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18 May

Researchers at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Foundation Trust cancer research department are looking for volunteers to advise on a new research project.

The project is looking at the causes and treatment of oesophageal and gastric cancer. This research will help identify risk factors for these tumours that might be preventable. Moreover, the research will provide data on how the treatment can be improved, particularly the surgical therapy.

We would like to hear from people who have experience of oesophageal or gastric cancers. You could be a current or past patient or perhaps a carer or family member of someone who has been a patient.

What would it involve?

You would be invited to attend an informal meeting with some of the research staff who will explain the project to you and ask for your advice and comments on certain aspects of the research. This will include commenting on the research design and reviewing written materials to ensure they are clear and understandable for research participants.

You are not being asked to take part in the research, but to advise our team about how to carry out the research to best suit other patients.

When and where will it take place?

The meeting will take place in the first two weeks of June 2010. The date has yet to be confirmed but you can register your interest and we will contact you to confirm a date and time in due course. The meeting will last a maximum of 2 hours.

It will be held at Guy’s Hospital in our café space on the 16th Floor. Refreshments will be provided and we will also reimburse your travel expenses.

For further information and to register your interest please contact Sophie Auckland on 0207 188633 or email sophie.auckland@gstt.nhs.uk

17 May

PRTC Launch Young Carers Resource Pack for Schools

Over two thirds of young carers have had to cope with bullying at school, according to new research carried out by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Children’s Society.

More than half of the young carers surveyed felt unsupported or misunderstood by their teachers. Even more worryingly, 39% said that none of the teachers at their school were even aware of their caring role.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Children’s Society are today launching a new information pack ‘Supporting Young Carers: a resource for schools’ alongside a poster campaign to run in all secondary schools across the UK, to help address some of these issues.

“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.” says Carole Cochrane, Chief Executive at The Trust.

“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.”

The survey of 700 6-18 year-olds also revealed that:

  • 60% do not think their teachers understand what life is like for them
  • Over 50% do not feel supported, although teachers are aware of their caring role
  • 38% worry about the person they care for while they are at school

A resounding 70% of the young people surveyed agreed with the statement that “being a young carer has made my life more difficult”.

Further information

Find out more about the information pack: Young Carers: a resource for schools

11 May

Thames Walk for Carers 2010

Would you like to be part of the Southwark Carers team for this years Thames Walk for Carers?

Taking place on Sunday 13th June the walk takes in many of London’s famous landmarks.

Starting at the Scoop by City Hall (London Bridge) and stretching over 3, 6 or 9 miles.

The walk starts at 10am and as part of the event we will be asking walkers to fundraise in order to buy a new computer for the Carers Resource Centre at Cambridge House.

If you are interested in joining the team please call Rob Danavell on 020 7708 4497

Full details of the route and a fundraising form can be found below.
Thames Walk for Carers 2010 Sponsorship Form
Thames Walk for Carers 2010 Route

6 May

Computer classes for the over 50s at Inspire

Would you like some help? Can’t tell your email from your elbow?

Inspire are running a series of computing courses for the over 50s in their new computer suite.

Beginners Life Skills IT
Wednesdays 10:30 am – 12pm
8 week course 12/5/2010 – 30/7/2010
Please call for further information or to book a place.

Intermediate Life Skills IT
Wednesdays 1pm – 2:30pm
8 week course 12/5/2010 – 30/7/2010
Please call for further information or to book a place.

Drop in IT
Wednesdays 2:30pm – 4pm
8 weeks 12/5/2010 – 30/7/2010
Please call for further information or just turn up.

Inspire, The Crypt at St Peter’s, Liverpool Grove, SE17 2HH
020 7740 6868
Jayne@in-spire.org.uk

5 May

THE CARING ABOUT CARERS AWARD 2010

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is working in partnership with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers across the UK to raise awareness of the need to support carers in primary care.

The publication Supporting Carers: An action guide for general practitioners and their teams, produced by the RCGP and The Trust, and distributed by the Department of Health in 2009 to every GP practice in England, has made great progress in helping GPs and their teams to identify and support carers.

There is, however, still much work to do to raise GPs’ awareness and so we are delighted to announce the inaugural “Caring about Carers Award” for those GPs and practice teams who provide an excellent service to carers.

This will be a prestigious high-profile award resulting in a winner for each home nation and an overall UK-wide winner. Awards will be presented at the RCGP’s Annual Conference in October in front of an audience of more than 1000 GPs. 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 encourage carers in your area to nominate their GP or practice team by writing to us at the contact details below, including,

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

The closing date for entries is 11th June, 2010.

All nominations should be either emailed to caringaboutcarers@rcgp.org.uk or sent by postal address to:
Caring About Carers Award 2010
The Royal College of General Practitioners
14 Princes Gate
Hyde Park
London SW7 1PU

Once nominated, GPs and practice teams will be asked to complete a ten question self assessment checklist. This will be a shorter version of the checklist featured in Supporting Carers: An action guide for general practitioners and their teams available at The Trust’s website dedicated solely for professionals working with carers at www.carers.org/professionals.

The closing date for entries is 11th June, 2010.

14 Apr

Pontin’s breaks for carers 2010

Pontin’s are providing three Classic self-catering apartments for Southwark Carers to give a family a weekend break. Each apartment can sleep up to four people. Apartments contain bedroom, lounge with TV, bathroom and kitchenette with full size cooker and fridge. The apartments sleep up to four people – two in the bedroom and two on bed settee in lounge.

Read more

14 Apr

Carers Registration and Support Form

As part of our new service agreement with Southwark Council we are being asked to complete full registration and support plans for all new and existing carers.

If you would like to complete your own registration and support form, they can be found below. The Word version can be downloaded and filled in on your computer for you to email back to us or you can choose to print off the pdf file to complete and mail using our freepost address.

If you have any problems with the form please let us know and we will help you to complete it.

Carers Registration and Support Form to print

Carers Registration and Support Form (word)

12 Apr

Do your General Election candidates support carers?

Please find attached a ‘template’ letter which we would like to suggest you use as a basis for letters you can send to all General Election candidates for the parliamentary constituency where you live.

9 Apr

NHS Health Check

For Southwark residents aged 40 – 74

Friday 16th April

(provided not already being treated for high blood pressure, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, heart disease, or have had a heart attack or stroke).

East Dulwich Community Centre, 46-64 Darrell Road, East Dulwich

Contact: Ashley Alcock

Blood Pressure Association

0208 772 4997 07778893500

aalcock@sgul.ac.uk

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3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN
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020 7708 4497

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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