October newsletter carers centre

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Lots of Useful Information from Birmingham Carers Centre- including an article from Opening Doors for Carers.

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October newsletter carers centre

  1. 1. OCTOBER 2011 Monthly 130 Colmore Row Birmingham B3 3AP (opposite the Council House) Helpline: 0121 675 8000 Update Reception: 0121 675 8170 Carers ‘Information Sessions’ tion 1 1 to 1 Infor ma with & Advice & Group e Session Guidanc Coffee Peer S s akers uppor G uest Spe & t Chats Dates (6:30-8pm) Dates (11am-1pm) point of conversation during the sessions Note: The ‘themes’ are not the only ‘Enterprise Hub’ ‘Birmingham Carers Centre’ and carers can attend with any discussion topics they wish. Wed—21st September 2011 Wed—7th September 2011 Theme: ‘General’ Theme: ‘Community Hub’ Day time Opportunities Wed—19th October 2011 Wed—5th October 2011 Theme: ‘General’ Theme: ‘Children & Young People’ and ‘Personal Assistants’ (P.A.’s) Wed—16th November 2011 Wed—2nd November 2011 Theme: ‘General’ Theme: ‘Transition’ Wed—14th December 2011 Wed—7th December 2011 Theme: ‘General’ Theme: ‘Housing, Care and Support’ Enterprise Hub For more information please Bottetourt Road call Paul or Lynne Weoley Castle on 0121 442 2944 B29 5TE CASE STUDY Birmingham Carers Centre can offer you advice and information on issues affecting you, as a carer. Please drop in or ring our advisors on 0121 675 8000 between 10am and 4.45pm if you need any help or assistance.Could this be you?A client contacted the centre for assistance with Day Care provision for a relative fromBirmingham City Council’s Adults and Communities Department. The carer had been paying for“day care” for their child for nearly 2 years. This was at great cost to the main carer, bothfinancially and emotionally. After many assessments and re-assessments, which also took a lot ofeffort, they were still unable to gain the extra provision that they so badly needed. At this pointthey contacted the Carers Centre. After writing a lot of letters and making telephone calls on theirbehalf, the family have finally been awarded the extra care provision they needed and areextremely happy with this outcome. Email: helpline@birminghamcarerscentre.org.uk
  2. 2. How Can ReCOM Help You? At ReCOM we have built our have never used a computer before and training around volunteers who help learning to use a computer often breaks down people start to use the computers the isolation that many experience. Learnersin their own homes. Clients include carers, tell us they appreciate the personalisedpeople with disabilities and elderly people approach.who find it difficult to get out of their ReCOM also provides low-costhomes to learn new skills. By refurbished computers to individualslearning to use a computer it helps and families with disabilities and lowpeople maintain control of their own incomes. ReCOM relies on donatedshopping and banking, keeping in goods to make this happen.touch with families or friends, exploring We are happy to talk through any questionshobbies and interests, among many other you may have on 0121 765 5282 or email usareas. Those we help are often people who at info@recom.org.uk. Are You Finding Your Stairs a Struggle?As we all get older we all get a little less agile. rewarding activities such as playing with theirFor some of us it is more of a problem than for grandchildren, going for a short walk orothers and our impaired mobility can really enjoying some light gardening.’impact on our enjoyment of life. Stannah offers Age ConcernPatrick Stannah of Stannah Stairlifts says, Birmingham service users a 12%‘Nobody likes the thought of leaving their own discount and will make a donationhome and our stairlifts help people stay for every stairlift sold under this scheme.independent in their own home for longer. For more information please Age ConcernInstalling a stairlift can re-energise people and Birmingham on 0121 262 3020 or Stannah onlets them devote their energies to more 0800 715346 and quote ref 135. Opening Doors for Carers Opening Doors for Carers, part of Birmingham and Solihull Crossroads, provides professional information, advice and guidance on learning and work opportunities, whilst understanding your carer commitments. This is a unique service for Carers in Birmingham.If you are thinking about returning to learning or work (paid or voluntary), pleasegive us a call on 0121 675 1376 - we would love to hear from you, or call into TheCarers Centre, 130 Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 3AP on 0121 675 8000 and askto speak to one of the Opening Doors Team. Alternatively, you can emailinfo@openingdoorsforcarers.org.uk Handsworth Carers Project Handsworth Carers will be providing a drop in service for a variety of services including Welfare Rights advice, assistance with grant applications and form filling ina variety of languages for the community. Starting from the 19 th September 2011 atHandsworth Carers Project, 113 Lozells Street, Birmingham B19 2AP, tel. 0121 554 9360. ……………………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ……………… ………... After a huge response from carers who attended last year, Handsworth Carers Group would like to invite all carers to BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS COACH TRIP on Saturday 22nd October 2011Cost: Carers/OAP £18.00, Additional Family £20.00, Children £15.00 12 years andunder. Free complimentary refreshments will be served on the coach for all carers.Please book your seats early to avoid disappointment, deposits of £5.00 min required to secureyour seat and final payments will be due by the 2 nd week of October 2011If you require further information please contact Elona Williams from Handsworth CarersProject on 0121 554-9360 (Office Hours) or 07833602086. If she is unavailable, please leavea message and she will get back to you.Email: Elona_williams@birmingham.gov.uk
  3. 3. Birmingham Carers Centre is happy to announce Calling All Knitters!!! TRIP TO BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM The Birmingham Carers on 19th October 2011 to an event Centre Volunteers are setting where experts will be available to tell up their own knitting circle. you about any item you might bring in. They want to knit baby We will leave from the centre at clothes for premature babies at 12.45pm (the event commences at 1.00pm) and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, so if will run to 3.00pm. There is no charge for the you want to get involved and meet trip. new friends please come along on the To express an interest in the trip please contact first Wednesday of the month 1-3pm. Mark Portlock on 0121 675 8170. And if you can’t knit and you would like to learn, Our Advice & Information Officers will be holding an someone will be able to help you. ADVICE SESSIONS We are also looking for donations of at following locations: wool, especially baby wool for this * Amelia Allen at The Al- Shafa Medical Centre, project – any donations will be Little Oaks Road, Aston gratefully received. on Friday 7th October 9.00am-10.30am TRIP TO ASTON HALL (then every first Friday of the month) Aston Hall is a magnificent 17th century red-brick * Deborah Vatansever at Kingstanding Community mansion situated in a public Practice, Warren Farm Health Centre, Warren park on the north side of Birmingham.Please tear here Farm Road, Kingstanding The house still retains many early on Wednesday 12th October 9.00am-12.00pm seventeenth century decorative features in stone, plaster and wood. This is an opportunity for people that live locally and cannot get into the Carers Price: £4.00pp to be paid in advance Centre to come along to see our Advisors (incl. guided tour, tea/coffee & transport for help with benefits, form filling or any other from Birmingham Carers Centre - meet issues affecting you as a carer that they may be at Centre for 11.00am to leave, able to speak with you about. expected return approx. 2.30pm). Drop in or call the helpline to book an appointment BOOKINGS WILL ONLY BE TAKEN FROM MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2011 0121 675 8000. Pls note that in Aston Hall there are One of our carers, Jean, approximately 80 stairs and some uneven surfaces. Wheelchair users are suggested we include an welcome but wheelchair access is to i n f o r ma t i o n s e c t i o n o n ground floor only. Birmingham Shopmobility in our Call 0121 675 8170 to register your Newsletter as she has received interest. a lot of queries about this and thinks this might be of use to many carers. Birmingham Shopmobility is a service to help anyone with mobility difficulties, be it temporary or more permanent, and who wish to visit the lively and attractive city centre of Birmingham, for any of a Shop Mobility reasons; to conduct Bullring Shopmobility Birmingham number of different business, enjoy its many visitor and cultural attractions, or to shop The Shopmobility Centre in the wide variety of retail outlets, shops, leisure and business Level 2 services. Birmingham Shopmobility can do this by providing a hire Centre Car Park loan of an electric powered scooter, an electric wheelchair or a Bullring manual wheelchair, to ease your walking difficulty. They also sell Birmingham B5 4BU RADAR Keys that can be used to enter the Accessible Toilets Tel: 0121 616 2942 operated under the RADAR Scheme.
  4. 4. Forthcoming events / activities at the Carers Centre OCTOBER 2011 thTuesday 4 October Indian Head Massage10.30am – 12.30pm (fully booked, ring to be put on reserve list)Wednesday 5th October Yoga Session11.00am – 1.00pm (booking essential, it’s recommended to bring your own mat)Wednesday 5th October Knitting Circle1.00pm – 3.00pmWednesday 12th October Tai Chi11.00am – 1.00pmThursday 13th October Solicitors Surgery10.00am – 1.30pm (booking essential)Wednesday 19th October Yoga Session11.00am – 1.00pm (booking essential, it’s recommended to bring your own mat)Thursday 20th October Card Making Session11.00am – 1.00pmFriday 21st October Chess Club11.00am – 1.00pmTuesday 25th October Arts & Crafts11.00am – 1.00pmWednesday 26th October Extend exercises, breathing and laughing therapy11.00am – 1.00pm NOVEMBER 2011Wednesday 2nd November Knitting Circle Please tear here1.00pm – 3.00pmTuesday 8th November Indian Head Massage10.30am – 12.30pm (fully booked, ring to be put on reserve list)Wednesday 9th November Yoga Session11.00am – 1.00pm (booking essential, it’s recommended to bring your own mat)Wednesday 16th November Tai Chi11.00am – 1.00pmThursday 17th November Solicitors Surgery10.00am – 1.30pm (booking essential)Thursday 17th November Card Making Session11.00am – 1.00pmThursday 17th November Competition Corner2.00pm – 3.30pmFriday 18th November Chess Club11.00am – 1.00pmTuesday 29th November Arts & Crafts11.00am – 1.00pmWednesday 30th November Extend exercises, breathing and laughing therapy11.00am – 1.00pm Coffee Morning Support Group Coffee Morning Support Groups are run by the Carers Centre staff and give Carers the opportunity to chat about any problems they are experiencing. Coffee Mornings are held on Mondays 11.00am - 1.00pm We are looking for volunteers to help us with our MONTHLY NEWSLETTER MAIL OUT on Thursday 27th October from 10am. Come along, meet with fellow volunteers, have a laugh and a joke as you help us with this valuable task. Lunch is provided for all that take part!

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