Opportunities to have your say and influence services
for Carers and for those you support
Help influence and improve Mental Health services in Wandsworth.
Become a Carer Rep for the Wandsworth Mental Health Clinical Reference Group (MH CRG). As a Carer Rep, you can make a difference by:
- Sharing your experience and views about local services
- Ensuring that the needs of Mental Health Carers in Wandsworth are identified, addressed and included in service developments
- Influence service plans so that they are responsive to individuals needs
The MH CRG meets every 2-3 months and is made up of representatives from the various organisations that are involved in planning and delivering mental health services in Wandsworth as well as Carers and Service Users. You would get support from Carers’ Centre staff before and during each meeting.
If you are interested in any of these opportunities please call Jenny on 02088771200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities to have your say and influence services
for Carers and for those you support.
Come to the Carers Forum To meet other Carers, share your experience of being a Carer in Wandsworth and engage in open discussions about the key issues affecting Carers in Wandsworth.
The Forum meets every two months and Carers set the agenda. You are welcome at every meeting but you don’t have to commit to coming to them all.
NEXT MEETING: Thursday 1st February from 2 pm to 4 pm, main topic this time Parent Carers.
Location: To be confirmed. Refreshments provided
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 service 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 benefit forms or for benefits advice contact 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 informatio back to benefits department are based on the date listed on the letter, not the date you receive the letter
If you are wishing to check your benefits entitleents you may also wish to use one of the following
websites; www.entitledto.co.uk and www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators
Sorting out your future!
Are you caring for someone 25 hours a week or more? You may be able to claim Carers Allowance in which case you national insurance contributions will also be paid so you will receive a state pension when you reach pension age.
Are you caring at least 20 hours a week for one or more people and not eligible for Carers Allowance? You may be eligible for Carers’ credit towards a State Pension.
Check out your eligibility at
https://www.gov.uk/carers-credit or call us to arrange a benefits check on 020 8877 1200
Ever wondered how your relative would cope during a power cut?
Power Networks are responsible for maintaining a safe and reliable supply of electricity.
Do you or a relative need extra support during a power cut? UK Power Networks can help, and their services are free to customers who need it.
Who can receive extra support?
- If you rely on medical equipment
- If you have a refrigerated medicines
- If you have a serious or chronic illness
- If you have a disability
- If you or someone you care for is living with dementia
- If you are of pensionable age
- If you have children under five in your household
- If you need extra support for a short time period (e.g If you are recovering from medical treatment)
What Help should I expect to get?
- A priority number that you can call 24 hours a day
- A dedicated team who will contact you to keep you updated during a power cut.
- Tailored support if needed such as home visits, hot meals, advice and keeping your friends and relatives updated
- In certain scenarios we may also offer a free hotel overnight and transport to the hotel
Please visit http://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/to find out more about this free support
One to One Exercise Training Sessions
Thanks to funding received from Coop Community Fund, Carers the opportunity to benefit from one to one training sessions with personal trainers from Don’t Tone Alone who are used to working with Carers.
To register your interest or ask for further information please contact Nabihah on 020 8877 1200 or send an email to info @wandsworthcarers.org.uk Priority will be given to Carers who have not already taken part in a similar activity
Beginner Computer Course
Beginner computer courses will soon be delivered to our Wandsworth office thanks to funding received from the Santander Foundation.
You will have the opportunity to learn essential computer skills including how to research information on the Internet, use forums.
To add your name to our sign-up list please call us on 020 8877 1200 or send an email to email@example.com
Healthy Lifestyles Group
– Meet the Champions
Did you know?
- Every week 15 people in Wandsworth are told they have diabetes
- Another 15,000 residents are living with diabetes
- Around 25,000 residents are estimated to be on the verge of getting it.
- Diabetes is linked to lifestyle
Come along and meet with the Wandsworth Diabetes Champions and find out about diabetes and how lifestyle changes can prevent or delay its onset from 11 am to 12:30 pm on Wednesday 21st February 2018 at Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, 181 Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 4JE.
Call us on 020 8877 1200 to put your name down for this informative session.
Working for 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 businesses 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 carers 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
- Support with writing CVs and interview techniques
- Help with job-searching
- Access to employment, volunteering and training opportunities
- Unpaid carer or former carer
- aged 25 and over
- living in London
- not in any paid work
Regular support for carers in Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, City, Islington, Lambeth, Lewisham or Southwark:
Join the Smart App club to receive the support you need while applying for jobs.
To find out more about this free service:
Tel: 020 8699 8686
For carers in Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton, Wandsworth or Westminster:
Tel: 020 7428 8950