CA-logo-artwork-medium 15Westminster carers attended Carers Action Day at the Beethoven Centre on Weds 24 February.

The theme for the day was The Care Act One Year On. Speakers Karen Cook (Interim Head of Social Work and Social Care at CNWL NHS Foundation Trust), Peter Beard (Commissioner For Carers), Mary Dalton (Head of Complex Needs Commissioning, Westminster City Council), and Laura Bennett (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Trust) gave the attendees an update on developments over the last 12 months, with carers joining in a lively Q&A after the talks.


Peter Beard (Commissioner For Carers) speaking at Carers Action Day

Laura Bennett (Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers Trust) speaking to a full hall of carers at Beethoven Centre

Before the speakers, carers had enjoyed lunch on arrival and were then able to explore information and advice on offer from a wide variety of stallholders including:

  • Carers Network,
  • Westminster Citizens Advice Bureau,
  • People First,
  • Voiceability,
  • Depression Alliance,
  • Take Time To Talk,
  • CNWL Recovery & Wellbeing College,
  • Westminster MIND and Westminster Mental Health Forum,
  • Disability Sports Coach,
  • Living Well

Carers also had the opportunity to sign up for health checks, hand massage and hand reflexology sessions.


Westminster CAB’s stall at Carers Action Day

Of attendees surveyed, 87% felt that the speakers and stallholders were excellent or good.
Feedback from the event also included:
Very well organised and provided useful information to carers”.
The day is brilliant! Well done to all involved in organising it”.

Cares Network celebrated their twenty-secondth AGM at the Mary Sumner House in Westminster yesterday. Members voted all nominated trustees onto the board including, Myrna Hyter, Gihan Khan, Steve Barnes, Ian Peck, David Evans, Michelle McGrade and Jarka Hinksmans.

Chief Executive Annette Furley said, “with the high caliber of trustees and a strong staff team, I am confident in the future for Carers Network as an important and innovative organisation delivering a frontline service for carers in Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham”.

Guest speaker Dame Philippa Russell – Chair of the Standing Commission on Carers spoke about the Care Bill and the importance of carers getting the right information and support to better manage their caring role. She was also enthused to see the solidarity amongst carers in Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham and encouraged services and carers to continue working together to improve carer services.

The event ended on a ‘funny’ note with a laughter yoga session facilitated by Cathy Collymore from Laughte Network.


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 the 24th October Carers Network and City Cruises worked in partnership to deliver a free lunch time cruise across the Thames River for a group of carers.  The mini voyage through the heart of London also included a gourmet three- course meal with running commentary on the history of the Thames. After desert, carers strolled on deck to fully take in the river cruise experience. This historical views ranged from the awe-inspiring Houses of Parliament to the ancient Tower of London (with its gruesome past) and onto the Royal Palace of Greenwich. Indeed, carers enjoyed a feast for the eyes, ears and stomach.

Lunch cruise River Boat Cruise Carer, Joseph Frimpong said, “It was a fantastic trip – I enjoyed every moment and felt totally relaxed, it was nice to be waited on for a change. Thank you very much Carers Network”

Communications and Engagement Manager Cecilia Faduola who organised the trip said “Carers Network believe in memorable, quality breaks and will do everything possible to give carers just that”

Carers Network would like to thank City Cruises for their contribution towards the trip and excellent service on board the hop on hop off sightseeing tour.

Look out for information on how you could take part in day trips with Carers Network by viewing our online Events Calendar.






15e17b98779c5d0c82e013f3530441a3On September 17th members from Carers Action and staff from Carers Network presented Etta Carnelli with a lunch time spread, a bouquet of flowers and a special gift in appreciation for all her hardwork for carers across Westminster for the past six years. Etta is leaving the borough to settle in her new home of Dorset to be nearer her son who she cares for.

Nobody can say that Etta did not care passionately about carers rights, health and general well being. She campaigned tirelessly and spoke up for the rights of carers in various ways, such as her consistent and effective presence on various partnership boards, panels and committee groups, including, the Challenging Behaviour Steering Group, Carer Partnership Board, Carers Break Scheme Panel, Carers Network Board of Trustees and Carers Action.

Despite challenges with her sons care, she fought every fight with great patience, fortitude and grace. Her absence will be deeply felt by all who came into contact with the well spoken lady from Italy.

Carers Network and Carers Action would like to thank Etta for her commitment, hardwork and dedication to carers and wish her and her family the very for the future.

Farewell Etta!