carers-rights-dayThis year’s Carers Rights Day will be on Friday 25 November!

Carers Network will be holding a Health & Information event for Westminster carers from 10am – 1pm at St Anne’s Soho, 55 Dean Street, W1D 6AF.

This year we will have a very special guest, as The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Steve Summers will be joining us!

There will then be an event for Hammersmith & Fulham carers from 1pm – 4pm at White City Community Centre, India Way, W12 7QT

A light lunch will be provided at both events and there will also be free massage therapies, flu jabs and health checks.

Come along to these events to :

• Be aware of your rights as a carer;
• Know where to get help and support;
• Help us raise awareness of the needs of carers.

If you would like to register, please call 020 8960 3033 or email 


Carers Network City of London is also organising an afternoon workshop on benefits followed by a mindfulness session for City Carers, all at the Golden Lane Estate.

2pm  –  Workshop on benefits and financial entitlements

A workshop on benefits and financial entitlements for carers to be delivered by Z2K.

This will cover:

  • Carer’s Allowance
  • The benefit cap exemption
  • Direct payments and personal budgets
  • Disability-related benefits (ESA/PIP/Attendance Allowance).

4pm  –  Mindfulness session

There will be a session on Mindfulness – what it is, how to do it and how it can help you cope with the day to day difficulties of life.

The event will be held at the Golden Lane Estate in the Ralph Perring room, EC1Y 0SJ



Imperial LogoImperial College Healthcare NHS Trust has received funding from the Imperial College Healthcare Charity to support the hidden army of unpaid carers supporting patients throughout the Trust.

This grant will enable the Trust to work in partnership with unpaid carers to deliver the best possible experience for patients.

Two in three people will become a carer at some point in their life but many do not even realise they are carers or that they can get support with their valuable role. Carers provide practical and emotional support to a vulnerable person whose needs are related to physical or learning disabilities, communication difficulties, frailty or mental health problems.

Through this funding the Trust will have framed ‘we welcome carers’ posters permanently positioned outside each ward at St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals – as well as in open areas at all five sites. They will be providing unpaid carers with a Carer’s Passport so that any carer on the Trust sites can be easily identified; ensuring that carers are more visible to Trust staff.

They will also be displaying a Carer’s Charter on wards which details how the Trust will work in partnership with their patients’ carers. In this Charter, the Trust commits to work collaboratively with carers and to listen to the carer’s in-depth knowledge of the patient’s needs and desires – to ensure the ‘best possible experience for (their) most vulnerable patients’. The Charter also sets out what is required in return from the carer.

Please download a copy of the Carer’s Charter here

The Trust will also be providing some guest beds for carers which they will be able to use when they need to stay overnight with their cared for.

The central London carers charity Carers Network will be working closely with the Trust to support this initiative and Carers Network will help launch the Carers Partnership across the Trust’s sites in Carers Week 6-10 June.

Carers Network’s Chief Executive, Sarah Mitchell, said ‘This is a fantastic initiative by Imperial Trust, we are delighted that the Trust is recognising the huge contribution that carers make to supporting patients both inside and outside of hospital.’

Imperial Trust will also host a forum for carers every 2 months. This will be an opportunity for carers to discuss issues with members of staff from the Trust – or just have a chat together over tea and biscuits.

To find out more about the support available for unpaid carers in central London visit or call 020 8960 3033.

The ‘We welcome Carers’ posters which will be permanently positioned outside each ward at St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith Hospitals – as well as in open areas at all five sites.

Carers Poster - 2016

The London Regional Network of National Valuing Families Forum and the London Region of the National Forum for People with a Learning Disability will be running a consultation  event on the green paper ‘No voice unheard, no rights ignored’

This event will be held on 13 May at London Councils. They will run two sessions on the day one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Please RSVP to

This is the link to the ‘No voice unheard, no rights ignored’ consultation documents                        

Spaces are limited so please don’t delay in booking your place at one of the sessions.

Carers Network would like to wish you all a Happy New Year!.

November and December 2014 were a busy time for us at Carers Network.  We organised two Carers Rights Day events across both boroughs on November 28th, welcoming carers from Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster.  Stall holders and speakers from a wide range of expertise offered advice and gave informative talks to unpaid carers.

DWP, PeopleFirst, Nationwide and Citizens Advice to name a few were on hand to answer questions at both events.  And as a special treat we arranged mini hand head and back massage sessions for carers on the day, from qualified therapists.

In December carers were treated to a wonderful 3 course meal at The Cumberland Hotel Marble Arch, as well as two Christmas parties held across both boroughs.  At the Christmas parties carers were musically entertained by a professional musician and singer who specialised in jazz music.  Whilst the music played people talked, and tucked into a delicious meal which was followed by a festive winter berry dessert.  As a special treat carers were able to have a caricature of themselves drawn, which as you can see below are great fun, and brought a lot of smiles and laughs on the day!  After raffle prizes were given out to lucky winners, carers and Carers Network staff joined in a sing-along of traditional Christmas carols to end the evening.

Summarised Christmas events feedback (combined)

Thank you all at Carers Network Westminster for all your help and support.

Good evening. Good food.

I enjoyed the singing and welcoming of the staff. Food was so good and everybody was friendly.

The lovely outings are always appreciated.

To say thank you. I enjoyed myself and had a fantastic time and good food. Thanks to all the team.

Suggestions for future events (combined)

Better food

The event was too far from my home.

Outings for Spring / Summer when weather better

More interaction with the carers

Can play piano at future event if needed!

More getting out of London where we can relax and forget about what we have to do. An Easter party.

Summarised feedback from Carers Rights Day

I am keen to do more activities such as reflexology, head and body massages / shiatsu

Enjoyed therapist but there should have one in each room

Very helpful and important

Please make the times of talks clearly visible

A bit more room and less noisy!

Your feedback is always important and relevant to us when we are planning events, so please continue to complete a feedback form after each event, or training session that you attend.

Carers Network would like to say big thank you to Ian peck (Trustee and General Manager at The Cumberland Hotel) for providing a lovely 3 course meal to 50 carers.  The room was and perfect for what we at Carers Network had planned for the evening and allowing everyone to relax, meet new people, have fun and enjoy themselves until midnight.

Apologies, we are currently experiencing problems with our photo library. Photos will be uploaded shortly. 

Carers Rights Day Slider New2jpgCarers Network welcomed 64 carers from across Hammersmith and Fulham and Westminster to our twin Carers Rights Day events on 28 November. ‘Know your rights’ was the theme of this year’s national day and carers had chance to talk to experts at stalls ranging from DWP to local community support projects. A series of short talks gave carers the lowdown on avoiding fraud and scams, support with managing budgeting and debt, advice on benefits entitlement and where to get local information. Carers also enjoyed meeting other carers and taster sessions of massage and reflexology.

Carers told us in their own words:

Very helpful and important

Very nice and sociable

Everyone was friendly, especially the Carers Network team

The event was very informative

Some carers wanted these events to happen more often, we also heard requests to hold events in different places. We try to vary locations and will choose different venues next year to make it easier for other carers to attend. Thank you all for attending and for your helpful feedback!



pflogoFriday 28 November is Carers Rights Day and to mark this, November is Carers month on People First.

They’ll be raising awareness of carers issues and have been working with Carers K&C and the Carers Network in Westminster.

Events, news and articles related to caring will be highlighted on the People First website

Click here to see their Carers page – this will be updated with more features and interviews next week and over ensuing weeks.

People First are also carrying out a Carers Survey . Closing date is November 21st

What is People First?

People First is the core Information and Advice web service for residents, staff and fellow professionals, run by the Adult Social Care departments of RBKC and Westminster. They soon hope to be live in Hammersmith and Fulham as well. Their aim is to provide easy-to-use, jargon free and engaging information in a bright visual way that will help keep people stay safe, well and independent.

For further information contact:

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
Please see flyer below for more information!

Flyer 2014