University of Kent – Research Project

Are you:

A family carer of a young person with a learning disability or autism who has moved on from a residential school or college in the past 5 years?

OR

A young person with a learning disability or autism who has moved on from a residential school or college in the past 5 years?

If so, please click on the link below for more information about being part of a research project.

Working for Carers

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

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 Westminster: 

Tel: 020 7428 8950

Email: wfc@camdencarers.org.uk

 

The Proud Carers

The Proud Carers was set up in order to provide LGBTQI carers of people with dementia with an opportunity to meet with people who are going through the same challenges; members of the same community, possibly of the same age bracket, people who understand their challenges to the full.

We aim to provide participants of this peer support group with a safe space to explore their feelings, thoughts, and sometimes pain. This will be a non -judgemental environment, hosted by a facilitator at the Albany Trust, a charity that championed LGBT rights, freedom and mental welfare from its foundation in the late 1950’s.

This is a voluntary service, free of charge that aims to champion all members of our community, particularly in an age when the mature tend to be forgotten.

If you would like to join us, please contact avivtelleralbany@gmail.com or call 07950 289612 for more details.

Our first meeting will be on Sunday 4th March from 1-2.30 PM, looking at meeting monthly to start with.

The address is The Albany Trust, 239A Balham High Rd, London SW17 7BE

GP online services Quick, easy and secure

 

Have you heard about GP online services?

 

GP online services are about giving patients the ability to access their GP surgery via the internet

Did you know? If the person you care for wants to give you access to their GP information, as their Carer you can help them to:

  • Book and cancel appointments with their doctor
  • Order any repeat medication they might need
  • See detailed information help in their GP record including medication, allergies, illnesses, test results, and immunizations.

You can access GP online services on a computer, tablet or smartphone, using a website or an app.  You will still be able to phone the surgery or call in, this is just another option that you might find more convenient because you will be able to do these things outside of normal surgery hours.

 

For more information visit NHS Direct: 

https://www.nhs.uk.nhsengland/aboutnhsservices/doctors/pages/gp-online-services.aspx

Steps into Work

The aim of the Steps into Work programme is to promote choices, independence and move participants closer to employment, through work experience placements and completion of a BTEC Level 1 Work Skills qualification. The purpose of Steps into Work is to enable individuals aged 16 or above with mild/moderate learning disabilities and learning difficulties to gain new skills and knowledge and find out what type of work they would like to do in the future.  

 

Background

What is Steps into Work?

Steps into Work represents a new approach whereby adults with complex barriers to employment are given the opportunity to develop sustainable workplace experiences by working in a business environment.

Steps into Work is a 12 month programme.  It involves participants completing three unpaid work placements mainly in office-based roles within Transport for London (TFL). Students on the programme, who are 18 or over, also have the opportunity to complete an operational placement as a Customer Services Assistant (CSA) in a London Underground (LU) station. This provides them the chance to gain an NVQ Level 2 unit 027 in Rail Services qualification which focuses on customer services. Whilst on the programme, participants are students of Barnet and Southgate College studying towards a BTEC Level 1 in Work Skills, and not considered employees of TFL.

Who runs the programme?

Steps into Work is a multi-agency partnership and a Transport for London / Remploy / Barnet & Southgate College initiative.

Steps into Work brings together:

  • Transport for London: the expertise of the business who are committed to offering opportunities for individuals with disabilities
  • Barnet & Southgate College: an education provider with a full time representative at TFL to teach the tutorials and support the needs of the business and the participants
  • Remploy: a supported employment provider from the local community with a full time representative at TFL to support the needs of the business and the participants

How the programme works

  1. Placements
  • Up to 12 participants will take part in unpaid work placements within Transport for London’s offices. The programme is based in Central London (Zones 1 – 2)
  • Placements are mainly office based and participants will have the opportunity to complete three 10-11 week placements. Operational CSA placements are 8 weeks long. (Participants must be 18 or over for CSA placements)
  • Participants will attend their placement 5 days a week, Monday to Friday (unless otherwise agreed) from 09.30/10.00 to 14:00. Students will then attend the tutorial in the afternoon.
  • The aim of the placements is to provide real life work experience for the participants.
  • The ideal roles are ones that are complex but systematic and therefore able to be effectively carried out by individuals with learning disabilities.

The following are examples of tasks and activities which the participants are most likely to be doing in their placements:

Example 1:    Administrator (routine tasks)

  • Opening & date stamping mail every morning. Sorting mail for each department.  Delivering the sorted mail to the correct team.
  • Daily scanning of case files, single letters etc. Naming the scanned document.  Saving the scan to the shared drive on the computer network.
  • Filing documents and case files into draws in alphabetical order.
  • Data entry – typing change of address /

department details etc. into the admin

system to update sections of personal data.

Example 2:    Office Support (varied routine tasks)

  • Emailing staff about meeting bookings, photocopying

& preparing documents and setting up IT equipment

for those meetings.

  • Prepare the weekly stationary order and checking office

stock levels.

  • Assist with labelling and separating files for archiving,

shredding and storing.

  • Issuing letters by running the

database to create a letter.

Printing the letter to sign. 

  1. Qualification
  • Barnet & Southgate College provide a tutor who supports the participants in their placement and teaches them for one hour per day from 14:30 – 15:30. Participants spend the first part of the day in their work placements.
  • The curriculum for the participants is designed explicitly around the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil the roles for mainstream employment.  The work placements provide the opportunity to acquire practical insight of these skills in a real work setting.
  • Participants will work towards gaining a BTEC Level 1 Work Skills qualification.  Participants will build a portfolio of evidence during the programme which will be a record of learning.  There is no exam on this programme.
  1. Support and progression
  • Remploy provide a job coach who supports the participants in their placements and with the transition to the Remploy branch at the end of the programme.
  • Remploy will support participants to search for and gain paid employment following the programme.
  • This programme cannot guarantee participants will receive a paid job, a job offer or interview for a paid role.  However, many former students are now working in a range of full and part-time roles in a variety of organisations. Both the tutor and the job coach are based at Transport for London.  They provide on-site support for the participants, including daily classroom-based sessions and tutorials, along with Job Coaching using the Systematic Instruction model developed by Dr Marc Gold.
  • Participants will complete an induction to working with Transport for London.
  • Participants will then be supported to apply for and prepare for each placement. The three placements will be spread throughout the year with breaks in between.
  1. The 2018 Recruitment Process

Key Dates (provisional dates to be confirmed)

Deadline for Expression of Interest form                                                            06 October 2017

Assessment Day                                               TBC between 30 October – 03 November 2017

Interviews                                                        TBC between 13 November – 17 November 2017

Confirmation of successful applicants                                                           23 November 2017

Pre-programme meeting                                  between 28 November and 08 December 2017

Programme commences                                                                                       08 January 2018

Steps into Work Contact Details

If you would like to receive further information about the 2018 programme please provide your contact details by phone or email to the address below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Steps into Work Team

Transport for London| Remploy| Barnet & Southgate College

Call: 020 3054 2718 or Auto: 82718

Email: StepsintoWork@tfl.gov.uk

In order to apply for the Steps into Work Programme, please download, print off and complete the application documents. Link to documents below:

 

 

 

 

NEW! Wandsworth Carers’ Guide has been launched!

We are pleased to announce that our Wandsworth Carers’ Guide has been updated and is ready for Carers and Professionals to use.

This guide is jam packed full of information and support for Carers about where they can seek support for themselves and the person they care for.

We have a downloadable version here, and it is also available in hard copy. Please pop into the office to collect yours, or give us a call on 020 8877 1200.

Wandsworth Carers Guide

Upcoming Events: Spread the Word!

Carers Thames Walk: still time to sign up!

It’s still time to put your name down to take part in this great annual event organised by the Carers Thames Walk organisation to support Carers’ Centre in the UK.

Wandsworth Carers’ Centre, will receive all proceeds raised by people walking for them.

  • Event Date: Saturday 6th May 2017
  • Distance: 2,5, 7 or 10 miles
  • Meeting point (tbc): Southwark Cathedral, Education Centre at 9:30am
  • Register by: Monday 24th April 2017
  • Registration fee: Adults (16+): £12 before 24th April, £15 on the day.
  • Children: £6 before 24th April or £7.50 on the day

Please note if your are a Carer registered with us, Wandsworth Carers’ Centre will pay your registration fee and will ask you in return to try and raise an equivalent amount – and more if you can.

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Virgin Sport Westminister 10K – Get your free entry!

Are you or someone your know a regular runner? We still have a few free entry tickets available to take part in the Virgin Sport Westminster 10K.  This event is staged on what is considered the world’s best 10K race route.  Get in touch to find out  more!

  • Event date: Sunday 9th July 2017
  • Participants are asked to try and raise £150 as a minimum
  • Possibility to be on an on-line fundraising page with the other participants

To register to any of these events please contact Clemence  on 02088771200 or clemence@wandsworthcarers.org.uk.  For both events, packs are available to help you in your fundraising journey.

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SUPPORT US ONLINE! 

People who whish to support us can do so via our online giving page on Virgin Money Giving.  You can directly access to it via our website: Otherwise, simply visit the Virgin Money Giving website at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and in the section ‘Make a donation’, type in ‘Wandsworth Carers’ Centre’.  Just follow all the steps to make a donation.