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November 2012

  1. 1. Carers Information Pack Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service| Edition 4 | November 2012 | | Information for Carers E-mail:
  2. 2. Birmingham Mental HealthCarers Support Service. Be InvolvedHave your Say, Join us at our client involvement meeting, which regularly meet up to bring ideas together, working together, for a better service. Do you want to add ideas to our monthly newsletter, or bring something else to the table, do you have ideas about bring carers together, then let us know, by contacting 0121 380 4949. Contribute articles. Poems Photographs Art WorkOr anything you would like to see appear in these pages.Stonham Home Group would like to ensure that our clients are at the heart of everything we do. If you have any ideas contact. By Phone: 0121 380 4949 By Email: Or by Post Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service. Unit 3, Holt Court North, Heneage Street West, Aston Science Park, Birmingham, B7 4AX.
  3. 3. Carers UK 2012 The theme this is: This year’s theme – Getting help in Tough Times Carers Rights Day 30 November 2012 Focusing on helping carers Find Financial Support Get a Helping Hand Make the most of technology Carers Rights Day is organised by Carers UK, an organisation that works closely with the DWP to ensure that carers receive the advice, benefits and the services that they are entitled to. Carers Rights Day is a UK Wide Event, organised by Carers UK.The recession has hit hard, and during a time of rises in the cost of living, salary freezes, and Job cuts and loses, many families are struggling across the UK. Caring however does not stop through these hard times, and families that are affected by illness and disability are sometimes the hardest hit. Struggling with the additional cost of caring, and lost earnings, they now face the risk of cuts to essential services and benefits. There has been a lot changes, and through these tough times it is more Important for carers to know their rights and access the support that they are entitled to. For more information about carers rights day please follow the link below:
  4. 4. Carers Rights Day A North Birmingham Inter- Agency Event at the: 10:30am to 15:00pm 30th November 2012 Welcome by Helen Clarke from Carers UK All events are free A concept from Edrook day centre, Free relaxation sessions Raiki Emotional freedom therapy Free nail services. Manicure Pedicure Join in a Tai Chi class.Information and advice from Cancer Support, Age Concern, Birmingham Carers Association, Carers UK, head way, Sutton Coldfield neighborhood Office, Mencap, Stroke Association, Carers Emergency Response Service, YMCA, JOB CLUB, and the Carers Centre. Contact Us: For more information please contact: 0121 355 1006 Venue Address: Sutton Coldfield United Reformed Church, 1 Brassington Avenue, Sutton Coldfield B73 6AA Carers UK, Birmingham is based inside Sutton Coldfield Community Hub. Carers can also come to the hub to have free therapy sessions, Between 10am – 1400 Monday and Thursdays, there is a lift.You can also contact our information and referral line for more information on 0121 380 4949
  5. 5. PROGRAMME CARERS RIGHTS DAY ‘GETTING HELP IN TOUGH TIMES’ 30TH NOVEMBER 2012 UNITED REFORMED CHURCH SUTTON COLDFIELD10.30am – event opens10.45am – Welcome by Helen Clarke – Carers Week Manager, Carers UK11.00am – Concert by the students of Ebrook Day Centre11.30am – Tai Chi Lesson with Graham12.00 Noon – Presentation from a Dementia Care Nurse12.30 pm – 1.30 pm – Lunch to be provided by Oasis Café1.30pm – Presentation by Paul Kelly – Chair of the North Birmingham CarersForum2.00pm – Presentation by James Barker from Creative Workshops2.30pm – Presentation by Sutton Cancer Support Services3.00pm – Event Closes There will also be manicures, pedicures, Reiki and Emotional Freedom Therapy sessions FREE to carers Raffle Ebrook Day Centre staff and service users will be attending to sell a range of goods and plants produced by the centre
  6. 6. Meet Your Social Work Team Wednesday 27th November 2012 1030am to 1400pm For all carers in Central Birmingham Heart of Birmingham Venue Norman Power Centre, Skipton Road, Ladywood, Birmingham, B18 8JJBirmingham Carers Association in partnership with Birmingham City Council, are hosting a new type of carers event, Where you will be able to: Talk to council members about some of the services that they provideGet feedback on the commissioning strategy for carers to 2026 consultation that took place between March and June 2012. Talk to your social work team, including senior managers. For More Information BIRMINGHAM CARERS’ ASSOCIATION 1st Floor, Pitmans Building, 159- Street, 159-161 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6PH Contact Enid Said Tel – 0121 675 8176 Email: Office Hours: Monday to Friday.
  7. 7. Atos Healthcare Health Professionals How they Assess Capability Work Capability Assessment According to Atos Health Care the aim of the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) is to assessthe effects of an individual’s health condition or disability on their ability to carry out a range of everyday activities. This includes areas of functional capacity Such as mobilizing, Standing and sitting. And Learning tasks and awareness of hazards which are relevant to work.Illnesses and disabilities affect people in different ways, and to differentdegrees, which is why the focus of the assessment is on capability, rather than diagnosis. Atos Health Care Professionals do not: Diagnose conditions or offer advice on their treatment, Atos Health Care Professionals review the information available about what each person is able to do.This information may come from the claimant, as part of the questionnaire that is completed, or through discussion at a face to face assessment. It may also come from the claimant’s treating health care professional.All of the people at Atos Health employed to carry out WCA assessments are trained, fully registered doctors, nurses or physiotherapists. In addition to their existing clinical expertise, they have all received specific training to become disability analysts, to provide WCAs in accordance with Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) legislation. Following training, each Atos healthcare professional must demonstrate their competency to the Department for Work and Pensions before gaining their approval to produce WCA reports.
  8. 8. Carers and the Work Capability AssessmentAccording Atos Health Care“Carers can play an essential important supporting role as part of theWork Capability Assessment we carry out on behalf of the Departmentfor Work and Pensions (DWP).”How carers can help before a Work Capability Assessment:“Many Carers can play an important supportive role before a WorkCapability Assessment by helping the people that they care for who areapplying for Employment and Support Allowance to complete and post thequestionnaire. Atos Health Care will send out the Questionnaire on behalf ofJob center plus.”Carers help a great deal by helping those individuals that they care for, bytalking to their families doctor or health professionals, collecting informationand evidence, which according to Atos Healthcare, helps their professionalsdecide whether a face to face assessment is needed.Other ways carers can help before a Work CapabilityAssessment:“According to Atos Health Care, if a face to face assessment is required,carers can help in the preparation for an assessment by making sure thecustomer brings along.” Their appointment letter. Their passport or three other different types of identification, such as a birth certificate, a driving license or a utility bill. Any hospital appointment or admission letters. Any tablets or other current medication, such as inhalers. Any medical aids, such as walking aids, hearing aids, glasses and contact lenses.
  9. 9. Atos Health Care: Links.If you are a carer looking to find out more about the Work Capability Assessment,Please read Atos Health Care Blog on what to expect before, during, after and aboutwork capability questionnaire, please see below: Before a work capability questionnaire. During a work capability questionnaire. After a work capability questionnaire. More information you can also follow the DWP Website using the Link Below:
  10. 10. Free support for mothers Acacia Family Support provides free support services for Mothers and their families affected by pre or postnatal anxiety and depression. How we can help you: Telephone Helpline: 07944900499 Weekly Postnatal Support Sessions Acacia provides three weekly drop-in support sessions across Birmingham during Term Time. Mondays is in Kingstanding at Elim Pentecostal Church, Thursdays at St.Johns Church in Walmley Fridays at Adderley Childrens Centre in Saltley. Please call 0121 301 5992 for further details. This one to one service offers a listening ear with a trained befriender encouraging emotional offloading within the strictest of confidential boundaries. Acacia Dads Is a free support service for Fathers. And other family members Who feel they may need some extra help and support After the birth of a child or help In finding ways to support their partner Who may be experiencing Postnatal Depression. You can call our Acacia Dad’s Project Coordinator On 07928486144 Or Email team of befrienders offer a flexible support service that aims to fit in with family life. Alternatively you may wish to attend one of our regular drop in support sessions with a wife or partner. For more details on how Acacia Dads can help you, click here
  11. 11. (Children, YoungPeople and Family Events) (Children, Young People and Family Events)Start Date: 19 June 2012 03:46 PMEnd Date: 31 March 2013 03:46 is the one-stop-shop website to search for events andactivities for children, young people and families in Birmingham. Filterthe city your way, find the things you want to do and when and wherethey are happening.For further information email or contactBirmingham City Council Culture Commissioning Serviceon 0121 464 InformationVarious venues in BirminghamAddress:West MidlandsUK
  12. 12. Youth is the forums for young people to learn,share and talk about some of the things they often don’t know how to talk .about.The media is always giving messages about how young people arescary, anti-social or out of control.Good mental health is a basic right and shouldbe something we all know how to use.Emotions, difficult life experiences and the pressures of fitting in are thingswe all have to cope with at some stage. Youthspace is backed by experiencedstaff from professional local Youth organisations,Youthspace is a partnership led by young people working to challenge the stigmaand myths about what goes on inside your head. With up-to-date information, reallife experiences and a sense of humour.YOUTHSPACE.ME IS AN ESSENTIAL KIT. SAVE IT WITH YOUR TOP SITESAND FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHERE YOUR HEADS AT...Youthspace programme aims to support a preventative approach to youthmental health difficulties and targets the 14-25 year age group. Youthspace offers advice and information from clinicians, professionalstaff and young experts on all aspects of mental health & emotionalwellbeing. Please see
  13. 13. The Youthspace team Youthspace Aims to:Involves a lot of young people and works closely with a Encourage personalvariety of agencies across the West Midlands, responsibility forOffering their knowledge and expertise and providing mental health bycorrect and up-to-date information. understanding how itYouthspace believes that all young people should be works.aware of mental health issues and have the skills withwhich to look after their own emotional well-being. Encourage people to support andYouthspace believes increasing the knowledge andcoping skills of young people, as early as possible, can motivate each prevent the likelihood of problems developing bygiving them the right tools to cope. Promote a wider awareness &YOUTHBOARD understanding of mental health &Birmingham Youthspace is directly guided and illness.supported by the Youth Board. Offer up-to-dateThe youthboard meets monthly and comprises of information aboutapproximately fifteen young people and staffmembers from both Birmingham Youthspace and maintainingFairbridge West Midlands. emotional wellbeing and self-The board meets to discuss and give guidance onthe development and design of Youthspace confidence.projects and events, Provide useful help and advice toIncluding how a new clinical youth service willbest serve the needs of young people; anyone in distress. Provide general linksThe youthboard also looks at how the and resources forYouthspace website can best inform youngpeople of mental health issues which are relevant people wanting moreto them; information.The youthboard also looks at how young people Reduce negativity,can make a real contribution to new service prejudice anddevelopments and design of educational stigma throughmaterials. increasedTo find out more follow the link below: understanding.
  14. 14. Individual BudgetIndividual budget is money that you can receive if you have had anassessment that shows you need social care support. You can use themoney to buy the services and Support you need. You will know howmuch money you have to spend and you will be able to choose how youwant to spend it. Direct PaymentsHaving Direct Payments can give you more choice and control over thesupport you need to meet your care needs. You can choose how to spendthe money and you can have more say in the services you buy. You canchoose, plan and arrange the care for yourself if you want to. You canchoose to receive payments (called Direct Payments) to buy the servicesyou require to meet your needs. This is instead of receiving the servicesdirect from your local council.Direct Payments can be made to: • Disabled people aged 16 or over (with short or long-term needs) • Disabled parents for childrens services • Carers aged 16 or over (including people with parental responsibility for a disabled child) • Elderly people who need community care services • Come along to the awareness session at Beechcroft Day Day Centre Monday Monday 19thNovember 2012 from 3-4pm 3- For more information contact Robina Parvez Khidmat Centre, 2a Heather Rd, Rd, Small Heath Birmingham, B10 9TA 0121 773 8619/07794255135
  15. 15. Improve your health & wellbeing Laughter Yoga Here at Beechcroft Slade Road Thursday 29th November 2012 11.15am till 12pm Improves brain function Reduces pain Reduces stress Alleviates depression Lowers blood pressure Improves immune system No yoga ability required“Never did I have an enjoyable afternoon like that. It was brilliant! Never laughed so much in my life.” Chrystalla Loizides, IT tutor Southgate College Email: Telephone: 07828 413 484
  16. 16. FATHER CHRISTMAS AT BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER TO SATURDAY SUNDAY 23 DECEMBER (WEEKENDS ONLY) 11AM-4PM SATURDAY 12.30PM-4.30PM SUNDAY No child’s Christmas would be complete without a visit to Father Christmas. The ticket price includes a small gift and you are welcome to take photographs. Only £3 per child, accompanying adults free. Find out more on 0121 303 2834 or Venue Information: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Address: Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, UK, B3 3DH, Facilities: Cafeteria.FRANKFURT CHRISTMAS MARKET: BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE. MARKET:The largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country.Venue: Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square & ChamberlainSquareDate: 15th November – 22 DecemberTime: 10am – 9pmTel: 0121 303 3008Christmas Craft FairLocated right next to Birminghams famous Frankfurt Christmas Market, the Craft Fair gives visitors thechance to browse an entirely different selection of items crafted by local artisans, as well as goods importedfrom all over the world by local traders.Venue: Chamberlain and Centenary SquaresDate: 15 November - 22 December 2012Time: 10am-9pm
  17. 17. Is an online encyclopaedia of medicine that provides a trusted immediate reference resource for clinicians in the UK and internationally. It is updated regularly, and the database consists of over 26,000 pages of information; fast and reliable, many doctors use GP notebook during their consultations. My Personal Best is about young people inspiring and supporting each other to be the best they can. My Personal Best is a national project ran by Beat, the UKs campaigning eating disorder charity. The My Personal Best project has created a young-people led, web based community focusing on promoting well-being and positive self-esteem. The website has been developed and managed by volunteers across the UK, who have conducted research, built a range of resources; leaflets and downloads, video clips and podcasts. Please see the website below: Mental Health GroupThursday 29th November 20122.30pm – 4.30pmThursday 13th December 20122.30pm – 4.30pmVenue;Friends Institutes,220 Moseley Road,Highgate,Birmingham,B12 0DGBus route 50 runs every few minutes from Birmingham City centre
  18. 18. Nhs Direct: 0845 46 47 http://www.nhsdirect.n NHS Direct a 24, 365 days a year. PALS customer relations A national health line, providing expert health (Patient Advice and Liaison advice, information and Service) reassurance, using our world-class telephone and digital services and website. Can provide information on arange of mental health matters, and liaison with all Trust services Carers Emergency Monday to Friday Response Service. 8am to 8pm The CERS team provides Contact emergency support for carers in Birmingham. 0800 953 0045 The CERS team will work with the Carer and the person they care Text for to put together a Contingency Plan detailing what they want to happen in an emergency, for use 07985883509 in the event of an emergency. Email In the event of an emergency affecting the carer, CERS will put the plan into action. Website: You have to be registered to access the service. For More Information and to Please note that the PALS Register Please Contact: 0845 468 1338 or emailteam is NOT a medical team. If you have an immediatehealth problem please contact The service is free of charge.NHS Direct above or your GP
  19. 19. Client Involvement For more information or if you need advise about Carers Services within Birmingham. Birmingham Mental Health Carers Client If you want to Involvement Group make a self-referral.This Group is an opportunity for carers who currently or haveformerly accessed the carers service and would like to have animpact on how the service develops, lead on client activities and You are able toshare their experiences with other carers. contact our.Topics up for discussion will include: Information• What carers want from one on one support sessions and Referral What carers would like from peer group meetings• Line.• Clients activities and fundraising• Client involvement opportunities• Promotional events 0121 380As well as many more key areas of the service. 4949.The involvement of carers is crucial in helping us to deliverexceptional services that are designed around what you, our Please ask forcustomers want now and in the future. Balkar Shoker Or Annette LewisThe group meets regularly and everyone is invited. Staff from theservice will facilitate this meeting and lunch will be provided. Or will be able to assist you further.Venue - Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service,Stonham Regional Office, Unit 3, Holt Court North, Aston SciencePark B7 4AXIf you would like more information about this event, please makecontact either by phone on: 0121 380 4900 or email:
  20. 20. Stonham Birmingham Carers Service List of Stonham Carers Groups in Birmingham Group Venue Type of Frequency When Contact Address Group Kinmos CentreCarers Group 1 High Street Mixed 1st Friday of 9th November Karen Deamer Kings Heath Group Every Month 2012 0771 338 B14 7AR 12 – 2pm 5888 Handsworth Fire 15th Station 41 Rookery Carers Twice a Month November, Samantha Hear for Road Handsworth 6th and 20th Group Bricknell You B21 9QU December 0771338589 2012 10am – 12.30 Hazelwell Street 15th Stirchley Stirchley Mixed 3rd Thursday November, Karen Deamer Birmingham of Every Month and 20thCarers Group Group 0771 338 B30 2JX December 5888 11am – 2pm Wellbeing Carer’s Centre 198 13thInformation Corporation Street, Carer’s 2nd Tuesday of November Samantha and Birmingham – group Every and 11th Bricknell Guidance (venue to change) December Month 07713385892 W.I.G 1pm – 3pm Stechford The Stechford Club. Social Last Monday of 26th Joanne DaviesCarers Group 7 Victoria Street, Group Every Month November 0121 380 4949 2012 Stechford 7pm to 9pm Ladies Sure Start Centre, 80 Last Tuesday Samantha Active Anthony Road, Alum Female of Every Month th 13 and 27 th Bricknell Rock, Birmingham Group November, 07713385892 Focus and 18th DecemberL.A.F Group 10.30 to 12.30 Newbridge 130 Hob Moor Road, For Carers Last 28th House Small Heath, with Wednesday of November Mick Brown Inpatient Patients in the month 2012 Birmingham 0771 338 5893 Group Hospital 6.30pm to 8pm
  21. 21. Group Venue Type of Frequency When Contact Address Group 29th Mick Brown Sutton Community Hub Mixed Last Thursday November 0771Carers Group Farthing Lane, Sutton Group of Every Month 2012 338 5893 Coldfield 6pm to 8pm Art Group New Heights St Johns Mixed Weekly 8th, 15, 22nd Centre, Warren Farm Group Every and 29th Joanne Davies Road, Kingstanding, Thursday November 0121 380 Birmingham, Morning 2012 4949 B44 0QN 10am to 12pm 2 hours Phoenix Phoenix Centre, Carers Weekly 7th, 14th, 21 Joanne Davies Centre Harrison Road, (off Drop - In Every and 28th 0121 380 4949 Drop – In Erdington High Wednesday November Street) 2012 11am – 1pm 2 hours 610 Group 610 Club Carers To Be To be Mick Brown 610 Kingstanding Group Re-launched Confirmed 0771 338 5893 Road, Kingstanding Soon Community HubCarers Drop Farthing Lane, Sutton Coldfield Every other 2pm to Joanne Davies In Group Tuesday 3.30pm 0121 380 4949Time for You Stockland Green Joanne Methodist Church Carers Weekly 11am to Davies Slade Road, Group 12.30 0121 380 4949 Every Tuesday Birmingham B23 7JH
  22. 22. Birmingham Carers Service Unit 3, Holt Court NorthPlease use for your Heneage Street West Aston Science Parkcomments, feedback or Birmingham, B7 4AXcomplaints & return to …