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16 Jun

Coffee mornings for parents of older children with a disability or additional need

Have you ever thought….

How could I meet other parents who have a child with additional needs? What things a child the same age as mine may enjoy doing? What support is there for me and my child in Southwark? I wish I could talk to other people about things that interest me

… come and do all of the above in a friendly and safe environment

Many parents say they would like more chances to meet others in similar situations. Parent coffee mornings provide exactly this opportunity, and hopefully a chance to enjoy yourself.

If your child is aged between 5-11, come along on:

21st June from 10am-12pm

19th July from 10am-12pm

If your child is between 12-19,  come along on:

22nd June from 10am-12pm

20th July from 10am- 12pm

All coffee mornings will be held at  54, Camberwell Road, SE5 0EN in the  Contact a Family offices at Walworth Road Methodist Church.
Call Abi on 0207 277 4436 for more details.

15 Jun

Caring About Carers Awards- deadline extension

The nomination deadline for the “Caring About Carers Awards” has been extended until 20th June. Please advise carers of this change so that they have the opportunity to nominate their GP and practice teams who provide an excellent service to carers.

The Awards are part of the partnership between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to raise awareness of the need to support carers in primary care. They will be presented at the RCGP’s Annual Conference in October in front of an audience of more than 1000 GPs. Winners will be selected for each home nation and there will be an overall UK-wide winner. The Trust’s President Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will sign a certificate for the winning general practitioners and their teams and the prize will also include a commemorative plaque to display in surgeries.

GPs must be nominated by one of their patients to be eligible for an award.

Please see below for guidelines on how carers can nominate their GP.

Nominate your GP

To nominate your GP or practice team write to us at the contact details below, and include the following information:

  • your name, address, telephone number.
  • your doctor’s name and surgery contact details.
  • how your GP supports you in your caring role.

Alternatively you can complete this Patient Nomination Form (1.1 MB)

All nominations should be either emailed to

Or send to:

Caring About Carers Award 2010
The Royal College of General Practitioners
14 Princes Gate
Hyde Park
London SW7 1PU

14 Jun

World Cup anthem profits to be donated to Carers UK

Dead Ball Specialists wrote the song to celebrate English multi-culturalism and tolerance and champions the England team’s fight to wear a ‘second star’ on their team kit – to mark a second World Cup Victory.

The single is available to download on Amazon, iTunes and Napster and alongside scoring thousands of hits on its Youtube page,The Football Association’s ‘Back the Bid Campaign’ has added it to their official Facebook page – stating, “It’s brilliant!”.

Emily Holzhausen, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at Carers UK said: “This is a fantastic song with a powerful message behind it and we are delighted that the Dead Ball Specialists are donating the profits from the song to Carers UK. The UK’s nearly 6 million carers provide a vital unpaid, function for society, saving the UK economy over £87 billion per year. However many carers say they feel ignored and invisible and the messages of inclusion and respect in the song will really ring true for them.”

Watch the video. more…
Buy the song on Amazon or Napster.
Join the Facebook campaign. more…
Follow the campaign on Twitter. more…
Visit the ‘We’re England’ website. more…

For further information contact:
Satinder Phull, Dead Ball Specialists, email: Satinder
Steve McIntosh, Carers UK, tel: 0207 378 4937; email:

14 Jun

Carers Week 2010 14th – 20th June

No life of my own: the fate of the UK’s carers

More than three-quarters (76%) of people looking after an ill, frail or disabled loved one do not have a life outside of their caring role, according to new research issued to launch Carers Week (14-20 June).

The results show that huge numbers of carers are left isolated and lonely, missing out on opportunities that the rest of the population takes for granted. 80% have been forced to give up leisure activities or from going out socially since becoming a carer.

The majority of those surveyed can no longer rely on relatives for support either, as these relationships have suffered as a result of caring- 75% say they have lost touch with family and friends.

Theresa, 50 from Glasgow cares for 3 people – her 2 sons, one of whom has Down’s Syndrome, and her registered blind mother. Balancing full-time work with caring has meant sacrificing her life as she once knew it. She says:

“A life of my own is a daydream.  Caring demands are relentless, and costs you your health, relationships and happiness. To have a life of my own, for just one day would be marvellous.”

Carers say they simply exist, are marginalised and invisible. Unable to socialise, to have romantic relationships, or even to consider having children, the impact on carers is emotional, mental, physical, and financial. 4 out of every 5 carers say they’re worse off while more than half (54%) say they’ve had to give up work.

Despite saving the UK economy £87 billion annually by relieving pressure on health and social services, carers are not being supported in the vital role they play for both their communities and society at large. Almost all carers questioned agreed a life of their own would be achievable if they received breaks, a decent income and were given support in times of crisis.

Carers Week celebrity ambassador, Arlene Phillips OBE, world renowned choreographer and TV personality, best known for her role in BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing, has shared her personal experience of caring. Arlene Philips says:

“I helped to look after my father when he was suffering from Dementia, so I know what a strain it can be, both physically and emotionally. You can feel so alone and isolated. Several million carers look after a parent, child, partner or friend, with love and dedication. Many do not receive the support and recognition they deserve. I’m supporting Carers Week, and all that it’s doing to make carers aware of the many organisations ready to care for carers.”

Carers Week is organised by 7 national charities: Carers UK, Counsel and Care, Crossroads Care, Help the Hospices, Macmillan Cancer Support, Parkinson’s UK and The Princess Royal Trust for Carers. The week campaigns for greater recognition and support for the UK’s six million carers, and celebrates the contribution carers make to society. The charities are calling for major changes to help give carers a life of their own:

Paul Matz, Carers Week Manager says:

“Carers need and deserve change. We need to see better access to advice and information, improved funding for breaks, and support and flexibility for carers at the workplace.  Only then will carers get a real chance at a life of their own, and the opportunity to do some of the things that the rest of us take for granted.”

Other celebrities supporting Carers Week, all of whom have had experience of caring, include:  Lynda Bellingham, Cilla Black, Jonathan Dimbleby, Sir David Jason,  Phyllida Law , Angela Rippon, Tony Robinson, Dr Chris Steele, John Stapleton and Miriam Margolyes.

9 Jun


MPs from four different parties have come together to put forward one of the first motions in the new UK Parliament. Proposed by the MP for Banbury, Tony Baldry, the other lead sponsors were his Conservative colleague, Lee Scott; Hywel Francis and Rachel Reeves from Labour, Tim Farron from the Liberal Democrats and Eilidh Whiteford from the SNP.

To see the motion, and find out who has signed it so far please go to

Please urge your MP to sign the motion EDM 14. You can contact your MP via the Parliament website at /

4 Jun

Camberwell Community Council, Thursday 24th June 2010

It’s your chance to meet your newly-elected councillors, find out what is happening in your area and to have your say about local issues. You can also meet other people from your area and speak to officers and service providers. Snacks will be provided.

The main items on the agenda will be:

  • Camberwell Community Council Fund decisions
  • Southwark Active Citizens Hub
  • Recycling services consultation

In addition there will be the usual updates from the Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Community Wardens.
Thursday 24th June  2010

Time:  7- 9pm

Southwark Town Hall

31 Peckham Road

Camberwell SE5 8UB

Details of the last meeting an be found here:

Take Note Newsletter

4 Jun

Carers Week webchat with Esther Rantzen

With Carers Week fast approaching we are delighted to announce that the Princess Royal Trust for Carers have arranged a webchat for all carers with Esther Rantzen – next Wednesday, 9th June, from 7-8pm.
Esther has been in the public eye for many years, having first made her name in the BBC consumer programme – That’s Life! Innovative programmes such as Trouble in Mind (on mental health) and Childwatch followed, and Esther subsequently set up ChildLine, a free 24-hour counseling service for children and young people.
Esther has been a long-term supporter of Carers Week – she was the very first celebrity to support the new partnership formed in 2001 – having cared for her husband Desmond, until he died of coronary heart disease in 2000. Whatever your question for Esther, back in the news last month as an independent candidate in the General Election, we are sure it will be an interesting 60 minutes.
To take part in the webchat you need to first register with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers – the hosts for the event – at  Once you’ve registered, it is recommend that you visit the chat room to familiarise yourself with the surroundings. If you have any difficulties, please email
2 Jun

London Mental Health Carers Event 13th July

“Facing up to the Future”

Tuesday 13th July: 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ


Lesley Carter: Regional Older People and Dementia Lead

Sheila Lakey: Carers Programme Lead DH London Region

The London Mental Health Carers’ Network brings together anyone caring for a person affected by mental ill health (including young people, adults of working age and older people) and mental health professionals working with carers in London to share information, ideas and good practice.

We face challenging times ahead – but out of challenge comes opportunity. The aims of this meeting are to ensure that:

  • An effective strategy is in place for London’s mental health carers
  • Carers and carers services across London are in a strong position  in 2010 and beyond
  • The needs of carers and services for all age groups are considered

The meeting will include a short presentation on older people’s Mental Health issues and Dementia, discussion, an interactive workshop and informal networking.

Who should attend? Carers, service users, mental health professionals working with carers and families, carer representatives on LITs/Mental Health Partnerships,  LINKs, Foundation Trusts, user-carer forums.

Carers and Mental Health Professionals working with older people are cordially invited to attend.

20 places will be reserved for carers until 5 July

Please return your booking form to Panna Kotecha: Tel: 0207 217 3042 or post the booking form to: 157 – 161 Riverwalk House, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RR

CAG Booking Form

2 Jun

Bullied, stressed and anxious Young carers struggle to cope at school

More than two out of three young carers are bullied at school (68%), reveals new research launched today (Monday 17th May) by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Children’s Society.

The survey of 700 6-18 year olds who care for a sick or disabled family member, found that over a third (38%) worry about the person they care for when they are at school, while a quarter (23%) suffer from the stress of juggling school work and caring responsibilities. Other young carers surveyed experience tiredness, depression, and miss homework deadlines and school altogether.

A total of 70% agreed with the statement that “being a young carer has made their life more difficult”.

Danielle is 12 years old and cares for both her mum, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia two years ago, and her dad who is epileptic. She explains how being a young carer affects her at school: “I’ve missed homework deadlines because I’ve been looking after my mum and dad. When I’m in class I worry that my parents are ok, especially my mum as I keep thinking she might fall over if she tries to walk and will hurt herself. If the class has been naughty and we are all kept after school for detention, I worry that I’ll be late. I get a lump in my throat when I think my mum might be worried waiting for me. It makes me feel sad.”

Many young carers feel that they are unsupported or misunderstood by their teachers who are often the first point of call in identifying young carers. Nearly half (39%) of the young carers questioned say there was not a single teacher at their school who knew they were a young carer, and of those whose teachers did know, more than half (52%) do not feel supported by them. Over three-fifths (60%) do not think their teacher would understand what life was like for them.

To address these issues, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Children’s Society will be launching Supporting Young Carers: a resource for schools, as well as a poster campaign to run in all secondary schools across the UK in May.

Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers says: “It is shocking to discover that so many young carers have to endure bullying, mental health problems and a lack of support from their teachers, all because they care for a family member who is unable to cope without their help.

“Sadly, without the right support, many young carers will underachieve or drop out of school altogether, which has a long and enduring impact on their future prospects.

“The aim of this resource is to empower schools to start identifying and supporting young carers. We know that when school staff are involved in supporting young carers it can make a huge difference to their lives.”

Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society says: “This resource will support schools to ensure that young carers are helped to achieve their full potential and to have the same access to education as their peers.

“The resource will also encourage vital partnership working with other agencies in order to provide support for the whole family. We want to protect children from excessive inappropriate caring roles; enabling them to be children first and to have good childhoods.”

For more information, or interviews with a case study or spokesperson, please contact: Sarah Ross, PR Manager at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers on 0208 498 7920 / 07791 230 694 /

27 May

Half-Term Autism-Friendly Screenings!

Picturehouse cinemas are working in partnership with The National Autistic Society to hold special film screenings for people on the autism spectrum and their families, friends and carers.

During the film low lights are left on inside the auditorium and the volume of the soundtrack is reduced. It is fine for customers to move around, make a noise or take a break during the film if they need to.

The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people affected by autism. If you need information, advice and support, call The National Autistic Society’s Autism Helpline on 0845 070 4004 (Mon-Fri, 10-4).
Autism Friendly Kids Club at Stratford Picturehouse

Regular Autism friendly screenings to take place at Stratford Picturehouse on the first Saturday of each month as part of their Saturday Kids Club screenings

RATATOUILLE (U, 2007, 111min)

11am, Saturday 5 June

Join up to the Stratford Picturehouse Kids’ Club and get your first screening free!*

Membership is £4 and you can join up on the day.

Non-members prices: £3 children  / £6 adults

Members prices: £2 Children / Adults FREE


G-FORCE 2D (PG, 2009, 88min)

11am, Monday 31 May

The Ritzy Picturehouse

Booking line: 0871 704 2065

G-FORCE 2D (PG, 2009, 88min)

11am, Thursday 3 June

Greenwich Picturehouse

Booking line: 0871 704 2059

G-FORCE 2D (PG, 2009, 88min)

11am, Tuesday 1 June

Clapham Picturehouse

Booking line: 0871 704 2055
Tickets for all screenings are £3.00 per person
(No concessions or free tickets for carers)

Tickets are available to book NOW!

Please Note: Wheelchair users MUST book in advance for all screenings


in association with Newham People First
Stratford Picturehouse has joined forces with People First Newham – a support group run by and for learning disabled adults – to make cinema going more enjoyable for adults with learning disabilities and other special needs.

On the first Tuesday of every month Stratford Picturehouse will screen 2 films from the main programme with an interval at half time for those of you that find sitting down for a full 2 hours a struggle.

Become a member of the cinema club and receive a membership card entitling you to reduced ticket prices and all cinema club screenings and unlimited free tea/coffee and biscuits!

The cinema doors open at 12noon and the films start at 1pm. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available from the upstairs bar area, before, during and after the screenings so you can chat about the movie with other cinema club members.

SEX AND THE CITY 2 (15, 2010, 148min)

PRINCE OF PERSIA (12a, 2010, 116min)

Doors open 12pm, Tuesday 1 June

Tickets costs £3.50, carers go FREE
To book tickets call: 08707 55 00 61

Please contact Elinor Walpole for further information on any of the above screenings.

t: 020 7326 2611

Find us

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