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CARERS WEEK 2017: 12 JUNE – 18 JUNE

It won’t be long until Carers Week 2017 is upon us!

This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

We have a jammed packed programme of FREE events and trips lined up to celebrate the week.

Monday 12 June, 10:45am: River Cruise. Back by popular demand, we’ll be kicking off the week by embarking on a river cruise. We have tickets available that will enable you to hop on and off the boats as many times as you like during the day. We’ll be meeting at Westminster Pier at 10:45am where you can collect your ticket, and we’ll depart on the 11:20am boat to Greenwich.

 

Tuesday 13 June, 11am – 3pm: Health and Information Day, 11am – 3pm, White City Community Centre, W12 7QT. Here, Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided. 

 

 

Wednesday 14 June, 2:30pm – 5pm: Group Tour of Westminster Abbey. This tour will be given by the Abbey’s expert guides and be followed by refreshments and a talk revealing lots of interesting history about the Abbey – along with points of local interest. (Please note that if you have mobility issues the room where the group will be meeting at the Abbey is only accessible by stairs).

Friday 16 June, 3pm: Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Here the group will meet outside Westminster tube at 2.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 June, 11am – 1pm: Art-focused Workshop at Queen’s Gallery. As a bonus this year, we also have an extra activity at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road – with the gallery hosting an art-focused workshop where you can engage with and experience the exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where you create your own artwork.

To register for any of these events or trips please call 020 8960 3033 / email events@carers-network.org.uk

Tickets for river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour are prioritised on a first-come first-served basis for carers who did not go on these trips last year.

To ensure as many carers as possible have the chance to be involved, carers will not be able to initially book onto both the river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour.

CARERS WEEK 2017: 12 JUNE – 18 JUNE

It won’t be long until Carers Week 2017 is upon us!

This national awareness week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution made by the 6.5 million people across the UK who currently provide unpaid care for a disabled, ill or older family member or friend.

The theme for this year’s Carers Week is building communities that support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

We have a jammed packed programme of FREE events and trips lined up to celebrate the week.

Monday 12 June, 10:45am: River Cruise. Back by popular demand, we’ll be kicking off the week by embarking on a river cruise. We have tickets available that will enable you to hop on and off the boats as many times as you like during the day. We’ll be meeting at Westminster Pier at 10:45am where you can collect your ticket, and we’ll depart on the 11:20am boat to Greenwich.

Wednesday 14 June, 2:30pm – 5pm: Group Tour of Westminster Abbey. This tour will be given by the Abbey’s expert guides and be followed by refreshments and a talk revealing lots of interesting history about the Abbey – along with points of local interest. (Please note that if you have mobility issues the room where the group will be meeting at the Abbey is only accessible by stairs).

Thursday 15 June, 11am – 3pm: Health and Information Day, The Stowe Centre, 258 Harrow Rd, W2 5ES. Here, Adult Social Care, the NHS and other local organisations will be hosting stalls with lots of useful information and advice. You will also be able to meet fellow carers, have free hand massages, talk to health trainers and enjoy a light lunch that will be provided.

Friday 16 June, 3pm: Guided Tour of the Houses of Parliament. Here the group will meet outside Westminster tube at 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 19 June, 11am – 1pm: Art-focused Workshop at Queen’s Gallery. As a bonus this year, we also have an extra activity at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace Road – with the gallery hosting an art-focused workshop where you can engage with and experience the exhibition and enjoy a landscape inspired session where you create your own artwork.

To register for any of these events or trips please call 020 8960 3033 / email events@carers-network.org.uk

Tickets for river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour are prioritised on a first-come first-served basis for carers who did not go on these trips last year.

To ensure as many carers as possible have the chance to be involved, carers will not be able to initially book onto both the river cruise and Houses of Parliament tour.

This week Carers Week celebrates the hidden army of unpaid carers who look after family and friends across the region, and we also celebrate Carers Network – the local charity that cares for the carers.

Carers Network was set up by a group of carers in Westminster in 1991. From their group created to support one another the charity grew and now provides expert advice and support to more than 3,500 carers in Westminster and Hammersmith & Fulham. Caring can be incredibly isolating and impact every part of a person’s life, over the years Carers Network has worked with thousands of carers to help them find the support and the encouragement they need in their caring role.

Carers like Amy*, 55, who has cared for her severely disabled son for 35 years. Years of caring have taken their toll on Amy’s physical and mental health, often leaving her anxious and exhausted. When the DWP started investigating her income last year Amy became extremely anxious about their intentions. When Amy called on Carers Network for help her support worker was able to visit her in her home and to work with her to contact the DWP and get some clarity on their investigations. Having her Carers Network support worker attend the DWP appointment with her meant that Amy felt reassured about the outcome.

Amy told us ‘Carers Network doesn’t judge me – they help me. I trust Carers Network to look after me. It makes me feel that it is not just me that is carrying the burden.’

Carers Network is celebrating 25 years of helping people like Amy, who have no one else to turn to. We are also working hard to ensure that our charity is able to support carers for another 25 years, by raising new funding from charitable trusts and donations. Donations can be made by visiting www.justgiving.com/carersnetwork

‘As the population ages the case for recognising and supporting unpaid carers is all the more compelling,’ says Sarah Mitchell. Chief Executive of Carers Network. ‘Three in five of us will be a carer at some point in our lives. Not all of us will need support but for those who do it is essential that independent charities like Carers Network continue to exist and to provide the support and advice that carers need when they need it most.’

Notes for Eds

Carers Network birthday party: Wednesday 8 June 1-4pm, Beethoven Centre, W10 4JL

Find out more about Carers Network’s services www.carers-network.co.uk

@carersnetwork

*not her real name

BuildingThe countdown is on to Carers Week 2016!

Carers Network will be celebrating the week with an Advice and Wellbeing Workshop event for H&F carers on Thursday 9 June.

This will be at The Mencap Centre, 65 Aspenlea Road, W6 8LH from 10. 30am – 3.30pm

Join us for walk-in workshops, stalls, health checks and lunch.

11am Get physical! This light exercise session will be just enough to get your pulse going and get the day off to a racing start.To join in the exercise session part of workshop please remember to wear flat footwear and loose clothing to the event.
12 midday Benefits entitlement – what’s new for you? find out from H&F Citizens Advice speakers in this workshop dedicated to carers’ needs.
12.30pm Lunch – make sure you sign up in advance to join us for a light lunch
1.30pm News & Views from Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – essential info on the CCG’s work with GPs and frontline health and they will be offering you the chance to help shape their services…
2-3pm Relax – join us for a mindfulness session, taking time out of your busy life to bring your attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, which can be developed through the practice of meditation. 

All day

  • local services will run information stall
  • free carer health checks

We hope you can join us there!

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by emailing info@carers-network.co.uk or calling 020 8960 3033. You do not need to specify which workshop you would like to go to.

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