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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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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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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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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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Support services from Country Paths

Country Paths is a support service for adults with additional needs. They have been running for nearly four years and are based in the village of Great Dalby (3 miles from Melton Mowbray) offering active day services to able-bodied older adults and adults with mild to moderate Learning Disabilities. Co-director, Sally Radford, has 12 years' experience working in this field and co-director, Mandy Allen, has over 20 years' experience.

Country Paths have also launched a new day service from 9.30am-4pm on Wednesdays to support people with early onset dementia.

Find out more

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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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Do you care for someone with dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society is running The Carer Information and Support Programme at venues around Leicestershire, to give carers support and information on caring for someone with dementia.

The Programme includes a series of workshops run over four sessions - for people caring for a family member or friend with dementia. It will give you an oppotunity to talk about your experiences and the impact they're having on you, in a friendly and confidential environment.           

Topics will include: 

The workshops are run by Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers. Please aim to attend all sessions if possible. If you're unable to attend the dates/times below, please register your interest as future groups may be available.  

Hinckley Course Dates  

All sessions will run from 1.30pm-4pm 

Session 1 - Tuesday 7th June
Session 2 - Tuesday 14th June
Session 3 - Tuesday 21st June
Session 4 - Tuesday 28th June 

Venue: The Pathways Centre, Hinckley Baptist Church, Baptist Walk, Hinckley, LE10 1PR. 

Lutterworth Course Dates 

All sessions will run from 1.30pm-4pm 

Session 1 - Monday 4th July 
Session 2 - Monday 11th July 
Session 3 - Monday 18th July
Session 4 - Monday 25th July 

Venue: The Wycliffe Medical Practice, Lutterworth Medical Centre (The Community Room), Gilmorton Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4EB. 

Leicester City Course Dates

All sessions will run from 6pm-8.30pm. 

Session 1 - Thursday 7th July 
Session 2 - Thursday 14th July
Session 3 - Thursday 21st July
Session 4 - Thursday 28th July

Venue: Moat Community College (Joseph Merrick Building), Maidstone Road, Leicester, LE2 0TU. 

Melton Course Dates 

All sessions will run from 10am-12.30pm

Tuesday 2nd August - Understanding Dementia
Tuesday 9th August - Legal and Money Matters
Tuesday 16th August - Providing Support and Care
Tuesday 23rd August - Carers: Coping Day to Day

Venue: Melton Borough Council, Egerton Room 1 & 2, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.                      

To find out more and book your place: 

Call: 0116 231 1111
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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Do you care for someone with dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society is running a Carer Information and Support Programme in Melton Mowbray (CrISP 2) to give carers information and support. The programme has been designed specifically for carers, family members and friends of people who have been living with dementia for some time. It provides an opportunity for you to talk in a friendly and confidential environment about your experiences and the impact they're having on you.

The programme consists of three essential sessions, each lasting two and a half hours, covering the following topics:                           

•Understanding how dementia progresses

•Living with change as dementia progresses

•Living well as dementia progresses, including occupation and activities.

Course dates

Session 1: Tuesday 1st March 
Session 2: Tuesday 8th March
Session 3: Tuesday 15th March 

All sessions will run from 10am to 12.30pm at Melton Borough Council, Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH. 

The sessions will be run by Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers. 

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.

To find out more or book your place:  

Call: 0116 231 1111
E-mail: l[email protected]

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Barclays Bank Carers Forum - 25th November

Barclays Bank are holding a Carers Forum on Wednesday 25th November from 10am - 12pm (drop in anytime) at the Rural Catering Centre, Brooksby Melton College, Asfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HJ. 

You'll be able to drop-in and find out more about local organisations and services that can help you - and pick up information - whilst talking to other carers and people who may be able to help and support you. Refreshments will be available from the café. 

To find out more call Lauren Connor on 07881318362.

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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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‘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 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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Do you care for someone with dementia?

The Alzheimer's Society are running carer workshops to give you information and support. The Carer Information and Support Programme is a series of workshops run over 4 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're having on you.

Topics will include: 

What is dementia? 

Course dates 

Session 1 - Wednesday 22 April 

Session 2 - Wednesday 29 April 

Session 3 - Wednesday 6 May 

Session 4 - Wednesday 13 May 

All sessions will run from 1.30pm to 4pm. 

Venue

Melton Theatre, Ashfordby Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0HJ.

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. 

To find out more or book a place 

Call: 0116 231 1111

 Email: [email protected]

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A top tip from one of our carers!

This tip was given to us by one of our carers, Rita: 

"When it was coming up to Christmas one year, and my brother asked if there was anything I would specifically like, I took a deep breath and said “Actually, yes there is; could you spare me a day, or even a weekend, to stay with dad, so that me and my husband could have some much needed time on our own, which I feel we really need, instead of a wrapped up gift for a change?” He said he’d have a think about it. I felt really awkward at the time of saying it, but actually, it was worth it, as that Christmas, my brother gave me a card he’d made up, with ‘A Week’s Breakaway’ on it, and he came and looked after dad for a whole week! This allowed me to ‘switch off my state of constant alert’ and recharge my batteries, and boy did I feel better for it! It did them both good too, allowing them to spend time together alone, which they don’t normally get. As the saying goes, if you don’t ask, you don’t get, and if they say no, you are no worse off than if you hadn’t asked! Hope this helps someone else who may be frightened to ask for help." 

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New group for deaf children and their families

A new group has been set up in Bottesford to support deaf children and their families. The group is called Hear 4 Kidz and it's run by parents of deaf children.

It's been set up with the aim of giving families somewhere to have fun and share their views and signing support will be available. 

The group will meet monthly at the Vale of Belvoir Sure Start Centre on Barkestone Lane in Bottesford. Each month will feature a different activity as well as drinks and snacks and siblings of deaf children are welcome to come along too. 

Activities coming up include: 

20th July - Sports Day

24th August -  Summer trip (venue TBC)

21st September - Grand Opening Party

You can find out more about the group on Facebook and Twitter - just search Hear4Kidz or email [email protected]

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Trading Standards Alert

Leicestershire Trading Standards has received a report of a Melton resident being telephoned by a person claiming to be from the Police and asking about their home security. Leicestershire Police have confirmed that this was not one of their officers or representatives.

Trading Standards always advise residents to never give or confirm personal details over the telephone, and not to agree to appointments from cold callers.

If you receive any reports of similar activity or callers please contact Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 or use [email protected]

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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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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. 

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Deadline extended for long term ill health survey

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group has extended a survey asking patients with long-term health conditions about their experience of receiving advice and healthcare until 15th November.

Your answers will help shape improvements to health and care services in the area including Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Blaby, Lutterworth, Oadby, Wigston and Rutland. 

The online survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Longtermconditions - please feel free to take part and leave your views.

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Live in East Leicestershire? Your chance to help improve healthcare in the area

East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning group is keen to hear from patients with complex, chronic and long-term health conditions - and their carers - so they can improve the services you currently receive.

They're keen to know what you think of the support and information you've received in relation to your healthcare. 

You can complete the survey online or request a paper copy by calling Penny Harris on  0116 295 7571. 

The survey closes on 23rd September and is open to patients and carers living in the East Leicestershire and Rutland area including Melton Mowbray, Market Harborough, Blaby, Lutterworth, Oadby, Wigston and Rutland. Your answers will be treated in confidence and you won't have to give your name or address.

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Melton Senior’s Day - Friday 31st August

Melton Borough Council and Melton Seniors Forum are holding a Senior's Day on Friday 31st August from 10am to 2pm at the Council's offices on Parkside, Station Approach, Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1GH.

Carers and cared for are welcome to go along to find out about new activities, services and what's going on in the area, whilst picking up useful information from charities like Age UK and the Alzheimer's Society. You'll also be able to talk to local projects and organisations such as Energy Action for Melton, Voluntary Action Melton and Leicestershire County Council and find out about services for older people from companies like Severn Trent. There'll be a buffet lunch available too, for £3.50. 

To find out more call 01664 502 502 or keep your eye on Melton Borough Council's website

Please note: if you'd like to go along, you need to book a place by calling the number above. 

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Beginners Health Walks in Melton

If you fancy getting out and about and meeting other people in the Melton area, Melton Borough Council runs free Beginners Health Walks every Wednesday.

The walks are suitable for all ages and abilities so they're ideal for carers and cared for. If you'd like to take part, simply go along to Melton Country Park visitor centre for 10.30am on any Wednesday. Walks last about an hour and are on fairly good, flat surfaces with no stiles to climb over. 

To find out more call Hollie Paterson on 01664 502 362 or email [email protected]

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Bottesford Time Out for Carers Group goes monthly!

Due to popular demand the Bottesford Time Out for Carers Group will now run monthly. 

It'll meet on the last Tuesday of every month from 10.30am to 12.30pm starting from the 26th June. 

Simply drop-in to the group to take a break and meet other carers near you, at the Victory Commemoration Hall on Belvoir Road in Bottesford. 

Diane from Support for Carers may not be there every month, but carers will meet for a coffee and a get-together and new carers are always welcome. 

To find out more please call Diane at Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

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We’re launching a new project and we’re looking for volunteers

We're launching a new project on Wednesday 25th April in Melton Mowbray - in partnership with the local branches of Age UK and the Alzheimer's Society

Together, we're launching a new group called 'Friends of Carers' - with the aim of giving people whose caring role has come to an end the chance to maintain their links with the Alzheimer's Society and/or Support for Carers and other carers they have met at groups like the Alzheimer's Society Carers Support Group or Wednesday Ensemble Social Club (WESC). 

In addition, the group will also help to raise funds for local charities and will help us, the Alzheimer's Society and Age UK to raise awareness of the issues around caring. 

The Friends of Carers group will meet on the last Wednesday of every month, from around 3.15pm to 4.45pm, in the small lounge at Gloucester House, 3 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1JE directly after the current Alzheimer's Society Carers Support Group meeting. 

Has your caring role come to an end because you've lost the person you cared for? 

You're very welcome to come along to the group.

There's some good advice on coping with the emotional and practical aspects of bereavement and the end of your caring role on the NHS Choices website including links to other sources of support and carers' stories - so you can hear how other carers have coped in similar situations. 

We're looking for volunteers 

We'd like to recruit a small team of volunteers to lead the Friends of Carers project. Appropriate training will be available plus ongoing support from us and the Alzheimer's Society. 

Volunteer duties will include tasks such as: 

• Setting up the room
• Purchasing refreshments prior to meeting (cost to be met by Friends of Carers)
• Welcoming members of the group, particularly first timers
• Helping with refreshments during the meeting
• Tidying room after the meeting
• Being a point of contact that people can be referred to for more information about the group
• Liaising with the Alzheimer's Society and Support for Carers Leicestershire regarding fundraising events
• Liaising with the Alzheimer's Society and Support for Carers Leicestershire regarding rising awareness locally of the issues about living with dementia or caring for someone.

If you are interested in volunteering for the above role/s or would like more information please contact Lynn Orridge on 01664 561244 or email [email protected] as soon as possible.

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Do you care for someone with a mental illness?

If you'd like to meet other carers in a similar situation why not come along to the Noel Arms, Langham, Oakham, LE15 7HU on Tuesday 10th April from 2pm to 3.30pm?

Rethink, the largest national voluntary sector provider of mental health services, is holding a support group for carers on that day which will hopefully become a regular event. 

Rethink is commissioned by Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT to offer support to carers of adults suffering from severe and enduring mental illness. The charity directly helps around 60,000 people every year across England - including carers. 

To find out more about the support you could get from Rethink please call Denise or Amanda on 01530 276 525 or email [email protected] or [email protected] or simply come along to the carers' support group on the 10th April! 

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The art of caring - carer Stan Pearson shares his hobby

Carer Stan Pearson gave a great talk on painting at our 'Time Out For Carers' group in Melton recently.

Stan enjoys painting as a hobby and brought along a selection of water colour and oil paintings to show other carers, all depicting different water scenes such as the sea, lakes and rivers.

Hopefully, Stan's inspirational talk will encourage other carers to talk about their hobbies at future meetings.

If you're a carer in Melton, why not come along to our 'Time Out For Carers' group? It's free, friendly and informal and an opportunity to meet other carers, share experiences and generally enjoy a quick break from your caring role.

The group meets at the Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray (in the Community Room) alternate months on Thursdays between 11am and 1pm.  The next two dates are 15th March and 17th May.

To find out more please call Diane at Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

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Worried about dyslexia? Event on 24th Nov

The Rutland ADHD Support Group is holding a special event for parents and teachers about dyslexia - and what parents and teachers can do to help children. Christine Jarvis, a specialist family coach will be guest speaker at the event which is on Thursday 24th November from 7pm at Langham Primary School, Burley Road, Langham, LE15 7HY. Admission to the event costs £3. 

If you have any concerns about dyslexia you can call the Dyslexia Association on 0115 924 6880 or visit the website

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Care for someone with Alzheimer’s in Melton? Event on 9th Nov

The Alzheimer's Society is holding an event in Melton Mowbray to showcase its services and the opportunities available for potential volunteers and fundraisers. It takes place on Wednesday 9th November from 2pm to 6pm at Gloucester House, Norman Way, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1JE. 

To find out more please call 0116 231 1111 

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Bottesford Time Out For Carers’ Group - 22nd November

Are you a carer in the Bottesford area? 

Would you like to meet other carers and share experiences whilst meeting Support for Carers? 

You're welcome to come to our Time Out For Carers' Group on Tuesday 22nd November from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Bottesford Village Hall on Belvoir Road in Bottesford. 

To find out more please call Diane at Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

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Melton Time Out For Carers’ Group - 24th November

Are you a carer in the Melton area? 

Would you like to meet and share experiences with other carers whilst meeting Support for Carers? 

You're welcome to come along to our Time Out For Carers' Group on Thursday 24th November from 11am to 12.30pm at the Melton Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1RB. 

To find out more please call Diane at Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

 

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New computer classes in Melton

If you're over 50 or have a disability why not 'Get Connected' with Voluntary Action Melton?

The organisation is offering computer training sessions for £5 a session where you can learn how to set up an email account, Skype your family or friends, do your shopping online or save money by switching your energy company...plus lots, lots more - including how to try out a digital video/camera and upload the results! 

The sessions are suitable for beginners and anyone wishing to improve their existing computer skills. 

To find out more please call Voluntary Action Melton on 01664 483043. 

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New Carers’ Support Groups coming soon!

We're helping to set up new Carers' Support Groups in Hinckley and Bosworth, Melton and North West Leicestershire over the coming weeks. 

The Hinckley and Bosworth Carers' Support Group will meet from Tuesday 4th October from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Community House, Peggs Close, Earl Shilton, LE9 7BP. 

The Melton Carers' Support Group will meet from Thursday 29th September from 10.30am to 12 noon at the Carnegie Museum, Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray. 

The North West Leicestershire Carers' Support Group will meet from Tuesday 20th September from 10.30am to 12.00 noon at the Wesleyan Reform Church, Melbourne Road, Ibstock, LE67 6NQ. 

To find out more about our new groups please call us on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

Click here for a full list of Carers' Support Groups running around Leicestershire (in addition to the new groups above). 

For details of more groups and activities in your area (including groups for carers and the cared for) please search the In Your Area section of the website. 

 

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Older Persons’ Month - Health Awareness Event in Melton

September is Older Persons' Month in Leicestershire and there's a whole range of events coming up across the county - including leisure, sporting and health promotion days. 

Heart Disease & Treatments 

One of these events is an information event where you can find out more about the signs and symptoms of heart disease and what treatments are available. The event will also include a description of the risk factors involved in heart disease such as high blood pressure. You will have the chance to ask questions and find out where to go for more information, support and treatment. 

Anyone is welcome to attend the event, including older people and their carers and families. It's taking place on Monday 19th September from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at the Samworth Centre, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 1AE. 

To find out more and to book your place please call Kamini Patel on 0116 229 3029 or email [email protected]

Look out for more information on Older Persons' Month  in your local library, GP surgery or Age Concern or take a look at the Older Persons' Booklet 2011 - it's packed full of useful information for older people as well as details of events taking place throughout September.

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Help with learning disabilities in Melton

Do you care for someone with a learning disability? 

Melton Mencap can provide personal support to people of all ages with a learning disability. To find out more about training, clubs and events offered by the charity please visit www.melton-mencap.org.uk or email [email protected]

Alternatively, you are welcome to call Yvonne Iwanczuk from Melton Mencap on 01664 564237. 

 

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Home-based exercise programme for older people

Do you care for an elderly person? 

Voluntary Action Melton runs a home-based exercise programme for older people - especially those whose independence may have been affected by a fall or a fear of falling. The programme, which is called 'Activity for Health', aims to help people by improving their strength and balance, enabling them to feel more confident about undertaking everyday activities. 

To find out more go along to a special drop-in event on September 6th from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Melton Library or contact the programme coordinator Sue Sharp on 01664 485302 or email [email protected] 

The event is part of Older Persons' Month in Leicestershire - which will include events around the county. 

 

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‘Serious concerns’ over Castlebeck-run service in Melton Mowbray

Croxton Lodge, a care home for people with learning difficulties in Melton Mowbray is being investigated by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in the UK.

The facility is owned by Castlebeck, who are being investigated by the CQC following the closure of its Winterbourne View care home near Bristol. 

Winterbourne View was investigated by the BBC's Panorama programme recently, following allegations that patients were being abused. 

The CQC has said that although there are 'serious concerns' at Croxton Lodge, they are not on the same scale as the problems found at Winterbourne View. It's also said that where it has immediate concerns about people's safety it takes action, such as closing Winterbourne View. 

Croxton Lodge isn't the only Castlebeck-run service to have raised 'serious concerns'. Rose Villa in Bristol, Arden Vale in the West Midlands and Cedar Vale in Nottingham are also mentioned in the CQC's report, along with seven other facilities which 'do not comply with essential standards of quality and safety'. 

Castlebeck has said it'll 'urgently address' the CQC concerns. 

Read the story in full on the BBC website

If you have any concerns about Croxton Lodge please feel free to get in touch with us and we'll do our best to help. 

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New lunch club opens in Melton

A new affordable lunch club for older and disabled people has been launched in Melton. The club will run once a month at the Midlands Co-operative Foodstore cafe on Scalford Road in Melton, offering diners the chance to enjoy a healthy main course and dessert for £3.20 and the chance to meet and socialise with other like-minded people.

The club is being run by the Midlands Co-operative Society, the WRVS, Voluntary Action Melton and Leicestershire County Council. The club has been launched to help older and disabled people to socialise and stay healthy whilst offering carers the chance to take a break. If the new club proves successful, the organisers are hoping to run it more than once a month. Food on offer includes dishes such as sheperd's pie, crispy chicken or tuna salad, followed by cheesecake or toffee sponge pudding. To find out more and for help with transport please call Voluntary Action Melton on 01664 483043. 

Read the story in full in the Melton Times 

Do you know of a lunch club or similar project where you live? 

Please let us know more so we can share the information via our website and telephone service. 

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