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News in Oadby & Wigston

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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Message in a Bottle

Jackie from VASL's Support for Carers team joined 65 other people who work with older people or the vulnerable at Leicestershire Police headquarters last Friday - to find out more about the Message in a Bottle scheme. 

The Message in a Bottle scheme is run by The Lions and is aimed at people with serious medical conditions - but thanks to funding from the Community Safety Partnership in Oadby and Wigston and a local sponsor - Leicestershire Police force has been able to make 6,000 bottles available free of charge to people with Alzheimer's and dementia as well. 

Everyone who picks up a bottle will also be given a Herbert Protocol form, which, when filled in, contains vital personal and medical information such as medication required, mobile numbers and places previously visited. This can prove vitally important, especially in a situation in which someone with Alzheimer's or dementia has gone missing. 

The bottle is kept in the fridge, helping emergency responders to access the potentially lifesaving information. This ensures people are treated quickly, which can save time and lives. 

You can pick up a bottle free from any police station in Leicestershire that has a front enquiry desk.

To find out more please call Jackie from Support for Carers 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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Do you care for someone with dementia and live in Wigston?

The Alzheimer's Society are running a series of workshops in Wigston to give carers information and support. 

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

Workshop topics include: 

Course dates - Wigston  

Venue: Wigston Central Surgery (Meeting Room 2), Two Steeples Medical Centre, 10 Abington Close, Wigston, LE18 2EW.

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. If you're unable to attend the above dates/times, please register your interest as future groups may be available.

To find out more 

Please call Sara Lovett on 0116 231 1111 / 07483 926083 or email [email protected]

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Afternoon tea anyone?

Age UK is opening a "Forget Me Not" Memory Cafe for people with dementia and their carers on Friday 28th July. You're welcome to go along to the opening from 2.30pm-4pm at Age UK Oadby & Wigston, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston, Leicester for Afternoon Tea - including a selection of sandwiches and cakes plus tea or coffee (£8 for 2 people). 

To find out more and book your place call 0116 288 5203. 

The cafe will be hosting regular entertainment and memorabilia every Friday afternoon. 

To find out more call 0116 288 5203. 

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Age UK Open Day for carers of people with dementia

Age UK are holding an Open Day for carers of people with dementia on Thursday 15th June from 9.30am to 4pm. Come and enjoy a complimentary drink and cake and see what Age UK have to offer - at Age UK Oadby & Wigston, 51 Paddock Street, Wigston, Leicester. 

To find out more call Joy Husband on 0116 288 5203.

New cafe opening 

Look out for the "Forget Me Not" Memory Cafe opening on Friday 28th July!

To find out more call Joy Husband on 0116 288 5203.

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FREE dementia-friendly talks in May

The Alzheimer's Society initiative, Dementia Friends, is holding a FREE dementia-friendly talk on the History of the Music Hall on Monday 15th May from 11am-12pm at Oadby Library and on Thursday 18th May from 11am-12pm at Wigston Library. Simply go along to enjoy the free talk, together with songs and coffee - as part of Dementia Awareness Week

To find out more about the Oadby Library talk please call 0116 305 8763.

To find out more about the Wigston Library talk please call 0116 305 3689.

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Fancy a night out with a difference?

Enjoy a night out with a difference and help raise money for the charity behind Support for Carers - VASL

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Carers Health & Wellbeing Event

The Carers Centre has a Health & Wellbeing event for carers coming up on 20th May including lots of information and advice on staying healthy plus a free lunch and refreshments throughout the day. Find out more 

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Carers Event - 12th April

Carers and cared for are welcome to come along to our Top to Toe event on Wednesday 12th April from 11am-2.30pm at Glen Gorse Golf Club, Glen Road, Oadby, Leicestershire, LE2 4RF including a FREE lunch, refresments and parking. The day will include useful talks, the chance to pick up lots of handy information, a dance group and Bollywood dancing. Plus lots more! 

To book your place please call Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected] 

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Urgent Appeal for Funding

URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDING: CARERS HEALTH AND WELLBEING SERVICE 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you in anticipation.  

Kind regards. 

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

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

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Meet our two new team members!

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

Natasha Mack, Delivery Officer

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

Adele, Delivery Officer 

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

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

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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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Alzheimer’s Society Carer Information Workshops for South Asian families

The Alzheimer's Society is running a free 4 week course for carers, which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia in South Asian communities, by giving family members and friends the knowledge, skills and understanding to support those affected by the condition.

The course will cover Understanding dementia, Legal and money matters, Looking after others and Looking after yourself. The course starts on Tuesday 5th April, with sessions on 12th April, 19th April and 26th April all from 2pm to 4.30pm at the Barnabus Centre, St Paul's Church, Hamble Road, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 4NX. 

To find out more or book a place on the course: 

Call: 0116 231 1111
Email: [email protected]
Download the poster 

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Do you want to improve your community?

Would you like to see more activities for older people, carers and people with dementia in South Wigston?

Tuesday 1st March 6-8pm at Fairfield Community Primary School, Chester Building

Wednesday 2nd March 2-4pm at South Wigston Methodist Church, Blaby Road

Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL) is holding these two meetings to bring together local residents and organisations, to see how you can all work together to build up some new community activities. Everyone is welcome to attend either of these meetings listed above!

Do you have any ideas? Would you like to help set up and run new activities? Maybe you would just like more to do yourself? VAL is holding these meetings in March to decide how they can take some of these ideas forward. All ideas welcome!

To find out more get in touch with Dave Cliffe:

Email: [email protected]
Call: 07977 015674

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Are you aged over 60 and live in South Wigston?

You're invited to a FREE Christmas Dinner this Saturday! 

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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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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? Dementia Awareness Event in Wigston Magna 21st May

If you care for someone with dementia, why not come along to the Dementia Awareness Event on Thursday 21st May from 11am-1pm at Wigston Magna Library, Bull Head Street, Wigston Magna, LE18 1PA? 

We'll be there, plus lots of other organisations, including Dementia Friends, Age UK, Leicestershire Advice Service, Alzheimer's Society, Keep Safe Places and Leicestershire Adult Learning Service. There'll be lots of activiites too, including Reading Well Books for Dementia, Make Friends with a Book Shared Reading, singing for wellbeing, a laughter workshop and hand massage.

We look forward to meeting you there! 

To find out more call the library on 0116 305 3689.

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Do you care for someone with dementia? Dementia Awareness Event in Oadby 20th May

If you care for someone with dementia, why not come along to the Dementia Awareness Event on Wednesday 20th May from 11am-1pm at Oadby Library, 10 The Parade, LE2 5BF?

We'll be there, plus lots of other organisations, including the Oadby Memory Cafe, Age UK, Leicestershire Advice Service, Alzheimer's Society, Keep Safe Places and NHS Urgent Care Services. There'll be lots of activiites too, including Reading Well Books for Dementia, Make Friends with a Book Shared Reading, singing for the brain, a laughter workshop, Power of Attorney advice, a craft actiivty and hand massage.

We look forward to meeting you there! 

To find out more call the library on 0116 305 8763.

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Free drop-in event - 12 June

Leicestershire County Council is holding a free drop-in event for carers and cared for who want to find out more about 'Keeping well, staying safe and independent in your own home'.

The event is on 12 June from 10.30am to 2.30pm at Oadby Library, 10 The Parade. 

To find out more call 0116 305 8763.

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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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Sing it from the rooftops!

Rehearsals for our Carers’ Choir project are well underway so why not join our singing carers for fun, uplifting choir sessions? Best of all, you don’t need any experience!

In April, we launched carers’ choirs in Hinckley and South Wigston. Each choir session is held on a fortnightly basis on a Tuesday afternoon.

Sessions are relaxed and light-hearted. We start with a full warm-up, then work on simple rounds and part songs before moving on to a variety of longer songs in harmony. Halfway through the session we have a break for refreshments and carers get chance to chat to each other.

The response to the choir sessions has been fantastic. One of our carers said:

“I really enjoy coming. Such lovely people and all carers we can relate with. I smile on my way here and smile all the way home. It helps me to keep going through the week I don’t come. It should be on prescription!”

Another choir member said:

“Please accept my sincere thanks for a super choir session today. I may warble, I may trill, but rest assured, with your tuition and gentle coaxing, I'm beginning to feel like me again!”

Most choir members have no previous experience of singing, just a willingness to learn.

Leicestershire Carers’ Choir Musical Leader, Alex Reffell, said:

“I’m delighted with how well the choir members are responding to the sessions. We’ve already been singing in three-part harmony and the groups are both creating a beautiful sound and are working well together and forming friendships.

The music is varied and carers have an input into styles of music they would like to sing. So far we have looked at rock, pop, show tunes and a bit of gospel music. Choir members are guided through the music step-by-step and also learn about vocal technique.”

One of our carers said:

“My first week was amazing. I couldn’t believe how much was achieved in two hours. I have no musical background but managed to understand the instructions and, at the same time, enjoyed the session.”

So, why not take the plunge and see why our carers are enjoying the sessions so much?

To find out more about the sessions, please call Alex Reffell on 0845 689 9510 or email [email protected]

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Carers Spring Fest - evaluation

As many of you will know, we held our Carers Spring Fest on 25th April at the Bassett Centre in Wigston.

The event went very well with 39 people attending, including carers, cared for and representatives from different organisations who had information stands. 

We had two guest speakers, Amanda Gilhespie, Specialist Discharge Nurse, who talked about what's involved in hospital discharge and Kim Westbury who talked about how to prevent fires in the home. We finished with chair based exercises from Nisha Popat.

Thank you again to all our guest speakers and stall holders.

From the evaluation forms, feedback showed that the overall majority attending found the Fest informative, fun and useful. Carers and cared for also appreciated having the opportunity to visit the stands, talk to stall holders and have information available to take away. All in all, everyone felt the event had met their expectations.

We also had lots of suggestions for future guest speakers including the Police, Social Services and Alzheimer’s Society.

The food for the event was kindly donated by Sainsbury’s (Market Harborough).

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Free event for Learning Disability carers

The NHS is holding a free carers event for family and paid carers of people with Learning Disabilities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland on 10th June from 10am to 2.30pm at Leicester Racecourse Conference Centre, Leicester Road, Oadby, LE2 4AL. 

The event is an opportunity to hear and see current resources developed for people with learning disabilities to support access to National Cancer Screening Programmes (bowel, breast and cervical). As well as a chance to listen to the work being developed on carers' health and wellbeing. 

There will be a variety of information stands available and an opportunity to speak to different professionals until 4pm plus a workshop on the health needs of people with learning disabilities, annual health checks and health action plans.

Lunch and refreshments will be available. 

To book a place please contact Deb Beadman on 0116 295 7155 or email [email protected]

To find out more about the event please call Amelia Boulton – Learning Disability Primary Care Liaison Nurse on 07500 993 864 or email [email protected]

Click here to download the event poster

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Make friends with a book

Leicestershire County Council and The Reader Organisation have teamed up to offer a new free group at Wigston Library, Bull Head Street, Wigston every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

The group is a place to relax, make new friends and enjoy shared reading. There is no pressure to read or talk, you can simply drop in, sit down and relax as you listen to a good story or poem. And it's free!

To find out more call 0116 305 3689 or email [email protected]

To find out more about The Reader Organisation please visit www.thereader.org.uk

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Dementia Friends information session - 3rd May

Why not go along to a Dementia Friends information session to find out more about what it's like living with dementia?

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative and there are numerous sessions being run at venues across Wigston, Oadby and Fleckney.

To find your nearest session simply go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk and type in your postcode. Alternatively, you can call Emma on 07703 693499.

The next session is on Saturday 3rd May from 10.15am to 11.15am at Oadby Library, The Parade, Oadby. Places are limited so it's best to ring Emma on the number above to book your place.

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29th March - Dementia Friends information session

Why not go along to a Dementia Friends information session to find out more about what it's like living with dementia?

Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative and there are numerous sessions being run at venues across Wigston, Oadby and Fleckney.

To find your nearest session simply go to www.dementiafriends.org.uk and type in your postcode. Alternatively, you can call Emma on 07703 693499.

The next session is on 29th March, 10.15am to 11.15am at Oadby Library, The Parade, Oadby. Places are limited so it's best to ring Emma on the number above to book your place.

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Free event for carers - ‘Safe & sound at home’

The Home Safety Action Group is running a free event for professionals and volunteers who visit vulnerable people in their own homes on 30 April at the Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, off Saffron Road, South Wigston, Leicester, LE18 4UZ.  

The event, which is called 'Safe and sound at home', will include seminars, exhibitions, videos and demonstrations on some of the dangers that can affect vulnerable people at home such as distraction burglary, fire, bogus callers, adult abuse and falls. The event also includes an opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends training session and help England meet its target of one million dementia friends by 2015. 

If you're interested in attending as a carer, please email [email protected]

On-site car parking is available. 

To find out more please download the leaflet and booking form.

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Free women-only cycling sessions

Women Today Cycling, a social cycling group for women, is offering free sessions to help you learn to ride or improve your cycling skills.

The sessions are held at The Elms (old British Legion), 8 Bushloe End, Wigston, LE18 2BA on Tuesdays, with sessions run throughout the day.

The group also offers sessions on different days at different venues, so it's well worth getting in touch with them.

To find out more call Susan Doram on 07963 159 667 or Maryam Amatullah on 07990 762 684 or email [email protected]

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Free health & wellbeing event - 13th January

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and Leicestershire County Council are holding a 'New Year, Good Health' Coffee Morning on Monday 13th January at Wigston Magna Library & Learning Centre, Bull Head Street, Wigston Magna, Leicester, LE18 1PA from 10am to 12noon.

Anyone is welcome to go along for free health advice and information, blood pressure checks and free complementary therapies, together with tea, coffee and the chance to chat.

To find out more call 0116 305 3689.

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Have you ever thought about joining a choir?

We’re very excited to have new funding for a year to form carers’ choirs in two boroughs across the county: Oadby / Wigston and Hinckley / Bosworth.

Leicestershire Carers’ Choirs aim to bring the joy of singing to carers across Leicestershire and it will not matter where you live, as long as you can get to the venues. (Venues to be advised).

Carers would meet for fortnightly choir sessions in the two areas to learn contemporary, upbeat songs in four-part harmony under the leadership of a musical director.

Previous experience of singing in a choir isn’t necessary.  You just need to be willing to give it a go. 

In addition to developing musicality, the sessions would explore fundamental areas such as breathing technique, vocal hygiene, posture and singing technique.

One of the most important factors is what it does for people's confidence; it lifts people in ways that no other activity can and is a great way of meeting others with similar interests.

Singing is a wonderful way to boost your mood and it has been proven to help you physiologically.

According to TV choirmaster Gareth Malone:

“There are obvious health benefits as well as it being excellent for your state of mind.”

If you’re interested in joining either of the carers choirs, please give us a call on 0845 689 9510.

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The Carers Centre - free programme for carers

The Carers Centre is running a FREE programme for carers called Caring with Confidence from Friday 15 November, 10am to 12.30pm at The Kings Centre, 56 Bull Head Street, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 1PA.

The programme includes seven sessions and you're welcome to pick and choose from the list below, but it's really important you go along to the first one. If you'd like to go but would have problems getting along The Carers Centre can help you with transport and care costs. 

The sessions include: 

15 November: Finding your Way - welcome and introduction to the sessions 

Help to look at what matters to you and how to recognise your own strengths and experience. 

22 November: Caring and Coping

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

29 November: Caring and Me

How to be fit for life and caring. Discussion and planning around your own health and wellbeing.

6 December: Caring and Communicating

Uses real-life caring situations to help you get the best from communicating with professionals and service providers.

10 December: Caring Day-to-Day

Looks at the essentials of caring for someone day-to-day from medication to emergencies at home.

10 January: Caring and Life

Invites you to take time out and think about how you juggle competing demands and how your caring role fits with other aspects of your life.

17 January: Stress Management

Relaxation and how not to avoid it!! Using simple techniques to incorporate in everyday life, which will help your health and wellbeing.

All sessions are FREE, and complementary refreshments are provided.

If you're interested in finding out more about the programme please call Ranjana or Debbie at The Carers Centre on 0116 251 0999 or email [email protected]

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Will the launch of 4G mobile broadband services affect Freeview?

From Summer 2013, mobile phone operators are rolling out new fourth-generation (4G) networks to provide customers with high speed wireless broadband.

Where these services are broadcast on certain airwaves (the 800MHz band), they may interfere with Freeview reception. A new company, at800, has been set up by the mobile operators to provide filters and other assistance to households where TV reception may be affected.

To find out more you can call at800 on 0808 13 13 800 free from your landline between 7am and 10pm on weekdays or between 9am and 5pm at weekends and bank holidays or visit their website.

Age UK are also raising awareness of the issue. If you'd like to talk to them please email [email protected] and she will get back to you.

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Community Health & Wellbeing event - Oadby Library

Leicestershire County Council and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust are teaming up with Boots Pharmacy to hold a Community Health & Wellbeing event at Oadby Library on Wednesday 9th October from 10am to 1pm.

The event will feature free talks including The History of Pharmacy with John Allen at 10.30am and The Future of Prescriptions with Boots pharmacist Kalpna Kakad at 11am, followed by help with medication and blister packs at 11.30am.

Information will be available throughout the event on a range of topics including stopping smoking, blood pressure and health advice from Boots Pharmacy, as well as local services including Adult Social Care, First Contact, Prostaid, Support for Carers and Age UK.

You can also book a 15 minute wellbeing taster session for £2 including a hand massage from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Reiki (a complementary therapy which is a form of energy healing) from 10am to 1pm.

To find out more visit www.leics.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing, email [email protected] or call 0116 305 3565.

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Open Farm Sunday - 9th June

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

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

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

Find out more at www.farmsunday.org

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

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

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

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

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

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Free education programme for mental health carers

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

Next programme  

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

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

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

Feedback from carers who have attended previous programmes 

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

Click here to read their feedback

Recommended reading

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

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

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New service: Free Mental Health Education Programme for carers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download our Mental Health Education Programme leaflet for more details

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Are you a parent carer for a young person aged 14 to 25?

Transition is about preparing for the future in adult life and Leicestershire County Council has a Transitions Strategy for supporting young people as they move into adulthood - especially those with special needs. 

To give parent carers the chance to find out more about Transition and the county's strategy, the Leicestershire Parent Carer Forum is holding a Transitions Event in partnership with the council on Thursday 11th April from 10am to 3pm at Parklands Leisure Centre, Wigston Road, Washbrooke Lane, Oadby, LE2 5QG. 

At the event, you'll be able to pick up information about the support available and ask any questions you may have. The day will focus on young people aged 14 to 25 and you'll be able to attend group discussions on things like Education, Social Care and Health. 

Lunch and refreshments will be provided and places will be reserved on a first come first served basis. 

Please call Kirsty Neale, Parent Participation Coordinator, Together for Families on 0116 282 3659 or 07793 443 482 to find out more and to book a place. 

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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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Reduced price complementary therapies for carers

Local social enterprise, Good Vibrations, is offering carers reduced rates on a range of complementary therapies including Reiki for £6, Indian Head Massage for £9, Crystal Therapy for £12 and Reflexology for £12.  

Carers sessions are held on the 3rd Friday of the month from 10am to 12 noon at the Walter Charles Community Centre, Wigston Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5QF. 

To find out more and to book an appointment please call Sheila Lyon on 01455 274 988.

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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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Leicestershire Parent Carer Forum - 6th November

The Leicestershire Parent Carer Forum is on Tuesday 6th November from 9.30am to 12.30pm followed by lunch until 1.30pm in the Watson Room, Menphys Nursery, 20A Launceston Drive, Wigston, LE18 2FZ.

Parent carers are welcome to go along to find out more about a whole range of issues including changes taking place in the NHS and how children's centres can better understand the needs of disabled children and their families.

The Forum is also looking for a Regional Forum Representative and you'll be able to find out more about this at the event.   

Click here to take a look at the event Agenda

If you need to travel more than 10 miles to attend the Forum and you'd like help towards getting there, please click to download a mileage claim form (as a Word document). 

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Health & Wellbeing event - Oadby Library, 28th September

Why not go along to Oadby Library, 10 The Parade, Oadby on 28th September between 10am and 1pm for a little pampering and lots of great health and wellbeing advice? 

The event includes health checks and advice from Lloyds Pharmacists and sessions on massage, the Alexander Technique (a way of learning how to get rid of harmful tension in your body) and Gentle Seated Exercise. 

You'll also be able to pick up information from local organisations including Age UK, Carers' Support, Helping Hands and VISTA. 

Refreshments will be available. 

You're welcome to go along on the day but booking is essential if you'd like a health check or you want to take part in any of the sessions. 

Call Oadby Library on 0116 305 8763 to find out more. 

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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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Free workshops for carers - to boost health & wellbeing

Would you like to learn how to reduce stress, relax and unwind, enjoy a good night's sleep and generally improve your health and wellbeing?

Good Vibrations, a group of experienced, qualified therapists, is running free workshops for carers on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Barnabus Centre in Oadby - where you'll be able to learn techniques for relaxation and reducing stress for instance including massage, breathing and visualisation techniques. 

The next workshop will be on 17th July, followed by one on 21st August. 

To find out more or to book your place please call Sheila Lyon on 01455 274 988. 

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New carers’ group for Oadby & Wigston

We're starting a new support group for carers in the Oadby & Wigston District. 

The new 'Time Out for Carers' group will start on Thursday 14th June from 1.30pm to 3pm at the Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, off Saffron Road, South Wigston LE1 4UT. We'll be meeting in the coffee bar area every 2nd Thursday of the month from 14th June. 

Hope to see you there! 

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Enjoy knitting and live in South Wigston?

The Big Knits is a small group of ladies who knit for charity. At the moment they are knitting for neo-natal centres (premature babies) in the UK. So far they have knitted two blankets, six hats and 53 pairs of bootees. Anyone is welcome to join the group for a knit and a chat on Tuesdays at the Bassett Centre, Bassett Street, South Wigston, LE18 4PE from 2pm. Tea, coffee, biscuits and wool are provided free. To find out more contact Sue on 0116 278 4230. 

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New walking/photography group for adults with learning disabilities starting 26th April

A new group for adults with learning disabilities is starting on Thursday 26th April in Huncote.

The group is called Snap and Stroll and it will go on fortnightly walks to give people the chance to photograph various locations around the districts of Blaby and Oadby and Wigston. Carers are welcome too. 

Walks will last around an hour, are wheelchair friendly, free to attend and suitable for all abilities. You don't need any experience of photography to join in, beginners are welcome. 

To find out more go along to the group's first meeting on Thursday 26th April at 11am at The Pavilion in Huncote (where the first walk will start from) or email Eleanor Blackwell/Sporting Change Team on 0116 272 7670 or email [email protected].

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From computers to exercise - discover more at the Bassett Centre

If you're keen to get online why not go along to an Internet Event being held at the Bassett Centre, Bassett Street, South Wigston, LE18 2PE on 25th April from 9.30am to 12 noon.

The event is for everyone including older people and you'll be able to learn about using the internet for keeping in touch, shopping, finding information, entertainment and new interests.

Plus you'll be able to have a go at using Skype, email and looking for bargains, researching holidays and family history.

You'll also be able to learn about trying different equipment such as desktop computers, laptops, netbooks, tablets and smart phones.

Simply come along on the day to find out more! 

The Bassett Centre also runs regular computer classes on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10am to 12 noon at a cost of £3 per class which includes refreshments. Simply turn up or to find out more call Sue on 278 4230. 

The Bassett Centre offers a range of other activities too - such as gentle seated exercise on Mondays from 2pm to 2.45pm at a cost of £4 per session or 3 sessions for £10. Call Nicky on 07882284564 to find out more. 

Click here to visit the Bassett Centre website for a full list of activities on offer

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Community Health and Wellbeing event - Oadby

Leicestershire County and Rutland Community Health Services is holding a Community Health and Wellbeing event at Oadby Library, 10 The Parade, Oadby on Tuesday 6th March from 10am to 12.30pm.

The event will include BMI and blood pressure checks from Lloyds Pharmacy, health advice, hand massage, Indian Head Massage, seated exercise and laughter yoga and a talk from Oadby and Wigston In Bloom.

You'll also be able to pick up advice and information from charities including Age Concern, Community Food, Helping Hands Rotary, VISTA and Voluntary Action. To find out more please call 0116 305 8763 or visit www.leics.gov.uk/healthandwellbeing

Please note: BMI and blood pressure checks are by appointment.  

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Family fun day for children with disabilities

Local charity Menphys is holding a Family Information and Fun Day on Sunday 13th May from 10am to 4pm at Parklands Leisure Centre in Oadby. 

The event is open to families with children with disabilities and additional needs throughout Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 

To find out more please call Kirsty Neale on 0116 288 5353. 

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News from our Carers’ Forum, South Wigston

We held our second Carers' Forum on Wednesday 30th November at Bassett Community Centre in Wigston. 

Over 35 people attended including carers, cared for and representatives from various organisations who had information stands. 

The morning included a brief presentation from the Support for Carers team about the Support for Carers service, followed by talks from guest speakers. There was a coffee break inbetween talks, giving attendees an opportunity to have a look at the information stands, chat with stand holders and take away information leaflets. 

Our guest speakers included a representative from the local pension service who talked about Carers' Benefits and Appointeeship; together with Lawson West Solicitors who talked about Lasting Power of Attorney, Will and Inheritance Tax. 

We asked attendees to complete evaluation forms. This kind of feedback will help us to improve our Carers' Forums in the future. 

The feedback was very positive and the overall majority attending found the forum informative and useful. 

You can read more about what carers thought of the forum here

Many people had travelled from other parts of the county to attend the forum and the evaluation results indicate how successful the event was. 

Our next forum will be in North West Leicestershire in March.

Many thanks to all those who attended the forum in South Wigston. 

 

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Have your say on the future of adult social care in Leics

Leicestershire LINk and Leicestershire County Council are holding an event for you to find out more about the Department of Health's 'Caring for your future' plans - so you can have your say!

The event is on Monday 21st November from 10am to 12.30pm at the Parklands Leisure Centre, Washbrook Lane, Wigston Road, Oadby, LE2 5QG.

Your views will help to shape the direction of Adult Social Care in Leicestershire so it's well worth attending, plus the organisers will be passing on your views to the Government.

The Government wants to change the social care system because people have said its unfair, confusing and lets down the people who need it most. This event is part of an exercise to find out how the social care system can be improved and what priorities the Government should be focusing on.

To find out more and to book your place please call Kamini Patel on 0116 229 3019 or email [email protected] 

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Computer classes running now

If you fancy learning how to use a computer or brushing up on your existing skills why not go along to the Bassett Community Centre on Bassett Street in Wigston?

The centre is currently running friendly computer classes tailored to meet the needs of individuals, so you'll be in safe hands. You can mix and match classes as you want to and available dates are 10th October, 12th October, 21st November, 23rd November, 28th November, 30th November, 5th December, 7th December, 12th December and 14th December. Each session starts at 10am and finishes at 12 noon.

The classes cover topics like how to write letters, using the internet, emailing, skype and lots more. 

To find out more please call Sue Hill on 0116 278 4230. 

 

 

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Have A Go Day - event for disabled people

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council is holding a 'Have A Go Day' with the aim of helping disabled people to find out more about staying healthy.

The event will give disabled people aged 16 and over and their carers and families the chance to try lots of new activities such as Zumba, kurling, football, yoga and chairobics for just £2 (carers free).

Plus information and advice on staying healthy. 

Simply go along to Parklands Leisure Centre, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, LE2 5QG on Thursday 15th September from 9.00am to 3.00pm. 

To find out more and to book your place please call 0116 257 2672. 

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Keep Safe Day - drop-in event for disabled people

Organisations in Blaby and Oadby and Wigston Districts have got together to organise a special 'Keep Safe Day' event for anyone with a disability plus carers and families.

The aim of the event is to help disabled people stay safe, both at home and when out and about.

Simply go along to Blaby District Social Centre on Leicester Road in Blaby, LE8 4GQ on Thursday 8th September from 9.30am to 4.00pm - you'll find lots of information on staying safe together with free equipment such as panic alarms and property marking pens plus keep safe quizzes, workshops and demonstrations.

In addition, you'll get chance to look around a police car and fire engine (2.00pm to 4.00pm).

Tea and coffee will also be available free of charge.

For more information please call Jane on 0116 305 7987. 

 

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A work out for body and mind in Blaby

Are you feeling depressed, lonely, anxious or stressed? Or do you have a specific mental health difficulty such as schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder or bipolar disorder? 

You're not alone, 1 in 4 people experience a mental health difficulty at some point in their life. 

Alternatively, perhaps you care for someone with mental health difficulties?

Physical activity including sport can be a great way to improve mental as well as physical health and now you can get involved in a range of different physical activities and sports in a supportive group atmosphere. 

Community Action Blaby District runs a project called Sporting Change, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and offers everything from weekly sports sessions and health walks to community gardening and confidence programmes for young adults - designed to boost their confidence and life skills. 

In addition, the organisation runs a range of friendly, informal, social 'drop-ins' around Leicestershire and a befriending scheme for people with mental health difficulties. 

Sports Groups 

Sports on offer include badminton, table tennis, gym sessions, body MOTs, fitness challenges and multisports - go along to the Parklands Leisure Centre on Washbrook Lane, Wigston Road in Oadby on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm or The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane in Huncote on Wednesdays from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. 

Health Walks

Enjoy a fun, healthy walk including short walks lasting around 30 minutes and longer walks of up to an hour - meet at The Pavilion, Sportsfield Lane in Huncote on Wednesdays from 1.00pm to 2.30pm (approx). 

Find out more about Sporting Change

Find out more about Community Action Blaby District's other services 

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