Complementary Therapies at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre

Complimentary Therapies can reduce stress and give Carers a chance to take some time out to focus on their own needs.  We offer a range of therapies to Carers, depending on volunteer availability.  Therapies are available at our office in Balham and Wandsworth High Street.  All our volunteer therapists are either trained or in training, and they are fully supported and insured.

 

Reflexology with Foot Massage: Reflexology is a non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the theory that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body – held on Monday morning at the Wandsworth Office.

 

Body Massage: Body massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure.  Techniques are commonly applied using the hands, arms and elbows.  We offer body massage at both offices – Wednesday morning and Wednesday afternoon at the Wandsworth Office and Wednesday afternoon, Thursday morning, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning at the Balham Office.

 

Call to put your name on the waiting list and you will be offered a set of appointments, three for all the therapies for a £10 non-refundable deposit.  Or you can be booked in for a one-off appointment for a £3 non-refundable deposit.

 

How do I get more information or an appointment?

 

To find out more about the complimentary Therapies, ask at either office for the Therapy Leaflet.  We operate a waiting list for each therapy, so please call us to put your name down on 020 8877 1200 (Wandsworth Office) or 0208675 0811 (Balham Office) or email:info@wandsowrthcarers.org.uk

Transition Support Porject

Do you care for someone with a learning disability or dementia?  Are you planning for the future, considering housing options for the person you care for but not sure where to start? 

 

Then Wandsworth Carers’ Centre can support you.  The term transition used here refers to a change in living arrangements. Carers can find it challenging when planning for the future of the person they care for.  Ensuring Carers feel listened to and not isolated, the project supports Carers by empowering them to make change manageable

 

The Transition Support project offers:

 

  • 1:1 support empowering you to make changes using the Carers Outcome Star
  • Support by accompanying you on visits to accommodation being considered
  • Peer to peer support from someone who has direct experience of the issues you are facing
  • Ongoing follow up support as and when required

 

If you are beginning to think about long-term planning, you have begun to explore transition options, or you would like more information please contact Tracie Gleeson, Transition Support Officer on Tel: 0208675 0811 Email: tracie@wandsworthcarers.org.uk

 

 

 

Carers Partnership Wandsworth Peer Support

We offer a wide range of welcoming, friendly and supportive peer support opportunities for Carers.  The peer support groups give you the opportunity to take some time for yourself, meet other Carers, share experiences and have your voice heard.

 

Speakers are arranged to meet the needs of the individual groups.  Please speak to the group facilitator if you would like a particular topic to be discussed.

 

You can call us on 0208877 1200 for more information or just simply turn up and stay for as long as you can.

Annual Health Checks for Carers

If you are an unpaid Carer who is over the age of 18 and have a Wandsworth GP you are eligible to receive a 30 -minute Carer Consultation with your GP.

 

Your GP will check your physical and emotional health and will assess what impact your caring duties are having on them.  Where relevant your GP will then refer you to services that can support you in your caring role and with your health and wellbeing.

 

Following your initial consultation, your GP will invite you back annually for follow up consultations.  Contact your GP to make an appointment.

Wandsworth Carers’ Centre Information and Advice Service

Don’t Miss Out: To book an appointment with an Information and Advice Worker for support to complete the Carers’ Centre on 020 8877 1200

 

This service is in high demand.  If you require help to fill in a benefit form, please contact us as soon as possible to book an appointment.

 

Important Point:  Please note the date on the letters you receive, as timelines for sending information back to a benefits department are based on the date listed on the letter, not the date you receive the letter.

 

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If you are wishing to check your benefits entitlements you may also wish to use one of the following

websites; www.entitledto.co.uk and www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

 

 

Online Financial Help if you are Disabled

There is a wide range of disability-related financial support, including benefits, tax credits, payments, grants and concessions.

The main disability and sickness benefits are:  

  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance

 

Depending on your circumstances, you might also be able to get:

 

  • Industrial Injuries Benefit if you’re disabled as a result of work
  • Constant Attendance Allowance if you need daily care and attention because of a disability
  • The disability element of Working Tax Credit, if your work and are getting PIP or DLA

 

For more information, visit www.gov.uk/financial-help-disabled.

              

 

 

 

 

Working for Carers

Working with Carers is a London-wide project that supports Unpaid Carers, aged 25 or over, to move closer to employment.  The project is led by Carers Trust and delivered by its network of 24 partners across London and is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Our aims are:

  • Support Carers to pursue their employment goals through confidence building and skills development
  • Offer a flexible service that considers individual needs and ambitions.
  • Engage with local business and organisations to create employment, training and volunteering opportunities for Carers
  • Highlight the benefits of employing Carers, adopting Carer friendly policies, and understanding the needs of Careers in the workplace.

Carers can access free support, designed to meet their individual needs and delivered in their local area.  This may include:

  • One-to-one support and advice with a dedicated Employment Personal Advisor
  • Group activities and training workshops
  • Group activities and training workshops
  • Support with writing CVs and interview techniques
  • Help with job-searching
  • Access to employment, volunteering and training opportunities

Eligibility criteria:

  • Unpaid Carer or former Carer
  • Aged 25 and over
  • Living in London
  • Not in any paid work

To find out more about this free service for Carers in Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth or Westminister:

Tel: 020 7428 Email: wfc:camdencarers.org.uk

Active Lifestyles Programme

Wandsworth Carers’ Centre can provide you with a voucher for 2 FREE sessions of any of the following activities on behalf of the Active Lifestyles Programme.

  • Tai Chi classes
  • Pilates
  • Keep fit (50+)
  • Keep on Moving (50+)
  • Keep fit for Life (50+)
  • Zumba
  • Kickboxercise
  • Tone & Stretch (50+)
  • Walking Football
  • Walking Netball

 

If you would like to claim a voucher, please collect one from our Wandsworth office: 181 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4JE.

 

For information regarding the Active Lifestyles Programme, please visit www.enablelc.org/activelifestyles.

 

Are you caring for someone with Dementia?               

 

Come to our Carers’ Information and Support Programme in Wandsworth.

 

Caring for someone with Dementia can be tough and isolating.  This 4-week course provides information and support, enabling you to improve your knowledge, skills and understanding in a friendly, confidential environment, and start growing in a network of invaluable support.  Topics covered include:

 

  • What is Dementia?
  • Legal and money matters
  • Planning for the future
  • What support is available and how to access it

 

The workshop will run on Tuesdays the 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th June 2018

Please contact the Alzheimer’s Society to confirm time and venue details on 020 8687 0922 or email wandsworth@alzheimers.org.uk

Wandsworth Carers Forum

 

Come to the Carers Forum

To share your experience of being a Carer in Wandsworth, discuss key issues affecting Carers, and meet other Carers.

The Forum meets every two months and Carers set the agenda.  New members always welcome.  Refreshments provided.

 

Next Meeting Thursday 10th May from 11 am to 1 pm

Location: Committee Room 122, Marble Hall,

Wandsworth Town Hall,

Wandsworth, London SW18 2PU

 

To find out more or put your name down call 020 8877 1200 or email jenny@wandsworthcarers.org.uk