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News in North West Leicestershire

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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CARERS WEEK 2018: Carers Pilates launching 5th June

The theme of this year's Carers Week 2018 is Healthy and Connected and this new 12-week Carers Pilates course certainly fits the fill! 

The course starts on Tuesday 5th June and runs to 28th August (except on 12th June when there's a Carer's Event) at Castle Medical Group, Ascebi House, 118 Burton Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, LE65 2LP. 

Sessions run from 10.30am-11.30am and cost £3 per session or £30 for all 12 weeks (saving you £6). 

If you look after someone, Pilates is a great way to strengthen and tone your muscles, including your back muscles. Plus, it'll leave you feeling more relaxed and energised. 

Booking is essential. To secure your place: 

Call: 01530 454558
Email [email protected]

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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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Are you a carer in North West Leicestershire?

Professionals supporting carers in North West Leicestershire are getting together on 12th April to attend a Carers Forum - enabling them to share information and ideas, and together improve the support network for the growing population of carers in the area.

Kerry, our Carers Service Manager, will be attending on behalf of Support for Carers and we'll bring you an update from the event very soon. Professionals attending the event will include medical professionals, health visitors, social workers, Patient Participation Groups, local charities and hospices. 

We currently support 641 carers in the North West Leicestershire area.

If you, or somone you know, could benefit from our support:

Call: 01858 468 543
Email [email protected] 

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Do you care for someone who feels unsteady on their feet?

Leicestershire County Council are holding a Slipper Exchange Event at Coalville Library on 10th April, between 10am-1pm. Designed to help people feel steady on their feet, the person you care for just needs to bring their old slippers and they'll be given a FREE pair of comfortable, safe, Velcro slippers in exchange.

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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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Dementia carer in North West Leicestershire?

Do you care for someone with dementia? Why not attend the Alzheimer's Society's carer workshops for information and support?

What is the Carer Information and Support Programme?

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 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

Where and When? 

Session 1 - Wednesday 2nd November 2016

Session 2 - Wednesday 9th November 2016

Session 3 - Wednesday 16th November 2016

Session 4 - Wednesday 23rd November 2016

All sessions will run between 1:30pm - 4pm.

Venue: The Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3PH

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 to book a place

Call: 0116 231 1111

Email: [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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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 friendship group for Coalville

Would you like to meet other people in your community with the same goals and interests as you? And perhaps arrange activities like dining out, movies, dancing, meeting for a coffee, exercise classes...the possibilities are endless. 

Lynne Brydon Graham from Timebanking in Leicestershire and Annette Goodwin from the Inclusion Support Service have recently set up a new friendship group in Coalvile, which hopes to meet every week on a Tuesday from 1pm-3pm at the Monkey Walk Weatherspoons in Coalville.  

To find out more call: 

Lynne:  07867 907 113

Annette: 07747 722 665

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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. 

Click here to read

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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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Thank you for coming along to our Carers Summertime Health and Wellbeing Events!

We held two very successful Carers Summertime Health and Wellbeing Events recently - one in Coalville on 4th June and the other in Hinckley on 16th June, to celebrate all the hard work carers do.

There was a range of information stalls, guest speakers and activities for carers to get involved with. Jane Robins from Leicestershire County Council talked about the Care Act and the Carer's Assessment.

Paul Tyson gave a talk on healthy eating, while Emma Hopkins, Physical Activity Coordinator at Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (Hinckley Leisure Centre) provided information on healthy walks and activities.

Activities on offer at both events included Chair Based Exercises, Laughter Workshops, Complementary Therapies, Line Dancing and Blood Pressure and Diabetes Testing.

Here are a few comments from some of the carers that attended: 

“I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun”

“It was a great event and very informative”

“I loved the chair based exercises”

“I have not seen my husband laugh like that in ages”

“Thank you for such a lovely time”

“Good to know my blood pressure is ok”

“Can’t wait for the next time”

“I feel so uplifted and relaxed”

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New dementia cafe opening in Coalville

Are you a carer for someone living with dementia?

Coalville Community Resource Centre would like to invite you to the opening of their new dementia cafe on 14 April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Coalville Community Resource Centre, Comet Way, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3FS.

Come along and be part of a very exciting new venture, where you'll be able to have your say and plan for future events at the dementia cafe.

To celebrate their first day, they have a guest speaker joining them - Jane Robins, Leicestershire County Council's Carers Project Officer, who will be there to answer any questions you have about the Care Act.

Refreshments will be available.

To find out more

Call: 0116 305 3202.

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NHS: Proposal to provide integrated physical and mental healthcare, closer to home

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is proposing to enhance care for older people, which would lead to patients being treated closer to home and having all their care needs met in one place.

Patients using the Trust's community hospitals across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are predominantly frail older people. With an ageing population and an increasing number of people being diagnosed with mental health conditions such as dementia or depression, more people are being admitted to wards with both physical and mental health needs.

To provide the best possible care for these patients, the Trust is proposing to improve integrated physical and mental health care, with the introduction of a specialist mental health team to work alongside nursing and medical staff in community hospitals.

If the proposal goes ahead, it will result in a change for Ward 4 at Coalville Community Hospital. People from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are currently admitted as inpatients to the ward, which provides a 'step down' service from the Trust's mental health wards for older people. When patients no longer need intensive levels of care from wards at the Evington Centre and the Bennion Centre they may be admitted to Ward 4 to prepare them to return home, or to stay whilst waiting for a place in a care home.

The introduction of a specialist mental health team in all community hospitals would mean patients living outside Coalville and neighbouring areas would, in the future, and where appropriate, receive their care closer to home, in the community hospital close to where they live.

People living in Coalville and neighbouring areas would continue to be admitted to Coalville Community Hospital and would continue to receive their care close to home. As with other community hospital wards, Wards 1 and 2 at Coalville would receive the support of the specialist mental health team and benefit from integrated support and the improved assessment, treatment and care this would bring.

Ward 4 at Coalville Community Hospital would no longer need to admit patients and the ward would be out of use temporarily until a decision is made regarding how this facility could be used in the future. 

If the plans go ahead, the Trust expect the changes to take effect from October 2014.

The Trust welcomes your views and comments. Please click here to find out more about the proposal and complete a short questionnaire

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Events for Dementia Awareness Week 2014

The Alzheimer's Society is running two local events for Dementia Awareness Week 2014

Monday 19th May from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, LE67 3EA 
Click here to view the event poster for more details

Thursday 22nd May from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Blaby Hotel, Enderby Road, Blaby, LE8 4GD
Click here to view the event poster for more details

The aim of both events is to raise awareness of dementia and how the Alzheimer's Society supports people affected by dementia.

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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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Timebanking - put an hour in, get an hour out

A new project is being launched in Coalville, Lutterworth and surrounding areas, aimed at all members of the community.

The Timebank is a modern day bartering system that can help you get jobs done without money. They work by people offering their skills in return for time credits, which they can spend when they need help with something.

For example, mow somebody's lawn and in return you could get your ironing done. You could offer to meet someone for a cup of coffee and a chat and in return have someone teach you how to play guitar. For every hour that you put in you receive one time credit (one hour = one credit) that you then spend on getting things done for yourself. The skill or asset that you offer to other people can literally be anything.

The transactions are arranged by the Time broker who keeps a record of all the transactions, much like a bank account. The Time broker also meets with every member to explain the project and asks them ‘what can you offer? And what do you want?’ Offers and Wants are then put on a website www.timebankleicestershire.co.uk for people to see and respond to.

To join or for more info contact Lynne Brydon-Graham on 0116 305 7558 or email [email protected] or [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. 

Click here to take a look

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Live in North West Leicestershire? Free swimming & discounts available

If you live in North West Leicestershire, you may be entitled to free swimming and discounts at local leisure centres. 

North West Leicestershire District Council's Leisure Link scheme has special offers for registered carers - as well as for anyone on a means-tested benefit, aged over 60, or living with a disability. 

For example, you may be entitled to free swimming, discounted swimming lessons, money off the Council's fitness membership scheme and reduced prices at local leisure centres including the Hermitage Leisure Centre, Hood Park Leisure Centre, Measham Leisure Centre, Ibstock Community College, Castle Donington Community College and Hermitage Recreation Ground. 

To find out more visit the North West Leicestershire District Council website.

 

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Alzheimer’s Society support groups - latest news including new group for North West Leicestershire

Do you care for someone with Alzheimer's? Would you like to meet other carers in a similar situation to you whilst getting help and support from the Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society runs Carer Support Groups around Leicestershire - plus groups for people with Alzheimer's and their carers. 

Here's a list of groups running at the moment: 

Carer Support Groups

NEW! Starting on Monday 21st May to coincide with Dementia Awareness Week - the Alzheimer's Society is starting a Carer Support Group at Legion House, South Street, Ashby de la Zouch. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of every month (starting on 21st May) from 1.30pm to 3pm. 

The Loughborough Alzheimer's Society Carer Support Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of every month from 1.30pm to 3pm at Trinity Methodist Church, Royland Road, Loughborough. 

The Market Harborough Alzheimer's Society Carer Support Group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month from 1.30pm to 3pm at Brooklands Gardens Day Centre, Walcot Road, Market Harborough.

Support groups for people with Alzheimer's/dementia and their carers 

The Poppies Dementia Cafe meets on the 1st Monday of every month from 10.30am to 12 noon at Syston Community Centre, School Street, Syston. 

The Blaby District Drop-in meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10am to 12 noon at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane, Huncote. 

The Younger People with Dementia Evening meets on the 3rd Monday of the month from 7pm to 8.30pm at Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone Town. 

To find out more about any of the groups above please call Laurie Woodruff, Dementia Support Worker, Alzheimer's Society on 0116 231 1114 or 07889 604233 or email [email protected]

Please click here for details of other Alzheimer's/dementia support groups in Leicestershire

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Your chance to have a say on local community hospitals - 1st May

The Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is inviting carers and cared for to a public forum on 1st May to hear about its plans for community hospitals in the future. 

There are two opportunities to attend the event, which will include a presentation about the proposed future vision and 'brand' for the in-patient services provided by community hospitals in Leicestershire and Rutland. 

Some work has already taken place to review what the hospitals do and identify potential areas for improvment. The work has also looked at the image and reputation of the hospitals and how well their role in the care of older people is understood. 

The review has resulted in recommendations that the Trust would like to share with you, so that it can capture your thoughts and feedback on the proposed way forward.

The event will be held at 2.30pm on Tuesday 1st May at the Coalville Community Hospital (Training Room), Broom Leys Road, Coalville, LE67 4DE and at 6pm on Tuesday 1st May in the Coffee Bar at the Settling Rooms, St Mary's Place, Market Harborough. 

Refreshments will be provided and forms will be available should you wish to claim travelling expenses. 

To confirm a place at the event please contact Bernadette Somerset on 0116 295 7689 or email [email protected]

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Calling all carers - Carers’ Forum, 27th March, Coalville

Support for Carers is holding a Carers' Forum on Tuesday 27th March from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Marlene Reid Centre, 85 Belvoir Road, Coalville, LE67 3PH. 

The event is free and is open to all carers, cared for and anyone who works/volunteers with carers or cared for. 

Guest speakers will include a representative from the Local Pension Service talking about Carers' Allowance and Personal Independence Payments and Mander Cruickshank Solicitors, who will be discussing Wills and Probate. 

Parking is available at James Street car park on Belvoir Road (please note there is a charge for using this car park). 

To find out more or to let us know you'd like to attend the event please call us on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

This is our third Carers' Forum - we've previously held forums in South Wigston and Huncote. 

Read more about our Carers' Forum in South Wigston

Read more about our Carers' Forum in Huncote

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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 Coalville

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.

Information & Support for Cancer Patients & Carers 

One of these events is an information event for cancer patients and their carers. There is a new centre opening in Leicester and this event will be a chance for people to find out more about the help that will be available - including support groups and information. In addition, this event will be a chance for cancer patients and carers to help shape and improve cancer support services in Leicestershire. 

Anyone is welcome to go along including older people and their carers. The event is taking place on Wednesday 28th September from 10.00am to 12.00pm at the Marlene Reid Centre, Coalville, LE67 3PH. 

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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Are you looking for help and support near where you live?

Take a look at our Resources section for details of organisations near you, which provide services for carers and the cared for - whether you look after an elderly person or a child, young person or adult with a physical or learning disability or mental health problems. 

We'll be adding information to this website on an ongoing basis so please check back regularly. 

In addition, we'd love to hear from you if you know of an organisation, group, activity or event where you live. The more information we can include on this website, the more we can help carers in Leicestershire to find the help and support that they need. 

Many thanks for your help!

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Is there a Carers’ Support Group where you live?

Do you know of a Carers' Support Group near you?

If so, we would love to hear about it so we can let other carers know about it via our website and telephone service. 

Or has your Carers' Support Group closed?

We would still like to hear about groups that have run in your area in the past and how these groups have helped you. 

Would you like to find a group to join?

There are many existing groups around Leicestershire so please feel free to get in touch with us for details of groups near you. 

You're welcome to leave your comments below or alternatively please feel free to call us on 0845 689 9510 (calls charged at local rates) or email [email protected].

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New clinic for children with hearing difficulties

A new clinic for children with hearing difficulties has been opened by Leicestershire County Council on Comet Way in Coalville, for children across Leicestershire.

As well as having all the latest equipment for testing children's hearing the new clinic will also provide support for children, parents, carers and school staff - on how to manage hearing loss for example. 

To find out more you can call the clinic on 0116 305 9400. 

If you have any concerns about a child's hearing you can find out more about the help available locally on the Leicestershire County Council website

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