If you are a member of your GP practice PPG please join this workshop where the group will discuss how to increase the membership of PPGs, explore the ways of involving “hard to reach” people, share experiences and good practice, and have some fun!

This is open to PPG members in Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham

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Say thank you to someone who cares. Nominate them for a Carer Award!

Deadline for nominations: 26 August 2016

Do you have a family member, friend or neighbour who is looking after someone with a long-term illness or disability?

Please take a moment to recognise them – and let Westminster Council know why they deserve a Carer Award.

How to nominate:


There are ten categories, with the full list here: https://www.westminster.gov.uk/carer-awards

The Westminster Carer Awards are open to anyone who is an unpaid carer living in the City of Westminster or caring for a Westminster resident.

Visit westminster.gov.uk/carer-awards for more information.

Everyday First Aid for Carers

Would you know what to do?

This practical, bespoke course delivered by the British Red Cross will focus on skills most relevant to carers, including dealing with:
 Seizures
 Choking
 Head injuries
 Unconsciousness
 Burns

Hammersmith & Fulham:
Tuesday 20th January 2015, 1pm – 3pm
At: Bishop Crighton House, Lillie Road, SW6 7PH

Thursday 22nd January 2015, 2pm – 4pm
At: Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL

Please call us at Carers Network to book your place:
Hammersmith and Fulham 0207 386 9417 | Westminster 0208 960 3033
Or email: info@carers-network.org.uk

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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.


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!