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News items from May 2013

Open Farm Sunday - 9th June

The Co-operative Farms are holding an 'Open Farm Sunday' event for all the family on 9th June from 11am to 4.30pm at the Stoughton Estate, Oadby Lodge Farm, Gartree Road, Leicester, LE2 2FG.

Activities include tractor rides, machinery displays, the story of wheat, environmental research, children's activities, nature trails and a cookery demonstration. The event is a great chance to meet the people who grow our food and look after the countryside so why not go along? The Carer's Trust will also be there, as they're the Co-operative Group's charity of the year.

Simply go along any time during the day or call Robin or Liz on 0116 259 2342. 

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Harborough & District Mind - new website

If you experience mental health problems or you care for someone who does, you may like to know that Harborough & District Mind have launched a new website featuring the activities they run in the area.

We hope you find it useful.

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Community Energy Champions needed in Harborough

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland) and Papworth Trust are looking for people to become community energy champions in Harborough, to help spread the word about grants and services that can help those in fuel poverty.

They’re holding an energy advice session on June 4th from 2pm to 4pm at the Papworth Trust, Kibworth Business Park, 10 Nursery Court, Kibworth, LE8 0EX. Anyone is welcome to go along, especially people who work, volunteer or come into contact with those at risk of fuel poverty including carers.

Diana Cook from the Rural Community Council explains:

“Energy prices have risen sharply and are likely to rise still further. This is having an effect on the most vulnerable in our society who are also often the people who do not ask for help. By spreading information widely among those who come across vulnerable people we hope to be able to ensure that more people have access to help and support that they need so that they can take advantage of the initiatives available.”

The session will cover fuel poverty, fuel costs, energy efficiency and advice, reducing heat loss, heating and domestic water controls, controls and appliances and where to go for further assistance and advice. Places are limited so please call or email to book your place.

Call: Diana Cook on (0116) 2689706

Email: [email protected]

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Volunteers needed for charity Christmas lunch

Margaret and Mike Bowers from the Salvation Army in Market Harborough are looking for volunteers to help them provide Christmas lunch for people who would otherwise be alone at Christmas.

Volunteers are needed to help with all kinds of tasks, from vegetable preparation to cooking, transport and serving at the table. The event will run from first thing Christmas Day morning through to around tea-time at the Methodist Church.

Margaret and Mike are keen to hear from people who can help during the day, for a few hours in the morning or afternoon, or with the planning leading up to the event. If you’d like to get involved, you can go along to the first planning meeting for the event on 5th June from 7.30pm at the Methodist Church, to see what’s being planned, without having to commit yourself.

To find out more:

Call: John Stride on 01858 468 136
Email: [email protected]

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Summer Newsletter out now!

Why not put your feet up for five and enjoy reading our Summer Newsletter, full of useful information for carers including details of our Carers Week events coming up in June. 

Simply click here to read it in full. 

We hope you enjoy it! 

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Carers Week event in Rutland - 13th June

Rutland County Council is holding an event for carers as part of Carers Week, which runs from 10th to 16th June. 

If you look after someone why not go along to Rutland County Council Chambers, Catmose, Oakham on Thursday 13th June from 10am to 3pm for a host of useful local information, advice and practical support to help you in your caring role. 

The event will include information stands, a Carers Help Desk, practical advice from the Occupational Therapy Team on things like moving and handling and how to get specialist equipment, Carer Health Checks and a Consultation Stand so you can talk to the County Council about changes to Adult Social Care. 

To find out more call 01572 722577.

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Dementia event in Rutland - 22nd May

Rutland County Council, the Alzheimer’s Society and Dementia Friends are holding an event for Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from 19th to 25th May.

On Wednesday 22nd May, Rutland Carers Team and Rutland’s Dementia Support Worker from the Alzheimer’s Society will be holding an advice and information session for dementia sufferers and their carers at the Congregational Hall drop-in, Congregational Church, High Street, Oakham. Everyone is welcome so why not pop by to show your support!

If you're looking for more events in Rutland, the Memory Lane Café meets in Oakham on the 1st Thursday of every month from 10am to 11.30am in the Community Room at St John’s and St Anne’s, Westgate, Oakham. The café also meets in Uppingham on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Methodist Church opposite Orange Street, Uppingham.

To find out more call Paula Summerfield on 0116 231 6920.

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Support for adults with autism

The Leicestershire Autism Information Hub is a service for adults with autism, and those who care for and support them in the Leicestershire region. It's a joint project between Leicestershire County Council and the National Autistic Society and includes: 

An Autism Services Directory for adults in Leicestershire

A telephone helpline available from Monday to Friday 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm on 0808 800 0125

An email enquiry service 

A range of information resources relevant for adults with autism

Information about employment support and training 

To find out more click here to visit the Leicestershire Autism Information Hub website 

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Do you have a child with a disability or additional need?

Menphys is holding a family fun and information day on Sunday 12th May from 10am to 4pm at Parklands Leisure Centre in Oadby - for parents and carers of children with disabilities or additional needs.

The whole family is welcome and the event will include the chance to pick up information about local services, sports sessions, games, facepainting, scratch art, arts and crafts and much more. Together with opportunities to get your voice heard.

You're also very welcome to join in with the Menphys Fundraising Walk - or welcome home the walkers! There's no need to book, just come along and pop in for an hour or two. 

To find out more please call Kirsty Neale on 0116 282 3659 or email [email protected]

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