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News in Charnwood

New Carers Information Videos now up!

Thanks to funding from Market Harborough and the Bowdens charity, we are delighted to present our new series of nine Carers Information Videos. Written in-house by one of the SFC team, they are concise, informative and friendly, and especially relevant to carers in Leicestershire. They are available to view on our YouTube channel now. Most of them last around 3 minutes and all are subtitled.

Benefits - Attendance Allowance, PIP, Carers Allowance, Carers Credit and Council Tax Reduction.

Care in the home. .

Carers Assessments.

Legal stuff - Power of Attorney, Wills, Living Wills and Advance Decisions.

Looking after me. Ways to safeguard your own health and wellbeing while caring.

Tech and Gadgets.

When Something Goes Wrong - Emergency planning, Message in a Bottle

Choosing residential care and coping with the end of your caring role.

Bereavement.

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Are you caring for a family member with difficult or challenging behaviour?

Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland have listened to local Family Carers pleas for help in learning how to handle repetitive, difficult or challenging behaviour from the family members that they are caring for. This could be anything from refusing to get dressed, refusing assistance, refusing to eat, to encountering potentially vulnerable situations. How do you maintain that loving relationship when the person you care for is pushing you to the limit or you simply don’t know how to respond?

With the kind support of Cedar Mews Care Home in Birstall, there will be a Professional Trainer on hand delivering an interactive session on how best to manage situations at their next Family Carers Workshop which takes place on Wednesday 28 November between 2pm and 4pm.

We anticipate this will be a well attended session and ask you to book via Age UK on 01509 260327, Cedar Mews on 0116 267 4835 or Eventbrite

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CARERS WEEK 2018 EVENTS

It's Carers Week from 11th-17th June and this year's theme is Healthy and Connected. We're running events throughout the month to celebrate Carers Week and support the health and wellbeing of carers. Please see below for a full list of events or click here for a printable list (please note: the list will download as a Word document) 

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Find out more

WEDNESDAY 6TH JUNE, 12pm-1.30pm
LEICESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL CARERS PROMOTION
SUPPORT FOR CARERS INFORMATION STAND

THURSDAY 7TH JUNE, 10.30am-12pm
COALVILLE CARERS GROUP
BODITRAX MACHINE

MONDAY 11TH JUNE, 10.30am-12pm
ASHBY CARERS GROUP
LOVE FOOD HATE WASTE

TUESDAY 12TH JUNE, 11am-pm
BLABY CARERS GROUP
CARERS OLYMPICS

TUESDAY 12TH JUNE, 10am-12pm
CASTLE MEDICAL GROUP ASHBY
SUPPORT FOR CARERS INFORMATION STAND

WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE, 11am-2.30pm
SUPPORT FOR CARERS KEEPING HEALTHY AND CONNECTED EVENT IN SOUTH WIGSTON
INTERACTIVE AND INFORMATIVE EVENT

WEDNESDAY 13TH JUNE, 6.30pm-8.30pm
HARBOROUGH MENTAL ILL HEALTH CARERS GROUP
WRITING FOR MINDFULNESS

THURSDAY 14TH JUNE, 10.30am-12pm
MELTON CARERS GROUP
FIRST AID TRAINING

FRIDAY 15TH JUNE, 11am-2pm
SUPPORT FOR CARERS INFORMATION AT SAINSBURYS FOSSE PARK
SUPPORT FOR CARERS INFORMATION STAND AND BAG PACKING

TUESDAY 19TH JUNE
10.30am-12pm
HINCKLEY CARERS GROUP
BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING

WEDNESDAY 20TH JUNE, 12pm-1.30pm
GLENFIELD HOSPITAL CARERS PROMOTION
SUPPORT FOR CARERS INFORMATION STAND

THURSDAY 21ST JUNE, 2.30pm-4pm
OADBY & WIGSTON CARERS GROUP
SEATED EXERCISE

MONDAY 25TH JUNE, 2.30pm-4pm
LOUGHBOROUGH CARERS GROUP
SEATED EXERCISE

TUESDAY 26TH JUNE, 10.30am-12pm
BOTTESFORD CARERS GROUP
BASIC FIRST AID TRAINING

THURSDAY 28TH JUNE, 1.30pm-3pm
HARBOROUGH CARERS GROUP
FIRE SAFETY TALK

To find out more about any of the events above please call us on 01858 468 543 or email [email protected]

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Dementia Awareness Drop-in Day - 22 May

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is hosting a drop-in day on the theme of dementia awareness on Tuesday 22 May at Charnwood Mill, Sileby Road, Barrow-upon-Soar, Loughborough, LE12 8LR between 10am and 4pm.

Support for Carers will be there so please come along and say hello to us and meet other organisations including Dementia UK, The Purple Angel Dementia Campaign, Alzheimer's Society and the Young Onset Dementia Service.

Anyone is welcome to drop-in at the event, which is being held as part of national Dementia Action Week. You'll be able to find out what services and support are available from the NHS and voluntary sector in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Admission and parking are free, with tea and cake provided. 

To find out more email [email protected] or call 07748 791 434.

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Joining Forces Coffee Mornings for Older Veterans

Are you, or do you care for, an older veteran? 

Joining Forces, Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland's new project to support older veterans in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland, is holding several Veterans Coffee Mornings for older veterans and their carers, spouses, families, widows and widowers. 

The coffee mornings are on: 

Monday 9th April & Monday 14th May from 10am-12pm 
At
Hermitage FM Community Coffee Lounge
Memorial Square
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 3TU

And: 

Wednesday 11th April from 10.30am-12.30pm
Gorse Covert Community Centre
Maxwell Drive
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 4RZ 

Please come along and meet other veterans as well as Joining Forces staff. 

Tea, coffee, cake and refreshments will be available as well as a very warm welcome.

To find out more please call Jill or Michaela on 0116 2614 605 or email [email protected]

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Do you have questions about dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society are running a series of Dementia Community Roadshows in Leicestershire, to provide information and support to those affected by dementia. 

Wednesday 4 April, 10am-4pm
Market Place (by Boots) Loughborough 

Thursday 5 April, 10am-4pm
Highcross, Shires Lane, Leicester

Friday 6 April, 10am-4pm
Asda Fosse Park, Leicester

To find out more visit www.alzheimers.org.uk/roadshow

For advice and support please call the National Dementia Helpline on 0300 222 1122

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FREE Writing for Wellbeing course for carers

Are you an older carer living in Leicestershire?

Age UK Leicestershire and Rutland have teamed up with Beauty and Utility Arts to run a FREE Writing for Wellbeing course for older carers at Charnwood Museum, Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DU. 

The course will run on Wednesday 11th, 18th, and 25th April and Wednesday 2nd May, from 10.30am-12.30pm. 

Join writer Katie Sone at four relaxed and enjoyable Writing for Wellbeing sessions and explore how writing can be good for you, slowing busy minds and stimulating ideas and precious memories. 

Numbers are limited so please book your FREE place by calling Jeanette Silver from Age UK on 01509 260327 or email [email protected]

Find out more about the course

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Reaching new carers

We've been out and about in the community again - this time at an event organised by Age UK in partnership with Nicky Morgan MP on Saturday 10th March in Loughborough - to help older people plan for a more positive retirement and ageing well. 

We had a stand at the event with other exhibitors including charities, emergency services, health providers and public sector suppliers. 

It was a great opportunity for us to talk to a wide range of people and best of all, we reached five new carers who are now receiving help from Support for Carers, underlining the importance of attending community events like this. 

Many thanks to Gurjit from our Support for Carers team.

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Health Awareness Event: Coping with Cancer - 17th March in Quorn

If you're caring for someone with cancer and live near Quorn why not come along to Quorn Medical Centre's Health Awareness event 'Coping with Cancer' on Saturday 17th March from 1pm at Quorn Village Hall, 64 Leicester Road, LE12 8BB?

There'll be a range of help and advice on offer including talks from two consulants and the chance to visit information stands and talk to representatives from a range of organisations - including VASL's Support for Carers project, as well as Age UK, Bowel Cancer Screening, Coping with Cancer, LOROS, Loughborough Cancer Self-Help Group, Macmillan, Together Against Cancer and Quorn Medical Centre.

Kerry from the Support for Carers team will be on hand to tell you all about our support services for carers and how we can help you, so please come and say hello!

To find out more please call us on 01858 468 543 or email [email protected]

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Caring for the Carer Campaign

We're working with GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals to provide more support for carers in Leicestershire - including Rosebery Medical Centre and Rosebery Pharmacy in Loughborough. 

Following a presentation we gave there last year, Rosebery Medical Centre were inspired to do more to help carers. They've launched a campaign called Caring for the Carer, with promotional materials and Support for Carers information around the centre, to help reach out to people caring for a loved one, family member or friend.

The aim is to reach more carers, make sure they're registered at the surgery with a GP, and encourage them to get the specialist help they need via Support for Carers. 

The Rosebery Pharmacy is also taking part in the campaign, by placing a Caring for the Carer card in every prescription bag collected. 

Rosebery Medical Centre is part of the Charnwood Community Medical Group and the Caring for the Carer campaign will also run in their other two surgeries - Forest Edge Medical Centre and Outwoods Medical Centre very soon. 

Watch this space! 

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Have you read our latest newsletter?

Take a look inside our latest newsletter for plenty of top tips for carers such as advice for dementia carers, details of 2 for 1 cinema and theatre tickets and all you need to know about Carers Assessments - as well as a round up of groups for carers around Leicestershire.

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The Singing Cafe is coming to Leicestershire!

The Singing Cafe is a cafe for people with mental health challenges including memory loss and dementia. Singing is good for you so why not take the person you care for along, so they can enjoy singing songs and meeting new people? 

It starts on Tuesday 3rd October at Melton Library from 1.15pm-2.15pm and will also be running at Shepshed Library from 10.15am - 11.15am on Tuesdays, Loughborough Library from 10.15am - 11.15am on Fridays and Coalville Library from 1.30pm - 2.30pm on Fridays. 

The Singing Cafe is run by WOW Church, a registered charity, and they ask for a £3 voluntary donation per person, which includes refreshments. Accompanying carers need to stay with the person they care for. 

To find out more please visit www.singingcafe.co.uk or call 07875 378 628. 

(During public and school holidays please check that the Cafe is on).

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Do you care for someone with dementia? Want information and support?

The Alzheimer's Society is running a series of workshops run over four sessions, for people caring for a family member or friend with dementia. Known as the Carer Information and Support Programme, the workshops will be an opportunity for you to talk in a friendly and confidential environment about your experiences and the impact they're having on you.          

The workshops are designed to provide carers with information and support. Topics will include:

- What is dementia?
- How can you support and care for someone with dementia?
- Support services available
- Planning for the future

When & Where? 

The course is being held at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ from Wednesday 12th July as follows: 

Session 1 - Wednesday 12th July 
Session 2 - Wednesday 19th July
Session 3 - Wednesday 26th July 
Session 4 - Wednesday 2nd August 

All sessions will run from 2pm - 4.30pm. 

Who will be there? 

The workshops are run by Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers for people who care for a family member or friend with dementia. Please aim to attend all sessions if possible. If you're unable to attend the above dates/times, please register your interest as future groups may be available. 

Find out more 

To find out more and book your place please call Sara Lovett on 0116 231 1111 / 07483 926083 or email [email protected]         

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Do you care for someone with dementia and live near Syston?

The Alzheimer's Society's Carer Information and Support Programme is a series of workshops run over four sessions for people caring for a family member or friend with dementia. It provides an opportunity for you to talk in a friendly and confidential environment about your experiences and the impact they are having on you. 

The workshops aim to provide you with information and support.

Topics will include:

What is dementia?
How can you support and care for someone with dementia?
The support services that are available
Planning for the future

Syston, Leicestershire

Course Dates 

Session 1: Wednesday 10th May 
Session 2: Wednesday 17th May
Session 3: Wednesday 24th May
Session 4: Wednesday 31st May 

All sessions will run from 10am - 12.30pm 

Venue: Syston Community Centre (Jubilee Room), School Street, Syston, Leicestershire, LE7 1HN.

Who will be there?

The workshops are run by Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers for people who care for a family member or friend with dementia. Please aim to attend all sessions if possible. If you are unable to attend the above dates/times, please register your interest as future groups may be available.

To find out more or book a place contact Sara Lovett

Call: 0116 231 1111 / 07483 926083

Email: [email protected]              

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Urgent Appeal for Funding

URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDING: CARERS HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICE 

Following the announcement that the Leicestershire Better Care Together Fund are unable to extend funding for the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service, it is with great sadness and deep regret that we must confirm the service will cease to operate with effect from 30 April 2017, unless alternative funds are identified.

We acknowledge that difficult decisions have had to be made by the Better Care Together Board and, even though the service was highly credited and very much needed, there were other services that had to be prioritised over the Carers Health and Wellbeing Service.

Such has been the tremendous success of the Carers Health & Wellbeing Service, VASL is appealing direct to you, the GP practices (either independently or within Federations), for assistance in identifying any potential funding opportunities to support continuation of this highly effective and efficient resource.

We are in the process of producing costings for the service which will provide the opportunity to tailor services to your needs. It is acknowledged that Carers can cope longer within their caring role in the community as long as they have the right support in place.

Nationally our carers save the economy £119 BILLION a year. The Carers Health and Wellbeing Service cost £165,000 per annum providing support to carers across Leicestershire. We have identified and supported 1,200 carers during the 21 months we have been in operation. Our small team has made great partnerships with GP practices across Leicestershire.

We know how important it is that we are able to give our Carers time and support in a confidential environment. As part of this, we are running 24 Carers Clinics across the county, and an additional 8 surgeries were hoping to offer this facility in their own practices. Our Carers Clinics operating in GP Practices offer carers one-to-one support with hour long appointments. Feedback has evidenced that valuable GP time is protected by Carers Clinics and advice being offered at the right time - as we know, sadly, many carers can become depressed and/or experience numerous other health related ailments that are triggered by their caring role.

If you would like to contact me directly regarding any opportunities for the funding service or have any questions, I would be very happy to hear from you. We would like to personally thank you for all your support and would be very grateful if you could circulate this article to all clinical staff in your Practice.

Thank you in anticipation.  

Kind regards. 

Maureen O'Malley
VASL Senior Manager
01858 439267
[email protected] 

*Carers in this article are defined as non-professional carers who selflessly and regularly look after a family member, friend or neighbour. 

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Meet our two new team members!

We've recently been joined by two new members of the team...

Natasha Mack, Delivery Officer

Natasha has lived in Leicester for three years after moving from Brighton where she studied for a degree in Outdoor Education. Originally from London, Tash has a varied background from volunteering in Lesotho, Africa; to studying social work; and working with young people in a variety of settings. These experiences have allowed Tash to develop a range of interests including social care, volunteering and adventurous activities.

Adele, Delivery Officer 

Over the last 15 years, Adele has worked within statutory and voluntary sector agencies in a variety of roles. Adele says: “My roles have provided me with a vast insight into the everyday difficulties carers and the cared for experience and, the importance of personalised support to meet the needs of everyone holistically."

Meet the rest of the team and find out more about us 

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Sainsbury’s supporting carers

Thank you to Sainsbury's Market Harborough for kindly donating items for the Market Harborough Christmas party and Carers Choir concert - pictured below are Jackie Williamson from Support for Carers and Mel from Sainsbury's Market Harborough. 

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Happy Art - Meditative artistic sessions at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation

As a registered charity the Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation prides itself on offering a welcoming, supportive setting for those living in the local community and throughout Leicestershire. A new monthly taster session ‘Happy Art’ will encourage attendees to release the stresses of everyday life and strengthen one’s own ability to combat negative thought patterns. The meditative artist led sessions will promote wellbeing, through the exploration of mindfulness and painting. 

Helen Baxter, Activities coordinator at the Foundation, said:

"The sessions will take place in our new Activity Centre, a safe and inclusive space for individuals to discover new talents and learn new skills."

Session leader Rosanna Monachello added:

"The arts help to engage the brain in to the perfect state for learning by placing the individual into a state of relaxation, clearing and creativity. This is not art as you know it. This is art to help clear the soul of its burden and release the misunderstood and unseen." 

Taster sessions will run throughout January on Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st from 10.30am – 12.30pm at Ulverscroft Activity Centre, Priory Lane, Ulverscroft, Leicestershire LE67 9PH. Booking is essential and a non-refundable payment of £4 per session in advance is required to secure your place.

Find out more 

For more information and to book a place, please contact Activities Coordinator Helen Baxter:

01530 244914
[email protected]

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Are you a young carer aged 11-19? Have your say!

Leicestershire County Council wants to hear from young people aged 11-19 who either care for a parent or another family member.

Your feedback will be used to improve the support and advice available from schools, GPs, councils and others organisations, and to gain a more comprehensive picture of the number of young carers across the county.

Find out more 

Complete the survey

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Please look after yourself - get the flu jab this winter

Please take the time to look after yourself and get protected with the flu jab this winter. As a carer for someone else, it can be easy to overlook your own health. Flu can knock even the healthiest people off their feet for a couple of weeks, making it impossible for a carer to look after the person in their care.

This is why the NHS offers you a free flu vaccination as a registered carer. It’s not just about protecting you as a carer from getting flu, but also preventing you from passing the virus onto the vulnerable person you care for.

Flu is a highly infectious disease which is easily spread from one person to another. Getting flu when you already have a long-term condition can lead to serious complications, and it can even be a killer. There are a lot of myths about flu that have circulated over the years. Many people worry that the vaccine can give you the flu. Please be assured that this isn’t possible as there is no live influenza virus in the vaccine. Unlike other medication for long term conditions, the flu jab is an annual one-off vaccine. The flu vaccine changes every year to fight the latest strains of flu, so even if you had a jab last winter you need another one this year to stay flu safe.

Find out more and watch a short video on why you should get the flu jab this winter 

Find out more about staying well this winter 

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We’re moving!

Just to let you all know, VASL and the Support for Carers team are moving on 10th October to 1st Floor, Torch House, Torch Way, Northampton Road, Market Harborough, LE16 9HL. 

All of our email addresses and phone numbers will thankfully stay the same - so our move won't change our service to you in any way. 

If you'd like to pop in and see us head for the Leisure Centre off Northampton Road, turn left as if going to Two Shires Surgery, and you'll find Torch House a little further down the road. 

Torch House is an ideal new home for us and the rest of the VASL team, as it's close to the town centre and other well known organisations and large enough for us to hold events here.

Many thanks, 

The Support for Carers Team 

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Our autumn newsletter is out!

Why not put your feet up for five minutes and take a look at our latest newsletter, packed full of news and information for carers, including a round up of all our Carers' Support Groups, top tips to help you look after your mental health and a wonderfully inspiring story from one of our carers on her plans for a carers' community garden...

Click here to read our newsletter in full 

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Thrummy Drummers Dementia Social and Support Group

Do you care for someone with dementia and live in Charnwood or Melton? 

THRUMMY DRUMMERS Dementia Social and Support Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Elizabeth Park Sports & Community Centre, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8FN.

The group extends a very warm welcome to all who are affected by dementia, including families and carers. They said:

"We're a friendly group and our sessions include socialising, music-related entertainment and refreshments."

To find out more:

Call Jane on 077 541 09798

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The importance of First Aid - Kim’s story

Kim Spencer attends our Carers Support Group in Lougborough and she came along to some First Aid sessions we'd arranged for the group, through St John's Ambulance

Just a couple of weeks later, Kim was called upon to put her First Aid skills into use, not once, but twice, as she explains: 

"I was walking my dog over Beacon Hill in Loughborough, on a bitterly cold and drizzly day. Suddenly, I heard a cry for help. I looked over at the rocks to my right and saw a lady lying there. I rushed over and realised she was lying awkwardly on her back with her head pointing downhill. She was conscious but obviously in pain. 

I decided to call for an ambulance. Two weeks before, I'd attended a First Aid session through Support for Carers and was told you can also dial '112' to get through to the emergency services, as well as '999' ('112' is the pan-European number for the Emergency Services across EU countries). I dialled '999' and was asked for our location, which was really difficult to explain as we were in a country park and even though I walk my dog there twice a week, I couldn't think of the names of the roads leading to the car parks. I could only think to tell the operator that the car park was opposite the Charnwood Forest Golf Club. Also, as there are numerous tracks that can be taken from the car park, I described my car to her and told her that it was facing the track I had taken. I also mentioned that there are two aluminium gates along the track that are normally locked, so they would need to get through them with the ambulance. 

In the meantime, I tried to help the lady.  She said she had fallen from the rocks and, as she was in an awkward position, I decided not to move her. Her hands were grazed a little and she was cold. I used my coat to wrap around her. It was the only thing I had to keep her warm. 

I asked her what her name was, but she couldn’t remember, and I was worried she may have a brain injury. She said she wanted to get up, so she could fetch her children from school, but I tried to keep her calm by talking to her. 

Her mobile phone rang and I asked if I could get it out of her handbag. It was her husband wondering where she was. I explained what had happened and he said he would come as soon as possible.

The operator stayed on the phone with me for 45 minutes until the ambulance finally arrived. They had trouble getting through the gates as I had predicted. Fortunately, there was a man who works from a hut in the woods, who had a key to the gates. 

I was so relieved to see the ambulance crew.  Soon after, her husband arrived too. As everything was then under control, I left the scene.

I rang her husband the following day to see how she was and he told me that a helicopter had air-lifted her to hospital.  Apparently, she had an object embedded in her side and had to have it surgically removed. I haven’t heard anything since.

A few weeks later, I was driving towards Woodgate, in Bedford Square, Loughborough, when I saw 2 old ladies crossing the road in front of me. They were taking a long time, so I decided to stop to let them cross. One of the ladies was pushing a shopping trolley frame; she tilted the trolley to get it up the kerb, but then suddenly toppled over onto the road.

I got out of my car to help.  I remembered what I had been taught at the First Aid session about the ‘DR ABC’ checks, so I quickly went through them.  As it happened, the lady had fallen almost in ‘the recovery position’, so there was no need to move her. She was conscious and breathing. I felt relieved at the situation so far, but then was horrified to see blood on the road which was coming from her head! By this time, a crowd started to appear and a passing taxi driver called for the ambulance. I was so grateful that other people were there to help me.

A girl came over from a nearby laundrette and a man appeared with a First Aid kit. We managed to put pressure on the wound, and then more ladies arrived with blankets from the laundrette to wrap around her to keep her warm. Then, fortunately, the lady’s son and daughter arrived. It turned out that the lady was 95 years old and lived in the nearby care home. I don’t know why she was out walking in town as she was wearing slippers; she had dementia and was also deaf. Her daughter said the head wound was probably an old wound that had opened up. Apparently, she had a history of falls.

A paramedic arrived shortly afterwards, followed by the ambulance, 30 minutes later, at which time I left the scene.

I have heard nothing about the incident since, so I don’t know what happened to her."

If you'd like to find out more about learning First Aid please call us on 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates) or email [email protected]

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Carers’ Month - What’s On Guide

June is Carers' Month in Leicestershire and there are all kinds of events coming up for you to enjoy. To find out more about any of the events below please call 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates) or email [email protected]

Leicestershire Carers Month coincides with national Carers Week, which runs from 6th-12th June. 

2nd June:
First Aid course and cakes at Coalville Carers Support Group

6th June
Information Stand at Barwell Medical Centre 

7th June
Information Stand at Hollycroft Medical Centre 

8th June: 
Cakes at Harborough Carers Mental Health Support Group 

9th June
Stand outside Sainsbury's Market Harborough with Bollywood dancing from 11am
First Aid course and cakes at Melton Carers Support Group
Self-care/looking after yourself and cakes at Oadby & Wigston Carers Support Group 
Information Stand at Barwell Medical Centre 

10th June
Carers' stand at LGBT Conference at County Hall 
Information Stand at Thurmaston Health Centre, Hollycroft Medical Centre and Market Harborough Medical Centre 

11th June
Market Harborough Carnival 

12th June
Carers' Choir singing at Lutterworth Picnic in the Park from 5.30pm  

14th June
Blaby District Carers Group (now in Whetstone) summer garden party (indoors!) with cream teas, mini manicures, hand massages and relaxing summer music

16th June
Day at Wycliffe/Masharani 

21st June
Self-care/looking after yourself and cakes at Hinckley Carers Support Group

23rd June
Self-care/looking after yourself with music and cakes at Market Harborough Carers Support Group 

27th June
Alternative therapies and cakes at Loughborough Carers Support Group 

28th June
Cakes, hand massages and plant exchange at Bottesford Carers Support Group

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: DIGITAL INCLUSION OFFICER, SUPPORT FOR CARERS

Would you like to help carers become more confident with technology - so they can get support, find information, get things done and socialise online more easily? 

We're looking for a self-employed, sessional worker for a new project supporting carers throughout Leicestershire. 

As our Digital Inclusion Officer, you'll help carers get online and also recruit and train a team of around 25 volunteers to help carers. 

You must have experience of working with carers and volunteers and knowledge of providing computer based training. Ideally, you'll be accredited by Learn My Way

Hours and salary are flexible and negotiable. 

To find out more please email [email protected] by 13th April.

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NEW Mental Health Support Group - Charnwood

The OASIS Project is running a NEW Mental Health Support Group every Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm (from 2nd Feburary 2016) at Broombriggs Room, John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough, LE11 3HA.

Do you struggle with stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems?

Do you sometimes feel socially isolated & would like the opportunity to meet others with similar issues and make new friends?

Would you like to get involved in a supportive social and well-being group where you can share concerns, increase your self-confidence, learn new ways to cope better with your mental health, access information and advice and have some fun?

Then the Oasis Project may be just what you need!

A warm welcome awaits you at The Oasis.

‘Oasis - any place of rest or pleasure in the midst of toil & gloom’

*Please note this project is NOT open to those who already have a Personal Budget or Direct Payment from social services to pay for support.

To find out more:

Call Fiona Kinsey on 0116 247 0335 or 
Email [email protected]

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FREE Relaxation Workshop - 5 Feb

Need help to switch off? Learn some relaxation techniques at this FREE workshop in February...with more workshops to follow. 

Want to know more? Contact Helen at: [email protected]

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New support group for dementia carers

This new group is hoping to give people with dementia and their carers somewhere to come and relax for a couple of hours with people in a similar position.

To find out more call Victoria on 01509 650662.

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Take a sneak peek at our autumn newsletter

Why not put your feet up for a few moments and enjoy reading our latest newsletter - full of useful news and information for carers, including top tips to keep you fit and healthy as the weather gets colder, a guide to Carer's Credit and details of a new Carers Emergency Plan designed by carers. 

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Have your say!

The Alliance Partnership is a unique and innovative approach to delivering care through a multi-agency partnership, and is a new approach to contracting for care within the NHS. They are holding a listening event on Tuesday 6 October to understand what is most important to people about the way outpatient, diagnostic and day-case services are provided to help shape future delivery.

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Help raise funds for carers in Charnwood this Halloween!

Why not book your ticket for a night of family Halloween fun for all ages in Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough and help raise funds for Support for Carers and Barrow upon Soar Community Association? We're hoping that the money raised will go towards a day of pampering and relaxation for carers in Charnwood! 

The Barrow upon Soar Panto Group will be travelling to the sinister Talbot Manor, for a frightfully fun night of interactive murder mystery, on Saturday 31st October from 7.30pm, at Humprey Perkins School, Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough LE12 8JU. You're welcome to dress up for the occasion if you'd like to, whether you fancy wearing your scariest Halloween costume or attending in classic 1930s style. 

The proceeds will be split between Barrow upon Soar Community Association and carers in Charnwood, via Support for Carers. 

Tickets cost £10 including a two course ploughman's supper and dessert. They can be bought from the Barrow Paper Shop or by PayPal via the BUSCA website or from any of the cast. 

Find out more

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‘Feel Alive from 65’

Sport and physical activity is an important part of all our lives, especially as we get older. Last year, Leicestershire and Rutland Sport's (LRS) annual active ageing campaign saw over 1,500 older adults participate in sport and physical activity taster sessions across the county. This year's campaign week 'Feel Alive from 65' will run from 28th September to 4th October - giving you an amazing opportunity to take part in a programme of physical activity across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, including over 150 taster sessions featuring kurling, tai chi, walking, bowls, seated exercise and many more.

Take a look at the programme to find sessions near you 

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FREE exercise classes for adults living with dementia or Alzheimer’s

Charnwood Borough Council is running FREE exercise classes for adults living with dementia or Alzheimer's on Fridays from 11.30am to 12.30pm at Loughborough Leisure Centre, Browns Lane, Loughborough, LE11 3HE until 11th September 2015. 

The classes involve aerobic, strengthening and stretching exercises, and will be customised to your needs, conditions and abilities. They are held in a private studio environment, led by trained and qualified members of staff.

To find out more:

Email [email protected] or [email protected]
Call 01509 632535

Due to limited space you need to contact them in advance if you would like to attend a class.

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Do you care for someone with Parkinson’s?

Would they like to feel more energetic and lively and take a positive step to improve their health?

The Active Together team at Charnwood Borough Council are running Chair Based Exercise sessions for people with Parkinson's on Mondays 14th, 21st and 28th September, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th October and 2nd November from 1pm-2pm at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ.​

They describe it as 'a fun, social class which can help improve balance, coordination and mobility'. Why not go along and give it a try? 

To find out more call the team on 01509 632535 or email [email protected]

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Free gym access for carers in Leicestershire

Northamptonshire Carers are working with Carers Trust East Midlands to offer carers sessions at local gyms free of charge in Charnwood, Harborough, Melton and Oadby. So if you're a carer and you feel that attending a gym would help you relax or maintain your own health then please take a look at the links below to find sessions near you. 

Charnwood
Harborough
Melton
Oadby  

To find out more please call 0330 119 2142.

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FREE Mindfulness course for carers - starting 17th November

We're holding a five week Mindfulness course for carers - starting on Monday 17th November at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ. 

The course will run on Mondays on 17th November, 24th November, 1st December, 8th December and 15th December from 10am – 12noon.

The course is FREE to carers and brings:

• Reduction in anxiety
• Emotional resilience
• Self awareness
• Improved health and well-being
• Living more in the present moment

To book a place on the course or to find out more please call us on 084 689 9510 or email [email protected]

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Free support programme for carers - starting 1st October

The Carers Centre Leicestershire & Rutland is running a FREE five-week support programme for carers - starting on Wednesday 1st October in Loughborough. 

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Free training session for mental health carers - Loughborough

Do you care for someone with a mental health condition? 

The Carers Centre and LAMP are running a FREE training session on Wednesday 10th September from 10am to 4pm, designed to help you find out more about mental illnesses, medication and side effects, being able to say 'No', taking care of yourself, coping strategies and where to get help. 

The session will take place at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ. 

To find out more or book your place call Debbie at The Carers Centre on 0116 2510999 or email:
[email protected]

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

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Free training on Getting Help

The Carers Centre Leicestershire and Rutland and Sayi Training and Consultancy are running a free training session for carers on 9th July called Getting Help, which will cover identifying the help you need, who to contact and what to ask for.

The session is on from 10am to 1pm at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough LE11 4RZ.

To find out more call Debbie on 0116 251 0999 or email [email protected]

What carers say about the training sessions: 

"I feel as if the world has been lifted." 

"I learnt how to cope with my situation." 

"I feel more positive."

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Caring with Confidence starting soon in Loughborough

Caring with Confidence is a FREE programme for anyone caring for a family member or friend, with any condition.

Starting soon in Loughborough

Caring for a chronically ill or disabled loved one can have a huge impact on your own health and wellbeing. Many say they feel isolated, experience feelings of being unable to cope, unsure where to go for advice and support or feel they are not being heard. Others say they would like the chance to meet others in a similar situation.

Caring with Confidence can help with these problems and is held in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The programme runs over five weeks so come to as many sessions as you can. Everyone welcome! Bring a friend or a family member if you think they could also benefit.

Starts Wednesday 25th June 2014 10.30am – 1pm.
John Storer House
Wards End, Loughborough

Complementary refreshments are provided.

To book your place or to have a chat about the programme, please call Pamela or Debbie at The Carers Centre on 0116 251 0999.

Caring with Confidence Programme

Finding your Way
The introductory session which welcomes you to the programme and explains more about each session and how it can help you in your caring role. Looks at the importance of your own health and wellbeing.

Caring and Coping
Gives you time and space to look at the emotions involved in looking after someone and how to recognise and deal with stress more effectively.

Caring and Communicating
Helps you get the best from communicating with professionals and service providers. Ideas to help with self-advocacy and find out more about local support available to you.

Caring Day-to-Day
The essentials of caring for someone every day from medication to emergencies. Discussions around equipment available to help keep someone safe in their own home.

Managing Stress Effectively
Relaxation and how not to avoid it! Using simple techniques to incorporate in everyday life. Looks at ways to help you juggle your caring role and also find valuable time for yourself!

OR

Caring for someone with Dementia or Memory Problems
Developing awareness of how memory problems and dementia affects someone. Explores new ways of effective communication with the person you care for.

Quote from a carer recently attending the programme:
“What a blessing this course has been and in such a relaxed atmosphere. I have gained so much practical information to help me in my caring role and have also realised how much I matter and I too have got a life and a future. You have given me so much help and I have made so  many new friends.  Thank you so much.”
Eileen from Leicester

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Film premiere - The Anonymous People

Leicestershire and Rutland Recovery Forum will present the premiere of The Anonymous People on 18th June from 11am to 2.30pm at Loughborough Town Hall - a documentary film about over 23 million people living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

There will also be a Community Fair including stalls and a raffle.

“Recovery is a Reality “ Be a part of the conversation.

Email: [email protected] for your ticket and to find out more.

To watch the trailer visit: http://theanonymouspeople.com

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Free training for carers

The Carers Centre Leicestershire and Rutland and Sayi Training & Consultancy are offering carers free training, to help you in your caring role.

You’re welcome to book any or all of the sessions below:

2nd June, 10am to 1pm
The Angel Hotel, 37 High Street, Market Harborough
Dealing with Stress – Learn how to identify and manage the stress in your life!

4th June, 10am to 1pm
The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH
Dealing with Stress – Learn how to identify and manage the stress in your life!

9th June, 10am to 1pm
The Angel Hotel, 37 High Street, Market Harborough
Getting Help – identify the help you need, find out who to contact and what to ask for!

11th June, 10am to 1pm
Snibston Discovery Centre, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN
Getting Help – identify the help you need, find out who to contact and what to ask for!

16th June, 10am to 1pm
The Angel Hotel, 37 High Street, Market Harborough
Understanding Personalisation – find out how the social care system can work for you, and the choices that are available to you

18th June, 10am to 4pm
Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, Leicester, LE18 4UZ
Safe Handling of Medication/Safer Moving and Handling – find out about the risks and responsibilities of handling medication, and protecting yourself from injuries.

18th June, 10am to 1pm
Snibston Discovery Centre, Ashby Road, Coalville, LE67 3LN
Understanding Personalisation – find out how the social care system can work for you, and the choices that are available to you

2nd July, 10am to 1pm
Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ
Dealing with Stress – Learn how to identify and manage the stress in your life!

9th July, 10am to 1pm
Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ
Getting Help – identify the help you need, find out who to contact and what to ask for!

16th July, 10am to 1pm
Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough, LE11 4RZ
Understanding Personalisation – find out how the social care system can work for you, and the choices that are available to you

16th July, 6pm to 9pm
Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, Leicester, LE18 4UZ
Dealing with Stress – Learn how to identify and manage the stress in your life!

23rd July, 6pm to 9pm
Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, Leicester, LE18 4UZ
Getting Help – identify the help you need, find out who to contact and what to ask for!

30th July, 6pm to 9pm
Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, Leicester, LE18 4UZ
Understanding Personalisation – find out how the social care system can work for you, and the choices that are available to you

To find out more call Debbie on 0116 251 0999 or email [email protected]

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FREE Massage Teachathon - 15th May

Essentials for Health are holding a FREE Massage Teachathon on 15th May in Lougborough - to teach carers simple massage techniques with the aim of improving the quality of life of both carers and cared for. 

Click here to download the event poster for full details

To book and for more information visit www.massageteachathon.com or call 0845 1080088

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Have your say on local health and care services

West Leicestershire Clinical Comissioning Group is holding an event called Everyone Counts, to give carers and cared for the chance to help shape local health and care services. 

The event is on Thursday 27 March from 9am to 4.30pm at Burleigh Court, Loughborough University, LE11 3TD. 

You'll have plenty of opportunity to share your views and experiences of local health and care services and make suggestions on how future services could be developed, including the services you receive from your GP practice, hospitals, community staff, mental health services and others. The event will also bring together a range of knowledgeable speakers. 

Bacon and egg butties will be provided on arrival in the morning, followed by a buffet lunch, as well as tea and coffee.

Places will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. 

To book  your place visit the Everyone Counts web page, email [email protected] or call Helen Cullinan on 01509 567 796.

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Police warning over phone calls from ‘Microsoft’

Blaby police are warning people to be careful if they receive a telephone call from an Asian sounding male stating he is from the Microsoft Technical Support team.

The male goes on to say your computer is at risk and he needs you to give him information.

If you have any concerns please call Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040 or visit actionfraud.police.uk to find out more.

Remember, never give out your personal information if you're not sure who you're talking to.

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Are you caring for someone with dementia?

Why not go along to Poppies Dementa Cafe to meet other carers, have a cuppa and get advice, information and support? The cafe meets on the first Monday of the month at Syston Community Centre, School Street, Syston, LE7 1HN from 10.30am to 12 noon. 

On 6th January they'll be a talk from Boots Pharmacy, on 3rd February Judith Winter and Jenny Angel will be talking about Age Concern services in Syston and on 3rd March they'll be a talk from Leicestershire CareOnLine

To find out more call the Alzheimer's Society Leicestershire & Rutland Locality on 0116 231 1111 or 0116 231 1114 or email [email protected]

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Free education programme for mental health carers - starts 6th November

We run a free education programme for mental health carers in Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme is confidential and aims to help carers look after their own health and wellbeing whilst understanding more about mental illness and the support services available both locally and nationally. In addition, the programme is a chance for carers to get together and share experiences and help one another. Overall, we hope the programme will help carers to feel more confident and empowered and able to make positive changes in their caring role. Download our leaflet to find out more

Next programme 

The next programme will start on 6th November and will run on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough for eight weeks.

If you'd like to find out more please call Nicky Daly, our Carers' Mental Health Support & Educational Officer, for an informal chat on 07847 228 737 (please leave a message if Nicky doesn't answer and she'll call you back as soon as she can) or  email [email protected]

The programme is for anyone supporting someone with serious mental illness and aims to:

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Have your say!

The Improved Access to Psychological Therapies Service (IAPT) is a service for people over 16 years of age living in Leicestershire County and Rutland, who are feeling troubled, stressed, anxious or depressed.

It offers patients a trained therapist to talk to, who can also direct them to other support and services that are available.

The IAPT service in Leicestershire County and Rutland was set up in 2009. However, the currently commissioned service comes to a natural end on the 31st March 2014.

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group will be re-procuring the service. This will mean putting the current service provision out to tender, to enable many different service providers to submit their proposals to be considered as prospective deliverers of the service.

As part of this process one of the elements that the CCGs are being asked to consider is how the service currently works with patients and other groups. They want to seek views from service users, the public and voluntary organisations, about what they would like to be taken into consideration when their new IAPT service is being developed. As such, there will be a number of questions that they would like your comments and feedback on as part of the session.

They are holding two events to discuss the current Improved Access to Psychological Therapies Service. These events will take place on:

Friday 16th August 2013

From 10am – 12pm at The Ramada Jarvis, Loughborough (click here for directions) and from 3pm – 5pm at the Innovation Centre, Market Harborough (click here for directions)

If you would like to attend either of these events please contact [email protected] stating which venue you would prefer to attend.

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Free education programme for mental health carers

We run a free education programme for mental health carers in Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme is confidential and aims to help carers look after their own health and wellbeing whilst understanding more about mental illness and the support services available both locally and nationally. In addition, the programme is a chance for carers to get together and share experiences and help one another. Overall, we hope the programme will help carers to feel more confident and empowered and able to make positive changes in their caring role. Download our leaflet to find out more

Next programme  

The next programme will start on 6th November and will run on Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 8.30pm at Gorse Covert Community Centre, Maxwell Drive, Loughborough for eight weeks. 

If you'd like to find out more please call Nicky Daly, our Carers' Mental Health Support & Educational Officer, for an informal chat on 07847 228 737 (please leave a message if Nicky doesn't answer and she'll call you back as soon as she can) or  email [email protected]

The programme is for anyone supporting someone with serious mental illness and aims to:

Feedback from carers who have attended previous programmes 

The carers who have attended our courses so far have said they really enjoy them. 

Click here to read their feedback

Recommended reading

The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges by Paul Gilbert 
“How to use compassion to develop happiness, self acceptance and well being.”

If you've read a book you've found helpful, why not let us know?

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New service: Free Mental Health Education Programme for carers

We’ve recently launched an education programme for mental health carers in Leicestershire and Rutland. The programme is free and confidential and aims to help carers look after their own health and wellbeing whilst understanding more about mental illness and the support services available both locally and nationally. In addition, the programme is a chance for carers to get together and share experiences and help one another. Overall, we hope the programme will help carers to feel more confident and empowered and able to make positive changes in their caring role.

The programme runs for 8 weeks, with each session lasting two and a half hours. We’re planning to run the programme in the daytime and evening, so as many carers as possible can attend. Sessions include understanding more about recovery and relapse and how to manage it, how to cope with challenging behaviour and crisis and the impact mental illness can have on carers and families.

Anyone who is supporting someone with a mental illness, or whose life is affected by it, is welcome to come along to the sessions, including partners, family members and friends.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mental illness also having a huge impact on carers and families. We’re already supporting hundreds of mental health carers in Leicestershire, so you’re definitely not alone.

We’re currently running our first programme in Broughton Astley, on a Tuesday evening, and this will be followed very quickly by another one, somewhere else in Leicestershire. We’ll let you know more details very soon, as soon as we’ve confirmed the date, time and venue.

If you’re interested in coming along or you’d like to find out more, please call Nicky Daly on 07847 228737 or email [email protected]

Download our Mental Health Education Programme leaflet for more details

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Help for older people in Leicestershire - have your say

Communities in Partnership is currently working with Leicestershire County Council Adults and Communities Department to deliver two consultations which could affect you or those around you:

Assistive Technology and Housing Related Residential Support Services

Residents of Leicestershire are being asked for their views on plans for a ‘fairer and more flexible approach’ towards helping older people stay in their homes.

Assistive Technology uses lifelines and a range of additional sensors, such as fall detectors, to support people to live independently. At present, Assistive Technology is only available to people who live in their own home, and the County Council is considering extending the service to include those who live in sheltered or social housing.

The other proposal which forms part of the three-month consultation concerns Housing Related Support for older people. This would enable people who own or rent their homes to have the same access to services as those who live in social housing – if it would help them. Historically, the support is usually given by housing wardens or scheme managers.

Click here to find out more

Click here to complete the online survey

Paper copies are available, please call 0116 305 0004 to find out more. The consultation runs until February 2013.

Have Your Say

Communities in Partnership is also looking for members of the public to participate in focus groups throughout January and February 2013, with one focus group being held in each Leicestershire district.

If you would like to attend a focus group and have your say in transforming services then please contact Liz on 0116 233 4243 to find out more.

Oadby Asda, Oadby and Wigston District - Wednesday 16th Jan 10.30am to 12.30pm - call Alison Cooper on 2718341 to find out more. 

Blaby Scout HQ, Winchester Road, Blaby District - Tuesday 22nd Jan 2pm to 4pm - call 2778998 to find out more. 

St Marys Court, Hugglescote, North West Leicestersire District - Tuesday 29th Jan 11am to 1pm - call Kaizad Johnston on 01530 454640 to find out more.

John Storer House, Charnwood District - Tuesday 15th Jan 10am to 12pm - call Ann Standing on 01509 631750 to find out more.

Atkins Building, Hinckley and Bosworth District, Thursday 24th Jan 10.30am to 12.30pm - call Robert Warwick on 01455 247070 to find out more.

Lubenham Village Hall, Harborough District -  Wednesday 6th Feb 2pm to 4pm - call Len Bale on 01858 462440 to find out more. 

Planning for your future – thinking about what things might help you as you get older

Residents of Leicestershire are being asked for their views on planning for the future, thinking about what their needs might be. Communities in Partnership would like to find out how older people can be encouraged to plan for the future, what barriers may be faced in doing so, and how to support older people in the community for as long as possible.

Get Involved

They will be visiting various groups and meetings throughout December and January. If you would like them to come to your group or would just like to be involved, please contact Harvey on 0116 229 3019.

To keep informed of all future engagement activity affecting you and those around you, join the Communities in Partnership Engagement Network now by calling 0116 234 1577 or email [email protected]

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Free festive lunches & overnight stays for older people who would otherwise be alone over Christmas

Charitable organisation, Abbeyfield, runs a campaign called Companionship at Christmas, which provides free festive lunches and overnight stays to older people who would otherwise be alone during the Christmas period.

For the third year running, Abbeyfield is inviting older people who might otherwise be alone over Christmas, to spend time at an Abbeyfield house or care home for a free festive dinner or even an overnight stay - giving older people an alternative to spending the period alone throughout the holidays (24th December - 4th January).

This year over 100 houses and care homes are participating in the campaign with more joining the campaign on a daily basis.  You can register your interest now if you or someone you know could benefit from companionship at Christmas. Simply click here to register

In Leicestershire, Abbeyfield's Holloway House, 35 Sutton Close, Quorn, LE12 8GA is taking part. 

The only requirements are that you are:

Over 55
Alone over Christmas
Currently living independently

To learn more about the campaign you can watch Abbeyfield Patron, Geoffrey Palmer, talking about Companionship at Christmas Campaign in this exclusive Web TV Interview.

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Winter Newsletter - hot off the press!

The winter edition of our newsletter should be with you very soon, whether you receive it via email or in the post. 

In the meantime, you can read it right here online - including top tips for keeping warm this winter, a guide to Carers' Support Groups in the county and lots of news and events. 

Feel free to let us know if you've got any comments about the newsletter or you'd like to contribute to it - we're always looking for articles, photos, poems, recipes or anything else you've got in mind. 

We hope you enjoy reading this month's issue. 

Click here to take a look

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New Carers’ Group starting in Loughborough

We're setting up a new Time Out for Carers group in Loughborough. 

The first meeting will take place on Monday 17th September from 2pm to 3.30pm at Loughborough Library, 31 Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DZ.

Anyone is welcome to come along - including carers from outside the area. 

Please contact Gurjit on 0845 689 9510 to find out more and for future meeting dates.

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Would you like to help shape mental health services in Leicestershire?

The charity Rethink Mental Illness and MP for Loughborough, Nicky Morgan, are looking for people affected by mental illness (including carers) to take part in a focus group on 20th June from 10am to 1pm at Loughborough Town Hall - followed by lunch. 

This is a great chance to help shape mental health services in Leicestershire - as feedback from the focus group will be passed to decision-makers such as the Mental Health Trust, Leicestershire County Council, public health representatives, the Health and Wellbeing Board and the new Clinical Commissioning Group (made up of local GPs). 

The organisers are looking for around 20 people for the focus group - to discuss things like: 

What are mental health services in Leicestershire like at the moment?
What works particularly well?
What would you like to see improved?
What is your key concern you would like decision makers to know about?

If you would like to take part please email [email protected] or call 0207 840 3147. 

Lunch is free and the organisers will cover all travel expenses. 

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Drop-in event for carers at Loughborough Library - 22nd May

Carers thoughout Leicestershire are welcome to come along to our Time Out For Carers event on Tuesday 22nd May from 10am to 12 noon at Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DZ.

You'll be able to meet other carers and a member of the Support for Carers team, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

It'll also be a chance to take a quick break and enjoy talking to like-minded people whilst picking up hints and tips.

You can pop along whenever you want to between 10am and 12 noon, you don't have to stay for the whole time if it's not convenient.

We'll meet in the browser area of the library so hope to see you there. You're welcome to call us on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected] to find out more - or simply come along on the 22nd. 

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Loughborough conference on Asperger Syndrome

Translate is a volunteer-run organisation addressing the needs of all people affected by Asperger Syndrome in adults. Its central focus is to break down the barriers to understanding between those with the condition and those without. 

The Loughborough-based group was launched in June 2008 by husband and wife Paul and Jo Sandford, after Paul was diagnosed with the condition in his early forties (supported by the Leicestershire branch of the National Autistic Society). 

Translate is holding a one-day conference on Friday 18th May from 9.30am to 4pm called 'Communication and Asperger Syndrome - Issues and Strategies' at Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB - for anyone with the condition, their friends and family and people with an interest in Asperger Sydrome including professionals, charities and volunteers. 

Guest speakers will include Brenda Smith Myles, a Consultant at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence and Dr Luke Beardon, a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. 

The event will also include a range of practical workshops. 

Tickets cost £30 for individuals with Asperger Syndrome and their friends/family and £90 for professionals with an interest in the condition. 

To find out more or to book please visit the Translate website or call 01509 554 797 or email [email protected]

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Free drop-in event for carers - 16th April

If you're taking care of a friend, family member or loved one because they need help with their day-to-day lives, why not come along to our next drop-in event for carers? 

It's on Monday 16th April from 11am to 12.30pm at Charnwood Surgery, 39 Linkfield Road, Mountsorrel, LE12 7DJ. 

You'll be able to meet the Support for Carers team and find out more about the help and support that's available to you as a carer. 

The event is free and you're welcome to drop-in at any time - you don't have to stay for the whole event if it's not convenient for you. 

We hope to see you there! 

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Carers’ drop-in event - Loughborough, 26th March

Carers throughout Leicestershire are welcome to come along to our Time Out For Carers session on Monday 26th March from 10am to 12 noon at Loughborough Library on Granby Street, Loughborough, LE11 3DZ. 

You're welcome to drop-in for as long (or as little) as you like - to have a quick break, meet other carers, share advice and tips and meet up with Support for Carers. A member of our team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. 

We'll meet in the browser area of the library and you're welcome to come and join us anytime between 10am and 12 noon - you don't have to stay for the whole session if it's not convenient. 

Feel free to call us on 0845 689 9510 if you'd like to find out more - or simply pop along to Loughborough Library on the 26th. 

We look forward to seeing you there! 

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FREE taster sessions for people with learning disabilities

Local charity, Self Advocacy in Action, is running FREE taster sessions for people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. 

The taster sessions are designed to give you the chance to find out more about the charity and the groups and activities it provides. 

Simply go along to Green Towers on Richmond Road (off Tudor Road) in Hinckley, LE10 0DZ on Monday 17th October between 10am and 1.30pm. 

OR 

Loughborough Town Hall, Market Place, Loughborough, LE11 3EB on Wednesday 19th October between 10am and 1.30pm. 

You're welcome to drop in anytime between 10am and 1.30pm but please let Self Advocacy in Action know that you're going along, if possible. 

The taster sessions will include finding out how you can use your personal budget to enjoy Self Advocacy in Action's services. Plus, there'll be plenty of free activities for people with learning disabilities to try out. 

To find out more you can contact Self Advocacy in Action on 0116 2293036 or by emailing [email protected]

Self Advocacy in Action runs a range of groups and activities for people with learning disabilities and aims to give people a voice through activities like art and photography. 

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