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8 Apr

ZOOM 2010 Young carers photography competition

Carers Week is again organising a photography competition for young carers 18 and under.

This competition is a great chance for young carers to escape from their daily routine and use photography to give a snapshot of their lives.

Your photo can be about any aspect of your life. Entries must be received by Monday 31st May.

The winners this year will all receive cash prizes, a digital camera and accessories, and also on offer is an all-expenses paid trip to Parliament.

Send your photo and entry form to or by post to Zoom 2010, Carers Week, 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX

Download your entry form from or call 0845 241 2582.
Zoom 2010 leaflet

6 Apr

Do you know of any parents who would benefit from up to 12 months of childcare subsidies?

The Childcare affordability programme 2009 (CAP09) has been set up to help parents moving into employment with childcare costs. Started in December 2009 the scheme helps eligible Southwark residents who are on low income move into employment, by offering up to 12 months worth of childcare bursaries, paid directly to the childcare provider.

To be eligible for CAP09 funding, parents must meet the following criteria:

  • Southwark residents (with recourse to public funds)
  • With child/children aged between 0-14 years old (16 years for those with SEN)
  • Income less than £20,000 in the last 12 months
  • Entering full time employment (in excess of 16 hours per week)
  • Accessing childcare at an Ofstead registered childcare provider (with a minimum Ofstead rating of satisfactory)

To make it really easy for the person you wish to refer to the childcare support scheme simply ask them to call the freephone number below for an informal chat about accessing CAP09 funding.

Freephone: 0800 013 0639

29 Mar

Join the campaign to end carer poverty

The Carers Poverty Alliance has been active for over 2 years and has successfully organised a Carers Poverty Protest in both 2009 and 2010 when many Carer Groups worked together towards a single goal, that of the first ever Carers Poverty Protest in London and Edinburgh, simultaneously.

Starting off a the Carers Poverty Protest group, after the 2009 protest proved to be successful that all concerned wished to continue in bringing Carer issues to the fore and so the Carers Poverty Alliance came into being.

Their aims are to keep up the pressure for Financial and Social freedom from poverty for Carers, the only group of people who have to fight on all fronts every day of their lives for the most basic of necessities.

Carers have almost no chance of improving their circumstances due to the limitations placed on them by the benefits system and by the lack of affordable, reliable and approriate respite.

Carers save the NHS, the Government and the tax payer over £87 billion every year.

For more information about the Carers Poverty Alliance click here

To join the CPA Facebook group click here

24 Mar

Passionate about your disabled child?

Are you a local parent carer of a child or young person with a learning difficulty, disability or additional need?

Southwark Parent Carers’ Council is a growing group of parents and carers of children with learning difficulties and additional needs. They aim to represent the views of parents and carers in discussions with local authority and, through this, to influence the way local services are delivered to our children.

Their website has lots of information on services and events for disabled children. You can also join the online parent forum where you can find answers to questions, start a topic of discussion or browse for information.

To access the site click this link.

24 Mar

Extension to deadline for renewing Freedom Passes

London Councils have advised us that through negotiation with Transport for London and the Association of Train Operating Companies, they have secured an agreement to allow the old style Freedom Passes to work as flash cards for a further two months as they will no longer work on the card readers after the 31st of March 2010.

Freedom Pass holders who are waiting for their new pass to arrive will therefore still be able to travel. The old style passes will be accepted on all London buses, Tubes, trams and trains when shown to the ticket inspector or driver.

A leaflet giving further information is attached below for your information.

Freedom Passes-leaflet (2)

Although this in effect extends the deadline to the 31st of May 2010 for renewing Freedom Passes, please encourage all those who have not yet applied to do so immediately, to speed up the processing of their application and to help ensure they get their new pass well before the 31st of May 2010.

23 Mar

It’s Time Campaign

There will be a general election before the end of June this year and Carers UK want to ensure that the new Government makes carers a priority from their very first day in office. Carers UK are therefore encouraging carers to do two things:

  • Sign an online letter demanding a better deal for carers that will be delivered to the new Prime Minister after election.
  • Join a virtual protest by sending a photo of yourself holding a large piece of paper with a slogan on it on the theme ‘What do Carers Want?’ You can then email the photo to or text a phone photo to 07810 192 158.

For more information or to take part in these campaigns click this link.

19 Mar

Pensions boost for carers

For the first time, it will be possible for an unpaid carer looking after a loved one to build up a full basic State Pension based entirely on National Insurance credits. The Department for Work and Pensions and Carers UK are calling on carers across the country to find out if they could benefit.

April 2010 will see the introduction of the new Carer’s Credit that will count towards their basic and second State Pension. People may not recognise the help they give, unpaid, to a disabled, ill or family member as ‘caring’ but they are being encouraged to come forward if they are looking after someone for at least 20 hours a week, as they could benefit from the new Credit.

Minister of State for Pensions and Ageing Society Angela Eagle said: “We want people to tell us if they, or people they know, are looking after somebody for more than 20 hours a week, so they benefit from this change. The State Pension is everyone’s foundation of financial security in later life and therefore, it’s only right that caring for others should be counted towards it.”

Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive of Carers UK said: “We know saving for your retirement years won’t be your priority when you suddenly find yourself caring for a loved one. But there are simple steps you can take to secure your State Pension that will protect your long-term future as you care for others.”

For more information please contact the advice and support team on 020 7708 4497

18 Mar

Carers Direct photography competition

Carers Direct is planning a photography project – and they need you to get involved. They’re going to have a top professional photographer taking pictures of carers from across England.

they want to highlight the diversity of carers, who they care for, where they are and what they like to do. They hope to offer a unique and perhaps surprising picture of carers in 2010.

If you’re interested in featuring in this project please get intouch via their helpline, email or enquiry form.

Tel: 0808 802 0202

17 Mar

Can you help?

Carers Direct are looking for carers in England to be photographed professionally for a major project. Please email with contact details and location if you’re interested.

15 Mar

Do you care for someone with MS?

Opinion Health, a healthcare market research firm based in the UK, and Oxford Outcomes, an healthcare consultancy, are looking for people who provide informal (unpaid) care to someone suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, to complete an online survey about their experiences of caring. The survey is 20 minutes long, and is aimed at understanding more about a caregiver’s quality of life.

A reward of £12 will be posted to each person who completes the survey after the study is over— or you can specify that the reward be donated to the patient group of your choice.

All responses will be confidential, and all information given will be studied in aggregated form only, and will then be deleted at the end of the study period. At the end of the survey, you will be asked to fill in address details for us to send the reward cheque.

You can take part in the survey by clicking on this link.

The survey is due to close on Wednesday, 31st March 2010, but we would appreciate any replies to the survey before that date, to establish some early trends.

If you have any further questions about the survey, please contact.

Paul Eccles, PhD
Senior Research Executive,
Opinion Health, 11 Poland Street, London, W1F 8QA, UK.

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