DON’T MISS LATEST CARERSMART OFFERS
Spoil your mum, step mum, nan or someone else entirely with a range of discounts and offers from CarerSmart.
From elegant flowers to unforgettable weekends away, CarerSmart has got you covered for Mother’s Day (31 March 2019).
Get a 10% saving on National Trust Gift cards. For a spot of lunch, cream teas, shopping trips, or just relaxing in a wildflower garden you can give special places to discover with a National Trust gift card. Save 10% every time you purchase a gift card*.
To take advantage of this and other fantastic deals visit theCarerSmart Special Offerspage today!
CarerSmart is a discount club for carers, people with care needs and staff and volunteers across the Carers Trust network. Join CarerSmart and share with carers.
*Terms and conditions apply. See website for details. Offers subject to change without notice. CarerSmart is managed and run on behalf of Carers Trust by Parliament Hill Ltd.
STATE OF CARING 2019 SURVEY
The survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers and many professionals who work with carers find the results provide a useful evidence base for their work locally.
Carers UK use evidence from their survey to push carers up the agenda for policy makers and to campaign for recognition and change across the UK.
If you’d like to take part see State of Caring 2019 survey
The closing date is 24 May 2019
DEMENTIA ART THERAPY SESSIONS
Free Dementia Art therapy sessions are taking place at The Foxes’ Den Café, Binfield Parish Offices, Benetfeld Road, Binfield. RG42 4EW
SIDE BY SIDE ACTIVITIES
Side by Side service is a new service from Alzheimer’s Society. With a view to combatting social isolation, we are pairing people living with dementia with a volunteer who can support and empower them to reconnect with their local community, and continue doing what they love.
Find out more here.
BLUE BADGES FOR PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA
Blue badges are for people with severe mobility problems who need to park close to where they are going. This can also apply to people living with dementia, which can affect balance, co-ordination and spatial awareness. Unfortunately, many people who apply are turned down.
The Alzheimer’s Society has produced an excellent guide giving tips on how to increase your chances of successfully applying for a Blue Badge online.
NHS HEALTHY AGEING & HEALTHY CARING GUIDES
It’s important that older people and their families and carers are supported to stay well throughout winter.
The NHS guides provide practical advice to support healthy ageing and caring and provide tips on how to keep fit and independent. The Healthy Caring Guide also identifies support available to help carers maintain their health and wellbeing.
The NHS Healthy Ageing Guide can be ordered and delivered for free by calling 0300123 1002, quoting reference HA2 , or online at www.orderline.dh.gov.uk The Healthy Caring Guide can be downloaded from the NHS England website here.
POOR MENTAL ILL-HEALTH OF SANDWICH CARERS
The latest report from the Office of National Statistics shows 1 in 4 ‘sandwich carers (those who care for both sick, disabled or older relatives and dependent children) are more likely to report symptoms of mental ill-health, feel less satisfied with life, and struggle financially compared with the general population.
With life expectancy increasing and women having their first child at an older age, around 3% of the UK general population, equivalent to more than 1.3 million people, now have this twin caring responsibility.
Find out more here.
To see what we’ve been up to over the last couple of months and find out what’s happening locally for carers.
Winter Carers Update
CROSSROADS CARE WOKINGHAM VIDEOS
Our two videos ‘Help for unpaid carers‘ and ‘Me Time’ are a fantastic introduction to our services. They show the dedicated work of our Carer Support Workers and how having a Me Time break can help to relieve the strains of your everyday caring role.