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Announcement 29th Nov 2021 - a change to our Carers Groups due to Omicron

Given the news at the weekend concerning the new variant, we feel that we now to need to move the carers groups to a virtual platform. We knew the winter months would be difficult as the windows and doors must be open to allow fresh air to be circulated but given the uncertainty around this new strain, we cannot afford to put any carers at risk.

All Carers Groups will now be run over Zoom until further notice. If we hold a current email for you, you will automatically be invited to the daytime and evening Zoom groups in your district.

If you have any queries, please phone the team on 01858 468543 or email [email protected]

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Carers Support Groups face to face again

After 16 months on Zoom our Carers Support Groups have gone back face-to-face this month, subject to review as we need to keep a close eye on Covid case-rates to keep you all safe.

If you used to attend a Carers Support Group pre-Covid, please don't assume the date, time and venue will be the same - some have altered since we were last able to run them in March 2020. Please phone us on 01858 468543 to check as we would hate anyone to have a wasted journey.

Why not follow us on Facebook or Instagram where we announce the groups for the week at 9am every Monday morning. Our Facebook page is @VASLsupportforcarers and our Instagram @supportforcarers

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Free hot drinks for carers

We are delighted to say that some cafes around the county have joined our scheme to offer unpaid carers a free hot drink on production of their Carers Passport. We are contacting more venues in the hopes they will agree to support our carers in this way. Some of the first to sign up were:

We are very grateful to these cafes for their generosity.

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July ‘meet and greets’ for carers

In preparation for our Carers Support Groups restarting face to face in August (suject to government announcements), the team are holding Meet and Greets in their districts in July. If we hold an email address for you, your Carers Wellbeing Officer will invite you directly.

This is your opportunity to pop in, meet the Carers Wellbeing Officer for your district face to face, get any questions answered and collect some Lindt orange chocolate that was kindly donated by the manufacturer. It will not be full Carers Support Group session. Please wear a face covering unless exempt for indoor venues, bring your Carers Passport for outdoor ones.

Please note Hinckley and Bosworth has already occurred and as the NWL Carers Support Group starts back on 5 August anyway, so the chocolates will be handed out then.

Wed 14 July, 10:30am - 12 noon, Countesthorpe Village Hall - Gurjit

Wed 14 July, 2:30 - 4pm - Carnegie Museum, Melton Mowbray (opposite Morrisons) - Hannah

Thurs 15 July, 1:30pm -3pm - Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston - Gurjit

Thurs 22 July, 1pm - 2:30pm - WEATHER PERMITTING Welland Park Car Park off Farndon Road, Market Harborough - Elaine

Mon 26 July 2.30 - 4pm - the car park at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough - Sheneice

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Webinar for dementia carers

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