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23 Feb

National Carers Survey

The 2010 Carers Week survey has just been launched.

The survey follows the theme for 2010 – A life of my own – and asks carers about what they miss out on, especially those things that most people in society take for granted, and what needs to be changed. It should only take a few minutes to complete.

To take the survey please click this link

This is primarily an internet survey, if you do want a printed copy please contact Rob on 020 7708 4101

22 Feb

Background information on the new credit scheme for carers

Home Responsibilities Protection (HRP) will be replaced by weekly credits for parents and carers. Carers caring for a total of 20 hours per week or more will be able to apply for Carer’s Credit to protect their State Pension – both the basic and State Second Pension. This will help in situations where carers currently struggle to get their State Pensions protected, for example:

  1. Carers caring for 20 hours or more per week (only those caring for 35 hours or more qualify before April 2010).
  2. Carers looking after someone who refuses to claim disability benefits or who finds it extremely difficult because of their condition. This would benefit people caring for people with mental illness, for example.
  3. Where more than one carer is looking after someone who is severely disabled – only one can claim Carers’s Allowance (but from April 2010 the other will be able to claim Carer’s Credit).
  4. Carers who are looking after several people but cannot claim Carer’s Allowance because they do not care for any one of them for 35 hours. After April 2010 people in these situations will qualify for Carer’s Credit. To claim the Carer’s Credit carers must be caring for 20 hours or more a week for someone who is either:
  • in receipt of a qualifying benefit (any rate of Attendance Allowance or Constant Attendance Allowance, middle or highest DLA care component),
  • or where there is no qualifying benefit, has a signed certificate from a health or social care professional to confirm that the level of care being provided is appropriate (as in 2. above).

For more information click here

22 Feb

Pontin’s Spring Breaks

Pontin’s are offering up to 50 Classic self-catering apartments at their Spring breaks at each of the following locations.

Friday 26th March – Monday 29th March

  • Brean Sands Holiday Park, Burnham on Sea, nr Weston super Mare, Somerset

Monday 29th March to 2nd April at

  • Bean Sands Holiday Park, Burnham on Sea, nr Weston super Mare
  • Southport Holiday Park, Ainsdale Beach, Merseyside
  • Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park, Prestatyn Sands, North Wales.

Each apartment contains a bedroom, lounge with TV, bathroom and kitchenette with full size cooker and fridge. Each sleeps up to four people – two in the bedroom and two on bed settee in lounge.

There will be a full entertainment programme with live cabaret and music and  the fantastic Bluecoat Shows,

Read more

5 Feb

Young carers wanted for national educational survey

Are you a young adult carer (16-25) who would be willing to take part in a short interview?

As part of the ‘Who Cares?’ project NIACE would like to conduct informal interviews with young adult carers (16-25) – we want to find out about their experiences of learning and how these experiences could be improved.  We can offer each young adult a £15 gift voucher to thank them for sharing their experiences with us…

Previous research undertaken by NIACE has shown that young adult carers experience significant disadvantage and that they are often unable to engage in learning and achieve their potential.

NIACE believes that all young adults are entitled to participate in learning, gain a voice and access services that meet their needs and enable them to aspire and achieve.  On this basis, NIACE has gained funding for a project entitled ‘Who Cares? Promoting Family Focussed Learning Opportunities for Young Adult Carers’.  We are keen to hear about the needs and experiences of young adult carers, and to develop materials to support them to effectively engage in learning.

If you are able to offer any expertise around support for young adult carers, or if you are in contact with any young adult carers who you think might be willing to take part in an informal interview, please contact me on 0116 2047059, or e-mail nicola.aylward@niace.org.uk

Website: www.niace.org.uk

4 Feb

Able Community Care 30th Anniversary Cookbook

Able Community Care is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 and they would like to take the opportunity to raise some money for charity.

To raise funds they intend to publish a cookbook full of recipes donated by carers and supporters.

If you would like to help and have a recipe either sweet or savoury either email it to them at Ablemg@aol.com or send it to them at:

The Old Parish Rooms, Whittingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TZ by April 30th.

Help share something you enjoy with other people and help raise money at the same time.

2 Feb

Three out of four suffer depression: survey

Three out of four people in the UK suffer from depression at some point but only a third seek help, a poll found today.

Women are more likely to feel depressed than men, with 80% saying they regularly or occasionally feel down or unable to cope.

Money is the biggest cause of depression, with more than half of all people surveyed saying they have felt down about money over the last 12 months.

Men are particularly likely to have linked their depression to the recession, whereas women have been worried about family or relationships.

January is regarded as the most depressing month of the year, caused by post-Christmas credit card bills and cold weather.

Zelda Peters, director for mental health at the charity Turning Point, said even mild depression needs to be identified and treated early.

“We know that, if diagnosed early, mild depression can be successfully treated.

“If not, it can escalate and lead to unemployment or long-term sickness, and even to negative behaviours such as drinking more, missing work or college and lying to family and friends.

“Most people think anti-depressants are the answer and for some people they are.

“But there are a huge range of treatments beyond this on offer, such as psychological therapies which provide effective long-term relief.”

2 Feb

Life after a brain injury…

Title: Life after a brain injury…
Location: Trinity House Conference Centre
Link out: Click here
Description: Do you have a relative or friend who has had a brain injury?

A FREE information day for the families and unpaid carers of brain injury survivors

What is the day about?

Helping families and unpaid carers understand the effects of brain injury
Identifying some of the issues that affect families
Strategies for managing difficulties
resources for help and support
There will be presentations in the morning and workshops in the afternoon

Topics will include:

What happens when the brain is injured? What impact does it have on families? Challenging behaviour and how to manage it, Taking Care of the carers, Benefits Information, Family Issues, Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques, Therapy taster sessions.

February 24th 2010 Time 09.45am – 4pm

Trinity House Conference Centre

Lunch and refreshments provided

For information contact Headway London Regional Coordinator

Annie Clacey Tel: 020 8858 5610

Email: london.co-ordinator@headway.org.uk
Start Time: 09:45
Date: 2010-02-24
End Time: 16:00

Find us

Southwark Carers
3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN
View map and directions

Contact us

020 7708 4497

Find us

Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle

Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45