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Creative Carers Support Group

Explore your creative side with this friendly carer group. No experience needed, just a desire to have fun!

They meet at SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury from 11am to 2pm

Meeting dates/ themes:
14 January

11 February

11 March

Venue: SP2 Coffee & Community Centre, Fisherton Street, Salisbury, SP2 7QW
When: Monday 11am to 2pm. Bring your own lunch. Tea/coffee provided
See their facebook page for more details

Three Chequers Carers Coffee Morning

Three Chequers Medical Practice welcome all carers and ex-carers to come to our coffee morning at St Thomas’s Church on Thursday 6 September from 10am to 12pm. This is a chance to get together for an informal chat over free coffee (or tea!) and cake with others. It is a chance to meet new friends, and share experiences with others in a similar situation.

You can also do something creative, with the “Crafty Carers”.

Feel free to come along with your “cared for” and any other friends or relatives. This event is for all carers, not just those registered at 3CMP. It is also open to those who have lost the person that they cared for.

If you plan to come please try to let us know (so we know how many cakes to get!) but of course feel free to just drop in.

For more info contact Clare or Lyn 01722 336441 or email three.chequers@nhs.net

Carers in Wiltshire Joint Strategy 2017-22

Wiltshire Council and NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working with partners in health, social care and the voluntary sector to support thousands of Wiltshire carers who look after vulnerable loved ones.

In the last census more than 47,000 people in Wiltshire said they provided unpaid care that’s about 10% of the population.  One in five of those devote more than 50 hours every week to caring.  Research suggests that there are many more who do not identify themselves as carers formally, particularly young carers and those who care for people with needs relating to mental health or substance misuse.

Wiltshire Carers’ Action Group (WCAG) has recently launched a five-year strategy to make sure that carers get the support they need when they need it. The joint Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire CCG strategy was co-produced with WCAG members including the Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Support, Healthwatch Wiltshire, Wiltshire Parent Carer Council, Spurgeons Young Carers, Wiltshire Citizen Advice and Wiltshire Centre for Independent Living, Wiltshire People 1st and Wiltshire carers.

View or download the strategy here.

The strategy aims to ensure that: ‘Carers are identified and accepted as expert partners in care; are well informed; and maintain a good quality of life and healthy lifestyle outside of their caring responsibility.’

There is a detailed implementation plan to deliver the following outcomes:

  • Carers have improved physical health, mental health and wellbeing
  • Carers are empowered to make choices about their caring role and to access appropriate support and services for themselves and the people they care for
  • Carers have the best financial situation possible, and are less worried about money
  • Carers’ needs, and the value of carers, are better understood in Wiltshire
  • Carers influence services

If you are a carer and would like to be involved in how the strategy is implemented you can contact the Carer Engagement Manager at Carer Support Wiltshire on 0800 181 4118 or email admin@carersinwiltshire.co.uk. Carer Support Wiltshire chairs the Wiltshire Carer Involvement Group and coordinates carer involvement in the development of a range of services which support carers and those they care for. Carer Support Wiltshire also runs groups across the county facilitated by Community Connectors who will help to implement the strategy at a local level.

Jerry Wickham, Wiltshire Council cabinet member for adult social care, public health and public protection, said: “One of the most important duties we have is to protect vulnerable people in the community. Without the devotion of carers in the county that task would be incredibly difficult and costly, and place enormous strain on the resources of the council and the health service.

“Our carers do so much for the community, and it is right that the community helps them in return.”

Ted Wilson, Director of Community Services and Joint Commissioning for NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Everybody who works in health and social care understands the vital contribution that unpaid carers make. Looking after a person that you care about is something that many of us want to do, however, we need access to timely advice and support. Our new strategy builds on the great support that is available across Wiltshire, so that carers have the help they need when they want it.”

For more information about Carer Support Wiltshire

FamilyHub by Mencap

Mencap offer FamilyHub for you to join

Connect with others going through similar experiences to you.

Whether you are a sibling of someone with a learning disability, a parent who’s just had a diagnosis, or a parent of an adult with a learning disability with wisdom to share, you’ll find a warm welcome in the FamilyHub.

 

  • connect with others
  • share triumphs and challenges
  • a place for support and tips

Sign Up Here

Watch their video about FamilyHub

Salisbury Parent Carer Support Group

Exeter House, St Mark’s Junior and Wyndham Park Infants’ Schools are running groups where any parents and carers can come along to chat with each other, to share information, for support, to hear guest speakers and to get help and advice with SEN issues.

The Hub, St Mark’s CE Junior school, Somerset Road, Salisbury SB1 3BL

All sessions run from 9.00am – 10.30am and refreshments will be available.

18 May
22 June
20 July 2018

Please contact George Cooper, Parent Support Advisor Exeter House for more details on 01722 334168 or email 

Are you a Parent Carer Interested in Learning to Deliver Training to Support other Parents?

WPCC are looking to recruit 6 volunteer parent carers to become trainers to deliver training to support parents in Wiltshire as part of a new initiative. As a trained facilitator, you would work in partnership with a trained professional from Wiltshire Council to deliver training called Time Out for Parents which has been produced by an organisation called Care for the Family. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by delivering training. WPCC are excited by this opportunity to empower parents to be trained as professionals so that they can train and support other parents.

If you are interested in this opportunity, you would need to commit to five days of training. The training would give you the skills to facilitate groups, and you would be trained to use materials to enable you to deliver a range of sessions that includes a module specifically for parents of children with special needs. You would be able to claim out of pocket expenses including mileage and childcare expenses incurred by attending the training days.

Training will take place in Trowbridge on the following days:-

  • Monday June 4th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Tuesday June 5th: 9.30am – 2.30pm
  • Wednesday June 6th:  9.30am – 1.00pm
  • Monday July 9th: 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • Tuesday July 10th: 9.30am – 3.30pm

To understand a little more about the courses for parents, please click HERE to visit Care for the Family’s website.

WPCC would welcome applications from any parent carer wishing to express an interest in being trained to deliver these courses.

Applications must be received by 5pm Sunday 13th May 2018.

Informal interviews including more information about the training, the courses and an opportunity to ask questions, will take place on: Tuesday 22nd May 2018 (likely to be from 10am and finish no later than 2pm). If you are not sure if this is for you or not and you would like an opportunity to understand more and ask any questions you may have, we would encourage you to complete an application form too.

Please click APPLY to complete a short application form.

       

CEA Card

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

The Card enables a disabled cinema guest to receive a complimentary ticket for someone to go with them when they visit a participating cinema.

The Card is also one way for cinemas to make sure they look after their disabled guests. If you require an adjustment to visit a cinema because of your disability, cinema staff should make them for you whether you have a CEA Card or not.

The Card is developed by UKCA’s Disability Working Group, whose members include film exhibitors and distributors, and national disability charities such as Action on Hearing Loss, the RNIB, Dimensions and Muscular Dystrophy UK.

Apply for a CEA Card online

Apply for a CEA Card by post

Eligibility

You will need to provide evidence that the card holder receives one of the following:

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP)
  • Blind Persons Registration

You will need to send a copy of the awarding letter from DWP or a statement confirming receipt of the allowance for the person requiring assistance (the card holder).

This should be dated within the last 12 months.

Alternatively, if you are a Registered Blind Person then please send a photocopy of certification for the person requiring assistance (the card holder).

To apply, the person requiring assistance must be 8 years of age or older.

The Waving not drowning network

If you’re caring for a disabled child, you may find yourself going down a different life path than the one you had planned, so remaining in paid work can be quite challenging. Knowing your rights can help you combine paid work and caring for your child. Working Families has set up ‘Waving not drowning’ – a dedicated network and advice service for parents of disabled children who work or wish to work.

The Waving not drowning network is run by Janet Mearns. You can sign up to receive newsletters and e-bulletins for parents and carers of disabled children.

The dedicated helpline for questions about work and caring is 020 7017 0072. Visit their website.

Government Delay Decision #SleepInCrisis

As you may have already seen, the Government have announced that they are delaying their decision on funding of the sleep-in care back pay bill for a further month.

How have Mencap responded?

Mencap have released a statement expressing their disappointment at the Government’s continuing failure to take action to resolve the social care funding crisis they have created, despite the fact that we have been raising strong concerns about this vital issue for almost a year already.

Mencap’s chairman, Derek Lewis, is urging the Government to take the issue seriously as even a delay has a serious impact for many providers. At the moment, 40% of local authorities are refusing to pay the increased rate for sleep-in care. This means learning disability care is being subsidised by charities, which simply isn’t sustainable.

However, the #StopSleepInCrisis campaign is not over. Mencap will continue to put pressure on the Government to reach a decision on this vital issue affecting the future care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.