have kit available to show you.

EE held a Techy Tea Party session on 9th September at their offices in Paddington which was attended by around 40 guests, including carers. The day was a great success with lots of guests across the UK getting help with their individual tech queries.

The next Techy Tea Party session will be on 27 November 2014, from 10am – 12pm, at EE’s Paddington offices: The Point, 37 North Wharf Road, London, W2 1AG.

If you would like to attend please contact me; June Mascoll on: 020 89621 299 or 020 8960 3033 and I will arrange for your name to be put on the list.