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BCF logo 2   Call for carers to help prioritise need for respite

Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) has launched their 2017 Vital Signs Survey. The focus in this 2017 Year of Mental Health, in Partnership with Brighter Berkshire, is on mental health and wellbeing in Berkshire.  In just 10 minutes or less, you can tell them which causes need support in Berkshire by ‘giving’ your virtual donations.  The results will be used to produce a community ‘health-check’ report revealing priorities, needs and opportunities for action to help tackle this very important matter.

In 2016 the Vital Signs report identified Health & Wellbeing as being the key issue; with mental health support the most popular local cause, closely followed by carers respite.

If you’d like to make sure carers respite continues to be identified as a priority need please take part.  Carer’s respite has been identified in the survey as a ‘Keeping Safe’ issue.

N.B. By taking part you could also win one of three £1,000 grants to be given by BCF to a cause of your choice.

This survey is now closed.


 Survey 4New State of Caring Survey 2017

Carers UK are running their annual survey to find out what life is like for people who are caring, and what needs to change to make life better. This is the most extensive survey into carers’ experiences in the UK and the responses are used to provide evidence of the need for change to policy makers.

By completing the Survey you can help to show the reality (the good and the bad) of what it means to care for a family member or friend in 2017.

The Survey is now closed.


  New relationship guides for carers  Couple

Carers Trust has produced a new guide packed with tried and tested ways to help carers   cope with the strain caring can put on their relationships.

Many carers find that looking after someone can cause relationship problems with partners, family and friends.  Carers may keep worries to themselves and feel they are betraying the person they care for if they admit their caring role is affecting their relationship.  This can be particularly hard if they are caring for their partner.

Funded by the Department for Works and Pensions, and working in partnership with relationships advice experts OnePlusOne, the guide is available free at:



s2Wokingham Disabled Children Short Breaks

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has reviewed its disabled short breaks provision.  Parents involved in the consultation asked for breaks monies to be given directly to them so they can make choices about services, involving less paperwork.

Upon completion in March 2017 the following agreed actions will be taken:

  • development of a new “preferred provider” list of WBC quality assured short breaks services
  • a two year transition period from the existing block contracts to the new model to enable gradual change
  • a pre-paid Wokingham Card will be introduced to enable families to take control of purchasing short breaks.  The card (a MasterCard) will be uploaded with the payment and can be used to purchase services directly so it will no longer be necessary to keep receipts, hence less paperwork.

If preferred, WBC can still manage short breaks on a family’s behalf or can ask a provider to do this for them.


Carers Week      Carer Friendly Community 3

Events for Carers Week 2017  –   12th to 18th June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK see:

In support of this year’s theme “Carer Friendly Communities” there are a number of events taking place in Wokingham and Bracknell Forest you might like to attend.

Wokingham Outreach Carers Hub has organised fun filled events, an Information Day on Thursday, 15th June 10.00am – 2.30pm at the Coppid Beech Hotel (lunch provided) and a Boat Trip and Picnic in Windsor on Friday 16th June.  Young Carers can enjoy a Water Activities Day on Saturday 17th June.  Contact the Carers Hub on Tel: 0118 324 7333 or see here.

Bracknell Forest
Signal4Carers has lots of events and activities for local carers, including  advice  and information stalls, discounts on activities and free Tai Chi, Yoga and Dance classes for beginners.  A questionnaire is being used to reveal how supportive the local community is at recognising and supporting carers.   Dates and times of all the Bracknell Forest planned activities can be obtained from 01344  266088  or see here.