Are you struggling to cope because you have a long-term condition?

Need help to manage your condition but don’t know where to turn to?

“Self-Management for Life Online” will teach you skills and techniques to help you manage your condition and improve your life.

Access it anywhere and anytime via the internet

Plus you’ll have the support of online tutors who know what you’re going through.

“Self-Management for Life – Online” is for individuals over 18 years old, with single or multiple long-term conditions
such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma persistent pain, mental health conditions and chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease (COPD), etc.

This course is available to people registered with a GP or living in the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea or Westminster*

Benefits for you:

  • Supports positive self-care behaviours
  • Provides self-management tools and techniques
  • Reduces stress
  • Creates a better quality of life & increased confidence in managing long-term condition(s)
  • Helps you to have a better understanding of your condition – Allows your friends and family to understand your condition better and how they may support you

For further details call 03333 445 840, email: or visit

* Please note that this service is being piloted in the above boroughs

Self Management Online Flyer

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Advanced Decision Making

What every family carer should know about planning ahead

Monday 9 March – Friends House (nearest tube Euston)

Monday 23 March – NCVO building (nearest tube Kings Cross).

  • Do you worry about what will happen to the person you care for when you are no longer around?
  • Has a member of your family received a diagnosis which may result in them losing their ability to make their own decisions in the future?
  • Find out how to plan ahead before it’s too late.

FREE event for ALL Family Carers, with lunch and public transport expenses reimbursed

Programme includes:

  • When should people start planning? Receiving a diagnosis, when families start thinking about the future (Oi Mei – NFCN)
  • The Mental Capacity Act – The 5 principles.  What is mental capacity? Why is it important? Scenarios from real situations. Making Decisions  (Dr Paul Swift – NFCN Associate)
  • Legal structures (Alex Rook – Irwin Mitchell Solicitors)
    • Wills and trusts
    • Lasting power of attorney – finances, welfare
    • Advanced directives/living wills – What the MCA says about rules that you must follow when making an advance decision for it to be valid and applicable.
  • Circles of Support – How we can ensure that person-centred-planning continues (Peter Crane, Family Carer)
  • Practical exercises including developing your own individual action plan and feedback to NHS England about your information needs.

The event runs 10am – 3pm.    Spaces are limited, so please book asap.

Complete the following booking form and return to us by email:,
or by post: NFCN, Gaddum House, 6 Great Jackson Street, Manchester, M15 4AX
t:07718 134877,

The new Carers Network Newsletters are out now and can be downloaded below:



We hope you find them an enjoyable and informative read.

Please contact us as soon as possible If you would like to attend any of our events or training advertised within to avoid disappointment – since places tend to fill quickly.
t: 020 8960 3033 / 020 7386 9417

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Planning for the Last Years of Life Workshop for Unpaid Carers

Be ready for it!

By planning ahead we can ensure other people know our cared-for person’s wishes and can hopefully face the end of life with peace of mind and empowered spirit

Five things to do:

  • Planning future care (Advance Care)
  • Writing a Will
  • Recording funeral wishes
  • Organising a Power of Attorney

Discussing wishes with GP and relatives

The Workshop will explore:

  • The challenge & benefit of talking about death and dying with families, those we care for and health and social care professionals;
  • Planning for your future care and completing advance care plans;
  • Information about the benefits of writing a Will;
  • Information about Powers of Attorney

Open to Carers looking after residents of:

WHEN:      Wednesday 25 March 2015, 11:15 – 1:45 PM
WHERE:     Beethoven Centre, Third Avenue, W10 4JL

WHEN:       Thursday 2 April 2015, 11:15 – 1:45 PM
WHERE: Bishop Creighton House, 378 Lillie Road, SW6 7PH

Places are limited, so please phone us at Carers Network to book on: 020 8960 3033 or email:

The Abbey Community Centre & Association Carers Monthly Support Meeting
Wednesday 25th February,  between 12:30-2:30pm at the Abbey Centre.

Including a talk from Breathe Easy Westminster, wellbeing therapies and healthy refreshments will be provided.

For further information please click on this link to see a flyer:

Westminster Mind and Sanctuary Housing Association are holding a ‘Spring into health, happiness & wellbeing’ event:

Date:               Thursday 5th March 2015

Time:               11 am – 4pm

Venue:             Churchill Gardens Community Centre, Lupus Street, SW1V 3AL

Information & advice, crafts workshops, health check-up, mini make-overs & massage, wellbeing & staying healthy, children’s entertainment & face painting,  coffee morning & afternoon tea and more will be provided.

For further information please see this flyer: Spring into health, happiness & wellbeing

Thanks to all who joined us for our fantastic Carers Action Day on 18 February. More than 75 carers were there to hear from our excellent speakers about what the Care Act will mean to them. We heard from Dame Phillippa Russell of the National Standing Committee on Carers, Liz Bruce Executive Director of Adult Social Care in the Tri-Borough and Ben Cavanagh Policy and Public Affairs Manager from Carers Trust.

If you missed the event you can catch up with what they had to say in the presentations, here.

Carers Network will be keeping you updated as we find out more about the Care Act and what it will mean in Hammersmith & Fulham and in Westminster. Please check back on our website in March and April for the latest news.